All posts by Bonnie Obremski

Representative Journalism Project reporter, globe-trotting adventurer

Farewell friends

Josh, my fiance, and I added two to the population when we arrived. Now, we're taking a Northfield native back out with us, our cat "Sarah Palin." Minus three!

Northfield, we’ve reached the hand off. The Representative Journalism Project has come to another turning point after eight months. Now, instead of reading the work of a transplanted, temporary journalist (me) you could soon have the opportunity to support the area’s indigenous writers. Those writers, sponsored by the public, would produce news material that could appear across a range of local media, including (More about that coming soon).

As the Representative Journalism Project collaborators have been hashing out the details of that new evolution, I came to the conclusion this month that perhaps one of the best things I could do to ensure the success of our latest ideas would be to step out of the way, instead of remaining until my work contract expired in July.

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Blogosphere roundup for March 23, 2009


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’s blogosphere aggregator page for an automated, comprehensive listing.

This is the title of an article at the Mankato Free Press article about the March 13th Regional Competitiveness Economic Development Summit. The Rural Enterprise Center’s agripreneurs development model was voted the second most important priority for the development of the Agriculture and Food Sector as it pertains to the incorporation and full utilization of skills, assets and visioning coming out from the Latino/Hispanic communities of the region.

We are currently developing the strategic plan for the large scale regional deployment of this model in the coming decade with a launch strategy focused in no more than 8 SE MN counties, but including strategic outreach to other highly promising targeted Hispanic/Latino entrepreneur in other areas of the region.

Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, Rural Enterprise Center
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Video: Tom McKown talks about directing Rock n’ Roll Revival

repjlogo-thumb1.pngNorthfield High School English teacher Tom McKown talks about what it took to create Rock n’ Roll Revival VIII this year. He sat in front of the camera for the interview on stage a few hours before Friday’s sold-out performance.

Town McKown, director, Rock ‘n Roll Revival from Bonnie Obremski on Vimeo.

Video: Mike Farris’ plans to summit Mount Everest

repjlogo-thumb1.pngNorthfielder Mike Farris is leaving on Tuesday to begin his journey up Mount Everest. He has a web site for his new book, The Altitude Experience, where he has an Everest 2009 page and an Everest 2009 trip blog. He talked about his adventure in his home on Friday morning.

Mike Farris of Northfield, talks about his plan to summit Mount Everest this spring from Bonnie Obremski on Vimeo.

Audio: Carleton student journalists experiment with local news coverage

repjlogo-thumb1.pngAt the beginning of the spring semester, I met with Carleton College students who are taking a class taught by Professor John Schott. Schott had invited me to speak to his students about the Representative Journalism Project. Following that meeting, the students set out in the spirit of the project’s goals to cover local news. The stories they produced are showcased here, replicated from a page on Schott’s Ratchet Up blogsite for the project:

Northfield Voices: Town & Gown
Cinema & Media Studies Audio Workshop, 2009
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Video: Local sailboat builder close to finishing 20-year project

About twenty years ago, Northfielder Rob Martin (Rob Martin Insurancy Agency) hoped to build a 43-foot steel sailboat from scratch in three to five years in a lumber yard in Dundas, even though he had no prior boat-building experience. The process wound up taking a bit longer than that. Today, the vessel is about two years away from completion. Martin agreed to a video interview next to some of his boats while giving a small tour.

Rob Martin’s sailboat in Dundas, Minn. from Bonnie Obremski on Vimeo.

Video: Northfield musician to play during nationwide music festival

repjlogo-thumb1.pngLocal musicians Meredith Fierke, Steve and Dylan Mckinstry, and photographer Dan Iverson are arriving in Austin, Texas today to participate in the South by Southwest music and film festival. Fierke is performing at the Touche bar on Saturday and will play “Train’s Song,” a song inspired by the trains traveling through Northfield, Minn. Below are video interviews with Fierke and Iverson shot in Fierke’s home on Monday.

Meredith Fierke, Northfield, Minn. musician from Bonnie Obremski on Vimeo.

Dan Iverson, Northfield photographer from Bonnie Obremski on Vimeo.

Train Song by Meredith Fierke of Northfield, Minn. from Bonnie Obremski on Vimeo.