By Anna Jauhola
Hello Kittson County! I’m so excited to be a part of God’s country once again.
I was born in Hallock to Larry Jauhola and Joy Wight, and raised just south of Hallock on the family farmstead. I graduated from Kittson Central in 2001, studied print journalism at Minnesota State University Moorhead and went on to write for newspapers over the last 12 years.
My husband, son and I moved home a month ago after spending several years in North and South Dakota. I have to say, I’ve received the kindest and warmest welcome home from everyone I’ve seen. And when I took photos of Rib Fest over the weekend, many commented their excitement of me starting at The Enterprise.
On a fun side note, my grandmother, Ruby Benson, worked for Clifford and Calvin Bouvette at The Enterprise many decades ago. She always had fantastic stories to tell, which made it sound like a lot of fun to work at a newspaper. The older I got, the more I realized I wanted to write for a living, but I felt a little lost in high school. Later, my brother helped me find my way and suggested I major in journalism at MSUM.
“You’ve always liked the news,” he told me one day after I asked what I was going to do with an English degree.
And so began the journey to meeting hundreds of ordinary people with extraordinary stories to tell. The more people I met and wrote about, the more I understood the extreme importance of not only community journalism but the newspaper’s ability to provide a unique service. The Enterprise is meant to, among many other features, be a record of your county’s history.
It has long been my dream to move back to the area, but it’s been a long journey and it’s bittersweet to be here again. I’m happy to help tell the stories and report the news of Kittson County.
I’m excited to get started, to get to reacquainted with and know as many of you as possible, and help to continue to provide a fantastic weekly newspaper.