Anne Jacobson has been editor of the Republican Eagle since December 2003.
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Just about everyone, everywhere you go, has an opinion about their community's newspaper Here, we have a group dedicated to sharing those views with us. The Republican Eagle created the REaders' Board in 2004 as one way to engage our regular readers and reach out the community. The 10 board members help assess how the news, advertising and print staffs are doing. The volunteers also share story ideas. The end result, we think, is a stronger local news organization. The R-E is again looking for five area residents to serve on the board for one year.
Barb Haley challenged Red Wing area residents to break the $100,000 ceiling during Tuesday's Give to the Max Day. Boy, oh, boy, did they give. Residents pumped up 34 local agencies and churches with $121,560. Add in all the $500 matching grants from Red Wing Area Fund and the Jones Family Foundation, and those 34 agencies will receive $141,560. And that's not the full total, because several local non-profits didn't participate in advance training for Give to the Max Day, so their contributions aren't tallied with the others yet. "It would be a fair estimate to say the community proba
U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold's tenure apparently is over. With 3,486 of Wisconsin's 3,609 precincts reporting - or 97 percent - Republican businessman Ron Johnson defeated the three-term Democrat. Johnson will become the state's first Republican senator in 18 years. The partial vote total at 1:30 a.m. was 1,093,337-996,405. A Republican also was on the verge of winning the governor's mansion. Scott Walker had out polled Tom Barrett at a slightly better margin 1,097,341-982,837. Attorney General J.B.
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.