June 25, 2022

New editor named for Sentinel-Tribune

Readers of the Osceola Sentinel-Tribune have seen her name in recent weeks.

Candra Brooks found her new place for the Sentinel-Tribune. Last week she was named editor after being with the paper for eight years in a different position.

“I have always enjoyed writing, but I know writing news is different than writing fiction,” she said.

Brooks started with the Sentinel-Tribune in October 2013 as office manager taking care of accounting, billings, subscriptions and “all the customers’ questions” she said.

But her role took a turn last month when Tyra Audlehelm resigned. She offered to help find the news until someone could be found. Turns out, Brooks was found.

“For small-town weekly newspapers, it’s great if the entire staff knows what everyone else in the building does,” said Creston News Advertiser Managing Editor John Van Nostrand, who oversees the content for Osceola. “After Tyra left, we asked Candra what she could do to come up with news. The first few weeks of her work has been great. It’s a blessing she has been with us for that long as she paid attention to the people and places for the news. Now, she gets the chance to take the lead with all of that.”

Brooks grew up on a farm near Lorimor and graduated from East Union in 2008. She attended Simpson and received a bachelor’s degree in English, but she found the proverbial writing on the wall. She couldn’t find the right fit for her to use her degree.

“No one around here does English-related things and I didn’t have the desire to drive to Des Moines for a job. But I did see a need for accounting,” she said.

She returned to the classrooms at Southwestern Community College and earned an associate degree in accounting. She had worked at Lakeside Casino in Osceola.

Brooks said she is quite familiar with the area. Her father is from Murray as other relatives have a history in the area.

“In high school I’d hang out either in Osceola or Creston, depending upon the friends I was with,” she said.

Brooks’ husband is Brett, who is from Osceola, and they have two children, Eleanor, 6, and Calvin, 4. Brett’s grandmother, Carol Brooks, was the Sentinel office manager for a long time.

Van Nostrand said more is needed.

“It would be ideal to have another person to help Candra with Clarke County, especially Murray, and high school sports with Clarke and Murray,” he said. “We greatly appreciate Clarke High staff and students help us with at least sports pictures. Pictures from the play a few weeks ago were great, too. If anyone is interested, please contact Candra or myself. With the right person, we can make some arrangements to have a win-win situation. And we want our readers to win.”

John Van Nostrand


An Iowa native, John's newspaper career has mostly been in small-town weeklies from the Rocky Mountains to the Mississippi River. He first stint in Creston was from 2002 to 2005.