I recently found out readers of this column voted me favorite newspaper columnist in the 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards.
To all the readers, I want to say thank you.
Twin Cities Talk was created as a place for discussion of any and all topics of importance to readers in Sterling and Rock Falls. In the past, I’ve written about new entertainment venues in Sterling, such as Fourth Fridays: Where People and Arts Collide as well as Sterling Main Street events.
I’ve written about downtown development in Sterling and Rock Falls and recently about the accessibility of aldermen in the towns.
Occasionally, entries will steer outside of the Twin Cities, such as when I wrote about the huge Mumford & Sons concert in Dixon last year. This week, Hadley Skeffington-Vos, assistant to City Manager Scott Shumard, told me Sterling is looking at the success of the concert in Dixon as an example of possibilities for its own city.
So when something happens in one town in our area, it’s safe to say neighboring cities are keeping a close eye on developments.
One of my goals also was to promote dialogue and discussion between readers in both towns. It’s why the column is called Twin Cities Talk. In the time I’ve written the column, I’ve seen the relationship improve between the cities separated by a river.
Thank you again for voting for me and stay tuned for more updates. It’s an honor to know our readers appreciate and enjoy what we do at the newspaper.
This column is a place to talk about issues that are on your mind. So what issues matter to you, the readers, right now? I encourage you to contact me and let me know.
Sauk Valley Media reporter Kiran Sood covers government and happenings in Sterling and Rock Falls. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 800-798-4085, ext. 529.