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Column: My survival may depend on renting a satellite dish

Henry Kissinger was able to negotiate peace between Vietnam and the United States.

Jimmy Carter managed to have both Israeli and Palestinian leaders meet face to face in the same room to create the Camp David peace accords. So maybe there is hope for a Green Bay Packer fan now living in Minnesota Viking territory.

I began my first day on the job as the new editor of this newspaper on July 12. The very next day I, along with EOT Focus General Manager Melissa Swenson, attended a Perham Area Chamber of Commerce meeting.

My new boss seized the moment when it was her turn with the microphone at the meeting and revealed my "dirty little secret" as she put it -- I'm a Green Bay Packer fan.

While I'm not ashamed to admit this fact, but revealing my "dirty little secret" right away maybe wasn't exactly the first thing I really wanted the citizens of this area to think of when their thoughts turned to who this newcomer is -- the fan of a heated rival now living amongst them.

So now I'll get all of my Minnesota Vikings jokes out of my system so that you will never hear them again.

For example:

What do you call a Minnesota Viking with a Super Bowl ring? Answer: A thief!

How do you get a Minnesota Viking fan off your front porch? Answer: You pay him for the pizza.

How do you tell the difference between a Viking fan and a Packer fan in a third grade classroom? Answer: The Viking fan is taller because he's 18.

As a die hard Packer fan I now realize that if I ever want to be able to watch my beloved team on television while living here, other than when they play the Vikings, I will need to own a satellite dish.

I'm already going through withdrawal symptoms because I'm unable to get my daily fix of Green Bay Packer news.

But enough now about Minnesota's minor league team.

Starting as the new editor

I had been looking forward to starting as the new editor of the "East Otter Tail Focus." Before moving here I worked for a twice a week newspaper in Minocqua, Wis., called "The Lakeland Times." Before that I was the managing editor of "The Daily Globe," a daily newspaper in Ironwood, Mich.

I have tried to go out and meet as many people as possible in my first few days on the job, but I first need to learn how the process of putting together the paper every week works here. So I might not have the chance to meet some of you until after a couple of weeks.

Once I've gotten into the swing of things here I'll be going out and trying to meet as many new people as possible. I will also be covering the Perham City Council meetings and the local board of education.

Please feel free to call me or email whenever you want. I want to hear from you what you want to see in your community newspaper.

I also want to take this time to encourage our readers to send us letters to the editor. We would like to see more comments from our readers on our opinion page.

Nothing is set in stone yet, but I believe we'll be soon putting together some kind of incentive to honor the best letter to the editor of the month each month. Keep watching our paper and within the next few weeks we'll iron out the details and let you know.

Now it's time to end my first column as the new editor of the "East Otter Tail Focus," but wait, I hear a knock at my door.

Oh look, it's some nice Minnesota Vikings fans who want to welcome me to the community, and oh, how nice, they've baked me a cake.

Oh, please stick around and we all can have a piece. But, why are you all leaving so quickly? Hey, wait, this cake is ticking...