The New York-based newspaper Newsday was scheduled to run an opinion article on Storm Lake diversity in their Sunday, September 30 editorial section.
The article was a shortened version of a column by Storm Lake writer Chuck Offenburger.
Just as Offenburger had finished the story, the terrorist attacks occurred, and Newsday asked him to update the article to reflect reactions or changes in Storm Lake in the wake of the tragedies.
In the story, he explained why multicultural diversity seems to be working in the community, even in a tense period of international relations. Storm Lake apparently has some 37 countries of nationality represented in its population, which is estimated to be roughly 40 percent "minority." Offenburger traced the development of modern diversity in the city, as well as the patriotism being expressed in the wake of the tragedies.
"Delegations of community leaders from across the Midwest keep coming here to see how the people here have done it," Offenburger said. Newsday ran a photo of Storm Lake City Hall, with its hours stenciled on the door in three languages, to accompany the piece.
The full text of the article can be viewed on the web site, www.chuckoffenburger.com.