Well, the title says it all.
This is it, the last blog for me. For those that are not avid readers of my blog, I have accepted a new position up in the Minneapolis area and will be moving in a couple weeks. While this is my last blog, technically my last day isn’t until Wednesday.
For this blog, I’ve decided to write one big thank-you note. Some of them might have a little “inside joke” information, so bear with me.
First off, I must thank the readers and everyone who has read my work, even if it was just one time. Seriously, it means a lot to me. I thank everyone who has shared their comments about my horse, Faith. I still say that she is more popular than I am, but nonetheless we both appreciate it.
Next, I have to thank my boss and editor of the newspaper Ryan McGaughey, because you know, technically he’s still my boss for a few for more days. Ha! But I really do appreciate everything you have taught me, and taking a chance on hiring some random girl living in New York looking to move back home.
To Julie Buntjer, I thought I knew a few things about farming due to my horse experience, but you have shown me up and have taught me more about the farming world than I ever thought I would learn.
Thank you to Robin Baumgarn for always making me laugh. When you got hired, I was so glad I wasn’t the only loud person in the newsroom anymore. Keep that up while I’m gone.
Roberta Fultz, thank you for the InDesign lesson. I seriously appreciate it, and I’ll miss your quick one-liners. Believe it or not, you are funny!
To the sports guys, Doug Wolter and Zach Hacker, first off, you guys are jerks! OK, that was an inside joke — they’re really not jerks — but you guys also kept the newsroom laughing and I’ll miss that. Doug, I hope your book sells millions and that the Detroit Lions win the Super Bowl next year. Just kidding — go Vikes!
Jesse Trelstad, you are an amazing photographer, and it’s been awesome sharing my “lonely island” desk with you. Also, a quick shout out to your wife Kristin Trelstad, who will be my replacement. You’re going to do amazing, and I’m really going to miss you!
I saved the best for last, so to speak. I can’t forget Beth Rickers, AKA “work mom.” Beth has mentored people at the Daily Globe for years, and I know I’m just one in the long line of many who have come before and will come after me. But, thank you so much for everything you have taught me. You made me a better writer, and I always know if I did a good job on an article if it got the Beth stamp of approval. I’ll miss having beers with you and Brian, and chatting with you every day at work.
Thank you to all of my other co-workers in all of the other departments, and to Publisher Joni Harms. It was a pleasure to get to know each and every one of you. Also, thank you to all of my former co-workers, especially Aaron Hagen — thank you for teaching me all that you know about city reporting.
Thank you to the Worthington Police Department and Nobles County Sheriff’s Office for teaching me so much about crime reporting, and being patient with me when I was just a newbie. Also, thank you to all of the Worthington city official. It was a honor to report the city news for Worthington.
I hope I haven’t missed anyone on the thank yous, but it really has been a pleasure being able to report the news for Worthington. I hope my reporting, whether it was good news or bad news, not only informed but entertained readers.
Faith and I are off to our next adventure.