Nancy Vogt, Editor
The house is aglow with holiday decor and lights. Presents are purchased, wrapped and placed under the Christmas tree. Cookies are baked and toffee made. Office gifts have been distributed. The decision was made not to send cards this year, so that task isn't awaiting action. All that's left is to ponder the true meaning of the Christmas season and give thanks for family and friends we'll spend time with over the next several days.
Several weeks ago, I received that phone call every parent dreads and never wants: "Mom, I hit a deer!" The call came from my oldest daughter, and she was sobbing. Of course my mind raced as I tried to comprehend the situation. I think one of the first thoughts that quickly flitted through my head was, "Not again."
In less than a week we should know who will lead our country for the next four years, as well as who will serve in judgeships, federal offices, state offices and local city council, school board and township positions. Have you done your part to be sure the best people are elected? Assuming you've educated yourself on the candidates for all offices on your ballot, it's never been easier to vote. You don't even have to wait until election day - Tuesday, Nov. 8 - any more.
Welcome to the 76th anniversary of National Newspaper Week, Oct. 2-8. This annual observance celebrates and emphasizes the impact of newspapers on big and small communities across the nation. While it may not be of interest to some people, it's vitally important to us newspaper folk. As you know, our industry has undergone numerous changes over the years, even in the 30 years I've been part of the business. From the way we gather the news, to the way we design news pages, to the way you get our news, the changes have been constant.
As anyone who reads newspapers - or watches TV, or listens to the radio, or collects mail from the mailbox, or notices billboards along the highways - knows, election season is in full swing. We voters are being bombarded with information. We read stories in the newspaper and online. We see political advertisements on TV and hear them on the radio. We pull flyers and pamphlets from our mailboxes along with the regular bills and junk mail every day. We see smiling politicians in giant size on billboards. It's up to us as voters to decide what to do with all this information.
Reflecting on my school years, I have fond memories of good ol' bus 7A. We students in the Crystal Lake neighborhood were proud to ride the Lakeville School District's only flat-faced bus. It was especially fun those few times each year when we convinced our bus driver to drive the route in reverse on the way home. I don't think that would fly these days.
What could be more fun on National S'mores Day than taking a tour of Minnesota's S'More Capital - the Whitefish Chain, conveniently located right in our own backyard? Echo Journal staff took on the challenge Wednesday, Aug. 10 (yes, that day actually was dubbed National S'mores Day). We didn't have to twist anyone's arm to participate, and it turned out to be a sugar and ice cream filled day. None of us complained about that.
Twenty people turned out Thursday, Aug. 11, at Pequot Lakes City Hall to hear more about becoming part of a core team to help chart Pequot Lakes' future. --- Core team informational meeting Dan Frank of the Initiative Foundation will lead another presentation and discussion about serving on the city's Thriving Communities Initiative core team from 8-9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at Pequot Lakes City Hall. Residents of the greater Pequot Lakes area and people who own or manage a business in the area are invited.
Who can argue that the lakes area isn't a great place to be right now? No one! June was ushered in with a car show and lakes area bicycle ride; a Scandinavian music festival and outdoor expo for youth; a Relay for Life fundraising event; a fine arts and crafts festival, classic boat show and a pet parade; a county fair; country and rock music festivals; and the start of two weekly music in the park series, turtle races, duck races, crafters market, kids games and kids fishing event. Wow. And Friday it's July 1, meaning a whole new month jam-packed with fun activities.