This is a new column from the Echo Publishing writing staff that offers our opinions on local events, issues and ideas. Some sink, some float.
Send your opinion on an area sinker or bobber to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
Bobber: To all those community volunteers who helped in any small way with the numerous summer festivals in the lakes area, we salute you. Money and time are in short supply, yet our communities continually manage to host successful events. None would be possible without helping hands.
Sinker: Any elected public official who doesn’t read the Minnesota Open Meeting Law in its entirety. Not only is this law easy to read, it’s the cornerstone of open, transparent government. Incidentally, the news relies on the law to ensure the public gets the information it has a right to. It’s what the Echo used to fight the closed meetings of the Nisswa City Council recently. Chapter 13d, if you’d like to look it up.
Bobber: The Kitchigami Regional Library System now allows users to check out e-magazines with their library card. Food Magazine, Newsweek, etc. for free with a library card.
Bobber: The area recently gained a new radio station, 100.1, and your local school board worked to have the station broadcast high school sports.
Bobber: We toast the work over the summer by Echo Publishing interns Dallas Steffen and Katie Morford. They dove right in to write stories and take photos at numerous lakes area summer events. We hope we sent them both back to their respective universities with an idea of how the real world of journalism works.
Sinker: While we applaud efforts of various city governments to apply for state and federal grants and loans to build trails and parks, we are disappointed with the rejection letters. We urge these city leaders not to give up, but to continue their efforts.
Bobber: The bounty of food available at area farmers’ markets this summer. Offering home-grown nourishment to the community from Nisswa to Pine River.
Sinker: We are dissapointed in the theft of property from the home of Gracie Snow as well as other homes and businesses in the Backus area, and we hope the police can catch those responsible for the acts.
Sinker: While we are happy to hear new PR-B Elementary Principal Rick Aulie was able to give kindergarteners a half hour a week of physical education class, it is a shame that budget constraints lead to the cutting of physical education classes in the first place.
Bobber: We applaud the many community members that came together to give Shelby Foreman a successful bear hunt during opening season this year. Generosity like this is not recognized often enough.