Where the hell is Brooten, Minn.? Randy Olson is the one-man news machine who's trying to put the tiny town of 700 people on the map.
Back in 2005, Olson was a crop and livestock farmer. Dad passed away in a bull-goring incident and mom needed help on the farm. He did a bit of reporting on the side in those days just to whet his wordsmanship. Eventually, Olson signed on as editor of the Hoffman Tribune -- serving a population of about 400 -- and became a full-time sports reporter at the Saux Centre Herald.
When he hit up the Bonanza Valley Voice in November to see if the weekly newspaper had any work for him, the publisher talked him into buying the whole operation instead. Dazzled by the prospect of having 10 blank pages a week to do whatever in the world he wants with, Olson signed.
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