Anne Jacobson has been editor of the Republican Eagle since December 2003.
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Pierce County Sheriff Nancy Hove apparently held off both challengers Tuesday. Hove, who was first elected four years ago and defeated then-Sheriff Everett Muhlhausen, had earned 5,224 votes as of midnight. Tom Gunderson, who is a deputy, polled 4,072. Oake Gregory, a write-in candidate with no law enforcement background, received 115 votes. Hove won in the vast majority of townships, villages and cities.
Say the word bullying, and people typically think of the playground and school hallways. Bullying, in the traditional sense, is when one kid picks on another. Nicole Oberg-Peters knows bullying is much more. She took a risk, REaders' Board members noted, when she wrote the Republican Eagle a letter to the editor about bullying by teachers. Someone could have retaliated subtly or overtly against her or her family. Fortunately, that hasn't happened, she said. Abusive behavior Bullies intimidate.
The Republican Eagle will print 12 editions between now and Election Day. We anticipate publishing letters from candidates as well as their supporters in each edition, but we also realize we'll receive dozens more letters than print space allows. Therefore, people who truly want to see an endorsement in print should send letter the now. The limit for endorsement letters is 200 words, and even letters under 200 words are subject to editing. We will eliminate election letters or portions of letters that repeat what others say.
I spent Monday and Tuesday with other Forum Communications Co. editors discussing, among other things, the online world we live in and where the news industry is headed. The conversation was pretty upbeat, believe it or not. That's because we're committed to having the Internet play a vital role as we beef up community journalism. The Internet isn't our enemy. One of Republican Eagle's big initiatives is to increase local blogs on our website. First, we are migrating our existing blogs to a more versatile platform.
Some letters to the editor seek to persuade while others inform, praise or debate. All types contribute to public dialogue. So do endorsement letters, of course. Nearly every letter the R-E published in July endorsed a candidate or party, so the REaders' Board elected not award a Golden Quill for the month and likely won't in October.
The job title may be Minnesota state auditor, but the job is essentially local - keeping city, county, township and sometimes school district finances on the up and up, according to Rebecca Otto. The first-term auditor made a campaign stop Friday in Red Wing. A Democrat, she faces Republican Patricia Anderson in the general election. Otto defeated Anderson, the incumbent last time around, in 2006. "Dollars are tight. They're tight at the federal level. They're tight at the state level. And some communities are better off than others," Otto said.
Four people recently joined the REaders' Board, bringing fresh ideas and constructive criticism to help improve the Republican Eagle. On Monday, they participated in their second meeting and we talked at some length about the primary election - their thoughts on our coverage, what they were hearing in the community about the candidates and what the paper can do to promote citizen involvement. Having the primary come the second week of August rather than in September was new for everyone, and this also was the first election since the Republican Eagle switched to publishing twice a week.
The Republican Eagle has started labeling its enterprise packages, investigative stories, selected features and columns with a "subscriber exclusive" icon. This is our way of helping readers identify those stories available first and often solely to our paying subscribers. Readers of the print and paid online editions saw the icon for the first time July 14 when we labeled Michael Longaecker's narcotics investigations stories. We have had an exclusive in every edition since and anticipate identifying at least one exclusive in each edition in the weeks ahead.
This region each year makes Memorial Day truly memorable for the right reasons: Local communities hold ceremonies in parks, on the riverbanks and in cemeteries honoring those killed in action and those veterans who have died in the past year. Dedicated volunteers and strong veterans organizations put in significant hours to make these events special, as Christopher Rayner pointed out in his June 9 letter to the editor.
Do your kids like movies, but you wonder if the latest flick is appropriate or worth seeing? Seth may be able to help you. He's 11-year-old movie buff who recently launched a blog on the Red Wing Republican Eagle website. You can find "Seth's Movie Reviews" on our home page under Area Voices. He approached the R-E in June -- with help from his mom -- about sharing his insight on children's flicks. Because he is a minor, we aren't using his surname. Here is a sample of what he has to say: "'The A Team' is a great movie for kids 10+. ...