5/3/2017 5:28:00 PM Publisher's Column
Reason I like my job
We often get calls from out-of-area people who are looking for information about the area or trying to find someone's address or telephone number. That's one of the reasons I have a pretty high degree of confidence local newspapers will survive along with the internet.
When people call, it is usually interesting to hear their story about what they are looking for, what effort they have expended trying to find it and how they finally decided to call the local newspaper because, when all else fails, they were pretty sure we would be able to help them.
It is kind of gratifying when we are able to provide them with the information they are looking for, although it is sometimes rather bittersweet. The most frequent queries are for obituaries. People doing family history are also relatively common. Less frequently, people call inquiring about old friends or classmates they are trying to find.
People are interesting. I enjoy hearing their stories and helping them find what they are looking for, when I am able. We do have limited time to spend doing research, so we try to get people to come in and browse through our back issues themselves, although we get less excited about allowing that all the time as the pages age.
Occasionally, we get someone who has something they want to share with us. That happened recently with a woman from Iowa who was disposing of things after a death in the family. She had a post card and wondered if anyone might be interested in having it, as it had a picture of Dodge Center's Main Street back in the early part of the last century. I agreed to buy it and am glad to have done so. It shows what downtown Dodge Center looked like more than a hundred years ago, as it is post marked 1913.
People are the reason I like this job. There are so many of them and each has something to share, a unique story.