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Kriss Nelson - Editor

I am currently news editor for Farm News, an Ogden Newspapers publication based in Fort Dodge, Iowa. I have been a working journalist since 1981. I've worked for magazines and weekly and daily newspapers in California, Minnesota and Iowa. I have won my share of awards in several categories of reporting in Minnesota and Iowa, but I seldom enter contests anymore. When I do it's just a few pieces that I feel especially proud of. Awards are nice, but after a few decades, and after one has served on a judging team, the lure and romance of entering contests just aren't as strong as it used to be. I am the husband of one and father of four and master of none, and I like it that way. The children are grown and gone and working on their own families. Marlene and I have two grandsons. I enjoy playing chess and studying chess, playing racquetball and swimming and enjoy cooking, especially baking. I enjoy reading biographies and other non-fiction titles, but when I want a novel I enjoy the older authors' works, such as Jack London's adventures and Anthony Trollop's deep characters, or G.K. Chesterton's twisty plots. I have an eclectic taste in music that spans many genres, but just because I like an artist, doesn't mean I like everything he or she creates. I'm not much of an art lover. I leave those pursuits to my wife. My best online sources for news includes which gets news online quick. (If you want to see what FOX, CNN and the others will be broadcasting tomorrow, read Dudge today.) Another is the Christian Science Monitor. For objectivity, CSM is one of the best. (And no, I'm not a Mormon. I'm one of those socially dreaded born agains. PTL.)

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My Favorite Sites
Cargill/CJ Bio America

June 26, 2014

We need more snow

February 25, 2014

Distributing propane

October 30, 2013

Ponding everywhere

May 30, 2013

Happy birthday

February 13, 2013

It's about time

June 6, 2012

Northey ignored?

May 16, 2012

Youth labor on farms

April 27, 2012

Plum Island delay a good move

February 21, 2012

Early deadlines

January 25, 2012

Covering news

December 22, 2011

Commodity challenge

December 3, 2011

Hire a veteran

November 11, 2011

RFS under attack

September 20, 2011

More corn acres in 2012?

September 6, 2011

We need readers' help

September 1, 2011



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