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home : columns : rahn larson June 28, 2016

12/26/2013 12:06:00 PM
The Editor's Christmas gift list
I'm sure very few readers noticed, or even care that it says Dec. 25 at the top of this week's Citizen.
To many, there's nothing special about a newspaper dated Christmas Day. Obviously, we don't deliver on Dec. 25, it doesn't hit your mailbox on that day and it's not likely you can buy a copy anywhere on Christmas (unless you buy it on the black market).
But for some reason I have a soft spot in my heart for any edition that is dated on a holiday. This truly is a Christmas edition of the Citizen. I wish I could say it's our gift to you, but I realize that you likely paid for it.
I will say a great deal of effort went into everything you see in this edition. And, I'll point out that a number of advertisers went out of their way to publicly wish everyone a "Merry Christmas." I have great respect for those folks. Those ads are a sign that they truly care about their customers and their community.
OK, since it's Christmas, I'll share a few items from my annual "Editor's Christmas gift list" - a few last-minute gift ideas for some important people:
• The Toro Company - A cake with 100 candles. Toro turns 100 in 2014.
• The Minnesota Vikings management - a quarterback, at least two linebackers, a corner, a couple of offensive linemen and a lot of good health.
• Target Corp. - The phone number of Anchorman 2's marketing firm. They'll need it.
• Cottonwood County commissioners - A banner to hang in the Commissioners' Room that says: "Reminder: It would be unwise for the county to buy the Towlerton Motors building."
• Minnesota Wild management  - A prominently-placed billboard that reads: "Thank you! - love, the Minnesota fans." I love this Minnesota franchise's effort.
• Windom Hospital Administrator Gerri Burmeister - A billboard on Highway 60 carrying a message that reads: "Windom - Home of Minnesota's best rural hospital. It's no accident. Superb doctors. Superb staff. Superb administrator."
• Minnesota Gopher football coach Jerry Kill - A raise and a contract extension to coach the Minnesota Golden Gophers. He's a soild guy, as genuine as they come and he can flat out coach. Minnesota football is on the rise.

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