Stay-at-home mom back to the grind

20_deannaNEW REPORTER  — Deanna Wakkinen has started work as a reporter for the I-O. She will be covering the school board, doing recycling stories as needed, some photography, as well as feature and news articles along with in-house assignments.

By Deanna Wakkinen, I.O. Reporter

The newest addition to the I.O. family is full of experience ranging from activities coordinator to wet nurse. Deanna Wakkinen is not new to Conrad but instead new to the idea of returning to work.

Wakkinen, whose maiden name is Leys, was born and raised in Conrad.

I attended all our schools, including the Conrad Christian School, and graduated with the class of 2005. I then moved on to Great Falls for college but not too far after found myself following my heart to Fort Collins, Colo. I then married in Polson,  and continued to reside in Windsor, Colo. for nearly three years. As my family expanded, my husband Greg and I decided that it was time to move from the push and shove of the city and return to our roots.

I have mostly been a stay-at-home mom for almost three years. I have run daycare out of my home, as well as, work a short part-time position at the Horizon Lodge before baby number two’s arrival.

You may have noticed my name in our paper before in my letters to the editor. I have always enjoyed writing and am very excited to have a face in our community.