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  • The winds of change are blowing hard in the office as we took on a couple of new employees and a large task each week.


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  • The winds of change are blowing hard in the office as we took on a couple of new employees and a large task each week.
    The Herald’s design and creative team have become the design and creative team to another of our sister papers.
    With this change comes another paper to get to press on Wednesdays, another shopper to get to press on Friday and more So. Peach pages on Monday.
    Along with those three publications comes their special sections, job printing and whatever else was done at their location.
    It has come with enormous changes to processes internally, both at our office and at our sister location.
    Robin Havemeier leads our creative team and we welcome to the Herald-Dispatch staff April Peterson and Laura Wendinger. I know both employees will be great additions to our staff locally.
    Our hope is while we are working through the process changes, each publication we send to press still meets the high standards we have set for ourselves.
    At this time, we have not moved any deadlines up to accommodate the extra work load and we hope we are able to keep them where they are. If, in the near future we see that is not possible, we will let you know in plenty of time to get news stories and advertising messages in, before deadline.
    While we understand change is part of everyday life, we hope the dedicated readers of the Sleepy Eye Herald-Dispatch and the St. James Plaindealer continue to enjoy their hometown newspapers. Feel free to contact me in Sleepy Eye or Doc Durheim in St. James if you would like to see something added you feel maybe missing.
    Thought for the week: Values
    As the old man walked the beach at dawn, he noticed a young man ahead of him picking up starfish and flinging them into the sea. Finally catching up with the youth, he asked him why he was doing this. The answer was that the stranded starfish would die if left until the morning sun.
    “But the beach goes on for miles and there are millions of starfish,” countered the man. “How can your effort make any difference?”
    The young man looked at the starfish in his hand and then threw it to safety in the waves. “It makes a difference to this one,” he said.
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