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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

It's official today.

My new job is editor and general manager of the Sawyer County Record in Hayward, Wisconsin, and general manager of the Spooner Advocate.

I'm being paid almost as much as I made in Bloomington, Indiana, where I had a fancy title and oversight of editorial operations at 10 newspapers.

Better yet, I'm home.

Every bar I walk into, Leinenkugel's is served. People know Packers trivia. The residents are kind and helpful and welcoming.

I've had some car troubles and housing issues and newbie problems and everywhere I turn, there's someone to help. And not just aid but with a basic common humanity and decency with which I grew up. It's not as though I've not seen this in other cities but here that kind of behavior is to be expected rather than a pleasant surprise.

Do I have a bias to the Nort'woods? Yes. Absolutely.

I am home.

And I am staying.

Peace unto all of you my brothers and sisters.


  1. APG just got a new digital subscriber from 16373! Speaking of locations, I see you are right smack dab between the El Tequila Bar & Grill and the Ignite Dispensary. Good times. Good times.

    Very happy for you, Lad. Dorothy said it best. Is why I returned to the forests of NW PA. There's no place like home.

  2. Now you have a kitchen to cook in, once again. Congratulations on the job, the move and a rebuttal to Dorothy in 'The Wizard of Oz'--you can go home again. My knees will probably be working properly again by the time your stuff is to be moved from that garage to a U-Haul and I'd be happy to help again.

  3. Your readers from western Massachusetts to central Norway are celebrating! And I think it was Tom Wolfe, who said you can't go home again, but there is also The Wizard of Oz and story of the Prodigal Son, which suggests that you can. I think home must be the sweetest word in any language. Welcome home!

  4. Congratulations, Rich! Welcome back Up North.

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  6. Great to read your news about landing a new editorial job in an area where you wanted live!