Editor Farewell: Mitchell Breuer

Editor Farewell: Mitchell Breuer

Mitchell Breuer, Editor-In-Chief

When I joined The Winonan, I thought it was going to be a nice way to earn some extra experience while earning my degree.

I had recently transferred from Rochester Community and Technical College, I had no knowledge of Winona State University, had never even toured the college, and, to be honest, I was in a state of mind where I just wanted to get my degree and get out.

I never thought that joining The Winonan would be the best thing I ever did during college. I never thought it would take over my life and for most of the first year, it didn’t. I kept my head down, did whatever I was assigned to do, and that was it.

Then, the sports editor position opened up.

I’ll be honest with you, when I was first asked about it, I didn’t give it a second thought. I was not that interested. Thankfully, I was asked again about, and I kid you not I joked about it to my girlfriend, Amanda.

It was then, she gave me a puzzled look and told me, “no, you should actually think about doing it.”

That, right there, was what changed my college experience for the better, because as soon as I tried to and eventually did get the position, my college experience got a whole lot better.


I got to work with and get closer to an incredible group of individuals, that were really good at their jobs, and turned out to be really cool people, a lot of which I am proud to call my friends.

The next year was great, I was more motivated than ever. I had really good group that I was constantly around, and I was happy.

During this time, it was made clear that the editor-in-chief position was going to be open. Again, I initially was not that interested in it. Again, when I brought it up to Amanda, she gave me a puzzled look and said to go for it.

So, I did, and I worked hard, and I got it.

While I was ecstatic that I got it, I was a bit nervous at the same time. This year being the 100th year of the Winonan, I had done a lot of reading from previous Winonans and all of it was good. Really good.

I wanted to keep that going but, I quickly realized that it was not going to be hard to keep that good journalism coming.


I may have been the editor-in-chief of the paper, but I tell you, with a staff that the Winonan had this semester, it was a guarantee that there was going to be a lot of good journalism.

It is such an incredible staff that I have no fears for the paper moving forward, I know it is in great hands.

All of this brings us to the end.

Being at the Winonan gave me the ‘big-time rush’ that I needed to get through college, to be happy, to make some of the best friends I have and help me break out of my damn shy shell that had stuck with me for a long while, and it made me my best self. I will forever be thankful for my time here.

Thank you Winonan.


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