Family, photography and going off the beaten track

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In what year did you work at the editorial staff of The Crookston Times?

• The start of my senior year, fall 2010.

What was your favorite part of your Times experience?

• My favorite part of my experience at the time was easily meeting people in our community of Crookston and also being able to take photos for articles.

What was the biggest thing you learned about yourself and / or the biggest life lesson you took with you when you left The Times?

• Working at The Times has taught me that thinking outside the box is worth it, no matter what.

• Just as if you have a platform to stand on, you must use it to do good.

What have you been doing since? Tell us where you stand, what you’re doing, who you’re with, etc.

• I have stayed in Crookston ever since. I did two years of college at umc, worked for a few employers before returning to umc to work in the food service department.

Tell us how the pandemic has affected you / continues to affect you …

• The pandemic made me realize more of what I already knew and live my life as I did before, but knowing even more that life is short and that we should embrace the memories we can make with those we love. as long as we can.

• Although it was difficult for the first six months or so to be out of work and unable to spend time with friends and family, I found ways to keep busy: whether it was fishing, doing puzzles, being outdoors, going for walks with friends across the road or looking for little projects.

Leah Dufault's loves include the outdoors and the Minnesota Vikings

What excites you these days?

• I am still very passionate about photography.

You enjoy photography, sports photography being an area of ​​interest. Did your stint at The Times contribute to this interest?

• Absolutely. Just a year before I got the opportunity to be an intern at The Times, my brother-in-law Derek Martin, who was then sports editor, let me borrow his camera whenever our hockey team had games. outside and the rest is history. Since then, I take sports photos, as well as generic photos.

By following yourself on social media, you seem like a person who isn’t afraid to bring up sensitive topics and make you vulnerable in the “public square”, so to speak, whether it’s your faith. , your weight problems or any other subject. Is it more the result of young people being exposed to social media mostly their entire lives? Or is it just the way you’re wired?

• It’s a bit of both for me. I have never been afraid to say what I thought about something I was passionate about.

• Social media exposes young people, yes, but it’s also a huge platform that we can use to reach people about specific things that matter.

You seem very family-oriented, whether it’s your parents and sisters, or all of your nieces and nephews. Are you the happiest and the best when you are surrounded by your family?

• I am most certainly the happiest when surrounded by my family and close friends.

• Between barbecues, bonfires, birthdays, lake days or just a night out, I’m always ready to make great memories.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

• I like the outdoors. I like to fish, take pictures outdoors, make bonfires, etc.

• I love spending quality time with my family and friends.

• I like a good workout.

• When I can, I try to dust off the skates and get back to the rink.

• During the football season, I like to participate in fantasy football.

• Being born and raised as a die-hard Minnesota Vikings fan, I love watching them, even if we don’t win.

• I also love watching the Minnesota Wild and the Pittsburg Penguins.

Look in the crystal ball of your life: where do you think / hope you will be in 10 years, and what do you / do you hope to do?

• My hope is to be even healthier and happier, in the company of good people.

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