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Woodbury's character not lost on new editor

I guess you could say news is in my blood.

When you have a grandfather who spent his career working the presses at Minnesota's biggest newspaper, you can't help but get a little ink in your system. At least that's the way I like to imagine it.

One way or another, the news bug has taken me to Woodbury as the Bulletin's new editor. I come here via Red Wing, where for nearly six years I covered everything from city hall to schools, to seemingly everything in between.

The move has been a study in contrasts. I leave Red Wing, a town steeped in history and character, but lacking some of the commercial robustness we enjoy in the Twin Cities. I arrive in Woodbury, a city incorporated less than a decade before I was born and still booming with development of all kinds.

But as a journalist, you learn - among other things - not to judge a book by its cover. I had been told this city is a bedroom community. I had been told I shouldn't expect to see the same civic pride I witnessed in Red Wing. So far that couldn't be further from the truth. In my short time here in Woodbury, I've encountered many people with a passion and dedication to community. It's been a pleasant surprise.

That meshes well with my approach to news. In these pages - and in our online product - you'll continue to see the essence of community journalism that the Woodbury Bulletin has established.

My job is to build on that - to keep giving readers the stories they enjoy. And the ones they need. My mission is for the Woodbury Bulletin to provide a compelling mix of aggressive journalism, thoughtful feature stories, engaging sports coverage and an opinion platform for all voices. And, of course, plenty of photos for the family refrigerator. Keep your magnets handy.

On our website, you'll continue to find the very latest in local news, including content that transcends these pages, like photo galleries and video clips. Look for even more on the website - possibly including a few tweaks to the home page - in coming weeks.

I look forward to sharing in the experience that is Woodbury. Here's hoping you'll continue to join us as we bring it to you in the Woodbury Bulletin.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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