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Several years ago cyberspace That'sbecauseaterrificamount was frenzied over many popular of content that seems birthed websites going dark for 24 hours magically of the digital age actu- to protest a federal bill meant to ally starts out as the scribblings crack down on video piracy, or recordings of intrepid commu- The Stop Online Piracy Act - nity reporters at city halls, school or SOPA- was a controversial and board meetings and statehouses perhaps misguided effort champi- nationwide and around the world. oned by the Motion Picture Asso- And without their efforts, many ciation of America to end ille- officials would find it too tempt- gal online sharing of copyrighted ing and much too easy to fudge material, primarily movies and the rules on public meetings, open music, records and a multitude of other To protest SOPA and its poten- rights to which taxpayers are tial threats to the First Amend- entitled. ment, Wikipedia, Google, Reddit For instance, just here in Mis- and - heaven forbid -. I Can Haz sissippi taxpayers may never have Cheezburger, among many others, known the full story about the all shut down for a 24-hour period public hospital on the Gulf Coast to show the web-surfing world that had squandered the pensions what it would be like without its. of its employees. daily fix of photos of cats riding in City officials in a northeast- baby strollers, ern community of the state may SOPA was eventually defeated, have decided it's simply too con- but a strong, valid point was made. venient or expedient to not hold We had come to rely on those web- all their meetings in private. Why sites for information and enter- shouldn't they, the council mem- tainment. Their value to internet bers and attorneys might shrug. users was unquestioned. Not many people show up to the Now imagine your own cor- meetings anyway. her of the world without its local Or how about another town newspaper. At first, you might getting by without explaining to not notice much difference if the its citizens why a Department daily or weekly paper failed to of Justice forfeiture fund had show up in your driveway or mail- evaporated? box, or on your computer screen or All of these are real and recent smartphone, examples where a local newspaper Rather quickly, a good fraction made a difference on behalf of the of the internet itself would go dark citizens it serves. again. This time involuntarily. If I'll be honest, covering the pub- you've never noticed, the web and lic board meetings is not glamor- thousands of sites are populated ous work. It can be rather tedious, by millions of stories and pho- actually. But like plumbing a toi- tos produced by local journalists, let, sometimes a job is underval- There'd be gaping holes on sites ued until there's no one willing or like Google and even Facebook able to do the work. where newspaper content is con- That's not to say the job of a sumed and shared, community journalist is unpleas- And soon an oily sheen would ant (despite some national polls start to coat all the surfaces in that will tell you as much); it's town. With the watchdog off duty, often one of the best in town, full things would start to go awry. The of its own rewards. But it certainly sunlight of transparency would can be - and often is - taken for inevitably set. granted. Without newspapers, you might say, a substitute watch- dog would come along to serve in the role. Eventually perhaps, but how much damage is done in the interim? And why put out to pas- ture a medium that's held this responsibility close to its heart for centuries? If it ain't broke, don't fix it we say. Oct. 2-8 is National Newspa- per Week, a time when those of us who work on behalf of newspaper media will make an extra effort to sing the praises of community journalists and the work they do for all of us. Literally, in towns, counties, parishes and provinces across North America, your local news- paper is the way to know what's going on in the world around us. We're not under any illusion our work will ever be as popular as that video of the tabby playing the piano. But we're still proud of what we do. And we hope you can be, too. Layne Bruce is executive director of the Mississippi Press Association and president of Newspaper Associa- tion Managers, Inc., which annually sponsors National Newspaper Week. His email address is lbruce@mspress. org. From family of Jack Young We would like to thank every- caring, to Pastor Ken and to ToE one for being so kind to us after Ertl who were always there for us the death of our husband andThanks to the ladies at Kimball father Jack Young. Thanks to the United Methodist Church for pre- Wat-Kim-Valley VFW Post 5460, paring the lunch for us. To ever3 Watkins Legion #453, to the one, a big thank you! Watkins Lions Club, to the Hilltop The family o3 Health Care Center for being so Jack Youn~ "Thank you" to Jim Frilstad And to you, Jason Mehr, you who has served as Chief of Police know you have some big shoes to in Kimball for more than 10 years fill in the Chief's job. Here's wish- (and as a part-time officer for ing you a long tenure of similar many years before that), success in the office. You've served as an upstanding And thanks to mayor Tammy example to our young people and Konz for putting together a fare- all citizens, well party for Jim (even though Enjoy your retirement! he's not actually going anywhere). us on The Tri-County News is the official Newspaper of the Cities of Kimball and Watkins; the Kimball Area School District (ISD#739); Fair Haven, Forest Prairie, Kingston, and Maine Prairie Townships; and Clearwater River Watershed District. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Tri-County News, P.O. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353. The Tri-County News (USPS 639-180) is entered at the Post Office, Kimball, Minnesota 55353, as Periodicals. It is published Thursdays by Tri-County News, P.O. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353, Stearns County. LOCATIONS: Our office is at 70 S. Main St. in downtown Kimball. Weekday office hours are Monday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Our telephone and fax number is (320) 398-5000 or (320) 453-6397. 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