Locally Grown is a blog about local Northfield Minnesota issues and the people who live here.
Its broad mission is similar to Northfield.org’s, i.e., using the internet/online tools to strengthen the civic fabric of the Northfield area. The blog is part of Northfield’s civic blogosphere, and is focused on
- being opinionated
- convening civil but opinionated conversations with citizens and community leaders
- showing the community to itself via photos and video; and
- delivering it all in a way that’s fun and at times irreverent. That keeps it interesting to write and hopefully for the site’s visitors, as civic engagement should have hefty and regular doses of fun.
Currently the blog is authored by Griff Wigley, but for most of its life, Ross Currier and Tracy Davis have been co-bloggers.
- Griff Wigley, citizen, local business owner (Wigley and Associates; co-founder of Northfield Citizens Online/Northfield.org;
- Tracy Davis, citizen, local business owner (GuildCraft Carpets), blogger, and a member of the Northfield Planning Commission; co-founder of Northfield Citizens Online/Northfield.org;
- Ross Currier, citizen, Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC) Executive Director and blogger
We’re three citizens doing this with our citizen hats on. Our views don’t necessarily represent the views of the organizations where we wear our other hats. We’re not a company nor a non-profit, though we may someday become a media empire. We’re three separate individuals.
Many newspapers publish editorials where the senior editorial staff collectively author opinion pieces. We don’t do that. The opinions we express are specific to each of us, not a collective “Locally Grown” voice. Expect to see us disagreeing with one another.
We refrain from sarcasm and satire where there’s a conversation going on in the comment thread of a blog post. It’s insulting to be sarcastic when conversing with someone. But we may occasionally use sarcasm and satire in our blog entries, as a blog can be a pure publishing medium. If a conversation (comment thread) is triggered by one of those posts however, we’ll be sure to switch off the sarcasm and will expect our site visitors to do the same. See our Guidelines page for about our policy and our expectations.
We may post faux news items from time to time. You might be able to tell we’re spoofing. You might not. If you’re fooled, we hope you don’t take it personally. We may use profanity on occasion because some of us talk that way and think it can be done in an effective and entertaining way. We’ll be judicious, though, like Jon Stewart. If you don’t like it,
tough shit, we apologize for your sensitivity.
All of these policies are subject to change as we learn our way. We’ll blog it when it happens.
We’re indebted to former KRLX news director Morgan Weiland and former KRLX station manager Cameron Nordholm (click image to enlarge) for their help in launching Locally Grown radio show/podcast in early 2006 (we ended the show in mid-2010 after 189 episodes). Both graduated from Carleton in the spring of 2006 and then promptly abandoned Northfield for other climates and lives of quiet desperation.
We are indebted to Carleton College, the KRLX staff, and KYMN for letting us use their studios during our years on the radio to record our show and their help in producing it.