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We’ve come a long way in three years

Welcome to the third annual edition of The Best of, a roundup in print of some of our best stories and photos from the past 12 months.

Welcome to the third annual edition of The Best of, a roundup in print of some of our best stories and photos from the past 12 months.

Nov. 8, 2010, is MinnPost’s third birthday.  We’ve come a long way. 

More than a dozen of the top professional journalists in the Twin Cities report and write regularly for our website. Their work is unique and sophisticated and enhances the discussion of serious issues in the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota.  Here are some whose work you’ll find in this printed anniversary edition:

• Eric Black’s political and policy analysis

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• David Brauer’s reporting and commentary on Minnesota media

• Derek Wallbank’s coverage from Washington of the Minnesota congressional delegation

• Steve Berg on urban design and development

• Susan Perry on personal health

• Sharon Schmickle on science, Greater Minnesota, human rights and other issues

• Doug Grow on the human drama of our politics and governance

• Jay Weiner on the business of sports, and the sport of politics

• Beth Hawkins on education, from early childhood through college and beyond

• Brad Allen on business

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Providing daily reporting and analysis by professional journalists is expensive, and we’re proud to say that MinnPost is leading the way in establishing a successful nonprofit business model to sustain it. Started in the teeth of the recession, MinnPost is about to conclude its first year of break-even finances (or perhaps a small surplus — we’ll see).

If you like what you see here, check out our site. We publish Monday through Friday — with a limited edition on Saturday — and update throughout the day. All current and archived material is available to everyone to read at no charge.

MinnPost is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, whose mission is to cover news that matters, raising the level of discussion and improving the quality of life and democracy in Minnesota. Here’s to everyone who’s helped us make it this far:

  • Our tens of thousands of regular readers — who bookmark our home page, receive our daily or weekly email, and/or follow us on Twitter or Facebook
  • Our thousands of registered commenters, and hundreds of contributors of content to Community Voices and Blog Cabin
  • Our contributing journalists and editorial staff — including many of the best-known names in Minnesota media — who are creating an innovative, insightful, and aggressive news report.
  • Our 2,100+ members, who have decided to support high-quality journalism with an annual donation at the level of their choice, and the 12 companies and corporate foundations that have joined our new Corporate Leadership Circle.
  • Our generous major philanthropic partners to date: the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation based in Miami, the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation based in Oklahoma City, and these Minnesota foundations: Blandin Foundation, The Minneapolis Foundation and many of its donors, the McKnight Foundation, and the Otto Bremer Foundation.
  • Our founding major donors, Board of Directors, Advisory Council, Greater Minnesota Advisory Group, volunteer comment moderators, MinnRoast Event Committee, and others who volunteer time and energy to MinnPost.

• Our dozens of sponsors and advertisers, especially the major ones whom we thank on the left-hand side of every page of

And personal thanks to all of you who wish MinnPost well and tell us to keep up the good work. With your support, we will.

Joel Kramer, CEO and editor

Laurie Kramer, Chief revenue officer