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On Jan. 1, the ownership of the Brainerd Dispatch and Echo Journal properties changed hands. Forum Communications Co. of Fargo purchased us and, from day one, has been investing in...
It has been two months since Forum Communications purchased the Brainerd Dispatch and Echo Journal. I thought this would be a good time to give you an update. Starting with Sunday’s (March 2) paper our readers will notice some changes.
It’s time again for my annual “state of the newspaper address.” I’ll try not to sound overly enthusiastic. But, you need to remember I’m a salesman at heart and I love to talk about our business and employees and it’s been truly an unbelievable year for the Dispatch and Echo Publishing. The list of accomplishments is long. Included are many sizable “once in an eon” projects. It gives me a chance to give us a grade for the year and keeps us accountable to our readers and invites your valuable response. What did we set out to do and what did we actually accomplish?
To all of you that enjoyed the abundant beauty this last weekend, I’m sure you won’t forget it soon. It was one of the most pleasant and spectacular fall weekends in recent memory. You probably took more than a couple photos but hopefully this page will give you a little deja vous. Nature did herself proud, putting a smile on just about everyone’s face. No matter what activity they were enjoying, most could only utter a couple of standard lines ... ”Wow. what a day!” or “Look at that color!”
Since an early age, those who have known me or had to live with me were compelled to share my love of the outdoors. I’ve tried to make it rub off in fun ways. My girls learned types of leaves, trees, birds and flowers early on. In 1999 we started an amazing project that to this day I wonder how I talked my way into it. We began building Bogie’s Buzzards Bay Lodge on a beautiful pristine body of water—Lake Vermilion.
W hy is it OK that a “not for profit” company with virtually no safety guidelines continues to provide services where people are killed, raped or ripped off on a regular basis? Yet nobody questions this. Why is it OK that people working to provide a respected service are out of work because of this very suspect, free and dangerous service? Is it because it’s free? We need to realize this is not free; there are large costs. Ask the family of Bo!
A massive number of groups and ordinary citizens are currently stepping forward to tell their state legislator they want to help pay for the state services they use. Unheard of, you say? Unfortunately, it’s more like our legislators are not hearing what you say.
One year ago, the first thing I did as the new publisher was write a column on some of the changes you could expect see at the Dispatch and in the news and information industry going forth. How could anyone predict the massive changes we have seen everywhere in our world in 2011. Many serious world events have occurred since that will never allow us to go back to “what was.” The Arab Spring is huge example of that and it has changed the lives of those living in the Mideast forever.