There's another new face at the Dysart Reporter. Alissa Klenk has been hired as a reporter at the newspaper.
A resident of Dysart for a little over five years, Alissa has come to love the small town atmosphere. She grew up in Rockford, Illinois, where she graduated from high school and earned an Associate's Degree at Rock Valley College. Since moving to Iowa, she has graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in December 2011 with a B.A. in English.
Alissa has had a passion for writing since she first learned how to spell. From being inspired by her second grade teacher to write creative stories, being a reporter for her high school newspaper, blogging, research and writing involved in earning her degree, and now writing for the Dysart Reporter, Alissa has loved every step of the process to becoming a professional writer and is looking forward to the experience and opportunity in Dysart.
"I am excited to cover the local news and events here in Dysart," Klenk said. "Dysart has become home to me in these past five years and I'm a proud resident. The town has a lot to offer and I'm looking forward to highlighting the events of the town for the community to enjoy. "
From living in Dysart, Alissa has found that the sense of community is what makes the town so special. "Every resident adds to the uniqueness of the town," Klenk said. "If there's an event in town, no matter how great or small, I'd love to know about it and share it with the readers of the Dysart Reporter. I think it's very important for the residents to be informed of local news and events."
In her spare time, Alissa enjoys spending time with her husband, Loren. They enjoy running, walking and biking together, often on the Old Creamery Nature Trail, but they also frequent bike trails throughout Iowa to bike longer distances and enjoy nature. They also enjoy traveling and have visited Key West, the Cayman Islands and Jamaica.
If you know of someone in Dysart who deserves recognition, have a story idea, event you would like covered, or just want to introduce yourself, feel free to call 319-476-3550.