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Bormett's Vignette: Nomad no more, I've landed in the lakes area

My name may not be recognizable to anyone yet, but soon I hope my byline will become just as familiar as the others. I'm Erin Bormett, and I'm the newest member of the Echo Journal staff.

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I'm Erin Bormett, and I'm the newest member of the Echo Journal staff.

My name may not be recognizable to anyone yet, but soon I hope my byline will become just as familiar as the others. I'm Erin Bormett, and I'm the newest member of the Echo Journal staff.

I come from Verona, Wisconsin, a town just outside of Madison. I graduated this past May from the University of Missouri with a degree in photojournalism.

My life has been a whirlwind of opportunities throughout the past four years - I spent a summer as a photographer for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, worked abroad for one semester in Barcelona, Spain, and interned with the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead newspaper.

I've finally landed here in Minnesota to cover Breezy Point and Crosslake, as well as helping out wherever else I'm needed, and I can't wait to dig into the goings-on up here.

I have a great love for animals and environmental work. Ever since my first subscription to Ranger Rick Magazine at 8 years old, I fell in love with wildlife photography. That blossomed into a love for all photojournalism, specifically conservation work, and I've remained steady on that course ever since.

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I love seeing the world through the lens of a camera, noticing fleeting moments that often pass by undetected. Journalism deepens my connection with the community around me. I get to keep learning forever; there will never be a moment when I don't experience something brand new as I work.

Outside of my professional life, creative endeavors are where I thrive. I play several instruments, including the piano, bassoon and ukulele, and own more than 100 vinyl albums. I enjoy breaking out my acrylic paints and mini-canvases every once in a while and love finding DIY projects to do around the house.

I've also traveled quite a bit as an adult, and started a collection of elephants to mark each city I've spent time in. It's not always an easy find, but that's part of the fun. Sometimes I stumble upon a figurine in a gift shop, other times I buy a T-shirt from a restaurant with "elephant" in the title. I began collecting in the spring of 2017, and my collection now includes elephants from six countries, including the United States.

Living a semi-nomadic life had its perks, hopping from opportunity to opportunity, and I wouldn't trade those experiences for the world. However, I'm now looking forward to making the lakes area my home for a while.

I'd already heard praises sung about the beautiful scenery and welcoming communities before I even arrived, and I'm eager to see for myself.

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