I cannot thank all of you enough for the comments, tweets, reblogs, likes, retweets, etc. I sincerely hope each of you reading this learned at least one new thing about life in the Twin Cities that you did not know before.
I’ve had a lot of fun participating in the Twin Cities blogging community in various places since 2005. I’ve met a ton of great people. I’ve stumbled upon a ton of really great things. It has fundamentally changed my experience of living here for the better. It’s not a stretch to say that it’s a large contributor to the fact that I still live here and haven’t moved away.
I’ve spent the evening creating this list (that is still growing) of places where I know I can eat at least one thing. After last night’s no-delivery meltdown, I decided to take charge and be proactive about eating out. Under each place is a list of dishes I know I can eat if I’ve been there before, or special menus they’ve listed online for my cause. Never again shall I sit in silence at Green Mill!
I’ll be honest, though. I have been a big doubter of the WNBA. I was one of those guys who said things like, “the worst NBA player would win the MVP in the WNBA,” and “they just don’t have the skill level to keep it entertaining.” I never really thought I’d be interested in the Minnesota Lynx.
I used to live in this building. A friend and I rented a condo from one of her co-workers who was out of town for grad school. There are a fair number of senior citizens living there. I’m glad everyone is okay.
As I noted in Patch’s comments, I assume the homeowners association will be filing an insurance claim post-haste. I’m very curious as to how the careless smoker plays in and if there are any association rules addressing it. That’s not necessarily info I expect to see reported; I just wonder as a member of another HOA.
Congrats to 3 Minneapolis neighborhood organizations for receiving national recognition for their community newspapers. Lyndale, Corcoran and Standish-Ericsson neighborhood orgs all publish top-notch papers, mostly written and edited by volunteers. This community journalism plays a huge role in creating an informed and involved citizenry. Here’s my brief story at Twin Cities Daily Planet.
The Differences Between the Daily Planet and Huffington Post
Just got this by email.
Many thanks to all of you who responded to my recent message asking you to support the Twin Cities Daily Planet by making a membership contribution. We really need the support, and many of you responded generously.
But I received one response that really caught my attention:
"Would totally make a donation once you start paying your writers."
I replied immediately: “Actually, we have been paying our writers for years. We don’t pay for blogs and commentary pieces, but we do pay for assigned news stories and most reviews. You can find the details here: http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/contribute.”
And then I added this reminder: “If you feel like making a donation, you can visit our secure online donation page, or send a check (in any amount) to TCMA, 2600 E. Franklin #2, Minneapolis MN 55406.”
The reader was not impressed: "Guess I just don’t want to support a business model that relies primarily on unpaid/underpaid bloggers, whether it’s HuffPo or Patch or eHow.com or Daily Planet."
Here’s the gist of my reply: "Actually, our business model is quite different… “Those other publications give priority to stories that generate the most search engine traffic. Our editorial priorities are covering under-reported stories, and giving voice to under-served communities.”
Many of Huffington Post’s unpaid bloggers felt cheated when Ariana Huffington and her investors cashed out and got $315 million dollars. We can’t cash out because we don’t own the Daily Planet. The Twin Cities Media Alliance is a non-profit, and the Daily Planet belongs to the community. We get 95 percent of our revenue from foundation grants, memberships and individual gifts, and only 5 percent from advertising.”
"We operate on a shoestring budget, and all that money goes back into the community - to pay our writers, our editors, our support staff and our rent. The staff, including myself, contributes many unpaid hours, without benefits, because we believe in the work we are doing - our award-winning journalism, free citizen journalism classes, media skills workshops and public forums, where many hundreds of Twin Citizens from diverse backgrounds have learned how to be smarter producers and consumers of media.”
And if you now feel totally like making a donation, you can visit our secure online donation page, or send a check (in any amount) to TCMA, 2600 E. Franklin #2, Minneapolis MN 55406. A contribution of any size will make you a member of the Daily Planet - and entitle you to reduced ticket prices and advance notice of special Daily Planet events. Any new or increased donations will help us earn a $75,000 matching grant from the Challenge Fund for Journalism.
Executive Director, Twin Cities Media Alliance
Florida’s governor recently signed a bill that will require welfare recipients to submit to drug tests.
In case, like me, you missed it, Republicans in Minnesota filed a similar bill in February:
Eligibility; drug screening. (a) To be eligible for MFIP, [The Minnesota Family Investment Program is the state’s welfare reform program for low-income families with children.] an applicant must undergo drug and alcohol screening, to the extent practicable, following the established procedures and reliability safeguards provided for screening in sections 181.951, 181.953, and 181.954. A county agency may require a recipient of benefits to undergo random drug screening. An applicant must provide evidence of a negative test result to the appropriate county agency prior to being approved for MFIP benefits and prior to receiving an extension of benefits under section 256J.425.
(b) A laboratory must report to the appropriate county agency any positive test result returned on an applicant or recipient of MFIP benefits. Upon receipt of a positive test result, a county agency must deny or discontinue benefits until the applicant or recipient demonstrates a pattern of negative test results that satisfies the agency that the person is no longer a drug user.
(c) MFIP applicants and recipients shall pay for the full cost of each screening.
Kaaryn Gustafson’s fascinating study and analysis “the Criminalization of Poverty” looks at the popular public opinion that assumes that most welfare recipients take advantage of the system. Below is an excerpt.
The word welfare is now commonly used pejoratively—as in “welfare mother” or “welfare queen.” We often hear the word welfare used to describe a bureaucratic mess or to describe economically and socially marginalized populations. Lost in these contemporary understandings of welfare is the association of welfare with well-being, particularly collective, economic well-being. Many of the current welfare policies and practices are far removed from promoting the actual welfare of low-income parents and their children. The public desire to deter and punish welfare cheating has overwhelmed the will to provide economic security to vulnerable members of society. While welfare use has always borne the stigma of poverty, it now also bears the stigma of criminality. This change in perspective has under-examined implications for both welfare law and criminal law. This Article examines those implications.
_taylor_ posted a press release to Secrets of the City announcing big news for Secrets and for MNSpeak:
Ladies and gentlemen, we have an exciting announcement: Secrets of the City and I are in the process of taking up residence at Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and, as a part of the move, MNSpeak will be transitioning to its own domain — and to tumblr — under the management of the fine fellows at Ciceron.
Yes, we’re a Tumblr now. It’s an experiment. One that _taylor_ endorses. And who am I? Well, first see this other MNSpeak part from the press release:
Also starting this week, MNSpeak will be moving under the watchful eyes of old-timer MNSpeaker, Andrew Eklund (aeklund) and Karl Pearson-Cater (bigboxcar) at Ciceron, a digital strategy and social advocacy firm in the Twin Cities. Ciceron will be leading the charge for what the future holds for MNSpeak, re-imagining local content and conversation in the age of Facebook and Twitter.
So, I’m bigboxcar. And I’m happy to share that I was on MNSpeak “back when Rex was here.” Anyway, enough about me for now — there’s a LOT of work to do. (Like fixing the tumblr template to show which member is posting, for example.)
And there are a few more organizational details there.
I wasn’t gonna punditize on account of having friends involved all around, but Karl asked for thoughts on the news. Too early, though. I’m just really curious to see what happens.
You’ll recall that Rex Sorgatz, MNSpeak founder, sold MNSpeak to Tom and Matt Bartel who combined it with Rake Mag to form Secrets of the City. Then the Bartels sold Secrets of the City to Taylor, who left Bring.MN (which he co-founded) to do this. Taylor’s been hustling ever since and apparently has decided that breaking the two properties up again was the way to go. So there’s what’s best for each brand and there’s what’s happening with Taylor.
Secrets to MSP Mag makes a lot of sense to me. What’s unclear is what Ciceron is thinking for MNSpeak, how true it is to how MNSpeak was originally conceived, and whether that’s even a good thing or not.
I’m extremely curious about their choice of Tumblr. I switched fresh.mn from Wordpress to Tumblr a while back. Given that, on this site/topic, I tend to curate/share more than write original content, it works perfectly. I don’t believe it’s the right choice for everyone, though. I mostly wonder if they can bring their core audience to the new platform with them (or if they care to).
Lastly, I didn’t think that daily publishing/community management was the kind of project Ciceron was into. I mean, they do it for other people, but I didn’t think they’d run such a site themselves.
So who knows? It could be really cool. I’m patiently waiting.
So you’re online: you have a blog, or a website. Now how do you find your audience? Whether you’re looking for like-minded souls to read your writing or share recipe tips or whether you’re looking to spread the reach of your organization with a more robust online presence, this class will give…
So besides all the awesome work they do publishing their site, the Daily Planet also hosts a bunch of citizen journalism classes free to the public. Definitely check it out.
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In the early morning hours of June 4, a crowd gathered around a van parked in a downtown Minneapolis parking lot for a spontaneous performance by some of the Twin Cities’ top MCs—including Astronautalis, a longtime Seattle resident who’s just moved to Minnesota, drawn by our strong indie hip-hop scene. Astronautalis’s move is a coup for the Twin Cities, and on Saturday morning the crowd clapped and cheered as the new arrival improvised a rap about his new home town. Afterwards, Twitter exploded with echoes of the refrain, “I love this town!”
Not that Twin Cities residents need much excuse to sing the virtues of the Twin Cities. This is sometimes in the form of insecure justification (“New York thinks they’re a big deal, but we have…”) and sometimes in the form of positive celebration (“There’s so much going on this weekend!”). At its best, though, discussion of our local lifestyle and arts scene is constructive. The Twin Cities are what we make them: our hip-hop scene didn’t just erupt fully formed, it was built over many years by many musicians and fans.
“I’m very angry that many hardworking employees will face financial ruin because they live paycheck to paycheck (like most working families). I’m angry that at 60 years of age, after 30 years of employment, with a husband on Social Security, and while taking care of my 82 year old sister I have to serve as a pawn in a political stand-off.”—
Jill, a state employee bracing for a government shutdown in Minnesota who shared her thoughts with The Intelligencer.