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.


  1. Ross Currier said:

    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…

    October 14, 2011
  2. john george said:

    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?

    October 16, 2011
  3. Griff Wigley said:

    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?

    October 16, 2011
  4. john george said:


    October 16, 2011

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