Hello! I’d like to introduce myself a bit. My name is Traci LeBrun, and I started as editor here on Monday. Having spent a lot of time on Mille Lacs growing up and working at Father Hennepin during my college summers, I am more than excited to come back to this area in a professional capacity. 

I grew up just 18 minutes south of Isle and graduated from Mora, so the area and culture are familiar to me. However, I know there can be quite a bit of diversity even within a 40 mile radius as we now live in Pine County, and it is very different from Mora. So I am looking forward to learning about the people and culture of Mille Lacs Lake and county! 

My last day as editor of the Pine County Courier was last Friday, and though there will be some ropes to be learned, there will be little dust under my feet getting started on breaking news and human interest stories, along with covering county board meetings. 

Writing and telling stories about people is my passion, so as I begin here at the paper, that is my focus: telling your stories. Please stop in the office to say “hi” or send me an email, text or call if you have a story idea or know of anything good or bad going on in Mille Lacs County. 

As far as background information about myself, my husband Mark (of 24 years) and I live on the east side of Lake Pokegama in Pine County. We have three grown kids: one now a mechanical engineer and two studying at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul. I am a former English teacher with my first degree and career in landscape architecture when we lived in the Twin Cities. And I can’t forget our two “real” children: Butters and Bentley, a Shih tzu and a Newfoundland who keep us entertained when the other kids aren’t around.

Again, I am very excited to get to know the people of the area, so please stop in and say “hi”! And if you have a story idea or a tip, text or call me at (320) 438-4209.

Traci LeBrun is the editor for the Messenger.


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