Keep the internet free

You might notice some changes over at Google or Wikipedia today. Many popular websites are joining in a protest over the SOPA law being debated in Washington, D.C.  I am not “going dark” with my website today, mostly because I’m not convinced I know how to bring it back up. But I would like to… Read More →

Minnesota Moments features state "place" blogs, including this one

The magazine Minnesota Moments features in its winter edition ten Minnesota bloggers who write about life in this Midwestern state. I was honored to be included. It’s a nice collection of writers. My section gets into some nitty-gritty about choices you have to make when you write about controversy and politics, and some of you… Read More →

Privacy Policy for

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Top MinnesotaBrown posts for 2011

As 2011 comes to a close I present this blog’s top posts for the year. After that I’ll share some of my personal favorites. I’m always fascinated at how different those two lists end up being. In fact, the top traffic list reads like some kind of comedy of errors in my ill-fated attempt to… Read More →

Getting frugal with my frau

Some of you might know that my wife Christina is a much, much more successful blogger than I am, writing the national frugal living blog Northern Cheapskate. Well, for the first time ever I have written a guest post for her blog. I’m writing about my experience being “up sold” during a recent cell phone… Read More →

Live at the 2011 #mnblogcon in Minneapolis

It always amazes me that the crisp modern skyline of Minneapolis is contained in the same state as the ore dumps of the Range, my dirt road and the woods around my house. Today I’m down at the Midtown Exchange Building for the 2011 Minnesota Blogger Conference. I’ll be researching ways to make this blog… Read More →

MinnesotaBrown @mnblogcon 2011

My wife the Northern Cheapskate (TM, not what I call her around the house) and I will be attending the Minnesota Blogger Conference in Minneapolis tomorrow. Thought it’s perhaps self-indulgent, I may share some amusing thoughts about my foray into the dense, urban core of Minnesota’s blogosphere on Saturday. If you’ll be there say hello…. Read More →

Autumn brings change, offline and on

Yesterday delivered a beautiful Labor Day in northern Minnesota. Forecasters predict a sunny, temperate early Fall week ahead. Today I waited with our oldest son as the bus came to take him to first grade. He’s first on the route out here in the woods. I saw him pause at the first seat where he… Read More →

Pride before the fall (I mean autumn … I hope)

I’m taking some needed family time the next few days but have a couple big announcements before I do. First, I’ve learned that I’ll be speaking at the TEDx 1,000 Lakes Conference in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, at the Reif Center on Monday, Sept. 19. I’ll be taking many of the ideas you read here at… Read More →

Don’t hate me because I’m elite with the tubes

Someone sent me this article by David Sirota, “Is the Internet for elites?” The subhead caught my eye, too: “A new study finds some truth in a favorite GOP talking point: Much of the Web is a ‘playground for the affluent.’” I’d argue that to some degree America is a playground for the affluent,… Read More →