Tag Archives: Blogosphere

Thinner blog posts, fatter discussion

My consulting business (no, not my mountain biking, really!) has kept me busier than usual lately and that’s meant fewer blog posts here on LoGro. It bugs me if I don’t publish at least one new blog post here every day because I want the 500-1000 people who visit each day to always have something new to see.  It’s not that I don’t have lots to blog about but rather my tendency to spend a lot of time on them, especially those that are issue-related.

Shakespeare bloggerSo I’m going to experiment with publishing more blog posts that simply introduce a topic or issue, inviting y’all to chime in with comments, questions, links, and opinions.  The topics will likely be a little more wide-ranging, with a mix of 75% Northfield-related and the rest state, national, international.

I also like tackling a difficult issue and spending weeks on it like I’m currently doing with the Northfield Fire Department. There aren’t many of those investigative-type stories that I take on but when I do, they really require a lot of work behind the scenes and then a lot of time to write them up, summarizing what I’ve learned and taking a position.

I’ve got some other ideas for new features here on LoGro but they’re not quite ready for prime time. In the meantime, let me know what ideas you have and give me your frank feedback on what you like and don’t like on the current state of LoGro affairs.

Candidate blogs aggregated

blogosphere With the political season winding up, we’ve added 3 more local candidate blogs to our lower right sidebar aggregator: Mark Murphy, and Al DeKruif.  Other candidates there include incumbents Kevin Dahle and David Bly.

Let us know if there are others to add.

2 PM update: I mistakenly added Mike Piper’s blog, thinking that he was the Republican endorsed candidate for 25B.  Kelby Woodard is the endorsed candidate but he currently doesn’t have a blog or RSS feed. I’ve removed Mike Piper’s blog.

Podcast: Northfield Second Ward City Councilor Betsey Buckheit

Tracy Davis, Betsey Buckheit, Ross CurrierOur guest this week was Northfield Second Ward City Councilor Betsey Buckheit. We discussed her reflections of her first year on the Council, which she wrote about on her blog last month in a post titled What I’ve learned so far.

Click play to listen. 30 minutes:

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NAG 50th joins the blogosphere and the twittersphere

NAG 50th sshot Northfield area organizations are increasingly seeing the advantages of setting up blog sites (a website with regular pages but built with a blog platform) for special events (eg, ArtSwirl, JuneBug).

The latest is the NAG 50th Blog, "Celebrating 50 Years of the Northfield Arts Guild." Of course, they’ve also joined the twittersphere (twitter.com/nag50).

Blogosphere roundup for Monday, March 16, 2009

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The Northfield Blogosphere Roundup is a good way to see the latest information on many of the area’s blogs. The updates included here show blog posts added approximately within the previous 48 hours. See Northfield.org’s blogosphere aggregator page for an automated, comprehensive listing.

Food and energy is something we cannot go without, and the farther these two come from where we use them, the less sustainable they are, this is a matter of logic and economic fact not a matter of opinion, or political leaning, or weather we agree or disagree on global trade.

The fact is that we don’t account for the full cost of our foods and have been living under the illusion that a banana is really only $0.75 cents a pound. It isn’t, what happens is that we are only paying for a small part of the full cost of producing it, bringing it from Brazil or Central America and delivering it to our stores and picking it up. The carbon emitted, the water, soil and air pollution in the production cycle, and many other costs are just being passed on for others to pay, either down the rivers and oceans, or down to the next generation.

Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, Rural Enterprise Center

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Blogosphere roundup for Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009

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The Northfield Blogosphere Roundup is a good way to see the latest information on many of the area’s blogs. The updates included here show blog posts added approximately within the previous 24 hours. See Northfield.org’s blogosphere aggregator page for an automated, comprehensive listing.

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Courtesy of www.ruralec.com

At a meeting at Plaza Morena Restaurant in Owatonna on February 17 2009, a diverse group of restaurant and food business owners from Red Wing, Waseca, Albert Lee, Owatonna and Faribault meet to discuss an organizing process to secure higher level of cooperation and organization in the food business owners sector of the Southern Minnesota region (more).

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