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Sunday, October 7, 2007

Controversial weather forecast incites hate letter from senior citizen

Strongly worded paragraph criticizes Five Day Outlook

Alex Terrieur
La Lune de la presse internationale


Local resident Iona Haus, 78, of New Ulm, became irate late Friday after watching the five day weather forecast on local cable Channel 14. The incident resulted in a strongly-worded letter being sent to the meteorologist in charge of all local forecasting, Justin Kase, who has worked at the station for only several months.

"I couldn't believe it," said Mrs. Haus, a New Ulm resident all her life. "It was just so ridiculous. Back a few decades ago, we'd have never seen something like that. Now they think they can do all those fancy graphics, instead of giving the chance of rain like they should. They forget it's a public service, not a drug music concert. They should be ashamed of themselves and give their jobs to someone more competent. And those commercials are so darn loud."

Channel 14 refused comment after the letter was received Saturday, although one anonymous employee told the La Rochelle Times the scene in the Production and Editing room was "like a bloodbath."

"I'd be surprised if heads didn't roll over this," said the anonymous cameraman.