“Focus” your attention on these stories

Last week, I wrote about how much work we put into our annual Focus section “Rising to the Challenge,” which came out yesterday. I hope all of you had a chance to see it in the paper! If not, it’s now online, and it’s the perfect weekend reading if you’re looking to stay inside and forget that it’s actually April, not January (because someone clearly forgot to tell Minnesota).

I’ve had a chance to read most of the Focus stories now, and I have to tell you, they are really fantastic. When we first started working on the section, I was a little nervous. It seemed like a huge topic to tackle and I had no idea how it would all work out. But once again, I’m blown away by all of our reporters and editors who put this section together. From the economic challenges of farming to homelessness in Kandiyohi County to health care partnerships in the area to the growing diversity in the Willmar School District, we looked at a lot of issues facing this area and what various groups are doing to handle them.

But it doesn’t really matter what I think. We’d love to know what you think of our Focus section this year. Did we represent the different areas of the community well? Is there a story we should have done instead, or should do in the future? Leave a comment here or shoot me an email at awhite@wctrib.com. Your opinion is the one that matters!

PS: I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a HUGE shout out to our features editor Sharon Bomstad, who oversaw the section from the beginning and designed all of the pages. She did a truly awesome job!