Remembering Sam Sater

By now, my April 23 column will have been published by the PineandLakes Echo Journal. I wanted to share it again, here, where I can also share photos. I hope nobody minds that I borrowed from their Facebook feeds, but I thought it might be fitting. In addition, visit the following links to see some…
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A New Venture From An Old Habit

While attending college at Bemidji State University, I adopted a sort of adage that I shared with other writers. I would say, “Always carry two books. One from which you read ideas, and one into which you write ideas.” Basically, I would carry a pocket size novel in one suit pocket, and a Moleskine journal…
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Small Town Journalists Are A Part Of The Community (and A DIY Sauerkraut Video)

You may be aware that journalism is all about some degree of separation. This is what we call objectivity. We try to keep distanced from our subjects. In spite of this, we small town newspapers inevitably became part of the community alongside our readers. I have always enjoyed talking courses in community education classes and…
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MNA, Or: Don’t Show Me Those Dateline Specials On Hotels, You’re Bringing Me Down Man!

Thursday and Friday of last week, (Jan 28 and 29) newspaper employees from all over the state converged on the Minnesota Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest and Convention. I will take just a brief moment to brag about the awards we won, then we can talk about the important stuff. Yet again we won an…
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Cabin Fever Symptoms

(Note: I haven’t written here in a while, so I thought I should write something, even if it is just a rant.) I can’t tell you how often it is that when I can’t comfortably sit outside for long periods of time, I want to be outside the most. Winter, if nothing else, is the…
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