When I was named The Post-Crescent’s business editor and gave up my title as online editor, I remember interviewing Steve Kabelowsky for the job. By then, we already had worked together for several years at the paper. I don’t remember much about that interview besides that he told his dream was to some day publish his own paper. I recall it being a unique comment especially since this was the early 2000s and you could already see the writing on the wall that newspapers were going to be edged out by online news outlets. Steve did get the online editor’s job and did a great job before moving on to jobs in Milwaukee.
In early 2014, Steve posted on Facebook that his lifelong dream had come true – he was going to publish his own newspaper, Midwest Agriculture Almanac. After looking at the industry and its potential, he identified a niche and worked out all the logistics to make it possible. Starting a newspaper from scratch is no easy feat, but Steve did it. He achieved his goal. Steve even reached out to me to write for his publication and I happily did so.
About a year ago, Steve received another job opportunity that he couldn’t pass up so he asked me if I wanted to take over Midwest Agriculture Almanac, not just as editor but as owner, too. It was a challenge I was eager to take on. Today, I learned that Steve died earlier this week at age 41. I am saddened by his early death, but I am glad to carry on the legacy he started at Midwest Agriculture Almanac and keep alive his great love of journalism. Steve was a wonderful guy and once you met him, you didn’t forget him. But beyond that, he was a great storyteller and I hope to continue the great story he started here at Midwest Agriculture Almanac. I hope you’ll join me in sending out condolences to Steve’s family.