A big Howdy-Do from the Angle

Column 1 Published in the May 5th, 2015 issue of the Warroad Pioneer

No, we’re not that awfully far away, and we see lots of you most regularly, but perhaps a small handful of non-Angle folk would care to hear a tale or two on a regular basis from the North Woods.

I’ve had a long-held desire to write a column for the Pioneer. And this is that inaugural effort. I can’t very well report on the goings on of my neighbors, nor would I care to, so the question becomes, what purpose will this column serve? Will simple observations, random thoughts and lessons learned suffice? And more importantly, how can I serve others in some form through this effort?

Martin Luther King Jr. once said: Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.

When I first moved to the Angle I mentioned in conversation that I wanted to get involved. A month later I was meeting with business owners as they voted to disband the neglected chamber of commerce. A month after that I was lunching with one of our community elders so that she could pass the baton on the event she had led for nearly two decades.

Now, three short years into this chapter of my life, I help run our summer event Angle Days, help organize misc. community gatherings, and help market our non-profit snowmobile club.

Along the way, it didn’t feel so much like service. After all, I’ve always loved to throw a good party. And I’m sure my ego was basking mightily in all the thanks and praise I received for my hard work. One well-meaning soul asked me once, “What do you get out of doing all of this?” Without thinking or hesitating, my response was simply, “I enjoy it.”

Joy. It does indeed bring me joy to serve my community, and I’m sure many of you can relate. Out of love for this little community, I want to tell the world (or at least the readership of our nearest newspaper) about its goings on, about its beauty, its mystery and what I’m learning about life by living here, by raising a child here, by working side by side here with other salt of the earth folk. The Angle does feel like a special place (though of course all of Mother Earth is special), but still, it is where I am right now. I wake up to bird song and the sunrise over the inlet. I sip my daily bone broth watching the lake, newly unburdened of its heavy winter cloak. I listen to the old timers and the countless stories about the history of this place. I raise my daughter to hopefully appreciate every blade of grass and the freedoms inherent in this lifestyle.

In some way, shape or form, I hope I may serve through my words, my stories, my wanderings. To me, it doesn’t seem like that much of a gift. In fact, you give me the gift by reading. I may not always bring humor and I may not always offer wisdom, but I’ll shoot for coherence and flow and to hopefully raise the corner of a mouth into a smile somewhere for someone. For that possibility alone, I am grateful.


The Pitch

The column got started with a simple ask. I’ve never been good at asking for what I want, but each time I do, I learn more and more about myself and the goodness of the world.

On Apr 21, 2015 11:26 AM, Kellie wrote

To Warroad Pioneer Editor,

Hi Koren,

I’ve wanted to talk to you for some time about the possibility of writing a regular column. It’s a long-held wish for personal reasons and now also for community reasons. I tend towards the philosophical in my writing, i.e., finding beauty in the small things, but I also want to have a regular forum to talk about trail and ice conditions, snow, fishing (but not in any official sporting capacity), etc., things that are important to the people who visit the Angle and our business owners. I am not a business owner (though my grandparents are) and I’ll do my best not to play any kind of favorites.  (Perhaps these two goals don’t mix. We might have to feel that out as there is definitive Angle news to contribute.)

I’ve penned an intro column, attached. It’s a lofty beginning but that’s where my mind was at the time. If you’re open to this sort of contribution, perhaps from time to time I could submit photos as well.

If not this idea, perhaps there is something different I could contribute. J I just want to be involved.

Thank you for reading,


From: Warroad Pioneer [mailto:warroadnews@gmail.com] Sent: Friday, April 24, 2015 2:57 PM To: Kellie Knight Subject: Re: Column proposal

Hi Kellie,

Both Rebecca and I read your article and we think that it would be a great addition to the Pioneer. I especially like that we bring our readers a Northwest Angle perspective. For starters, we suggest having an article every other week. What do you think?

Koren Hill, Editor

Warroad Pioneer



Sat, Apr 25, 2015 at 6:14 AM, Kellie wrote:

Well, I’m thrilled, of course! Thank you. I’ll do my best!

Every other week sounds perfect and if you have feedback or ideas about tone, content, headline, etc., I’m quite open to both.

What is the deadline you’d like me to meet?

 May I also post it online in a blog format once you’ve published? I envision topics down the road that invite conversation and it’d be most useful to me and hopefully a few readers if there were a forum to engage.

 Thanks again! I’m very excited.



From: Warroad Pioneer [mailto:warroadnews@gmail.com] Sent: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 1:17 PM To: Kellie Knight Subject: Re: Column proposal

Hi Kellie,

I’d like your articles by noon on Thursdays; we go to print on Mondays and we begin putting the paper together on Fridays. The paper is on newsstands on Tuesday afternoons.

You can post the article online after it’s been published; ideally, no sooner than Friday of the week it appears in the Pioneer. In addition, when you post it online, it’s helpful to your readers (and us) that you indicate was published in the XXX issue of the Warroad Pioneer. For example: This article originally appeared in the May 5, 2015, issue of the Warroad Pioneer.

Did you want me to start with the article you sent me?

I’ll also need a head shot of you so that we can create a personalized byline.


Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 12:28 PM, Kellie wrote:

OK! I’ll get you a head shot and an updated version of that first draft by next Thursday.

Thank you.