MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 3/7

Mark Dayton is in the pole position

from LeftMN by Tony Petrangelo

A couple of weeks ago now the StarTribune released the results of their Minnesota poll. That poll showed Governor Mark Dayton with his highest approval ratings (58 approve, 29 disapprove) since he became Governor back in 2011. There is now confirmation that Mark Dayton is in an excellent position for re-election with the release, by KSTP, of a poll conducted by their preferred pollster, SurveyUSA.

Will Minnesota finally invest in rural internet?

from Minnesota Brown by Aaron Brown

You’d better believe that when an Iron Range mine has the technology to run its trucks and shovels with a sophisticated wireless system, it will. It’s not if, it’s when. So let’s have the broadband infrastructure available so the Iron Range economy survives with engineers, designers and entrepreneurs working from our towns and our woods through the wires of the world.

Bar hopping, Minnesota blogger style

from Minnesota Prairie Roots by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Poking around in my photo files recently, I noticed that I often photograph liquor store/bar signs and buildings in small towns. Why? I’m not much of a drinker.

I suspect it’s a combination of factors. Bars often serve as gathering places. Sometimes a bar may even remain as the sole business in a rural community. And, more often than not, they display one-of-a-kind signs that have been around for awhile.

Join me on a photographic bar hop to some of Minnesota’s small towns and larger communities. Cheers. A project to document our nation of immigrants

from Thoughts Towards a Better World by Dick Bernard

The dream of the project is to video-document first generation immigrants with more than five years in the U.S. from all of the world’s countries (196 in all). These stories can then be shared broadly in various ways. It’s a very ambitious undertaking, but doable with adequate funding support from persons like ourselves.

Snapshot profile: A year in Hockeytown USA

from Snapshot by Kristen Neurer

If you haven’t heard about Warroad, Minnesota lately, you just haven’t been paying attention. As the tiny northern hometown to two Olympians that played for the men’s and women’s hockey teams this year, the press were swarming. Warroad has a hockey legacy that includes a history of producing big-time players; players like T.J. Oshie, Gigi Marvin, Dave Christian, Henry Boucha, and Roger Christian. It is not uncommon for talented kids to move there just to play hockey. My brother Aaron was one of them. Following his dream changed his life in ways he couldn’t have anticipated. Here is his story.

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