It’s because of her, MaryHelen Swanson, that the Post Review has been delivered to your mailboxes every week for the past 13 years.
There have been other reporters and photographers who have added their own unique works to the Post Review, but MaryHelen was the driving factor behind getting this paper done each and every week.
She spent many late nights at city council, school board and other meetings during her tenure here, giving up time that she could have been spending with her family, to ensure this paper was a well-rounded and accurate account of the happenings of local government.
She also covered far more than municipal government.
In the short time that I’ve been here at the Post Review, I saw her dedication and passion for the people of this community.
On the bottom of our people page, it reads, “It’s all about you.”
That’s truly the attitude I saw her take with the people of Chisago County.
Whether she was interviewing a 3-year-old boy at the Chisago County Fair in Rush City or a 92-year-old woman who came into our office to chat about any number of topics, she took the same approach: she listened.
And sometimes that’s all people want – somebody to listen.
But she did more than that.
She paid attention to these people’s stories and used her writing talent to share those accounts with the Post Review readership.
Those stories then became an official account of life within this county.
I only hope I can record the intricacies of life within Chisago County – the highs, the lows and everything in-between – in as much detail as MaryHelen did.
I feel I’ve learned a lot about this community in the time I’ve been here – I grew up in Wyoming, so I’m kind of a “hometown boy,” – but I’ll admit that I still have quite a bit more to learn.
It takes some time to familiarize oneself with an area, its issues and the unique characters that comprise a beat, but I’m up for the challenge.
I have previous experience as an editor, reporter, photographer and columnist, and I’m confident in my ability to put together a paper that people will hopefully enjoy reading.
But I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out the fact that this paper will be missing something with MaryHelen’s departure.
It will be missing an editor who has far more knowledge of the community than her 13 years of tenure at this paper reflect.
She spent over 26 years total with ECM and is a longtime Chisago County resident – the latter leading to countless stories over the years.
We at the Post Review and (I don’t often speak for people, but I think I’m safe with this one) the readers of the Post Review thank you for your coverage of this community, MaryHelen.