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Meet the Author

This blog doesn’t pay the bills. What it does, however, is allow me to build support for my professional work as a teacher, writer, speaker and radio producer.

I deliver keynote speeches, lectures and specialized presentations related to topics like the Iron Range, Minnesota politics and history, writing, blogging and the media. By day I teach college public speaking so I understand that the last thing an organization wants for its event is a boring speaker who doesn’t get why the audience is there in the first place. I use humor, stories and a consistent narrative drive to turn 20 minutes to an hour into a memorable part of your convention, lunch break, lecture series or college occasion. I work to customize every presentation to fit your needs and the theme of your event. Speaking fees are related to your location, event time, and whether you are nonprofit, educational or commercial. Rates can be negotiated to fit your budget.

“Overburden: Modern Life on the Iron Range” road show

  • Coffman Union Bookstore at the University of Minnesota
  • Duluth Barnes and Noble
  • HarMar Mall Barnes and Noble in Roseville, Minn.
  • Vermilion Community College
  • Lyric Theater “First Stage” in Virginia, Minn.
  • Grand Rapids Public Library
  • Hibbing Public Library
  • Gilbert Public Library
  • Brainerd Public Library “Brown Bag” summer lecture series
  • Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship services
  • Virginia (Minn.) Historical Society
  • Britt Community Historical Society

“Iron Dogs” – Lecture on cultural implications of snowmobiling in northern Minnesota, Minnesota Discovery Center (formerly Ironworld)

Keynote address, Annual regional gathering of State Farm insurance agents, Ely, Minn.

“Blogging Basics.” A series of monthly seminars for the KAXE Community Journalism Project

“Iron Range leadership,” keynote address, Iron Range Association of Student Councils

“Looking Forward Along Bodas Road.” Memorial speech for Sen. Paul Wellstone at Wellstone Memorial Site

In addition, as time allows I take on freelance media work, including political consulting, copy writing, speech writing, and print and radio production. Rates are negotiable and usually related to my work load and the nature of the job. Past work includes:

  • Since 2002, all public relations and media work for Dylan Days, an arts and culture event in Bob Dylan’s hometown of Hibbing, Minnesota. Work has included website design, contest coordination, editing and production of program/journal and maintenance and social networking presence
  • Complete management of legislative campaigns for State. Rep. Tom Anzelc (DFL-Balsam Twsp), including scheduling, advertising, website design and management, message development, budget allocation and coordination of all aspects of the initial campaign and subsequent re-election bids
  • Coordination of township election materials for slate of candidates
  • Advertising, message consulting and debate preparation for county office candidate
  • And of course, the big one, my Great Northern Radio Show.

Contact me if you’re interested in my work for your next project.

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