A bittersweet farewell to the Isanti County News

It’s hard to believe I’ve been with the Isanti County News for almost two years. I remember my first day of work when I took a tour of Cambridge, driving around to learn the ins and outs of the community, from Goldenwood in the south to the new business developments in the east. ESias

I’ve had a wonderful couple years working with the talented staff in this office, but as of Monday, March 4, I’ll be working for another newspaper within ECM Publishers, the parent company of the Isanti County News.

As my coworkers and some people in the community know, I live in Coon Rapids and for my nearly two years at the paper, I’ve commuted up to Cambridge every day—more than 30 miles each way.

Moving up to Cambridge was an option, but I’ve always been a city girl, and when a position opened up at the Sun Focus covering the city of Fridley, Minn., I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

I’m incredibly excited to start working as a community editor for the Sun Focus, but it’s a bittersweet goodbye to the communities of Braham, Cambridge and Isanti and the staff at the Isanti County News.

I’ve learned a lot about reporting and photography from editor Rachel Kytonen and fellow reporter Greg Hunt. It’s been a pleasure to work with community members on all sorts of stories.

I’ve seen new businesses pop up, while others have closed their doors. I’ve watched and covered the elections for city councils and school boards. And I’ve shared heart-warming, inspiring stories of the individuals who make these communities what they are.

To this day, my favorite story I’ve written was about a little infant from Wyanett Township who received a heart transplant when he was just 5 months old. I don’t think  I could ever forget his tale.

And I had a great time each summer photographing the fun at the Isanti County Fair, Isanti Rodeo Jubilee Days and Braham Pie Day.

I’ve enjoyed my time at the Isanti County News, but I know I’m making the right decision and taking a step forward to the next chapter of my life.