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Former masthead lived for 2,358 days

Published: Thursday, June 19, 2014 11:08 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, June 20, 2014 3:53 p.m. CDT

I spent about 30 minutes Tuesday evening, cranking the handle on our microfiche machine, searching through old newspapers trying to nail down just how long our former masthead lived for.

Well, I found it.

Our former masthead debuted Jan. 1, 2008.

It lived for 2,358 days, including weekends. It debuted just about the time the United States economy really started plummeting into the Great Recession. In fact, President Bush had just proposed a $145 billion stimulus package about that time to give the economy a “shot in the arm.”

But, the old masthead did survive the recession. And Monday, it was laid to rest in the archives as we revealed a new masthead atop the Creston News Advertiser. This new masthead was a collaboration of three on-staff designers (Dennis Kuyper, Dorine Peterson, myself) and feedback from various department heads and staff at the CNA.

Dennis, Dorine and I all designed a new masthead, and I’m happy to say we used pieces from each to construct this front page staple. And, the constant in all these designs was an eagle soaring through the middle of the masthead. Cool photo, right?

Where did we get it?

Tom Danilovich of Creston snapped this eagle photo somewhere in Iowa. He couldn’t be certain where exactly, but believed the shot was taken either at Green Valley State Park or Des Moines River area.

Tom is such a talented photographer and was, as always, very pleasant to work with during this process. Check out more of his photos at http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/thomas-danilovich.html or on his Facebook page.

The plan is to continue modernizing the look and content of our newspaper moving forward. On tap are changes to headers on inside pages and revamping of the entertainment page. I’ll also be searching for a reliable, local outdoor columnist and agriculture columnist.

Got anyone in mind? Have any feedback at all? Let me know at kwilson@crestonnews.com

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Family update: Harper turned 1 year old Saturday. We celebrated by inviting close family to a pizza party at The Pizza Ranch. Harper wasn’t on her A game, though, because of an unfortunate ear infection. She’s all better now, though.

Concert in Lincoln: Stormy Lee and I will be traveling to Lincoln, Neb., for a James Taylor concert Saturday evening. This is a Father’s Day gift and celebration of a milestone. We started dating five years ago June 27 on the wedding night of Jami and Brian Burris. It’s been a fun ride these five years Stormy Lee!

We both love James Taylor. How couldn’t you? In fact, our first dance as married couple was “You’ve Got A Friend.”

Pump/Run: I’ve been training for the 15th annual Cannonball Pump and Run in Winterset. This competition includes bench pressing your body weight as many times as possible, then running a 5K. With each repetition on the bench press, you earn 15 seconds off your run time.

We’ll see how it goes. I’m running 8 minute miles now and 11 reps on bench press at 160 pounds.

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