By Trudy Balcom and Audrey Posten
When Trudy Balcom first took over as editor of the North Iowa Times in 2006, she did not really know what writing and reporting for a small community would be like; most of her writing experience was with magazines and freelance work.
“But I did know that you can find interesting people and challenges everywhere,” Balcom said, “and I found both in McGregor and Marquette.”
Since then, Balcom has witnessed both the ups and downs of the Marquette and McGregor communities—everything from flooding, fires and accidents to new business openings and the awarding of major grants.
As her time at the North Iowa Times drew to a close last week, Balcom reflected on the last seven years, citing the re-establishment of the paper as a trusted source of community information as one of her biggest accomplishments.