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ANDERSON: Telling the stories of Wyoming

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Why read the Business section? Why edit it, for that matter.

In my first week as business editor for the Star-Tribune, I’ve thought about what you and I will get out of these pages that appear every Sunday.

I see Wyoming as a working place. We are lucky to have good jobs, better than in most of the country. And what we do is often very down to earth, literally. So many of us are analyzing and digging in one way or another to produce energy; that makes our work tangible, something you can turn over and look at.

And for all the nonenergy workers who teach, sell, produce, provide health care, give legal advice, outfit fishing trips, lead expeditions, cook and clean — it is true that we spend more hours each day working than doing just about anything else.

It matters how we like our work, what money we get from it and what we contribute.

So business is a good way to take the temperature of the community. It measures our well-being in important ways.

The Wyoming culture is represented by its work history, from the origins as a cattle and sheep ranching community through energy booms and busts and newer tourism and growing high tech sectors. We can draw a picture of our interests by tracing the businesses that keep us gong.

Wyoming’s history is written largely in how its people make a living.

What’s unique?

If you try to describe living in Wyoming to someone from elsewhere, after you finish with our terrific outdoors and small cities or towns, you plunge right into what it’s like to work in the state with the least number of people spread over 98,000 square miles.

Building a road in Wyoming has its unique issues. So does selling ice cream in a town of 10,000 that can balloon to 40,000 in travel seasons. It’s one of the delights of covering business in Wyoming to see the ways that people tackle their sometimes-exotic challenges.

Give us a call

People sometimes think we reporters know more than we do. In fact, we often don’t know about it if you don’t tell us.

Writing about business in this Sunday section will be about much more than numbers and profit reports. The people who struggle and fail or succeed give us all insights that charts and numbers cannot.

Expect to meet many of your neighbors in these pages. We want to know Wyoming people who are building their own businesses or struggling with universal challenges.

If you know about a new business, a person we should meet, a tough business break or a new trend, please contact me either by email at susan.anderson@trib.com or phone at 307-266-0619. Or stop me in the street, since part of my job is to be out in the community, talking with you.

Contact Susan Anderson, Star-Tribune business editor, at susan.anderson@trib.com or 307-266-0619.

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