It’s hard to believe that our first steps toward creating dala.mn were taken nearly a year ago. But now that we’ve arrived, there’s no doubt – dala.mn is here to stay!
Above you’ll see many of our partners, people who contribute content to dala.mn. They include (from left to right):
- Rose Dunn, Eastwood Life Enrichment Center
- Keith Thelen, Kanabec Systems; member of KBI board, dala.mn developer
- Karla Filibeck, Kanabec County Public Health; SACK
- Carmel Gorham, Mora Classic Series
- Shannon Jackson, Seven County Senior Federation
- Karen Amundson, Mora Area Chamber of Commerce; member of KBI board, dala.mn editor
- Deb Wright, First Light Health System
- Dee Kotaska, representing our arts community
In the beginning, dala.mn was just an unnamed concept for a community website. But thanks to the tireless efforts of the Kanabec Broadband Initiative (KBI), and a generous grant from the Blandin Foundation, dala.mn has gone from the drawing board to reality.
What makes dala.mn different from most other community websites? Sure, there’s a calendar, a business directory, and some pretty pictures. But there’s also a blog, with over a dozen community leaders (and counting!) who have agreed to contribute articles on a regular basis. Each week, you’ll find interesting stories and unique insights from these peoples’ perspectives – things you won’t find anywhere else.
You won’t find original reporting on news items – that’s a job best left to the professionals, such as the good folks at the Kanabec County Times. Links to the top stories on their website will appear on dala.mn each week; just click them to read what’s going on in Kanabec County.
But you will find lots of other great dala.mn exclusives. There’s the Picture Of The Week, hand-chosen each week by local photographer Dee Kotaska. There’s an interactive map, which displays all our local businesses and other establishments. And there’s our Community Calendar, the best place to find out what’s going on in our area.
Best of all, you won’t be constantly bombarded by advertising or sponsored content. dala.mn is a public service, and is committed to bringing the best to you without interference from any commercial, political, or other forces. We sell only as much advertising as is necessary to pay our (rather modest) bills – and as a result, you’ll find dala.mn to be among the cleanest and least obtrusive websites around.
We hope you enjoy using dala.mn as much as we’ve enjoyed building it. Our goal is to present all the best that our area has to offer, and to always be on top of what’s going on. But we can’t do it without your help!
If you’ve got suggestions, we’d love to hear them. Get in touch with us, and let us know what we can do to make dala.mn even better. We really do consider every request, and will do our best to meet your needs. If you’ve got events or stories you’d like to see on dala.mn, we’d love to see those too.