By Marvin Baker, a new weekly column in The Kenmare News
Posted 4/11/17 (Tue)
Ten years ago Kenmare News Publisher Terry Froseth implemented an idea he had been thinking about for a while.
And now that the “Where In the World Have You Been?” feature has passed a decade, we’d like to remind our readers that we’ve had a lot of comments regarding this feature and would like to strengthen it.
First of all, we thank all the readers who have submitted information for “Where In the World Have You Been?”
It’s a very simple process. Take a recent copy of The Kenmare News with you on vacation, find an interesting place, have someone take your picture and turn it into this newspaper along with an explanation and we’ll print it.
Photos need to have good resolution and no profanities are allowed, but just about everything else goes.
It could be one person, two or three or 50 if you can make it happen with the simple rules. Just find an identifier; a palm tree, a road sign, a hotel or something to identify the place to authenticate it.
Most often when we are going on vacation, we think about the most interesting, remote location we can possibly think about.
I missed the boat in February. I took The Kenmare News with me on vacation to Panama City, Fla., with my intent to have a picture of my wife and I on the steps of the nearby state capitol in Tallahassee.
The problem was, we didn’t get to Tallahassee because Panama City was too much fun to go anywhere else.
With that in mind, we should have just done it on the beach there.
My point is it doesn’t have to be a specific spot. It can be nearby your vacation destination.
We’ve had people turn in pictures from South Africa, Norway, Disneyland, New York City, Seattle, Alaska, Germany and the list goes on.
Be creative. It doesn’t have to be the steps of the Florida state capitol. Do it at a baseball game, a well-known restaurant, a zoo, a government function, a parade or even a family reunion.
The ideas are endless. There’s the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Big Ben in London, the Sydney Opera House, the Brandenburg Gate, the Arc de Triomphe, the foothills of the Andes Mountains, the Coors Brewery, Hoover Dam, the Gettysburg Battlefield and so on.
But here is something else to consider. It doesn’t have to be as far away as Paris or Sydney. It can be someplace closer.
You could be at Sauerkraut Day in Wishek, headed to a hockey game at Ralph Englestad Arena, attending the Horse Fest in Taylor, the Metis Festival in Walhalla or the Garrison Dam.
Use your imagination to come up with something. We would like to see a “Where In the World Have You Been?” every week.
As Terry Froseth puts it, we want our readers to participate and the more people who participate, the more interesting places can be noted.
It’s bragging rights and you’ll get your picture in the paper.
A lot of North Dakota people spend their winters in Arizona and often get together to visit. We also see hometown reunions happening in various places in Arizona and California.
Some of the North Dakota weeklies have printed pictures of hometown reunions in Sun City, Sedona, Mesa, Phoenix and others.
You can do the same, but the only caveat is bring a copy of The Kenmare News when you stage the picture. We’d love to see a large crowd of Kenmare, Donnybrook, Carpio, Tolley, Norma, Niobe or Berthold people at a winter visit somewhere.
Military members are welcome to submit as well. The Armed Forces often goes to exotic places in the world and there’s no reason we couldn’t print their pictures, unless of course, they are in a classified location.
But, the U.S. military has some interesting places; Hohenfels, Germany, Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, Pensacola Naval Station, the Pentagon, the Azores off Italy, Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Tarija, Bolivia, or even the U.S. Embassy in Reykjavik, Iceland.
As you can see the ideas are endless and you, the readers, can have a lot of fun with this.
Oh, and don’t forget, you can always pose with celebrities and a copy of The Kenmare News.
Take your picture with a Major League Baseball player, a movie star, a political figure, an astronaut or perhaps a famous animal like the Taco Bell dog, Dollie the sheep or Skippy the kangaroo.
Have some fun with it. Show the readers what you’ve got.