Robin Fish, Jr., lately of Versailles, Mo., joined the Park Rapids Enterprise staff this week as a staff reporter.
Until last week, he was the editor of the weekly Morgan County Press of Stover, Mo., since August 2014.
Known to some as Rob, Robbie, or R.D., Fish said he has the role of "new guy in town" down cold. During his 45-year existence, he has resided in Las Vegas, Nev.; Yuma, Ariz.; Fort Wayne and Terre Haute, Ind.; Rossie, Iowa; Pierce and Norfolk, Neb.; Platte City, Washington, St. Louis, Laurie, and Versailles, Mo.; Austin, Waseca, Richfield, Minneapolis, Ironton, Deerwood, and Mankato, Minn.
From preschool to high school, Fish attended 13 different schools, including Washburn High in Minneapolis. He graduated Crosby-Ironton High School in 1991, then spent nine years in college, collecting an associate of arts degree at Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato; a bachelor of arts at Mankato State University; and a master of divinity at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Since completing his education, Fish has worked as a Lutheran pastor, a circulation librarian, a case manager for mentally ill adults, a private secretary, a magazine distributor, a bookseller, an electronics salesperson, a Walmart cashier, and a traveling sales and marketing representative. As editor of the Morgan County Press, he took second place in his newspaper's class of the National Newspaper Association's 2017 Better Newspaper Editorial Contest for best serious column and second place in the Missouri Press Association's 2017 Better Newspaper Contest for best business story.
Fish said he chose this chilly time of year to move back to Minnesota in order to spend more time with his loved ones. His father, a Lutheran pastor, lives in Verndale and serves two congregations in Todd County. His mother primarily resides on a ranch in South Dakota, but has a lake house in Otter Tail County. Fish also has a brother, sister-in-law, and nephew who live in Champlin.
Fish's personal interests include reading, playing piano and organ music, creative writing, and going to the movies. He also enjoys having adventures in food and drink and singing in choirs.
After more than 20 years living out of state, Fish's southern accent may sound strange in Park Rapids, but his Minnesota accent sounded odder still to folks in Missouri. Fish said this shows you can take the boy out of Minnesota, but you can't take Minnesota out of the boy.