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PAGE 4 November 17, 2016 www.tricountynews.mn Jean "From the Heart" r A bright future ior newspapers Newspapers, and the profes- sionals who create them, are still much in need. Perhaps now more than ever. "But I can just get my news online," you might say. Well, yes, there's an abundance of "stuff" out there. Do you know who is creating your news online? Do you know who is backing them? (Remember the old addage, "Follow the money.") Two weeks ago, the journal- ism world was shaken (again) by Gannett. Twelve people plus the publisher at the St. Cloud Times were unceremoniously sacked, as were hundreds around the coun- try at other Gannett "properties." The editor who had mentored nearly everyone who has come through the newsroom in 40-some years was among them. So was one of their three photographers. Four advertising people, and even the receptionist. The head of USA Today for this region also will serve as president and publisher of sev- eral Gannett newspapers whose publishers were all let go. Indeed, the Times has endured other painful cuts, and this one likely is not the last. Corporately owned news busi- nesses are answerable to their stockholders; they exist to make money. Creating news costs money: salaries, ongoing training, benefits, not to mention the tangi- ble things like printing and deliv- ering an actual newspaper. (Insert cash register sounds here, "cha- ching.") Corporations hire hatch- et-men (and women) to ruthlessly make cuts when needed. That's just part of the process. That said, I am again encour- aged and ever-so grateful to be an independent newspaper owner. Yes, the "buck" does stop with me. But so do the decisions. I can turn on a time, implementing some- thing new when warranted, as often as needed. The bottom line has to be con- tinuity of quality news creation, by caring and hard-working profes- sionals. Being informed is essen- tial to the democratic process. Knowing and trusting the people who create the news you consume is critical. The media (and I hate that that's become a bad word lately; there is no "agenda," and no secret meetings where we're told how and what to write!) is one of the checks and balances in govern- ment. "The Fourth Estate" we're sometimes called, like a fourth branch of government. Executive, Legislative, Judicial, and Media. Our job is to shine light into dark corners, to reveal what some may prefer to stay hidden. Today, that can be in print form, or online. Behind both formats are hard-working professionals. These days, you have a choice of so many sources of information. Social media (something else get- ting a bad rap these days) is one way; but it's not the same as news. To paraphrase the St. Cloud Times Managing Editor John Bodette, when you subscribe to your local newspaper, and when you purchase advertising there, you are investing in local journalism. Our website tagline is "Local people. Local stories. Local life." We are one of many hard-work- ing LOCAL news organizations providing you LOCAL news every week and every day. We need you to know that we appreciate your support, every day. Every subscription check is confirmation that we must con- tinue our hard work to produce a high-quality newspaper. Every advertising dollar we receive is a mandate to work even harder for you, the advertiser. If you value LOCAL news, please subscribe, please adver- tise. Your community is counting Holiday Train arriving Dec. 11 The Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train will stop and per- form a half-hour show at Eden Valley. The train will be in Annandale before Eden Valley, for a 7:15 p.m. show in Annandale, and it will pass through Kimball some time in between Annandale and Eden Valley. In Eden Valley, the annual hol- iday gathering will be at the Event Center, at 6-8:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. They will be serving chili, chicken noodle soup, hot choc- olate, cider, and cookies. There is much more still in the plan- ning stages, but we will have kids' crafts/activities. And the talented Kingery Family Singers will be performing from 7 to 8 p.m. They will be collecting food shelf items there, as well as before the holiday train arrives. Jill "Slices of Life" Mad as a cat She was mad - one might even describe it as cataclysmically livid. She focused her ire at the entire family and made us aware of her displeasure with a decidedly cold shoulder and stiff whiskers. We all knew the cause of her chagrin and weren't about to give in to her demands. She gave us a silent, loathing stare with piercing green eyes while standing expectantly by the back door. Her intense gaze was unrelenting. As were we. None of us was about to back down, despite the death wishes she was throwing our way via her highly-evolved extrasensory per- ceptive skills. As I alluded earlier, the rea- son for her fury was no mystery. Her backyard privileges had been nixed due to a persistent and unwavering habitual pattern of behavior we found unacceptable and downright murderous. Simply put, we refused to let her chase birds in hopes of killing them via a game she calls "play." That got her goat. Boy, did it ever. She loves chasing birds - is practically passionate about the practice. That's only the start. She displays the same morbid behav- ior with mice, snakes and even the occasional common house- fly. She acts like it's in her DNA or something. I suppose it's to be expected. She is a cat. Birds and cats are mortal enemies, with cats typi- cally being at the higher end of the food chain, giving her the definite upper hand - or outstretched claw as the case may be. Still, when not hunting, she's so refined. So postured and polished. So proper in the way she holds her tail. So dainty in the manner she nibbles her cat treats. So sophis- ticated in the way she jumps up on the TV table to block our view. Even when sleeping, she exhibits a certain amount of elegance. Like that of royalty. When her fixed gaze failed to bore a hole through any of our skulls, she relented to naughti- ness, clawing at the wooden door, the carpet, couch and anything else she could reach. She can be a sassy frass that way. We told her she was being naughty. She disagreed, telepath- ically, of course. Then, still furious and fuming, she picked herself up on her deli- cate cat paws and sashayed out of the room. I figured she had in mind to go upstairs and poop on our bed. It's what I would have done, had I been an angry cat. But cats are too neat for public poop- ing. She had something much more powerful in mind. She was going to ignore us. Oh, the pain. Cats are so smart. I noticed her un-presence with the familial group the rest of the evening. She came down for her nightly treat but other- wise remained in an undeterred reject-human mode. Then the sun set and it was time for bed and she was still AWOL. We aren't sure where she spent the night, but it wasn't with us. Maybe she was hunting inside - for spider webs and dust bunnies. We'll never know. The next morning she was back to her lov- ing and royal self. Rubbing up against our legs, flipping her tail in a cat dance and standing by the back door, expectantly. We pre- tended not to notice her lust for the hunt. She's full of surprises, this tiny, sometimes angry, cat of ours. It seems like she'd be more comfort- able wearing a tiara, not using a pair of razor-sharp claws. Then again,.I suppose princesses have been known to hunt. And get mad - mad as a cat. And now I know what that looks like. Categorically. ]ill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, published playwright, author and member oJ the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Don't miss a slice; follow the Slices of Life page on Facebook. 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. 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