Photo fraud committed for NDDC alumni entrepreneur recruitment poster

NDDC poster, The Lion's Pause, St. Olaf NDDC poster, The Lion's Pause, St. Olaf 
When I was up at St. Olaf’s Buntrock Commons a couple weeks ago for the Eat Local Challenge, I noticed a big NDDC poster outside of The Lion’s Pause with the headline: Locate your business in downtown Northfield.

NDDC Executive Director Ross Currier published an Oct. 3 blog post that explains. An excerpt:

One of the new initiatives that this group developed was alumni entrepreneur recruitment. In addition to promoting downtown Northfield as a marketplace, we wanted to promote it as a business location, particularly to the graduates of Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges. We introduced the concept for the first time at this year’s Homecoming Weekends.

I knew this poster was in the works because back in early August, Ross had asked me to contribute photos for it and they needed one additional: a photo of creative class types working in a coffeehouse.

Creative class working at the Goodbye Blue Monday coffeehouse, Northfield, MNAll month long, I kept watching for a good photo op from my early morning corner office at GBM but it never quite came together. 

So on Aug. 29, noticing that I had the raw material for a photo, I asked the laptop users to switch tables.  I then asked Nancy Amerman who was sitting with a group of runners to sit at my laptop for the photo.  Perfecto.

It should be noted that Nancy felt no shame over helping to perpetuate this fraud, whereas at least I felt conflicted. And yet she calls herself a Christian. Go figure.

4 comments to  (Including One Discussion Thread)Photo fraud committed for NDDC alumni entrepreneur recruitment poster

  • 1
    Ross Currier says:

    Actually Griff, it was all a set up. Nancy and I met down at the Cow during the Bratlander/Trailer Trash performance and worked out the details. While she was “posing” at your computer, she hacked all of your accounts and is going to replace your chosen self-portraits with one Tracy provided. Heh, heh, heh…

  • 2
    john george says:

    Griff- Tsk! Tsk! Tsk! So, I looked all over your article, here, and I didn’t find the word “faux” anywhere. And, since you did not implicate my good neighbor in your hijinks, I’m assuming you have some hidden agenda in implicating Nancy. True?

  • 3
    Griff Wigley says:

    John, it’s actually not a faux news piece. I only took a bit of liberty with that last sentence to have some fun with Nancy. Who’s your neighbor?

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