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Letter to the Editor: Magazine profile reveals racial denigration

To the editor:

It is an easy moment when you pick up each new edition of "Definitive

Woman." In this season of contention, the articles are heartwarming,

local and hopeful. That is what we were looking forward to when the latest

cover featured a woman of color, Josette. It was disappointing, however, to

read of experiences of racial denigration in our beloved community of

signature lakes and civic pride.

The featured profile of the magazine has been discussed and evaluated by our

group of citizens. We did not react to the profile with total surprise, but

still the experiences of the "definitive woman" were of a degree that was

concerning.

We hope that we can define our community as a place where anyone who wants to

make a life here will be welcomed with grace. There is so much that we can

learn and enjoy from the experience brought by varieties of newcomers.

There was a delightful note in the article that we must congratulate. Josette

had a very positive experience at Woodland Elementary, our recently

designated U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School. The

comments of the school principal in the May 23, 2018 edition of the Echo

Press outlining the creation of community at the beginning of every day was,

perhaps, a model that we can all take to heart. Moreover, thank you to

"Definitive Woman" magazine for pushing us to vision a wider community.

Ann Heydt, Jennifer LeBas, Gene and Judy Rose, Margaret Schroeder, Carol E. Windels, Paul and Judith Florell, all of Alexandria, MN and Rev. Dr. Roger Parks, Clitherall, MN

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