Growing up near Rockford, Illinois, I always had dreams of moving south when I grew up. Palm Trees, oceans, and hot weather – not a snowflake in sight all year. Needless to say, sitting here in Osceola writing my first column for The Sun and Country Messenger means those plans must have changed.
For those who don’t know me, my name is Matt Anderson. I am a fairly new resident to this community and I’m happy to introduce myself as your new editor. My now wife, Kylee, and I moved to Dresser in June of last year only days after getting married. She is a New Richmond native with most of her family living here, so I happily followed her up here.
We met in Kenosha, WI while attending Carthage College. It didn’t take long after we started talking that I knew she was the direction my life was heading. A year into dating, I proposed, and one year later we were married. She was offered a position at St. Croix Falls High School in special education and decided this is where she wanted to be. “Okay,” I said, “let’s go.”
For the last year, I have been working as the editor of the Baldwin Bulletin newspaper. It was my first position in the newspaper industry, and it was certainly a daunting one. After finding out that Suzanne was leaving, I was offered the position here and I took it without hesitation. Just being closer to my wife and my home was enough, but I am truly grateful that I am now reporting in my own community too.
That being said, I would be lying if I said this wasn’t a daunting undertaking too! I am still learning all of the ins and outs of being an editor, and now I’m re-learning a new community as well. After all, nobody likes change.
So, please do forgive the inevitable shortcomings that may take place as I become acquainted with this new position. All I want is to provide you the coverage you want to see, and to be a part of the team that makes this paper one that you want to read every week.
Now that the introduction is out of the way, I want to say that I very much look forward to meeting and working with many of you. I hope you will find that I am always willing to listen to your questions and concerns, that I am intentionally unbiased, and that I only have good intentions in the work that I do as the new editor of this paper.