By Elizabeth Sias
I grew up in Bloomington, where most of my family still lives, and I always saw myself staying in Minnesota. I’ve grown to appreciate everything the state has to offer, from vibrant downtown Minneapolis to the small towns outside of the Twin Cities to the North Shore. Like most Minnesotans, I have a love-hate relationship with its weather; I love camping in the summer, but can’t stand the state bird (mosquitoes, of course), and I love skiing in the winter, but then wonder why I deal with months of below-freezing temperatures.
In high school, when I wasn’t busy camping or skiing, I often found myself thinking about what I wanted to do for a living. I’ve always had a passion for writing, whether fiction or nonfiction. When I took part in the creation of the senior yearbook, I discovered my love of talking to people and getting their stories out there. That’s when my interest in journalism began.
I decided to stick to my roots by attending the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus and was ecstatic when I received the letter informing me I had been accepted into the university’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. It was during my junior year that I had my first real journalism experience when I started writing for The Minnesota Daily, the student-run newspaper.
The following summer, I had an internship at Downtown Journal and Southwest Journal, where I continued to hone my writing skills by covering everything ranging from business to crime in Minneapolis. In my fall semester of my senior year, I started my capstone course as an intern at the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
I was lucky enough to get a job straight out of college in the rough economy, and soon enough, I found myself reporting for the Fergus Falls Daily Journal. I was excited to start a new life in the town, but unfortunately after about five months with the paper, the rough economy forced the company to make some tough decisions with the budget. They had to make some layoffs, and being the newest in the newsroom, I was one of the people to go.
Another few months later though, my former editor from Fergus Falls, who is now editor of the Princeton Union Eagle, told me about an opening at the Isanti County News. I jumped on the opportunity. That’s how I found myself here with a fresh start, and I couldn’t be happier with where my life led me.
If you want to introduce yourself or have story ideas, feel free to contact me at 763-691-6017 or firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s been a long journey getting to where I am today, and I look forward to meeting new people and learning about the Isanti County community.