A staple Eden Prairie News report is the story profiling residents dealing with serious illnesses. The articles never probe deeply into the people's experiences, relationships or emotions; the inch-deep formula is quite dependable: Bob got cancer. Cancer was tough. When I had cancer, I prayed a lot. Ours is an awesome God. Everyone was very helpful. When I had chemotherapy, my hair fell out. I'm sure happy I didn't die. I'm going to march in the anti-cancer parade this year.
The subjects are often surprisingly cooperative, unquestioningly agreeing that their pre-illness lives were of no legitimate interest to newspaper readers--that their chemotherapy or mastectomy 'obviously' justify reportorial investigation.
Residing in Eden Prairie, we've already achieved paradise--goes the editorial psychology. The only complaint one may reasonably harbor would be against death-hastening illness.
In Eden Prairie, all is known and right living is self-evident. The beliefs and struggles of opinionated people aren't newsworthy: Good citizens like Eden Prairie--and don't raise a ruckus.
Having no interest in distinguishing good writing from bad--that would be pretentious--the Eden Prairie News is ever happy to profile our self-published authors, especially when they don't appear to hold any interesting viewpoints.