Uncovering Mankato’s Dark History

Remembering the Dakota who were hanged in the “largest mass execution in U.S. history” Mankato, Minn. – This American Life’s audio documentary titled, “Little War on the Prarie,” describes a crucial part of Mankato’s history that took place in December 150 years ago. The documentary remembers the 38 Dakota Native Americans who were hanged in 1862 in what is deemed as the “largest mass … Continue reading

Tips for a Better Blog and a Tasteful Twitter

Twitter Do’s and Dont’s, Blog Guidelines and Search Engine Optimization Twitter Using Twitter is a great way to grow your reputation as a writer, professional and as a person. One tip to help your online reputation grow is to not just re-tweet. To make yourself stand out from the crowd, actually read others’ posts, and … Continue reading

Skills and values for young public relations professionals

The core values listed in Jennifer Peebles’ blog titled Digital media skills every young journalist needs were very spot-on in my opinion. She lists all the things that are important for a young journalist or public relations professional to know and/or study. Besides the obvious core values a public relations professional should poses such as … Continue reading

The home I used to know and the places I used to go.

Everyone experiences changes when they move to a new city. Maybe it’s a different climate, a bigger and more bulidings or a vast array of unfamiliar faces. Living and spending time  in Mankato the last four years has slowly made the transition from farm to city an easier one each day. I know all the short-cuts, the best places to … Continue reading

Caffeine Danger

Maggie Fox and Linda Carroll of MSNBC News released an article called When caffeine kills: Energy drinks under the spotlight. Being a college student, I know how tons of homework can be overwhelming and an energy drink or cup of coffee can be just the trick to cure tired eyes. This article investigates the dangers of … Continue reading

Linking Exercise

The Declaration of Independence: A Transcription Preamble Grievances Pledge IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, Preamble When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers … Continue reading

Women and Spirituality Conference

The Women and Spirituality Conference is right around the corner, beginning Oct. 31 at Minnesota State University – Mankato. The conference includes more than 100 workshops and discussions exploring a variety of topics, and brings over 1,000 people to campus each year. 2012 Keynote Speaker: Vandana Shiva Physicist, author and international sustainability leader, Vandana Shiva … Continue reading

The Invisible, Mysterious Internet Exposed

What is this infinite, relatively intangible “thing” we call the Internet? According to my textbook, the Internet can be defined as “the worldwide network, or connection, of computers that allows any user on the network to access information from anywhere else on the network.” Well that’s a great description of what the internet does. But … Continue reading