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Ask me anything: Readers pose questions at Marketplace

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opinion Brainerd, 56401

Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

There were questions posed to Brainerd Dispatch Publisher Tim Bogenschutz, Echo Publisher Pete Mohs, Echo Editor Nancy Vogt and me as Dispatch vice president of audience development.

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Here are those questions directed to me by a few of our readers in attendance at last weekend’s Marketplace.

Q: What is a Newseum award?

A: Good question. More than 800 daily newspapers worldwide (newspapers from the U.S. and 89 nations) are evaluated for their front pages each day by Newseum, which is based in Washington, D.C. Newseum is more than a museum dedicated to newspapers. Here’s how the Newseum website describes itself: “... the world’s most interactive museum, where five centuries of news history meets up-to-the-second technology on America’s Main Street. The Newseum’s galleries and theaters will immerse you in the world’s greatest news stories — the people, the places and the times.” Each day, Newseum selects the Top 10 best front pages and recognizes each for excellence. (The Dispatch has received five Top 10 awards in 10 months.)

Q: What is civilized discourse?

A: It is the exchange of political and social ideas in a manner that respects the other person’s point of view without necessarily agreeing with them.

Q: Why are you so supportive of the NRA?

A: I believe the National Rifle Association (NRA) is the only group that is standing firm for the rights of every American to keep and bear arms without fear of a government that would impose undue regulation on owning a gun. With our right to own a gun comes the responsibility of handling and using them in a safe and legal manner. While I many disagree with the leadership of the NRA at times, I am convinced that our right to own a gun for hunting or self-protection would have been stricken from our Constitution years ago without the NRA.

Q: How many lakes are there in Crow Wing County?

A: According to the Crow Wing County website: “Crow Wing County has over 400 lakes and 75 rivers with over 2,000 miles of shoreline.” However, according to Fishing Works’ website: “Crow Wing County, Minnesota is home to a total of 308 lakes.” Depending on which statistic one wishes to believe, Crow Wing County has between 308 and 400-plus lakes within its borders.

Q: Why move all the way to Minnesota?

A: I grew up in Cloquet and I have family, including two grandsons living here. Besides it’s a beautiful state with fresh air, great people, good hunting and winters that never end.

Keith Hansen

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