Friday, May 26, 2017

Editorial

It was a nice day in March, 2005. I remember, because that was the last time I saw my beautiful red 1996 Ford Ranger pickup truck.We were bailing up Highway 218 south of Austin, heading to Winona for a fun day with friends. I had my head in the clouds at 60 miles an hour. Couldn’t stop thinking...
As journalists celebrated Sunshine Week last week, it comes at an extraordinary moment in the history of this country with the continued adversarial relationship between the presidency and the press.  For those who have read my columns with any consistency, you will be the first to know that I...
The little lady at the convenience store counter sized me up, looked at me shrewdly  for a few seconds.  “How many cats do you have?” How many cats? Oh. She’d seen the bag of kitty litter I’d lugged up to the counter. Two, I said. She was quiet again. “I had a cat,” she said. “He was named Charlie...
No sooner had the ink dried on our newspaper and the ques-tion came firing at us: Why did you publish public salaries? A few weeks ago we pub-lished a rundown of the highest salaries of public officials in Dodge County. In addition,we printed a complete list of all employees showing their monthly...
I played basketball for Cloverdale Christian School, a small Mennonite school with about 30 students.  My siblings and I are not Mennonite, but the school district we were in would have required an hour and half bus ride both ways to school every morning, and that just wasn’t cool. I grew a lot in...
The spirit of cooperation and recognizing those efforts were alive and well last week in the tiny little Steele County community of Hope. Amidst a half dozen or so law enforcement officers and bank officials, the star of the show was a shaken bank teller who almost one year ago had a gun shoved in...
This column series has largely focused on what sports can teach us about life. There are, however, some things we do in sports that never seem to find their way into real life. I’ve compiled my top five list below.  Spanking teammates While there is definitely national debate over corporate...
Growing up in rural Minnesota meant only one thing in our household. Our radio was tuned to WCCO-Radio, the 50,000-watt blow torch that blankets much of the upper Midwest. I grew up listening to one of the nation’s most enduring and popular radio duos of all time, Boone and Erickson. They were a...
It seemed like every time I turned around last week my cell phone was blowing up with text messages from my oldest daughter relaying yet another crisis going on in the world. A couple of key events across the world are proving to be real life-changing situations.  First it was the on-going turmoil...
There are some anniversaries that are come and go without any real significance. But then there are some that deserve special attention. Such is the case with an anniversary I celebrated last week when I hit the six year mark of owning the Steele County Times. This one is special to me because of...

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Steele County Times & DCI

Steele County Times
507-583-4431
411 E. Main St.
P.O. Box 247
Blooming Prairie, MN 55917

Dodge County Independent
507-634-7503
121 West Main St.
Kasson, MN 55944

Dodge County Printing
507-634-2661
121 West Main St.
Kasson, MN 55944

 

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