Anne Jacobson is news director with RiverTown Multimedia.
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I got to thinking the other day that journalism has some strange expressions. Using them in public might easily anger or confuse a casual listener. Someone yells, "Where's the dummy?" The person is not talking about anyone — even the editor.
The Wisconsin School for the Blind and Visually Impaired had students write letters to their hometown and regional newspapers in advance of White Cane Day 2018. Everett Alms of Hudson shared with RiverTown Multimedia what his white cane means to him. "I have gotten used to bringing it whenever I travel or go out to dark places," Alms wrote in the Oct. 13 edition. The 12-year-old's simple, effective letter caught the attention of the Republican Eagle REaders' Board, which met early this month and awarded him a Golden Quill.
"Editing a paper is a nice business," Charles K. Blandin once wrote. He was being sarcastic. Still, he believed in the free press and made it his life, leading both small weeklies and a successful metropolitan daily. The son of a Wisconsin farmer, he also was a teacher at one point and eventually a paper company magnate who took his earnings and created the Blandin Foundation based in Grand Rapids, Minn., so his company would contribute to "the community advantage" long after his death in 1958.
Frankly, our opinion pages have been used and some would say abused by campaigns to promote candidates and political events. Many of the letters read like advertisements because they are advertisements. That is why, effective today, RiverTown will charge for letters endorsing candidates. This is something a few of our sister newspapers in Forum Communications Co. have done for years. We decided to join them for several reasons, including.
Three area wineries have been named to Minnesota's top 10 by the Best of Minnesota website. Alexis Bailly Vineyards of Hastings leads the way at No. 1. Founded in the late 1970s, "the granddaddy of Minnesota wineries" as the website calls it, Alexis Bailly stakes claim to being the first commercial winery to grow and use grapes grown in the state. "Although it's been best known for its dessert wines, Bailly's maturing vineyards are now producing grapes that make smooth and complex reds," the judges note.
Four Republicans hope to succeed longtime GOP Congressman John Kline, but first they need to get through the Aug. 9 primary and then take on Democrat Angie Craig and Independent Paula Overby Nov. 8. Jason Lewis, conservative radio talk show host, won the 2nd District GOP endorsement. John Howe, the only one to have held elected office, recently gained both the NRA’s and the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s endorsement. Businesswoman Darlene Miller, however, early on received Kline’s blessing. All three answered questioned posed by RiverTown Multimedia.