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Taking a breath: It was time

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I mean that on many levels.

In part because the past week has been a fire drill for me.

I covered the Chicago Marathon, should say record-setting Chicago Marathon, and it was both hard work and fun. But it also ate up an incredible amount of time.

I have some outdoor-related thoughts out of the marathon later. Maybe.

Mainly I am breathing a sigh of relief because the sale of the Sun-Times was approved on Thurdsay by the bankruptcy judge.

Those who have hunted or fished with me over the past half year or so know I was more than a little concerned. The sale at least buys time for the S-T to get its house in order and hopefully figure out a way to mix together the different forms of the paper in the 21st Century.

And from every indication that I have had, outdoors coverage, unlike at the other paper in town, will continue.

To use a marathon image, I feel like I shucked a layer of worry.

In case you haven't figured out by now, I have been doing my dream job as the outdoors guy for the S-T for more than 13 years now. I hope to be around long enough to double or triple that.

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Dale,I have always enjoyed your writing. Glad you will still be around. Those saugers are waiting for us.


You and I agree on most things, disagree on some. I am happy you will be around for a long time to come.



I just returned from another bow hunting trip on my land in Morgan County. Great to read the news about the Sun-Times being wise enough to continue your writing on the outdoors. You have done a marvelous job for the past 13 years, and I too hope it continues for another 13 or 26 years!!!


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