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Meet the New Local Editor of St. Michael Patch

Liala Helal began this week as St. Michael Patch's new editor.

I am thrilled to be beginning my journey into the St. Michael and Albertville community as your new local editor of St. Michael Patch.

I moved back to the Twin Cities area this month after more than a year of working as a reporter at The Journal in International Falls. I received my bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, worked for the college newspaper:The Minnesota Daily, and have had internships at the St. Paul Pioneer Press. I have also been trained at The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., and have held various internships in both journalism and communications for more than seven years.

I was born in Minneapolis and have lived in several cities around the metro, but grew up in Fridley, where I spent most of my years. Last year, I was a freelance writer for Fridley Patch — it taught me what a valuable resource Patch can be to the town in which you live, and am happy to be able to be behind this resource to the St. Michael area and Albertville area. I am also looking forward to soon calling this place my new home.

During my first week on the job, I have already seen what a welcoming community the St. Michael and Albertville area is, and how residents truly care about the happenings in and around the community. From talking to people at events, government meetings, and striking up conversations at coffee shops, I have scratched the surface in learning about what a great community the northwest area is. What an exciting first impression I've had of the community.

I am enthused to serve as someone who will help inform people in the area about issues that affect their daily lives, their neighborhood, and their future. I hope to bring the community news and content you need to lead the best life possible.

I also hope you will continue to use St. Michael Patch as a platform for discussion or sharing your thoughts and views. Being a place of dialogue and community engagement is what Patch is all about.

I welcome you to send me feedback, concerns, or news tips to liala.helal@patch.com.

Rick October 26, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Yep, welcome to our neighborhood. I also concur with Greg, Mike moved on?
Mike Schoemer October 26, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Didn't leave, guys! I'm a Regional Editor now. (I know this is leaving me open for some jokes.)
Lisa Sell, D.V.M. October 26, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Congratulations, Mike! You did a wonderful job getting the Patch up and running and I appreciate your commitment to this community.
Marla Scherber October 29, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Is Monticello on the Radar for getting PATCH? I wish it were...please consider!
323 March 16, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Is Lisa still the editor? on top it says Mike S is back.

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