Jon and Ali Feldman’s twin boys, Owen and Cooper, died shortly after they were born last week. When they submitted the obituary with this photo to the Northfield News, the newspaper declined to run the photo because, according to Jon who I spoke to by phone yesterday, they felt it might offend their readers. The Parker Kohl Funeral Home has a page that includes the photo. Jon and Ali asked us to blog it and invite LG readers for their reaction. 11:20 am update: I’ve added a straw poll. (continued)
I don’t know the Nieman Journalism Lab guys personally but Mathew Ingram’s blog post today, “Locally grown” news gets a boost acknowledged the good stuff happening here. The ‘boost’ to hyperlocal sites like ours that he’s referring to is the new funding that RepJ founder Len Witt just got from the Harnisch Foundation to create a new Center for Sustainable Journalism (CSJ) at KSU in Georgia. No, that doesn’t mean a cash infusion into LG or RepJ Northfield. It’s just that we’re going to be a part of something much bigger. Mathew had this to say about LG after a quick look around here. (continued)
The editorial in yesterday’s StarTribune was titled: Unearned black eye for biodiesel fuel: It wasn’t the culprit in Bloomington bus problems. The unnamed editorial writers (don’t get me started on that tradition) rightfully spanked Fox TV commentator Glenn Beck for his bombastic comments but as I read it, I kept waiting for a mea culpa since their mid-January cold snap news reports (here, here, here, and here) surely helped contribute to the ‘unearned black eye.’ (continued)
Congrats to the Northfield News for winning the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s 2008 Mills Trophy for ‘most outstanding weekly newspaper in Minnesota.’ See the article in last Wednesday’s paper titled Newspaper wins top state award. It’s the first time the paper has won the award. (continued)
While visiting the offices of Construction Consulting Partners (a client) last week, I noticed the Jan/Feb 09 issue of Girlfriends (‘where local women turn’) and that CCP staffer Mary Closner was featured in the magazine’s Daddy’s Girl column on the back. The issue is not yet available on the Girlfriends website but should be soon. (continued)
Northfielder Will Healy has a new music show called ‘The Long Way Home’ that airs on KYMN 1080 AM on Sunday nights, 7-9pm. Last week’s Feb. 1 show (blogged by Tim Freeland) featured the music of “women who move us” with Healy’s co-hosts David Henly and Rob Ryden. For tonight’s show, they’re promising a St. Valentine’s Day extravaganza.
I noticed earlier this week that these two homes, next door to each other, both had “No Shopper please” signs on their front doors. I know one of the residents and they said their requests to the Northfield News to stop the Shopper hadn’t worked so they put up the signs.
In January, we at LG got an email from a local realtor, Arlen Malecha, alerting us to this article in Maryland: Lawmaker Wants ‘Do Not Deliver’ Bill For Newspapers; Proposal Would Stop Free Papers On Lawn. So back then I emailed Northfield News Publisher Sam Gett, asking:
Sam, Can delivery of The Shopper be halted by request? It’s an issue because they pile up at homes where no one’s living. It’s both messy and it communicates that the space is unoccupied.
Sam wrote back:
Griff, Yes, we can. Just send me the address and I’ll take care of it.
Sam’s email address and phone number are posted on the Northfield News contact page.