Category Archives: RepJ

Voices from the past: Bonnie and Josh

Bonnie Obremski Josh Rowan
Former RepJ reporter Bonnie Obremski contacted us last week.  She and hubby Josh Rowan are working on the Rebirth of a Sailing Sloop in upstate New York.

Well, Josh and I thought we would be making a surprise visit to Northfield right around now on a road trip back north from Florida, but we had to take a different route! Josh, clutching his Contented Cow mug, was especially disappointed that we wouldn’t all be seeing you there soon.

Even though we haven’t been the best at keeping in touch, we’re always thinking about you all and telling everyone on our travels about you. We finally began rebuilding our boat last week in upstate New York and you can follow along on our blog.

Of course, Griff taught me everything I know about blogging so if you don’t like it, put your comment on Locally Grown! 🙂

Hope all is well with everyone and that we do make it out there for a visit soon. Everyone is welcome to come and see us as long as you don’t mind watching or maybe even helping helping us drive in a nail or two.


Bonnie and Josh

Coming soon: the next stage in the evolution of RepJ

It’s been six weeks since RepJ reporter Bonnie Obremski departed Northfield. Lots has been happening behind the scenes since then to figure out how to best continue RepJ. Here’s the plan.

spotus.logoWith continued support from the new Center for Sustainable Journalism at KSU in Georgia, there’s going to be a Northfield version of Spot.Us, a community-funded reporting project operating in the Bay Area of California under the guidance of founder David Cohn. Their software platform is open-source and, with a lot of help from Ruby on Rails guru, Jared Mehle, I got it up and running yesterday. (continued)

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Photo album: Bonnie Obremski’s farewell party

Last night’s farewell party at the Contented Cow for RepJ reporter Bonnie Obremski and her fiancé, Josh Rowan, was a rockin’ good time, with lots of well-wishers, music by the New Moon Trio (plus Bonnie), and a candy piñata. (I’ve turned off comments here. See Bonnie’s post for more on her farewell and comment there.)

See the album of 40 photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow:

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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Podcast: RepJ reporter Bonnie Obremski on her departure from Northfield

Tracy Davis, Ross Currier, Bonnie Obremski, Griff WigleyJosh Rowan Our guest today was Bonnie Obremski who announced that she’s resigned her position as the reporter for the Northfield Representative Journalism project effective Friday. She and her fiancé, Josh Rowan (pictured at right doing a finger puppet show in the KYMN studio window), depart Saturday for Key West, FL. Bonnie will post her own announcement tomorrow here on LG, so I’ve turned off comments on this post.  Chime in on her post when you see it… and note the date, time and place of her going-away party on Friday eve.

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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.