After returning to the Twin Cities post-college, Kyle found himself missing small town life
Kyle grew up in St. Louis Park, southeast of Minneapolis. He graduated with degrees in Economics, History, and Latin American Area Studies from the University of Minnesota - Morris, located in rural western Minnesota. During his time at college, Kyle gained exposure to the local community and quickly fell in love with the people and places he discovered. His appreciation only grew as he learned more about rural life.
" Although there are fewer people in rural areas, I really appreciate the strong sense of community. People take the time to get to know you."
After moving back to the cities post-graduation, Kyle found himself missing small town life. Even though there are more people in urban areas, he felt that it was harder to make close connections with other people - unlike in small towns. So, he moved to Granite Falls and took a job as News Editor at the Granite Falls - Clarkfield Advocate Tribune, and he's really enjoying it!
"Everyone is invested in each other, even new members of the community"
Kyle found that in small towns, everyone is willing, in some way or form, to share their experiences with newcomers. He feels that everyone is invested in each other, even new members of the community that they might not know as well. This was something that took a little getting used to, but has become something Kyle cherishes. He enjoys meeting up with friends to cook or at the local breweries and restaurants after work, and can't attend an event without bumping into someone he knows!
background photo from a performance of "An Enemy of the People" from Sod House Theater which involved community members as actors. Photo provided by the Granite Falls Advocate Tribune.
"I love the open feeling you get when you're outside and walking around. Living in a rural area feels less stressful."
While Kyle does not have trouble finding places to go and events to attend, he also enjoys that he can take things at his own speed. He enjoys reading, drawing, and riding his bicycle through the beautiful landscape. In an urban area, Kyle found it was easy to dissociate from the natural world and ignore the near-constant noise. In contrast, living in a rural area feels less stressful, helps the mind concentrate, and allows for a deeper connection to the land.