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Upside Down Under

By Marvin Baker, a new weekly column in The Kenmare News


Back in the saddle again...

Posted 10/16/14 (Thu)

After a hiatus of nearly five months, I’ve decided to return to The Kenmare News for a lot of reasons, most notably because I miss being an integral part of putting the newspaper together each week.

As many of you know, I “resigned” from the newspaper in June to devote full time to our organic vegetable operation in Carpio.

Ilene and I have been providing locally grown produce to Minot and the Minot Air Force Base for six years now, something we intend to continue doing but on a scaled-back basis in the future.

However, on those Tuesday evenings after making our produce deliveries, a number of  people in Minot commented to me that they were disappointed that I had left The Kenmare News.

Still others told me that many of my articles were actually interesting to read.

I’m not trying to blow my own horn here. Understand that in journalism we often assume that no news is good news. Rarely do we get positive comments from people on the street.

I guess it got to me and I will admit that numerous times during the summer I thought about ideas that could have been written in this space, or story ideas that sometimes surfaced even though I wasn’t officially affiliated with the newspaper any longer.

In the interim, Fay Froseth did an outstanding job keeping the editorial side of this newspaper interesting and informative for the readers each week.

And I understand completely that it was a bundle for her to handle as she never abandoned her normal duties in the office to take on the writing assignment.

Thank you, Fay! I continued to read The Kenmare News cover to cover each week in these past few months and yes, I’m going to have to work pretty hard to fill those shoes.

But I’m going to do my best to make that happen.

GooseFest is the next big agenda item to ponder. This is a gold mine for a journalist and there should be plenty of serious and humorous topics to consider.

The worst thing I would want to do after GooseFest is slip into a weekly routine and regurgitate the same old same old stuff that readers may have read six weeks ago.

That’s where you, the public, can take an active role in this newspaper.

If you have ideas that might make a good feature or hard news story, please let me know. I’ve lost contact with some of my contacts and in a way, I’m starting over so I can use all the help I can get.

As a reminder, the phone number here at The Kenmare News is 385-4275 and the email address is ( The smallest bit of information, that may seem mundane to some people, can be and often is a good news tip. This is a “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure” sort of analogy.

When I left in June, I assumed at that time I wasn’t coming back, but I told Terry Froseth that I would cover the Jessica Jensen court case as I had worked on that from the beginning.

Originally, her trial was to begin on Sept. 9 but has been pushed back and her trial isn’t yet on the court’s docket.

In my mind, that was my “hook” to at least have some affiliation with The Kenmare News. I’ve liked this newspaper and this community from Day 1 and never wanted to depart fully and completely.

Another thing that got me to thinking are the items happening in Carpio, Donnybrook and Berthold that I should have written about but didn’t.

As an example, the Carpio Fire Department gave away a Harley Davidson motorcycle in August, the local tavern there is being renovated and is under new ownership and there’s always things happening in Berthold these days.

When I made the decision to come back to the newspaper, I told one of my vegetable customers that I still believe I made the right decision when I was 17 years old, that I wanted to be a journalist and later received that degree from the University of North Dakota.

But the fact remains, there’s a newspaper to put together for Oct. 22 to keep the readers informed and the advertisers content.

I also miss taking pictures and want to get back into some interesting news photography that can put a new and interesting angle on the nature of things.

It’s great to be back in Kenmare, sitting in a chair and writing rather than on my hands and knees pulling weeds.

I’m happy to be back and working at my old desk and looking forward to seeing everyone.