It might make more sense to say this next week, when my final paper here in Sleepy Eye goes to print, but that feels like it might be the column equivalent of leaving someone’s home right after you’ve had dinner, without staying for conversation.


It might make more sense to say this next week, when my final paper here in Sleepy Eye goes to print, but that feels like it might be the column equivalent of leaving someone’s home right after you’ve had dinner, without staying for conversation.

I’ve accepted a job offer in Montevideo, which leaves me with one more week to go here.

It’s been a good stay here and I’d have to say I have learned an awful lot; my colleagues here at the Herald-Dispatch hold high standards, and that’s a good thing for any young writer to experience fresh out of school.

I haven’t been here long at all, in the big picture of things, but I have been here long enough to know I’ll always remember one thing about Sleepy Eye above the rest: the seniors here are a great group of active, compassionate and tenacious people.

From Josie Rose organizing the food shelf to Sylvan Schumacher with his fascinating dugout project, the seniors of Sleepy Eye are an active bunch who don’t seem to let anything slow them down, or keep them from contributing in a variety of interesting ways.

Most of my best conversations in Sleepy Eye tend to be with seniors as well; I’ve had a number approach me about my column, and the compliments are great, but so are the criticisms and the questions. It’s always my aim to start a conversation and get the idea and debate ball rolling, no matter if I am doing it by making a serious point or satirizing something that has been bothering me for awhile.
I’ve learned I can confidently say that a senior in Sleepy Eye always has something to say about a topic, and the opinions are wonderfully diverse.

This upcoming weekend is Corn Days, and I have heard nothing but great stories about the festivities since I?moved here. I’m glad that I’ll be able to check it out during my final week on the job before I head out. I hope to catch as many of you there as I can.