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It’s all news to me

June 30, 2012
By Cindy Votruba , Marshall Independent

I finally broke into the book Ross got me for Christmas 2010 - "News To Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist" by Laurie Hertzel, the current books editor for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. I'm most of the way through and enjoying it immensely. Hertzel started at the Duluth News Tribune when she was just 19 years old as the news clerk back in the late 1970s.

It's fascinating to learn about the ins and outs of a larger newspaper back in that era - before computerized page design, where Associated Press wire basically came out of a machine and traveling across the northeast region of Minnesota to gather stories. Hertzel even went to the Soviet Union when Duluth became sister cities with Petrozavodsk. Unfortunately the long epic stories that are heartwarming and fun to write are few and far-between now as we're people who like to get our news fast and not have to read too much. Then there's always the concern about space.

The Plum Creek library system finally got the e-books it's been promising for more than a month. There's roughly 575 books to choose from in the system. I was like a kid in a candy store - staying up way too late one night searching for books to read. I checked a couple out - grateful that I managed to do that right the first time. And I also returned one successfully. One of the books I got was on a prior list of authors I wrote down - Cheryl Strayed and her book "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail." I just started it, so I still can't comment too much on the book. But I'm liking what I'm reading so far.

Another happy discovery this week was filmmaker Kevin Smith's "Spoilers" on Hulu. It's like "At the Movies" with Kevin Smith. Not everybody is a fan of Smith's, I know. Some have probably never heard of him. But I enjoyed the first episode where he, and others who went to the movie (and made up his studio audience), talked about "Snow White and the Huntsman." Carrie Fischer was the special guest. It's just some free fun for me (as long as Hulu remains a free service).

Excuse me while I look for more e-books.



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