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Familiar face, new position--Cwikla accepts Pioneer editorial challenge

Change is good in that it offers new outlook, perspective, and an adjusted level of professionalism.

This week we are experiencing another welcome transition as one of our longtime employees - Sue Cwikla - eases into her new role as community reporter, in addition to maintaining duties as lead person in our graphics department. She is assuming editorial responsibilities left open by the departure of previous reporter Forrest Adams, who accepted a position in Minneapolis.

Cwikla's history with our publication is already intense, making her a true natural for this endeavor. She joined the West Fargo Pioneer fresh out of college in 1978, after earning a double major from Moorhead State University in Mass Communications and Public Relations.

Consequently, with 29 years of work interaction to her credit, she brings a passel of experience that will only complement her already well-defined talents. Over the years these have included everything to prepare her for the diversity of editorial challenges - typesetting, proofreading, page layout, feature writing, as well as regular reporter duties, filling in wherever needed.

She also possesses another vital attribute to community reporting as a 29-year West Fargo resident, in sync with issues as they pertain to a variety of areas. She is familiar with the West Fargo schools, churches, civic and cultural aspects of the community. Cwikla and her husband, Rich, a technology education instructor at West Fargo High School, have called West Fargo their home since 1978, raising their three children in the ever-changing community: Kory, a structural engineer who lives in St. Paul; Nathan, married and a sophomore at MSUM, also working full-time at Habitative Services Inc. in Moorhead; and Stephanie a senior at West Fargo High School.

As a result of these strong community ties, Cwikla has also established friendships with many of our established readers and is looking forward 'to getting out there' and meeting even more in an attempt to share their 'stories.'

Cwikla said she is anxious to meet the challenges that her newfound editorial opportunity affords in a personal quest to enhance our role as West Fargo's community newspaper.

"When Don and Betty Witham started printing the West Fargo Pioneer in 1967, their goal was to provide West Fargo with a hometown newspaper that residents could call their own," Cwikla said. "Helping West Fargo keep its own identity was very important to them, and I still feel that it's important today. I am excited to help the Pioneer staff carry on that tradition."

We are equally as excited to have her on board, and feel extremely fortunate as she begins this new editorial adventure.