Adams County Record Introduces New Editor

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Adams County Record Introduces New Editor 

By JENNIFER GARREAU

Record Editor

 

Hello, let me introduce myself, my name is Jennifer Garreau and I am the new editor of the Adams County Record. You may have seen my by line in last week’s issue.

I am very excited about my new job at the Adams County Record and whole heartedly believe in Albert Schweiter’s quote, “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”

To give you a little background about myself, I have two degrees in Ag Journalism and Animal Science from South Dakota State University. I also started my masters degree in counseling but did not finish it.

My first job out of college was to work for a national weekly newspaper, where my claim to fame is interviewing President Clinton. The paper was bought out and sold to a company in New York, I was offered a position in New York but instead, I choose to marry my now ex-husband who served in the U.S. Air Force and we moved to Spangdahlem Air Force Base in Germany.   There I worked as the public relations director for the base. I quit that job, which paid very well, to become a tour guide. I took Americans on bus tours all over Europe and got paid to see an experience almost all of Europe. We were there almost five years.

I also started freelance writing in Germany and continue to do so to this day, mainly for horse and ranch magazines. My articles have appeared in America’s Horse, Western Horseman, and Working Ranch Magazines.

From Germany we got orders to go to Great Falls, Montana. There I embraced my passion for horses and helping others and started and operated a therapeutic riding center, where I taught English and western riding lessons to mentally and physically disabled clients, as well as, able bodied clients. Besides raising my son to be the amazing man that he is, this was truly one of the most rewarding things I have ever done in my life!

After my ex-husband and I divorced, I came home to the Sturgis area to regroup and worked for a Rapid City print shop as a graphic design artist and as a veterinary assistant at a local vet clinic.

I was then offered a job in Capitol, Montana as a ranch hand. Those of you that are familiar with that area know it is truly the end of the earth, it’s 97 miles from the nearest WalMart, and when it rains you can’t get out of there for days because of the gumbo. Most women in their right mind would never choose to live that far from civilization, by themselves with no television.

I love a good challenge, which is probably why I agreed to marry Mark Archibald. It is he that brought me to Hettinger. We went to college together at SDSU and reconnected on Facebook. I dated him once in college and couldn’t stand him then, but he has grown and I love him dearly. We plan to be married in February, when my son returns stateside from Korea where he serves in the Army.

Unfortunately, I was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after moving here and finished my cancer treatment at the end of June. One of the things I found very therapeutic was writing through my treatment and as a result of that have helped the Rapid City Regional Cancer Center develop the Healing Arts program, which provides a wide variety of arts to cancer patients and their families. Please feel free to visit my blog at mtranchgirl.wordpress.com
to learn more about my cancer experience.

Besides starting my new job as editor, the most exciting thing I have done this week is help a man I genuinely admire and respect, C.W. Archibald, gather strays off the neighbors.  I have never met a man who at his age still works as hard as he does. There is nothing like riding out early on a cool crisp morning on a good horse that loves his job and doing a job for a man who has done so much for me.

While gathering strays you often have to long trot out and ride a large circle to gather them, which is just what I have set out to do here at the paper gathering news, and I hope you can see that with this issue. My goal as editor is to give readers more content and something fresh and new. It is my hope that we get photos and articles of every child in Hettinger the paper. Because agriculture is and always has been a passion of mine, and an important part of my life, and because it is economically vital to this community, there will soon be a weekly agriculture section of the paper. I also want to weekly feature a local business, as well as a local resident.  I do not believe importance necessarily mean interesting, every ordinary person has a fascinating story.

While Clarence and I were gathering strays, a high headed, fence crawling heifer took the lead and started running off with the herd. My cow pony and I raced to get ahead of them and just when we reached the fence my horse went to turn them and I didn’t turn with him and I came off my horse. I am clearly out of shape, which now that I am done with cancer treatments needs to be one of my priorities.  My crash course with the ground, scattered the herd through fences into three different pastures, creating even more work. As with this job, the changes and additions I want to make to the paper won’t happen overnight and I will make mistakes, but I believe in admitting to them quickly, learn from them and moving on. Change is not a threat, it is an opportunity. Survival is not the goal, thriving and transformative success is.

I will bring with me to this position the values I have learned working on the ranch. I am not afraid to back down from a challenge, and I don’t believe in giving up, no matter how hard it gets. I take pride in my work and always finish what I start and do what has to be done even if it’s not a fun job, like fencing. I will be tough, but fair. I will do what I say I am going to do. I will ride for the brand and am wholeheartedly committed to making sure this newspaper grows and succeeds by giving readers the best and most current information possible.

Your opinion matters to me! I can’t make the paper better without hearing from you, our readers, and it truly is all about you, not about what we as staff want to see or read. I am always available to hear from readers. Please share with me what you like or don’t like. While I know I will not please everyone, I do promise you that every idea we hear from our readers, we will try to implement. If you have a story idea or suggestions please call me or feel free to stop in the office, where you can meet Roper my working cow dog, who now has the new title of official Adams County Record greeter and news hound. We are also going to have an open house on Wednesday, Aug. 27th from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., please come in and say hello!