I pulled on my llama socks, grabbed the thickest, warmest sweater from my closet and bundled up in my winter coat, mittens and a warm fuzzy blanket – all to go sit on an ice-cold bleacher seat and freeze my fanny this morning.
My 7-year-old nephew Blake is a budding Mites hockey player in Fairmont, and I got up at 5:30 A.M. to go see him practice today. I figured this afternoon I could take a nap with his baby sister, Alayna.
I’ve never been to a hockey game before, so it was quite entertaining to watch the little monster whack at a hockey puck and take a few spills on the ice. I was rather amazed by the skills he has on the ice already – skating forwards and backwards, all while swinging a hockey stick.
I, on the other hand, wouldn’t be able to walk out of the locker room on those narrow steel blades. In fact, I probably wouldn’t even be able to stand up in them.
Blake’s little brother (and my Godson) Reece, just started in hockey this year - he’s 3. I guess they start them early in the hockey program.
Blake is pretty sure he’s going to stay in hockey – there’s something about carrying a big stick and (when he’s older) getting to shove people into a wall without getting into trouble. I guess that means there’s more frozen fannies in my future!
As I mentioned in a previous post, I spent the past few days at the Minnesota Newspaper Association convention in the Twin Cities.
The theme was "Newspapers … We’re still the one," and the convention’s programs were filled with great ideas for the hundreds of Minnesota newspaper people to take back to their hometown newsrooms.
Newspapers are not immune to the economic downturn seen in so many businesses across the United States in the past year. However, by making good decisions and giving you, the readers, more of what you really want – local content, we will get through.
I’m really excited about some of the ideas generated at the convention, and will be talking with fellow staff members and my editor about implementing some of those ideas in the Daily Globe in the near future.
This is also a time when we could really use some feedback from our readers about what it is you want to see in your local newspaper. Do you want more local news, more local features, more pictures, or is there something you would like to see less of in the Daily Globe? I’d be happy to hear your suggestions. Send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or add a comment here. Maybe it will generate feedback from some of the other blog readers.
Wow, this week just flew by so quickly I didn’t have a chance to write a blog. Early in the week I was busy writing stories for the regular print and online editions, went up to Kinbrae for the meeting about their possible unincorporation, and finally finished my Active Life story on Wednesday (it publishes Feb. 5) before heading out of town to the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s annual convention on Wednesday afternoon.
I had good intentions of writing a blog, I even took my laptop with me to the Twin Cities and used it, albeit very little.
To my surprise, the motel MNA attendees stayed in charged for its wireless Internet – $4.95 per hour!
El cheapo here decided the readers would just have to wait a few more days! So check back every so often this weekend for a new post.
If the clutter on my desk is any indication, it is a busy day here at the Daily Globe. Not that work doesn’t keep me busy, but with special sections coming out left and right, my to-do list has really accumulated.
I hope you all had a chance to read the stories in the Today’s Farm edition published with today’s paper. I’m always looking for ideas for this quarterly special section, so feel free to e-mail me your suggestions.
I have fellow reporters working on stories for the Active Life edition, which comes out in early February, and I’m busy working with the region’s FFA advisers to gather photos and story ideas for that special section that publishes on Feb. 14.
Uff da – I better start writing!
By the way, look for a preview story in Thursday’s edition on the Okoboji Winter Games. I will be down there on Saturday to cover the festivities. I’ve never attended the winter games, and I’m especially looking forward to watching the Polar Bear Plunge!
BK (Globe photo guy Brian Korthals) and I will be covering the Polar Bear Plunge, so you can look forward to some of his awesome photos in Monday’s print edition and online of course at www.dglobe.com/