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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 21, 2018

Your Friendon the Front Page

Oct 06, 2017

Every week, the Mt. Pleasant News will feature a Henry County resident in a profile snapshot. The questions will appear in bold.

This week’s ‘Friend on the Front Page’ is Dr. Shaunna Wilkinson, an assistant professor of English at Iowa Wesleyan University.

Are you originally from Mt. Pleasant/Henry County? If not, what brought you here? I am actually from the St. Louis area. I grew up in Troy, Mo. What specifically brought me here is my job at IW.

What is your favorite part of living here? In general, my favorite part of living around here and commuting here every day is that I really like the rural location. I like that it’s quiet, there’s so much space and expanse — I think it’s just one of the most beautiful places in Iowa really.

What is your favorite local hangout? My favorite place is Sip. It’s where I go to have lunch and to get some work done. Coffee and tea kind of fuel me.

Is there an annual event in Mt. Pleasant/Henry County that you enjoy? I like the Pints in the Park, because I love local craft brews. This was my first time going this year and I really enjoyed it.

What is your favorite autumn activity? I love going apple picking, and driving around. This is my favorite season and I look forward to it all year.

What do you think is Mt. Pleasant/Henry County’s trademark? Old Threshers always strikes me as the trademark, but I would even say, too, the university. I remember reading, before I even went on the job market, about Arabella “Belle Bab” Mansfield, and that always struck me, how she stood out. It’s something I always remembered about women’s history, and now I work less than twenty yards from her statue.

Tell us something interesting about you? One of my life’s ambitions is to grow orchids. I am an official Irish whiskey taster, and I saw two celebrities over Christmas break (Stanley Tucci and Jason Isaacs) in London.

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