The column I didn’t think I’d write so soon

I wasn’t looking for a new job.

In fact, if I’d even ever entertained thoughts of working somewhere else, those thoughts would have taken me closer to Indiana and Ohio, where my parents and in-laws still live.

And yet, a few weeks ago, I got a message out of the blue from the owner of the Pocahontas Record-Democrat. Very long story short, I accepted a job as a reporter and writer there, will be commuting from Rockwell City and you’ll still see me, just as your neighbor and not your chipper community reporter. My last day on the job here is Nov. 27.

(If you want to hear the long version, find me in person. You know how I love to talk.)

I cannot say thank you enough to the readers in Calhoun County, as well as those of you in far-flung locales across the country. Your emails and encouragement in person throughout the past four years has been invaluable. I have adopted your love of community, and of each other, as a way of life.

When I took the job at The Graphic-Advocate, I was a bit worried about just how much news I’d find here. Little did I realize how big the news would get. I’ve met presidential candidates. I’ve written about hot national topics such as oil pipelines.

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