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Without you, a story is not possible

by John Suhr

Where do stories come from? That was recently discussed and I thought you as readers may like to know.

The best stories come from you. A newspaper does not know everything going on and they rely on their readers to tell them. Granted, there are times we receive a story idea and are either short staffed or already out on other stories, so the more time you can give the newspaper the better.

There are also times we receive the story idea and contact the person, group or event going on and they do not want to go on the record at that time. Later they may come back to seek a story and it may not be the place they expected it in our publication. We make every effort to get the story in the most timely manner. The more timely a story is released to the newspaper, the better placement it is likely to receive. If it happened six months ago, it is still news but probably not front page anymore.

We also receive story ideas from such places as legal notices, classifieds, other parts of the paper and even hometown news.

Stories are also generated from public meetings. The coverage of those meetings is important as most decisions made there affect people in either their tax dollars or community changes. Take for example the new chicken ordinance in Webster.

We also receive story ideas from people who may have heard of something. We try to track those rumors down and sometimes come away without a story because we cannot find out anything or even the people we contacted do not know anything about it.

Then there is the obvious that we try to cover. Events that are planned. Such as 4-H achievement days at the fair, Pumpkin Fest, Waubay Fun Fest...

There are times we may not know of an event or do not have someone available to cover it.

In these cases we try to get at least a submitted picture and cutline. We try our best to make your paper a historical record for future generations.

When we do a story we try to focus on what we think will be of most interest or most important for our readers in that story.


Historic eclipse, coming to a sky near you

by Amanda Fanger

Long-time readers of this column space know that I’m a nut when it comes to the activities that take place in the heavenly spaces. Celestial happenings of note are one of the coolest marks of God’s glorious creation, in my humble opinion – to think, He made all that and still thought to make me.

But these things are even cooler if the events are rare.

Well, you can’t get much rarer than what’s going to happen next week.

In fact, it’s so rare, that this is the first time it’s happened in the history of our country.

And we’re the only ones who will get to see it!

Next Monday, a total solar eclipse will occur. This isn’t just any solar eclipse, however. This is the first total solar eclipse since the birth of our nation with a trajectory exclusive to the U.S.

The last total eclipse of the sun that was visible from the contiguous U.S. was in 1979.

Now, while we won’t be able to see the total eclipse here in South Dakota, we will be able to see the partial eclipse – about 87 percent around these parts, I’m led to believe. I’ve only ever seen one other partial solar eclipse in my life and believe me, I was dancing like a little kid hyped up on way too much sugar even though I was well into adulthood.

You can about imagine how much I’m flipping out with excitement right now.

The path of the eclipse will move from West Coast to East Coast, only taking about 90 minutes to cross the entire country. At each location where the total solar eclipse can be viewed, it typically lasts less than three minutes.

According to NASA’s website, the eclipse will begin in Madras, OR at 9:06 a.m. PDT on Aug. 21 with the total eclipse beginning there at 10:19 a.m. It will move across the country, ending in South Carolina where it will be visible beginning at 1:13 p.m. EDT near Columbia with the total eclipse beginning there at 2:41 p.m. and ending by 4:06 p.m.

Casper, WY is going to be a hot spot for viewing this eclipse, I guess. When I searched online, I could only find two open hotel rooms left. They were asking $2,500 for the night of Aug. 20-21. A few days later, there were tons of rooms available, with some as low as $60. If you have the cash and manage to book one of those rooms, the eclipse will start there at 10:22 a.m. MDT with totality beginning at 11:42.

In this neck of the woods, I’m guessing the eclipse will follow a similar schedule as the one set for Lincoln, NE. There, the eclipse will begin at 11:37 a.m. our time with totality beginning at 1:02 p.m. NASA’s website tells me the total eclipse will only last a minute and eight seconds at that location.

No matter where you are, if the skies are clear, be sure to look up next Monday for this rare event.

You can bet I will be.


SAFETY TIP – Never stare directly into the sun as it can cause serious damage to your eyes. Get special glasses free while supplies last at the Webster City Library.



Mankato eulogy

by Emre K. Erku

This column is dedicated to a newly graduated local high school student.

Her family will likely kill me after this, but screw it, it’s too good to pass up...


One of the coolest things I got to do during my stint as a student at Minnesota State University, Mankato was drink tequila with three-time Pro Bowl cornerback and longtime Minnesota Viking Antoine Winfield.

At a campus bar formerly known as Boomtown, I ran into Winfield. Wielding a 1.75 crystal jug of Patron, he literally would drink shots with anyone he bumped into.

One of the best SKOL toasts I ever had.

To top off that night, quarterback Donovan McNabb commandeered the DJ’s microphone and started blathering lighthearted jokes. The bar went nuts.

It’s experiencing stories like these that it gives me a heavy heart to say I’m truly devastated that this marks the last time my beloved Vikes hold training camp in good ol’ Mankato. After 52 years, God knows how many Viking DUI arrests and the tragic passing of former offensive tackle Korey Stringer, organization officials have decided to move camp to Eagan, MN.

That sucks.

Not just because the city of Mankato will lose out on an annual $5 to $7 million produced by an estimated 60,000 incoming fans, but because for the young aspiring journalists going through MSU’s Mass Media program, they’ll have one less opportunity to get their feet wet.

Back when I was an editor at the MSU Reporter, plenty of my colleagues got the chance to interview all the incoming NFL players every training camp. Though I myself never got a press pass, my fellow reporters Ryan Lund, who now writes for Fox Sports, and Kyle Radke, who now writes for the Timberwolves, received some great early career experience by picking the brains of, oh I don’t know, Adrian Peterson, the Williams Wrecking Crew and Sidney Rice, to name a few.

Speaking of which, AP once stole a girl away from me at a downtown nightclub called Red Rocks. That’s a different story though.

Anyway, my claim to fame happened when the T’wolves were in town for camp – their owner, Glen Taylor, is an MSU alum. I got to interview NBA championship ring holder Kevin Love, as well as Nikola Pekovic and former head coach Rick Adelman. I had to fight through ESPN, USA Today and the Star Tribune to get their comments.

It was absolutely divine, and it was at that point I knew I was doing something I’d love until the day I die.

So, again, with a heavy heart I say it’s a sad time not just for Mankato, but for the young writers in its journalism program who’ll have to endure a deprivation.

As for that local high school grad, who’s starting school at MSU pretty soon here, I say play hard but study harder, and you’ll succeed indefinitely.

By the way: GO TO THE HOCKEY GAMES. They were some of the best times I ever had in my life.




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