Tricounty News

Another tragedy close to home

Friday night, news spread quickly about a small airplane that crashed into a house in Sauk Rapids, near the St. Cloud  airport. It wasn’t until Monday that the names of the two occupants of the plane, who both died in the crash, were released.

The passenger was a 16-year-old exchange student from Germany. Alex Voigt was at the end of his exciting year abroad, hosted by St. Cloud mayor Dave Kleis and his family. Apparently, he was flying with pilot Scott Olson above the area taking photos before heading home to Germany this week.


If I knew then …

Some words of wisdom to this year’s graduates (and anyone else)


Many years have passed since my own high school graduation (from Kimball). I’ve learned so much since then, much of it through painful life lessons.

Here are some words of wisdom, things I wish someone had told me back then (or maybe they did tell me, and I wasn’t ready to hear). I share these in the hope that it may spare you some grief and pain in your life. They are in no particular order. Enjoy!

•Listen more, talk less.

•The world doesn’t owe you anything; it’s now your turn to go out, work hard, and give back.

•You have to work hard for what you want; there’s no shortcut, much as you may think so. It’s okay to work for it. It’s even better if you work for it.

•Friends will come and go throughout your lifetime. You need to be comfortable with yourself because you are your own best friend, forever. It’s the longest relationship you’ll ever have; make it a good one.


Another Progress Issue coming next month

Last year was the first year we created a “Progress Issue.” It used to be a “Business” special section, done each spring. Now it’s a “Progress Issue,” focusing on all the community changes during the past year.

We’ve been working on it for awhile now, and it’s a lot of work. It is always amazing to consider how much business activity there is in the small towns that make up our communities. All four cities (Eden Valley, Watkins,
Kimball, and South Haven) have been very busy in the past year or two as well. Very busy.

We need your help here, too. If your business or organization has had a major accomplishment or change in the past year, please let us know about it. 


Invite us, please

Every once in awhile we realize that not everyone knows how to contact us, or how to get us to cover something.

We love to cover local events and achievements. We live for it. It’s our mission, it’s what we do better than anyone else, and it’s really what will assure that the Tri-County News will be here for many years to come. 

A side benefit of documenting these local achievements is that they become part of the historical record. Not only do we keep copies of each paper in the office, we also have them bound into yearly volumes. And they are recorded and archived with the Stearns Historical Museum and with the Minnesota Historical Society.

Nearly all newspapers in the state do this too. It’s an important mission of all newspapers to be the history-keepers of their communities.


More fans please, and fewer critics

Like much of the world, we’re all riveted to the Winter Olympics going on right now.

Top athletes from around the world have gathered to compete for one of the very-top three positions in their respective sports.

One can only imagine the years of preparation required to get to this level of competition. Many of the athletes began their sports as children, some were just toddlers. It’s really a life-long commitment to achieve world-class status in just about anything you do.

(I won’t get into the depth or breadth of NBC’s coverage of the Olympics again, and how they portray the U.S.A. Olympics more than the world Olympics.)