Once a year, The Daily Journal puts out its largest individual edition — Progress. Well that time is upon us again as we set our sights on the 2020 edition.

Last year, The Journal looked at welcoming readers to the neighborhood. A play on PBS TV show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” we told stories about several members of our community. Stories included that of Arne Robertson, a man that overcame his disability to compete in several different running events; former Fergus Falls Public Schools Superintendent Jerry Ness and his future after retirement; Lake Region Healthcare and its service to the Fergus Falls area for over 100 years; and Jerry Hobbs, a blacksmith who continues to perfect his craft.

This year’s theme, “Small Towns, Big Community,” will look to deliver feature stories about those that make our towns go. This could be anyone from a baker, a car repairman, a business owner, a student, an organization or something else that keeps the community moving. Although some of these people and groups work behind the scenes, their importance to a strong and functioning community are vital.

This week marked the first part of the editorial process as reporters have been assigned several stories for the edition that hits newsstands at the end of February. Some will take a look at a certain industry, a look back at former featured Progress stories, different businesses and much more.

While we have selected several stories through our staff brainstorming session, there is always room for more. If you have story ideas, feel free to email newsroom@fergusfallsjournal.com with your suggestions.

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