For the past few months, my general manager Jason has been bugging me to start a column.
His reasoning was to allow you -- the reader -- to get to know me better, and he basically gave me carte blanche over the column, telling me I could write about whatever I wanted, however I wanted.
While I'm not so sure anyone would enjoy getting to know me better, I do like doing whatever I want.
So, allow me to reintroduce myself.
I say that, because I'm not exactly new to the area. I was born and raised in Estherville. I graduated from ELC and went to college at Iowa Lakes. While at ILCC, I was a sports writer at a short-lived publication called The Lakes Pride before working for two years at the Estherville Daily News.
I eventually left the EDN to take over as editor at a small weekly in South Dakota before moving back to Iowa last year to work in the sports department of the Le Mars Daily Sentinel and ultimately start here at the Dickinson County News.
To say I've been around is an understatement, but I am very happy to be back in my old stomping grounds.
My main reason for moving back to the Iowa Great Lakes was to be closer to family.
My fiancee, Tessa, and I have been dating for nearly 10 years and have been engaged for four years this summer.
Fools rush in.
I figured I may as well introduce her to you now, as she will probably play a large role in this column -- much to her dismay.
I have two younger siblings -- a brother and a sister. My brother is married and has two beautiful kids and my sister just got engaged this spring.
My entire family is about as competitive as they come, leading to my love of sports.
My dad has a habit of turning everything into a competition.
After dinner, he used to challenge my siblings and me to see who could shoot their napkins into the garbage all the way across the kitchen from the dinner table. True story.
I love Chicago sports -- Bears, Bulls, White Sox and, to a lesser extent, the Blackhawks. My dad was working in Chicago during the '85 season, fell in love with Da Bears, and passed that love to me.
If you've been following my Twitter feed (if you're not, you should be -- @Heinrix_54) you already know that I love the outdoors. I hunt, fish, camp, kayak, bike, hike and backpack as much as my schedule allows, and sometimes more.
Now for the bullet points:
* I'm not shy when it comes to controversy. Hence the name of this column, The Hot Corner. I just feel like some discussions need to be had, no matter how uncomfortable they make us feel. That's how we grow as a society.
* I'm terrified of lightning, for good reason. I'm sure I'll share that story here at some point.
* I was in the Talented And Gifted program in school and quit because I didn't want anyone to find out I was a nerd. I'm not sure that worked.
* Tessa and I were in the same high school class, but were far from high school sweethearts. In fact, she couldn't stand me. When she told her mom we were dating, her mom asked, "What is wrong with you?" Not to worry, though. I won her over pretty quickly.
* I have seven uncles on my dad's side of the family alone. Every single one of them enjoys giving other people a hard time. I picked up that trait somehow.
* Along those same lines, Tessa tells people, "Matt has the social skills of a 13-year-old. If he makes fun of you, he likes you." Sadly, she's right.
* My favorite athlete of all time is Dennis Rodman. I didn't care much for the antics, the make-up or the dresses -- or his choice in BFFs -- but I love athletes that compete like their hair is on fire.
* Tessa once tested me for Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Normal people score under 12, celebrities score around 18 and people with NPD score above 20. I scored a 37.
* I have a black lab named Molli. She's the best.
That should do it, for now. Like I said, I'm so happy to be the sports editor of your Dickinson County News. Hopefully, you'll enjoy reading this column as much as I will enjoy writing it.