Allow us a moment to indulge our readers for National Newspaper Week (Oct. 5-11). This year’s theme is “Newspapers: The Foundation of Vibrant Communities.”
America’s small towns are special places. There is a sense of home, an open invitation to get involved and a sense that getting to know neighbors is a blessing.
It takes effort to foster a sense of community, whether it was the close-knit German families who settled this area, or those today who continue to band together to build a stronger town for our roughly 11,000 residents.
As Keith Anderson, director of news for ECM Publishers in Minnesota wrote, that doesn’t happen without an investment from people who care. And that can be difficult without a unifying bond — a connection to one another for the sharing of ideas, a place for constructive criticism, an examination of difficult topics, a sharing of victories and accomplishments, and a remembering of those who came before.