Local journalism, newspapers soul of community

Grain elevator – The featured photograph above is a view of the Glacial Plains Cooperative grain elevator in Kerkhoven, Minnesota. The Kerkhoven Banner, a weekly newspaper in Kerkhoven, is located across the street from the grain elevator in rural Swift County, US Highway 12. The BNSF Railway runs the length of Kerkhoven, and next to the grain elevator.

Featured story in Kerkhoven Banner, Minnesota

Jannet L. Walsh
July 7, 2022
Murdock, Minnesota

The Kerkhoven Banner, Kerkhoven, Minnesota – Visit Facebook page

“Local journalism exposes the soul of a community. How do people know who we are if we don’t tell the story?” 

Theodore J. Almen, publisher and Editor, The Kerkhoven Banner

The weekly newspapers in rural towns across America are the storytellers of local communities. They are a source of news found in no other location, and might not be published online.

The Kerkhoven Banner, established in 1896, is a weekly print only publication serving the communities of Kerkhoven, Murdock, Sunburg, and Pennock, Minnesota. Their early staff wrote about the early settlers in Swift County in the late 1800s traveling by horse and cart to report the news. It’s been 126 years of continued serve in the rural central Minnesota agricultural region. Today you hold the newspaper printed with soy ink in your hands to read it.

I am very honored, and delighted to be featured on the home page of The Kerkhoven Banner, July 6, 2022, story, Passion and relentless research dictate success in local author’s first book deal, by reporter Cormac Dodd. It’s a story about my forthcoming book, and my late father’s 1953 vintage Kodachrome images.

Learn more about The Kerkhoven Banner at their Facebook page, and details about subscribing to their weekly newspaper.


The Kerkhoven Banner, Kerkhoven, Minnesota – Read story Passion and relentless research dictate success in local author’s first book deal by reporter Cormac Dodd, July 6, 2022. Learn more about The Kerkhoven Banner, and subscribe to local journalism.

The Kerkhoven Banner, Kerkhoven, Minnesota – Read story Passion and relentless research dictate success in local author’s first book deal by reporter Cormac Dodd, July 6, 2022. Learn more about The Kerkhoven Banner at their Facebook page.

About the writerJannet L. Walsh, of Murdock, Minnesota, is a photographer, writer, and educator. She is the author of the forthcoming creative nonfiction quest narrative “Higgledy-Piggledy Stones: Family Stories from Ireland and Minnesota,” scheduled for publication in 2022 by Shanti Arts Publishing. She has compiled Irish Genealogy Toolkit, a list of resources for researching your Irish roots. You can follow Walsh on Facebook and Twitter, and her other social media channels.



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