An introduction.

First off, I’d like to apologize for the horrible picture of me. You can blame it on Deb. She made me look up into the sun, until my eyes watered and then decided to take the picture. She’s probably going to make me keep it too.

For those of you who might not know me, my full name is Austin Rusch, but I go by AJ. I am from Sleepy Eye and graduated from Sleepy Eye High School in 2014. I am currently attending Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) and majoring in creative writing.

In my spare time, I work on a local dairy farm for the Seiferts. I absolutely love it out there. The Seiferts, for those of you who don’t know them, are just about the nicest people with a pair of feet and a herd of cows around these parts. The heifers they have, or as I like to call them ‘the girls’, are some of the most rewarding animals to work with. I have learned a lot about the fragility of life, and how fleeting it can be from them, and for that I am eternally grateful.

Everyone here in town and at the Herald-Dispatch has given me a very warm reception and I’d like to thank them and you. Some of the people here at the newspaper are even trying to get me to quit school—I won’t name names, but for those of you who know who I’m talking about, it probably doesn’t come as a surprise.

I am big into football and basketball, so tackling this job in the summer was definitely different for me. But I have found trying to transcribe Bruce Woitas’ scribble on scorebooks, or Wendy Owens perfect penmanship on paper, to be very challenging, and fun. And maybe baseball isn’t as boring as I thought it was.

But, in the end, sports are sports, and there is not a thing on this big blue marble of a planet we call earth, that I would rather spend my days covering. It really helps too, that the spring teams this year are pretty juiced up this year and have performed very well. I will keep my fingers crossed that the Sleepy Eye Indians baseball team makes it to State.