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Published October 20 2011

Morast: Blame me for Huebner’s absence

Just in case doomcaster Harold Camping is right this time and today is the day our world really does dissolve after a powerful burst of God’s wrath, I need to get a few things off my chest.

For those who need a quick recap: Robin Huebner, the former Olympic gymnastics hopeful and longtime Valley News Live anchor, ended her relationship with KXJB/KVLY this week.

Depending on whom you’re talking to, she was either forced out or quit.

Either way, her absence from the nightly newscasts created a stir of discontent rarely felt in this land of easy-going Scandinavians.

So how is this my fault?

Two words: It Girl.

This past March, I wrote a column about how I thought Valley News reporter Stephanie Goetz was Fargo-Moorhead’s It Girl of the moment – the woman who had the highest Q rating and popularity in our little part of the world.

Well, shortly after that column ran, it seemed like Valley News began promoting Goetz more than it did before she wore the It Girl crown. And she seemed to be getting more camera time and more quality on-air time after the column.

Eventually, Goetz bumped Huebner from the coveted 10 p.m. anchor spot. That meant Huebner – who had been with the station since Goetz was born – was demoted to anchoring newscasts earlier in the day – a big slap to the ego of competitive broadcast journalists. The rest, as they say in the biz, is history.

And it’s all my fault for anointing Goetz the most popular thing in town. At least, that’s what my gorgeous wife yelled at me Tuesday morning.

So sorry, Robin. Had I known my words possessed that kind of power, I would have just declared myself the starting point guard of the Minnesota Timberwolves and waited for my chance to lob alley-oops at Kevin Love.

And, Steph, my agent thinks you should be paying me some kind of commission for your career ascent. I accept gift cards to JL Beers.

Readers can reach Forum Features Editor Robert Morast at (701) 241-5518