Column: The end of one chapter

The time I got to play with puppies rescued from a South Korean dog meat farm at Golden Valley's Animal Humane Society. The time I met medal of honor recipient Salvatore Giunta on Veterans Day. The first time I tried Brookview's lawn bowling. The time I attended a concert for work and took a selfie with Gary Sinise in the background. Proceeds from the concert helped fund a special house for Marine veteran Mark Litynski, a New Hope native. The time I went to Toy Fest at the Isenberg's in New Hope and saw my previous column about Toy Fest in a photo album. The time I returned to the Isenberg's for Toy Fest. The first time I attended Toy Fest at Mike and Allison Isenberg's house in New Hope. The time I attended the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association Awards Banquet to honor and thank the New Hope officers who saved my life the night of the city hall shooting. The time I covered the Crystal Airport Open House for a co-worker and went for a ride in a small airplane. The time I got to hold one of the original Pillsbury dough boys at General Mills archives.
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The time I attended a concert for work and took a selfie with Gary Sinise in the background. Proceeds from the concert helped fund a special house for Marine veteran Mark Litynski, a New Hope native.

“And suddenly you just know: it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of new beginnings.” — Meister Eckhart

I always knew I liked writing, but I never knew I would make a career of it one day or that I was any good at it.
I took a leap of faith, at age 23, when I accepted my first full-time position as your community editor at the Sun Post. I only had six months experience writing and editing at the time and was only one year removed from college.
With anxious excitement I began learning about your communities — who ran the cities, who resided there, what made the communities unique.
I grew to love certain parts of each city and grew to love many of you.
You supported me, encouraged me, corrected me and helped me evolve into a stronger writer and person.
For years, you have welcomed me into your businesses and homes to share your stories. I can’t imagine there is another industry that would allow me to learn so much about so many things.
I know a lot about how a city government operates and a little about glass blowing, hemophilia, Korean pet policies, astronaut training, mental health, training assistant dogs, international initiatives, wrestling, pottery and so many more topics.
I’m not going far, I promise. You may see me grocery shopping at New Hope’s Hy-Vee, grabbing breakfast at Dunkin’ Donuts, frequenting the New Hope farmers market, indulging in Pancheros (after all, their queso is delectable), lawn bowling at Brookview and enjoying a craft brew and brat at New Bohemia.
On Sept. 1, after more than four years with the Sun Post, I will take yet another leap of faith when I leave for a new opportunity in the marketing world.
Thank you for everything Sun Newspapers, New Hope, Golden Valley and my readers.
I hope you will continue to read your local paper and support the new community editor when he or she arrives.

  • Darcy Berus

    Gina – I always enjoyed that you had practically EVERY by-line in EVERY issue of this paper. Good luck to you in your next chapter.