Archive for May 11, 2007

Hello world!

May 11, 2007

Welcome to Jane Leonard’s Minnesota Sesquicentennial blog. (I’m not actually Jane.) We’ve set up the blog by popular demand. There are so many people who are interested to learn more about the Sesquicentennial and to hear Jane’s reflections on Minnesota’s past, present, and future.

I am going to supplement Jane’s posts with more informational (less reflective) posts on what’s happening with planning and events throughout the state.

Sesquicentennial banner at SummitYesterday we celebrated the Sesquicentennial Kickoff at the Minnesota Rural Summit. For 10 years the Rural Summit has been an annual gathering place for community leaders in rural areas. The common thread has been to lift up rural Minnesota (and America) through collaboratively building the cornerstones of a strong community: health care, education and creative thinking, economic development, and design. This year we really focused on design. (I invite attendees to share their comments on the Summit and the Sesquicentennial here on the blog.)

This year was the final Summit but as one door closed – another opened with the kick off to the countdown of the Minnesota Sesquicentennial. One idea that emerged from the Summit – Minnesota libraries are going to host the official Sesquicentennial banner (show in the picture above) and an accompanying journal, where Minnesota citizens are invited to add their remarks. Once we have a schedule for the banner we will add it to the Sesquicentennial web site and track its movement in this blog.