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Aaron Mills signing off after 10 years at 9&10 News

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Hard to believe that was ten years ago.

Even harder to believe that kid who made reference to Ray Stevens and Whoopie Goldberg made it through his rookie year and you let him stick around for a decade, going through his awkward phase before finally finding a voice on t-v *and a home here with you in northern Michigan.

So this marks the end of an era, but also the beginning of a new life.

When I came to 9&10 News back in October of 2002, the plan was "one year and out".

Well, I met a cute German girl on a blind date. Eventually convinced her to marry me. We bought a house. Had a beautiful daughter. A few years later, added another pretty little girl to the family, and all of a sudden it's ten and a half years later.

I have absoutely cherrished my time here, getting to cover everything from little league baseball to the Super Bowl.

But my favorite part of every day has always been covering local sports and sharing in the memories you and your children have made over the years.

I'm lucky to have been a part of your lives - and i thank you for that.
But now that I have a family of my own, I want to make sure that i'm able to share in those memories as well.

And working until after midnight every night makes that very difficult.

So now, I'm gonna give being a "real person" a shot: Working an 8-to-5 job, coming home for dinner, kissing my girls on the forehead at bedtime, and having an actual in-person conversation with my wife on the couch instead of over the phone.

It's going to be a little strange at first, I'm sure. But it's going to be amazing.

And this isn't the last you'll see of me. My career change is taking me to Special Olympics Michigan in Mt. Pleasant where I'm extremely excited to begin as their new coordinator of public relations and social media.

That means you'll probably hear from me during the state summer games in late May and early June, and see me polar-plunging on michigan this morning next winter.

So it's not goodbye.

It's see you soon.

And with that, it's time to call it a night.

For one last time: That'll do it for Sports Extra.