The cliché or idiom that “news travels fast” can be taken quite seriously around small town Minnesota. Pretty much anything from petty news, gosssip, falsehoods, rumors, and major news stories all spread like wild fire through small towns…
Although a lot of the real news is spread by traditional publicity such as newspapers, television, and radio, perhaps an equivalent amount is spread by word of mouth. Or in this modern era, it may even be delivered via text message. The news takes a turn into entertainment for many when it is off the record of a credible source when it strays away television, newspapers, or radio. Sorting through what’s fact and fiction may seem important to many who follow the local events, but for many the town gossip and happenings seem to be on the frontline.
Within in the last week there was a drug bust in our small town. Yes, that’s something that you would anticipate in a big city. However, we definately get our share of criminal activity as well. If you want to find out more about it, you’ll have to investigate small town news independently because the point is that the next day almost everyone new almost every detail of how the crime scene went down. That is how fast events spread in our area. Sure, there were different accounts of each version of the story, but everyone knew the main idea of what had happened.
Life is never really dull in our neck of the woods. Word travels quickly, like wildfire!