She’s a long way from Wisconsin, but Carley Grosskreutz, 24, already feels right at home in Humboldt County. Grosskreutz — the latest addition to the Times-Standard team — is the new account executive for The Redwood Times handling all of the ad sales for the Southern Humboldt community.
Grosskreutz was born and raised in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin and earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. After graduating in 2014, Grosskreutz worked as a commercial loan officer for Marine Credit Union in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The opportunity to move to a warmer climate, where her boyfriend, Brandon, is a music producer, inspired their move.
They arrived in Humboldt County in December, and along with two roommates and their pitbull, Jango, now make Rio Dell their home.
“I love pets and volunteered for humane societies in the past,” Grosskreutz said. “I hope to find an opportunity to volunteer for animal welfare here too.”
Her first impressions of the golden state have been good and she found her new region even more welcoming.
“I was just in Southern Humboldt earlier this week and the people were so nice,” Grosskreutz said. “I’m looking forward to getting to know them.”
When she’s not working, Grosskreutz enjoys cooking and acclimatizing to her new neighborhood. She tries to get a two mile run in as often as she can and recently added the Rio Dell’s Eagle Prairie Bridge to her route.
“As I’m running across I saw just how much water was actually in the river below,” Grosskreutz said. “That was a little intimidating.”
She’s even enjoying these somewhat soggy winter months in the county, “It’s better than snow,” she said. And in keeping with west coast traditions, Grosskreutz has already had the opportunity to show off our weather.
When her sister sent her a picture of snow in Wisconsin this week, she returned with a photo from Garberville showing off that it was sunny and 70 degrees.
Grosskreutz is looking forward to the summer in the county, for festivals like Reggae on the River, and the many other events that fill the summer months.
“There’s so much going on,” Grosskreutz said. “Especially with local businesses, there are a lot of hidden gems here.”
Grosskreutz can be reached directly at 707-441-0599 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.