Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
As I've mentioned before, we're in the process of re-doing our newspaper Web site. Those of us who have been working on this since January know all too well why we need a new Web site. But in the past two weeks we've seen two very good reasons that can help everyone understand why we need a new Web site. Two weeks ago there was a fire at the Holker farm. It happened at night, and people far and wide saw the flames. But it happened on a Thursday night, and it would be a full week before the next issue of the Tri-County News. I did get photos the morning after, but no one saw them until that next Thursday's paper. With the new Web site, we can have a photo and at least a brief description of what was going on within minutes of us getting the information - certainly first thing that next morning.
Then, just as that drama was calming down, another arose. The threat of pandemic swine flu loomed. Literally as I was sending the pages of the paper to be printed, news was breaking that a case of H1N1 novel/North American/swine flu had been confirmed in Cold Spring. But the pages had already gone, and it would be another week before the next issue.
With the new Web site, we'll be able to put the latest information released by county or state officials, as we receive it.
(The latest, by the way, as of press time, is that the threat is dissipating. Stearns County has closed their Emergency Operations Center (as of Monday afternoon), but maintains their hotline at (320) 650-5802. The state hotline is (800) 657-3903. So, even though the virus seems to be weakening, this is a good "rehearsal" for when it (or something worse) returns. Practice good hygiene (wash those hands, cover those coughs). Make contingency plans for your family, your business, your other obligations.)
These are just two examples of what we'll be able to do with the new site. It will launch within a week or so, and we trust that you'll be as excited about it as we are. (When you go to our current site, you'll be automatically redirected to the new site, when it's ready.)