Welcome to the new Carver County News

It’s been 125 years since we started covering the news and events that are important to Watertown and the surrounding areas. It is a responsibility we take seriously and we want to meet and exceed your expectations. This week, we continue our long relationship with Watertown by unveiling a new look and a new emphasis.

Thanks to your input and your continued encouragement to improve the newspaper, this week we are introducing a variety of new wrinkles that should further enhance your newspaper.

A few months ago we met with a focus group, consisting of residents and leaders from the community. We asked those members what they liked about the paper and what they thought could be improved or added. A lot of good ideas were shared.

This week is the first installment of some of the changes we have planned.

What you will notice is expanded coverage of all news from the area. We will still continue to focus our efforts on Watertown, but we also recognize that news from the region is also important to you, so we have added space to allow for that.

You may have already noticed that we have expanded our sports coverage. You told us how important sports are, and we responded with more coverage, more photos and a more robust presentation. We also added expanded coverage of school district news through our regular installment of Royal Happenings.

We also invited more of you to share your expertise through the use of columns.  Some of those columns will include a historical perspective, an outdoor’s emphasis, a law enforcement update by Sheriff Jim Olson, a Watertown safety and crime report by Deputy Troy Carlson, an arts column by Barb Hone, as well as select columns from principals of area parochial schools and an agriculture overview by Laura Kieser.

The new look of the paper starts on the front page and carries through to inside pages. Many of you have asked that we do a better job of organizing news by categories, so that’s what we have done.

Some of the changes that you see come as a direct result of our relationship with our readers and the business community. We want to know what interests you. We want you to send us your important announcements and photos of interest. We want to know about your unique stories and accomplishments, your triumphs as business leaders and your volunteerism as individuals to make this a better community.

In truth you are the newspaper. Without you there is no newspaper. We want to share your stories so the Watertown area is recognized as a place of distinction and pride. And we want to help you promote your businesses so you can be successful and further strengthen the community.

This is just the beginning of our renewed commitment to serving you in the best way we know how. There will certainly be some bumps along the way as we try out our new look and the new approach, but we will always strive to bring you the news and information that makes this area so special.

Along the way, let us know how we’re doing. If you have suggestions or ideas for stories or simply want to submit news and photos, contact Matt Bunke, community editor, at 952-955-1111 or matt.bunke@ecm-inc.com.

Welcome to the new Carver County News. Your stories. Your photos. Your newspaper.

 Keith Anderson is director of news for ECM-Sun Newspapers

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