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MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 4/26

The Metropolitan Council’s anti-urban headquarters

from streets.mn by Mike Hicks

This is the headquarters of the Metropolitan Council, the Twin Cities regional planning agency. It’s located in downtown Saint Paul. Notice anything about how it’s laid out? If you ever walk past, it may take a moment, but you’ll soon realize that the building doesn’t have any entrances onto the street. 

The real reason nobody’s reading hard copy newspapers

from Communications Conversations by Arik Hanson

But this whole experience (and my venting about it publicly–sorry, all) has outlined for me what might be the real reason hard copy newspapers are failing: An utter lack–or unwillingness–of these newspapers to pay attention to the “customer experience.”

From me, dialectically to you

from Minnesota Brown by Aaron J. Brown

I often wonder why I spend so much time writing a whole blog about one little part of the world, or why anyone bothers to read it. I think the answer is found in the fact that we get our own special circle on this giant, complicated map. Language is culture. This place is unusual.

A Wisconsin school honors orphans via 'The Orphan Bed Exhibit'

from Minnesota Prairie Roots by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

THREE HUNDRED AND TWENTY miles from the Minnesota State Public School Orphanage Museum in Owatonna, a group of Lutheran school students in Hales Corners, Wisconsin, just southwest of Milwaukee, are honoring orphan children of the 1920s and 1930s.

Celebrating SE MN Historic Bluff Country

from Bluff Country Woman by Beverly Sandlin

Historic Bluff Country, the regional tourism non-profit organization, just celebrated its 27th anniversary! Do you remember what was happening in Bluff Country in 1986? Think, think, think, you got it—NOTHING!

Fillmore and Houston counties were essentially unheard of, impoverished and neglected by the the Twin Cities and even “Greater Minnesota” which, I believe, is a term that has only came into use since the ’90s. The term “bluff country” was unrecognized and perhaps considered, “Oh, those towns over by the River with all the hills,” without further thought.

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