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Some things in life are still free

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By Jonna Spelbring Priester

In the current tight economic climate, I think it’s important to know that a few things in life are still free. Mostly.

A walk through the neighborhood is a great way to enjoy some free entertainment, get a little sunshine and exercise not just yourself, but any dogs you might have. Sitting out in the backyard looking up at the stars? Free, as long as you don’t count what you might spend on insect repellent or anti-itch cream for the bug bites you might endure.

And this past weekend? We had a fantastic, and free, Harvest Showcase. Sure, if you wanted to eat, you had to shell out a little green, but the event, parking and entertainment all were free.

And while gas still hovers near the $4 mark — we think perhaps the stars aligned just in time for our gas story last week for the prices to go down — it’s nice to know that there are still a few things that are free.

We even have a few free things here at the Local. Every now and then, I think it’s a good thing to remind folks of those services.

Do you have a new baby? Bring in your baby’s photo and information, and we’ll run that.

Got an engagement announcement? Bring in the information, and a photo if you have it. Got a wedding announcement? Bring us a photo and all the pertinent information, and we’ll run that too. Do you have a special anniversary coming up? Shoot, we’ll run those too. In fact, bring a then and now photo, and we’ll give you two photos for the price of one.

Does your toddler have a first birthday coming up, or have you recently celebrated one? We’ll put that in the paper too, at no charge.

What do those things cost? Nothing, nada, zilch, zero.

And, in a move that could make scrap booking more fun, we now run all of those announcement photos two columns wide. I know if it were my engagement, wedding, anniversary or baby, I’d probably like to see that at two columns wide too.

But what we’ll run for you isn’t just limited to announcement photos and events.

If you’ve got something you think is newsworthy, we’ll run it. We accept submissions for the school news, news and ag pages too. Granted, we are somewhat limited on space each week, so your submitted item might not run right away.

And don’t forget – giving your two cents is free too. We welcome letters to the editor, but with some restrictions. Letters must be held to 500 words or less, and are always subject to editing. We do reserve the right to edit for content or potentially libelous statements.

In a time when even a gallon of milk costs so much more than it did a year ago, it’s nice to know a few things are still free.