It is fair time again, and the American News will be at the Brown County Fair every day this week, as we are every year. Our reporters will be working on stories and profiles, as well as the little snapshots that we see and hear at the fair, the items that really tell the story and are so popular with readers.
And, of course, we will lean heavily on the great photography work of John Davis to tell the story of the 2012 county fair.
This year, our plan is to throw our fair coverage on its head, with a mobile- and digital-first strategy.
That can be seen most readily in our new Brown County Fair events app. In it, you'll find events listings, photos, videos and more. So if you are out at the fair, you will always have easy access to the latest information on your smartphone. Download the free app from the Apple App Store, Google Play or on aberdeen
Our staff is planning to focus heavily on video while we're at the fair. In addition, if you are on Twitter, follow any of our news reporting staff or watch the hashtag #browncountyfair for tidbits throughout the fair.
There are a couple of other neat things we will try this week, but better not to mention until we actually pull them off!
We will have a booth at the fair, too. Come out and say hello and learn more about our products on different days of the week:
TUESDAY: American News day. I will be at the booth from 5 to 7 p.m.; reporter Scott Waltman will be there from 7 to 9 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: Outdoor Forum day. Meet the staff of our new Outdoor Forum magazine. Editor Andrew Johnson and advertising representative Jay Kleinknecht will be at the booth from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. American News Publisher Cory Bollinger will be there from 3 to 6 p.m.
THURSDAY: Digital day. Digital team Carrie Cole and Will Elkins will staff the booth all day. I will be there from noon to 3 p.m.; Bollinger will be there 3 to 6 p.m.
FRIDAY: Farm Forum day. Bollinger takes the early shift, from 9 a.m. to noon. Meet Farm Forum Editor Connie Groop from noon to 3 p.m.
SATURDAY: Farm Forum day. Groop will be there from 3 to 6 p.m.
SUNDAY: American News day. I will be back at the booth from noon to 3 p.m.
Help with depression
We have written a couple of stories in recent weeks about suicide. As I've written about previously, we generally wouldn't write stories about suicides unless the person is a public figure, the death was carried out in a public manner or there was another news aspect that compelled us to write the story.
I thought it was a good time today to rerun a list of Aberdeen-area mental health providers. If you are having thoughts of suicide or issues with depression, please call one of these providers:
Avera St. Luke's Mental Health Unit: 305 S. State St.; 605-229-1000, 24-hour.
Awakening Counseling Services: Citizen Building, 202 S. Main St. Suite 300; 605-725-2701. Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday or by appointment.
Catholic Family Services: 310 15th Ave. S.E.; 605-226-1304. Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; evenings by appointment.
Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota: 110 Sixth Ave. S.E., Suite 200; 605-229-1500. Hours: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. http://www.lsssd.org.
Northeastern Mental Health Center: 628 Circle Drive; 605-225-1010. Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday; evening and weekend appointments available. http://www.nemhc.org. Emergency number: 605-229-1000.
Professional Counseling Services: 508 S. Boyd St.; 605-229-2029. Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Emergency number: 605-229-7822.
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