Minnesotan in training: November 13, 2013


It’s hard to believe that I’ve been the editor of the Maple Lake Messenger for a year. 
Monday’s Veterans’ Day program marked that milestone for me, as it was the first thing I covered a year ago.
Once again, I was impressed not only with the quality of the program, but the way the students carried themselves.
When the veterans were speaking, the students listened. When the students participated in the event by reading, reciting the pledge or singing, I could tell they were proud to salute veterans. 
And, of course the best part is when the students went down the receiving line of veterans, shaking their hands and thanking them for their service. Speaker Mike Yanish said the act meant a lot to him, as he had not been warmly welcomed home from Vietnam.
Suffice it to say that the program was a success.
As I start my second year here, I’ve been reflecting a lot on my first year. 
The learning curve has leveled out a bit, but it still seems like I am learning something new every week, if not every day.
Some things I have learned from making mistakes.
Among those mistakes was my  inclusion of a photo of a vehicle that was in an accident in last week’s paper.
I was happy to report that the individual had escaped without life-threatening injury. That was largely because she was wearing a seatbelt, something that should have been included. In fact, the details of the accident should have been verified with more than one source before it was printed.
Furthermore, the photo should not have been printed without permission of the individual who had taken it. 
I sincerely apologize to everyone involved and thank everyone who contacted me with concerns, as I cannot correct or learn from a mistake if I do not know about it.
Thank you for bearing with me as I try to make the paper better.