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Update – Snow Report Nov. 30, 2010

In Blogging, iphone, Minnesota Native Daughter, Murdock, snow, Travel, Video, Weather, Willmar on November 30, 2010 at 3:46 pm

By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota


Video shot with iPhone.
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Snow Stories? – Please email me your snow storm memories from winters past to jwalsh@wctrib.com, with a subject line of Snow.

View a list of historical storms in Minnesota provided by the Minnesota State Climatology Office
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Snow Report Nov. 30, 2010

In Blogging, Family, iphone, Minnesota, Minnesota Native Daughter, Murdock, snow, Weather, West Highland White Terrier, Willmar on November 30, 2010 at 9:59 am

By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

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Snow Stories? – Please email me your snow storm memories from winters past to jwalsh@wctrib.com, with a subject line of Snow.

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Snow Report Nov. 29, 2010

In Family, Minnesota, Minnesota Native Daughter, Murdock, snow, Travel, Video, West Highland White Terrier, Willmar on November 29, 2010 at 9:48 pm

By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

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Please email me your snow storm memories from winters past to jwalsh@wctrib.com, with a subject line of Snow.

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Black Friday Shopping – Willmar

In Blogging, Family, Minnesota, Money, snow, Travel, Video, Willmar on November 26, 2010 at 4:37 pm


By Jannet Walsh
Willmar, Minnesota

Storm Memories – Email me your snow storm memories from winters past to jwalsh@wctrib.com, with a subject line of Snow.

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Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more! Contact her at jwalsh@wctrib.com Click here to view full biography. View her other blog at http://jannetwalsh.blogspot.com/.
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Snow Report Nov. 25, 2010 – Thanksgiving Day

In Blogging, Minnesota, Minnesota Native Daughter, Murdock, snow, Weather, West Highland White Terrier on November 25, 2010 at 3:05 pm

By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

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Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more! Contact her at jwalsh@wctrib.com Click here to view full biography. View her other blog at http://jannetwalsh.blogspot.com/.
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Snow Report Nov. 24, 2010

In Blogging, Minnesota, Minnesota Native Daughter, Travel, Video, Willmar on November 24, 2010 at 8:52 pm

By Jannet Walsh
Willmar, Minnesota
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Naming winter storms

In Blogging, Food, iphone, Minnesota, Minnesota Native Daughter, Murdock, Travel, Video, Willmar on November 23, 2010 at 12:19 pm

By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

What if snow storms were named?

I was thinking snow storms and blizzards should have names, just like hurricanes are named in tropical locations. Snow storms just seem to be plainly named after a date or holiday.

How would the names be selected for a snow storm? When would the names be issued? Would storm naming be a good prescription to combat cabin fever?

Why name winter storms?
Just imagine yourself lodged at home during a blizzard and unable to go outside as the snow is up to the roof and your car is hidden under a snow drift. Knitting sweaters or scarves during the storm, you could attach nicely embroidered labels saying, “Knitted with Love, Snow Storm Ullr 2010” or whatever the name of the storm is. (What is Ullr? Ullr, prounced “Oool-er” is a winter god in Norse mythology know for his beauty and skill with a bow and skis.)

Winter has a harsh side that must be respected, but outdoor winter activities such as ice skating, skiing, ice fishing, snow boarding, just to be list a few cold activities, are a part of Minnesota culture, closely associated with the climate.

I have a fond memory at about age five ice skating by myself for the first time around the entire outdoor skating rink located near the old Lincoln School in Litchfield, my hometown. There was a warming house with a stove and hot chocolate and prepare for the next round of ice skating. I never became an Olympic skater, but did play ice hockey in fourth and fifth grade as at the squirt and pee wee level, about 1974 – 1976. This was before there were hockey teams for girls. Oh, I still have the ice skates, figure skates, I bought with my mother in St. Cloud that have traveled with me since I graduated from Litchfield High School, including when I lived in Europe.

Knowing when to stay bundled up in a cozy home and when to venture outdoors is sometimes a guessing game. The best thing is to watch for weather alerts on wctrib.com or go directly to the National Weather Service.

You could send emails with “Snow Storm X” to impress your friends and family wintering in the usual snow-escape enclaves, any location without snow. They could be following updates, maybe secretly wishing they were enjoying the snow and sipping hot cider near the fireplace instead being bothered with sun burns at the beach or waiting to get a tee time at the golf course.

Posting photos or videos with the named snow storm of your latest family member, although it might be a snow man or snow woman, could be great fun for the entire family. Besides, you might not be going anywhere as you are snowed in, so make the best of it digitally documenting a storm.

How to name winter storms?
Just how would a storm be named and would names be both masculine and female names or maybe another type of naming systems? Would there be a submission of ideas? This is something to figure out.

When to issue named snow storm?
This could be tricky, but maybe a name could be announced when a storm advisory is posted by the National Weather.

What do you think?

Email me what you think of naming snow storms or blizzards
– Send suggestions for snow storm names
– Explain why the name would be good for a snow storm
– Include a memorable snow storm memory
– Include your name, city and email

Email your snow storm information to jwalsh@wctrib.com, with a subject line of Snow.

View a list of historical storms in Minnesota provided by the Minnesota State Climatology Office
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Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more! Contact her at jwalsh@wctrib.com Click here to view full biography. View her other blog at http://jannetwalsh.blogspot.com/.
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“Spellinge Bee” preview at Ridgewater College Theatre

In Blogging, Family, iphone, Minnesota, Minnesota Native Daughter, Willmar on November 18, 2010 at 12:34 pm

By Jannet Walsh
Willmar

If you are interested in spelling and going to the theatre, then you might want to check out the latest production presented by the Ridgewater College Theatre.

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“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”
Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin

Dates: November 17 – 20, 2010
7:30 p.m. – Willmar College Theatre – Fine Arts Bldg.
$5.00 – general admission seating –
Ridgewater College students free
Reservations call: 320-222-7605

Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more! Contact her at jannetwalsh@gmail.com. Click here to view full biography. View her other blog at http://jannetwalsh.blogspot.com/.
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Snow Report – Nov. 13, 2010

In Blogging, Family, Health, iphone, Minnesota Native Daughter, Murdock, Video on November 13, 2010 at 11:05 pm

By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

I wanted to go cross country skiing today, but there was not enough snow in the local area. The next snow in west central Minnesota could bring enough snow to try out my skis.

The music you hear in the video is called “Latin Snow” created quickly with a program called GarageBand. The video was created with iPhone 4.

Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more! Contact her at jannetwalsh@gmail.com. Click here to view full biography. View her other blog at http://jannetwalsh.blogspot.com/.
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Video with iPhone and tripod

In Blogging, Family, Food, Health, Hula Hoop, iphone, Minnesota, Minnesota Native Daughter, Murdock on November 11, 2010 at 12:38 pm


By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

You might have an iPhone or other way-too-smart phone with video already. If you want even better video, you might consider attaching your “Dick Tracy” device to a tripod to get a steady looking video.

I shot a video the last week of Oct. 2010 to test my iPhone attached to a tripod when I had an opportunity to participate in a seminar funded in part by the Ford Foundation at the Poynter Institute, located in St. Petersburg, Florida. I joined 30 people from around the United States, including international participants, from a mixture of journalism and non-journalism backgrounds, now participating in the media, such as blogging.

Click here to view examples of iPhone video, with and without a tripod, found on my blog.

Resources for iPhone mounts for tripods
iPhone Tripod Holder
Mosy Mount
The Glif
iPhoneography
Journalist’s Toolbox

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Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more! Contact her at jannetwalsh@gmail.com. Click here to view full biography. View her other blog at http://jannetwalsh.blogspot.com/.
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