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Oskaloosa Herald is pleased to announce the addition of Richard Rindt as a new sports writer.

Richard is originally from Kankakee, Illinois and has also lived in Chicago and Bloomington, Illinois.

His work background includes roles as as a technical writer, editor, web designer, and I.T. business analyst.

He graduated from Olivet Nazarene University in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Business Administration, with a minor in Economics.

He began his career in 1988 in software development and hardware support at a company called Applied Systems, Inc. in University Park, Illinois. He was promoted to Senior Technical Writer and Documentation Specialist in 1992. That same year he earned an education degree from Governor’s State University that certified him to teach K-12.

While living in downtown Chicago from 1989 to 1992, Richard worked with several youth outreach programs, including Big Brothers Big Sisters and Common Ground, both of which helped underprivileged kids with mentoring and tutoring, while he also coached youth sports including basketball, baseball, and soccer.

In 2000 Richard became an I.T. business analyst and web designer for High Tech Consultants, Inc. in Bloomington, Illinois, and one year later was recruited and hired in Bloomington’s corporate office of State Farm Insurance. As a certified trainer, he was in charge of developing and delivering various training curriculum for State Farm’s agent equipment rollouts and their Insurance Service Centers in Phoenix, Dallas and Atlanta. He also managed several internal web sites for multiple departments.

In 2005 he was promoted to intranet gatekeeper in the Research Department and headed up an 8-month project to do a complete re-design of the department’s internal web sites and serve as a communication strategist and speechwriter for the department’s executive staff.

In 2008 he coordinated the changeover of the company’s physical corporate library to a completely online user-guided library resource, which made the entire corporate library service available electronically to employees, agents, and staff.

In 2010 he moved to the State Farm Corporate Public Affairs department in various roles as a writer, editor, and web publisher. He also was a project manager for several key I.T. projects for applications and systems that required software migration and implementation. He became a senior analyst for the company’s SharePoint technology team, and led several key projects for the executive staff, including development and support of workflow tools for the C.E.O. and his executive Chairman’s Council.

He is a member of Toastmasters International and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.

Richard was married for 20 years. He has four amazing children who still live in Bloomington, Illinois and are the apple of his eye. His oldest is a son named Jordan (20) who works as an auto service technician. Richard also has three beautiful daughters: Carly, a high school senior, Kayla, a high school junior, and Jenna, a high school freshman.

All three of his daughters are cheerleaders for their school’s teams as well as competition squad members who compete at state and national levels. His youngest daughter is the captain of her squad and has earned a chance to participate in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

And although there’s nothing he enjoys more in his spare time than hanging out with his kids, Richard’s hobbies include all types of sports (including tennis and softball), journaling, digital photography and graphic design, outdoor recreation including hiking and cycling, music, movies and playing drums.

He has traveled to 38 different states, including Hawaii, and is currently in the process of writing no fewer than six different books.

You will most likely find him spending his vacations in sunny Florida, particularly in Destin and along the entire Emerald Coast near Okaloosa Island.

Oskaloosa Herald Managing Editor Angie Holland said “I’m delighted to welcome Richard to the sports section of the Herald. His sports knowledge, writing skills and engaging personality will serve him well while covering our community’s young athletes.”

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