I’ve got to put Jesus, a gay dinosaur and puppy into a lead about newspapers to hold their attention.
Feeling some data journalism warm fuzzies over here thanks to the fine folks at Source, who spoke with us about how we built our legislative bill tracker.
MinnPost’s latest donor, Garrison Keillor
When asked why he decided to support us, he sent this note:
Guilt, pure plain guilt. I read MinnPost every day, especially the roundups of Minnesota news in The Glean and Greater Minnesota and Minnesota Blog Cabin. I am, for now, completely burnt out on politics and just want to read about real lives up here in the Snow Belt. Just finished a terrific book, BOOTSTRAPPERS by Mardi Link, about a single mom in Upper Michigan trying to raise three boys on a farm. No idea whatsoever what her politics might be, but it was a gripping story. So I skip the Michele Bachmann stories and Senator Klobuchar’s interest in a presidential run and zero in on People Dealing With Real Stuff.
Swoon. (Read more: Garrison Keillor becomes a MinnPost donor)
Former Congressman Martin Olav Sabo popped up in the news recently as co-chair of the Minnesota branch of the national Campaign to Fix the Debt. His co-chairs? Former Congressman Tim Penny and former U.S. Sen. Rudy Boschwitz.
According to the shallowest kind of ideological and partisan stereotypes, Sabo might appear to be the outlier here.
Here’s a short taste of the upcoming MinnRoast. For the uninitiated, MinnRoast is our annual fundraiser that (gently) pokes fun at the politics and politicians in Minnesota. This is our 5th year producing the show, and we think it’ll be the best one yet.
“This state is one of the models because of so many of the things you all are doing,” Michelle Obama said to the table of participants. “And I want to make sure that the rest of the nation understands how you work as a state, how your organizations come together, the needs of our military families and how organizations can serve them.”
Read more at “Visiting Michelle Obama praises Minnesota’s community programs for military families” by James Nord