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March 14, 2008 - Lee Smith
In a small town, gathering the news is sometimes a cleanup job. By which I mean a lot of you out there have heard the story, or parts of it, before it ever appears in the newspaper. That's OK. There isn't much to be done about smalltown grapevines, of which our reporters are a part. What the Sentinel hopes to provide are sum total stories, in which the whole story gets to the reader, many of whom are not in the loop. We also hope to clean up the story so that it is accurate in the retelling. When stories are strictly gossip, there tends to be a lot of exaggeration involved. Or friends might just spice something up a bit to make it more interesting or funny for those they know. And there are some conspiracy hounds out there who believe someone is always getting away with something. In any case, the Sentinel welcomes all sorts of news tips. We try to stay on top of things, but we don't necessarily hear about everything. I guess what I'm trying to say is please don't get mad at us ... give us a call instead and tell us what we're missing. We'd love to follow up and find out what's really going on. We don't always like "rumor patrol" because a lot of them turn out to be untrue. But we always will make a call or two to check things out. You can call the Sentinel at 800-598-5597 or 507-235-3303. You can ask for me or anyone in the newsroom. Send your emails to


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