Dominium’s A-Mill Artist Lofts

You may, or may not, know that I started a new position with Dominium Development last August. Dominium is a great organization that specializes in multi-family, affordable, housing projects. Some of their recent, more high-profile, projects are Schmidt Artist Lofts in St. Paul and A-Mill Artist Lofts in Minneapolis.

Our company holiday party took place at A-Mill last week and I thought you guys might like a little peak inside!

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My Day at St. Cloud Tech High School

Today I took a little road trip to St. Cloud to take a tour of St. Cloud Tech High School. You’ll remember, I wrote a post about the school back in February as I was concerned about the school district’s decision to vacate the building in favor of building a new school on the south edge of town.

Well, the referendum to fund construction of a new school was defeated last November. I was interviewed by Kevin Allenspach at the St. Cloud Times regarding my thoughts on the school and its location, read that here. Since the article I’ve been lucky enough to connect with many people who share my concern for the school, and a couple of us got together today to take a tour of the building. I’ll expound upon my tour in a later post – but in the meantime here is a collection of my Snapchats from the day!

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Old Blog, New Introduction

Happy 2016 Minnesota Lovers! I hope that this New Year finds you healthy, happy and ready to take on the world!

Anyone who follows my blogging regularly (I’m talking to you; close friends and family members), knows that I’ve struggled to keep up with consistent posting ever since this blog’s inception. That being said, I have received a lot of positive feedback from the blog and much encouragement to keep pushing forward.

Blogging is time consuming – not to mention very personal. This is difficult for me; there are times when I’m uncomfortable, feeling too exposed. And when people disagree with the opinions and thoughts I share, sometimes I feel personally attacked (although I encourage people to disagree – it’s just sometimes difficult to hear, however good for me it might be in the long run).

All this is to say, I believe that this blog has been good for me. It has given me a platform to voice my ideas. A reason to research and explore the topics I find interesting. And, most importantly, it has helped connect me with many opportunities – especially within the last year. So, with that I have taken on a new challenge and joined a course give through WordPress, “Blogging 101”. As a part of this course I’ll learn how to achieve better blogging and broaden my audience. The first assignment is to write an introductory post, and although I’ve had this blog for some time already, I figured it was worth giving a little refresher of who I am and why I’m here.

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Northern Explorers

There is a list of places that every Minnesotan must visit, at least once, and Duluth is one of those places. It’s so easy to get caught up with the excitement and entertainment going on weekly in the Twin Cities, one may never feel the need to leave. But, that would be a mistake.

This is why, when I saw the lineup for the Super Big Block Party over labor day weekend in Duluth, I knew it was the perfect excuse to get out of town. I recruited my favorite affianced couple to join me on an adventure. I visited Duluth as a kid and stood in awe of the giant ships, visited friends in college and became intimately familiar with how cold it can get (and how difficult it must have been for my cousin to navigate the icey, hilly landscape in her manual transmission car). But this trip was going to be different – this time I was going to be a “tourist”, I wanted to casually explore Duluth, get to know the city as if I had never been before. So, with that, here are some highlights from my Labor Day weekend adventure in Duluth.

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The Importance of Place

I get this question a lot: what is your favorite building? Seems like a reasonable question, given my education in historic preservation, and my affinity for architecture. So, I guess that’s why people are surprised when I don’t really have a favorite building. Two reasons for this:

(1) I tend to be more attracted to vernacular, ordinary buildings than remarkable architectural monuments and there are many great examples of lovely, albeit “simple” buildings, I couldn’t possibly choose a favorite

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