Special Projects

My blog writing has been fairly sporadic as of late. It isn’t that I have writer’s block. I’ve actually had some ideas for blogs, but then the time gets away from me and I’ve moved on to other projects.

It’s been a busy summer, not just at the office, but in my "other life" as well. It began with nephew Matt’s graduation at the end of May, then went right into Relay for Life mode and Matt’s wedding. Throw in a few weekends of work and a couple of my ongoing special projects at home – a cross-stitch masterpiece for Matt and his bride and my own personal Honor Flight scrapbook – and, well, I’ve had time for little else it seems.

We are working on a few special projects at the Daily Globe right now. We have our annual "Positive Perspectives" edition coming out at the end of this month, and I was assigned to do a story about the work being done at Newport Laboratories. I find the research work they are doing fascinating, and I wish I’d been a better science student to understand it all. Instead, my mind holds little tidbits about a lot of different things as a journalist. I guess that will just have to do.

We are also working on a special edition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a crash at Reading that killed nine people on Aug. 13, 1960 – including six employees of the former Campbell Soup Co. in Worthington. Managing Editor Ryan and I have been working together on this special project, which will include stories on each of the victims of the crash, as shared by their families. In the work that we’ve done so far, we’ve learned that there is still healing that needs to be done in this small Nobles County community – healing that didn’t happen 50 years ago because, as one person said, they were staunch German folk who had to move on – there wasn’t time to grieve.

In between those two projects, I’ll be coordinating our next edition of Active Life, a publication geared toward those over age 50 in our communities. I’m always searching for story ideas of active seniors, seniors with interesting hobbies or, simply, seniors with a story to tell. Feel free to send ideas my way at jbuntjer@dglobe.com.

And finally, one more special project that will actually spill into mid-September, our annual Century Farm edition. This year, we have 17 century farms in the six counties of southwest Minnesota that we serve. The list of farms from Iowa typically isn’t released until mid-August. With so many farms this year, I will need to do a bit of research to see which farms have the best stories behind them for inclusion in the tab.

By the time that special project reaches your hands, the summer will officially be completed, Turkey Day will be a recent memory and the kids will have been in school for nearly a month. Oh, and I’ll be a great aunt by then. I don’t think I’m old enough to be a great aunt, so I just keep telling myself it’s one step up from being a "good aunt." On the other hand, I am looking forward to teasing my oldest brother about being an old grampa!

All this activity makes me think of one of my favorite sayings: "Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans."

Isn’t that the truth!