By Marvin Baker, a new weekly column in The Kenmare News
Posted 6/05/18 (Tue)
As you go to the polls on Tuesday and vote for your favorite candidates, don’t forget to mark the box that states “Kenmare News” for official
There will be only one other name on the ballot as well as a spot for write ins.
Admittedly, this is a David and Goliath proposition. The other newspaper, which has had the official county newspaper status for many years, is in a community of nearly 50,000 people.
However, stranger things have happened. I believe it was in the early 1980s that the tiny, tabloid Edmore Herald beat out the Devils Lake Daily Journal for official
The voters in
We’d like to see that surprise here in
But, as I mentioned earlier. This is David and Goliath here so we, at The Kenmare News, need your help.
First of all, vote for this newspaper. If you want to see a major change in this county, check the Kenmare News box.
Secondly, we all have friends and relatives in other parts of
Let’s use word of mouth to make this happen. OK, a newspaper editor just suggested using word of mouth as advertising. Let’s see how well it really does work.
You may have friends in Makoti, you may have friends in Surrey or
Not only that, but should The Kenmare News be so designated, newsstands could be set up in various places to give everyone access to those public notices.
That’s important because this whole vote is about public notices and how they are placed in the official newspaper.
From north of Kenmare south to
This has always been a pet project of mine. When I worked in Langdon, we were the only newspaper in
What we did, however, is solicited votes as if we had stiff competition. As a result, our vote total was in the 94 percentile, which told us that we were doing something right if that many people voted for us and didn’t check the blank box with another newspaper like the Cavalier Chronicle or Grand Forks Herald or something.
In the years I worked in New Town, there were three newspapers in
One year, I took it upon myself to solicit votes for the New Town News. We didn’t win, but we came within 170 votes and in years prior the totals weren’t even close.
So this can happen if we put our minds to it. In
Here’s another way to think about this. Last year while researching World War I, each Kenmare News issue had official
They didn’t have computers back then to transfer information like we can now so think of how much more difficult it was then, not to mention making sure everyone in the county had access to this newspaper.
The last time The Kenmare News was in the running, we were defeated by a substantial margin, most likely because there was no campaigning and little thought.
This time around, it’s a request from the editor to let your friends know that we are seeking this vote. One vote can turn into a thousand quickly.
Make sure you vote June 12 for your favorite candidates and