Have you ever thought to yourself, “Why do I live here?” The St. Cloud Times is asking central Minnesota residents that exact question – why they live in the Greater St. Cloud Area. The “Why I Live Here” essay project asks local St. Cloud residents to share their stories of how they came to call St. Cloud home – and why they stay.

Submissions can be found on their website, sctimes.com, and in the print edition under the Tuesday Life pages. To view the essays online, search “Why I Live Here” on the St. Cloud Times site. If you don’t subscribe to sctimes.com, don’t worry. You can view five free articles per month.

To participate in this essay project, the St. Cloud Times asks that all submissions stay under 700 words and to include your name, a photo of yourself, and your city of residence. All submissions should be sent via email to shalena@stcloudtimes.com.

For more information, please contact Sue Halena at shalena@stcloudtimes.com, or call 320-255-8777.