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Letter about the editor:

January 12, 2010 - Karin Elton
Her new newspaper's gain is the Independent’s loss. I’ve enjoyed working with Rae Kruger Yost as a co-worker, friend and boss. She has been great in all three roles.

As a reporter and editor, she has finely-tuned instincts for what will make an interesting news story. Often her ideas end up being the most read stories on the Web site. She can write a story in no time flat — nailing the cogent issues of a county board meeting or capturing the interesting twist of a human interest story that most people would have overlooked.

I’ll miss the laughing part of working with her most of all. Rae and I share a similar sense of humor such as when someone sings a pop song in a precise and well-enunciated manner — it cracks us up.

One time Rae and I caterwauled our way through an altered rendition of “I Will Survive” when receptionist Joann Valentin retired. We sang it in front of the whole office and then sang it again when Jo’s husband, Jim, joined her reception.

In addition to leaving many sad friends and taking her journalistic excellence from this region, Rae also is taking away southwestern Minnesota institution Dana Yost. The cities of Minneota, Willmar, Cottonwood and Marshall in particular have benefited from his having lived and worked there.

They both have given much to their community and we will miss them.


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