Lady Lakeside Excursion Cruise

April 23, 2013 By: Morgan Olson

Excursion dinner cruise on Lake Minnewaska

Lakeside Ballroom

Enjoy dinner and the scenery while aboard Lady Lakeside as it takes you on a cruise around Lake Minnewaska’s 28 miles of lake shore.

In the small town of Glenwood, you can bring back the tradition of dinner boat cruising for any unique occasion.

Photo Credit: Scott Fettig

“We shall call her Lady Lakeside!”  Photo Credit: Scott Fettig

“Lady Lakeside has brought more to our community than just dinner cruises, it has allowed our whole community to enjoy the lake in another way,” said Scott Fettig, one of the Lakeside‘s three owners. “The Lakeside Ballroom is a historical icon to our community and when Lady Lakeside was purchased the whole community supported the idea of dinner cruising once again Lake Minnewaska.”

“The sunset dinner cruises are my easily my favorite part of my job,” said boat captain Mike Tamte. “Every Wednesday evening people can ride around on Lady Lakeside for two hours while eating dinner and watching the sunset from the middle of the lake!”

Lady Lakeside posing with the Sunset. Photo Credit: Mike Tamte

Lady Lakeside posing with the Sunset. August 2012.

Summer 2013

“I always make sure she is in the water before Memorial Day Weekend, despite the temperature,” said Captain Mike. “Putting her back into the water is no easy task and has be done with a crane. I think all of the heavy machinery that is involved in the process has made our community stop and appreciate what an honor it is to have a excursion cruise boat in a town of less than 2,500 people.”

Lady Lakeside being put back into the water for the summer of 2012. Photo Credit: Scott Fettig

Lady Lakeside being put back into the water for the summer of 2012. Photo Credit: Scott Fettig

The Boat

  • Minnesota licensed captain
  • On-board bathroomStocked cash bar with experienced bar crew
  • Amazing sound system
  • Vast music selection available or bring your own
  • Portable microphone
  • 50 person capacity

The Occasion

  • Cocktail Parties
  • Private Parties
  • Groom’s Dinner
  • Cooperate Events
  • Anniversaries
  • Family Reunions
  • Additions to Wedding Receptions
  • Or just to enjoy a summer night out on Lake Minnewaska 

The Food & Drink

“Our chefs at Lakeside will accommodate all of your special needs and requests,” Fettig said.

  • Appetizers
  • Elegant meals
  • Buffet-style dining
  • Boxed lunches
  • Fully stocked cash bar

“I can ensure you that all of your favorite beverages are fully stocked for your event,” Said Captain Mike.


$175 one hour
$275 two hours
$325 three hours
$125 each additional hour

Contact Captain Mike

Contact Mike for booking reservations on Lady Lakeside at 320-424-0303 or email at


Call at 320-634-0307
Fax at 320-634-4950
180 S. Lakeshore Drive
Glenwood, MN 56334

Ask for the owners:
Scott Fettig
Laurie Fettig
Jill Solmonson

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Pulitzer Winner: Las Vegas Sun

April 23, 2013
By: Morgan Olson

Las Vegas Sun’s coverage of the construction deaths on the strip demonstrates the skillful way of adding multimedia into your news story.

Photo Credit: Sam Morris/Las Vegas Sun

Photo Credit: Sam Morris/Las Vegas Sun

Word is traveling faster and faster as each day passes thanks to the constant flow of social media and the unlimited information that is on the internet.

The Las Vegas Sun‘s online reporting of the 12 construction workers that died on the Vegas Strip has won the Pulitzer award.

Online reporting can be a tad tricky, thats why we all should takes notes from the Sun’s almost perfect multimedia coverage in the investigation of the 12 sudden deaths on the strip.

For each death that occurred the Sun had created a story which included video, photographs, and a diagram that showed how the death took place. The interactiveness of the website really provokes to reader to look around and discover more information on their own, in a painless way.

Long paragraphs were no where to be found. Instead the Sun offered a photo gallery with small informative captions. Its easy for the reader to look at the pictures and read 1-2 sentences to help understand the facts: Who, what, when and how.

The Sun also included video clips of the family. This was effective in the way that it showed the emotion involved in story, but in a not in a way that you’d see on the 5 o’clock news. It was more of conversational and gave more insight on the lives lost and also their contribution in the vegas strip construction.

The Sun gave detailed information on how each death took place. I thought this was extremely useful in their story. It created a factual web of public knowledge for anyone to read and share.

That brings me to my first critique of the Sun’s reporting. I wish there would have been better access to share these articles via social media. It would have acted as a catalyst in the sharing of this story.

I wouldn’t change anything about the Sun’s reporting on the Vegas strip deaths, but I would on categorize things better. I would suggest organizing all the links a better way. They almost engulfed the whole page and as a reader that turned me off from even paying attention to them.

Media Day Celebration

Minnesota State University, Mankato welcomes Mark Feldstein to speak at it’s annual Media Day celebration.

Mark Feldstein image of University of Maryland

Mark Feldstein image of University of Maryland

April 8, 2013
By: Morgan Olson

Former CNN and ABC investigative correspondent Mark Feldstein, will be speaking at MSU for the Mass Media department’s annual Media Day celebration.

The event will take place in Ostrander Auditorium on Tuesday, April 16 at 7 p.m.

Feldstein will be giving a speech titled, “Poisoning the Press: The Media and Washington’s Scandal Culture.”

His address is based upon his 2010 book, Poisoning the Press: Richard Nixon, Jack Anderson, And the Rise of Washington’s Scandal Culture. The book won a national award.

Media Day will begin with a scholarship reception at 3 p.m. in CSU 253-5. Following that Feldstein will address members of the Society of Professional Journalists and others from 4-5 p.m.

Getting Feldstein to speak at MSU was made possible by a grant from the Nadine B. Andreas Foundation.

Feldstein is currently the Richard Eaton Broadcast Journalism Professor at the University of Maryland.

For more information on the Media Day celebration contact Morgan Olson by email at or telephone at 867-5309.

How to take better photographs


How to make your photos say 1,000 words.

By: Morgan Olson


Believe it or not, there is a whole class dedicated to ordinary people to teach them tips that photojournalists use everyday. Journalists are willing to spill their secrets on how they get their image to tell a story. 

There are 3 different types of a photograph:

Informational- Offers identification value.


Passive- When photo is intentionally taken, often for publication.


Active- Shows events in real time and captures the essence of the moment.


There are many terms that must be understood before one can successfully tell a story with a photograph. 

  • Graphic- Relationship between lines, shapes and forms
  • Quality of Light- Determining whether to use natural light or artificial light.
  • Emotion- Capturing the right moment
  • Juxtaposition- The presentation of opposing elements which often convey ironic situations
  • Mood- The state of mind or feeling a viewer senses 
  • Sense of Place- Allows viewer to quickly understand the setting
  • Point of Entry- Part of an image that immediately pulls the viewer into the image
  • Impact- Provokes instant emotions from the viewer
  • Rule of Thirds- Photos should be divided into thirds to help insure the photograph is strong
  • Visual Perspective- The photographers decided where the point of view is for the reader by the angle of the shot
  • Visual Surprise- The image is something that viewer wouldn’t expect to see, often in bloopers.
  • Moment- Capturing the perfect timing of an action. If missed, the photo may suffer
  • Layering- Photo has an obvious foreground and informational background
  • Personality Portrait- Gives the viewer insight into the subject.


Good Photographers will use multiple elements to help enhance an image’s story telling potential. 


This photo captures the moment by layering elements. This is an example of an active photo and it includes a visual surprise, allows for a sense of place, uses natural light, and portrays of a friendly picture of President Obama and his pup, Bo.

For additional information on the Language of an Image visit Poynter University and take the self-instructing course which is offered for free. Poynter also offers courses on how to improve skills on recording sound and writing online stories.

The Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence was written in 4 sections. They are: Preamble, Grievances, Declaration, Signatures

The Declaration of Independence: A Transcription

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,


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 of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.


He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.


We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.


The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:

Column 1
Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
George Walton

Column 2
North Carolina:
William Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn
South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Arthur Middleton

Column 3
John Hancock
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton

Column 4
Robert Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benjamin Franklin
John Morton
George Clymer
James Smith
George Taylor
James Wilson
George Ross
Caesar Rodney
George Read
Thomas McKean

Column 5
New York:
William Floyd
Philip Livingston
Francis Lewis
Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
Richard Stockton
John Witherspoon
Francis Hopkinson
John Hart
Abraham Clark

Column 6
New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett
William Whipple
Samuel Adams
John Adams
Robert Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins
William Ellery
Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
William Williams
Oliver Wolcott
New Hampshire:
Matthew Thornton

Minnesota House Panel backs Anti-Bullying Bill


Minnesota House committee backs an Anti-Bullying bill for schools

By: Morgan Olson

The House Education Policy Committee approves a bill that will require all school districts to create their own bullying prevention policies.

The bill will give the state Department of Education $1 million in state funds to help schools convey those policies.

Supporters of the bill include:

  • Educators
  • Pediatricians
  • Gay rights activists
  • Advocates for the disabled
  • Victims of bullying

The bill will require school districts to work with students and parents on the bullying prevention policies.

Schools will have to investigate complaints of bullying and keep detailed records of them.

Other Lawmakers

Some Republican lawmakers say the policies will just mean more rules without any guarantee of reducing bullying.

Conservative activists say they worry that such policies could impose values and beliefs, especially concerning homosexuality and family structure, which some parents disagree with.

Private schools that accept state funds will also have to obey the law.

“Life of Pi” wins big at the Oscars

“Life of Pi” upsets and wins 4 trophies while “Argo” wins 3.


By: Morgan Olson

First Lady Michelle Obama and Jack Nicholson announced from the White House that Ben Affleck’s film, “Argo”  was voted best picture at the Academy Awards. “Argo” took home a total of 3 trophies.

“Life of Pi” won 4 trophies that night, one including a major upset when Ang Lee won best director over the favored Spielberg film, “Lincoln.”  Daniel Day-Lewis  accepted a trophy for best actor as Abraham Lincoln in “Lincoln.”

“Hunger Games” star, Jennifer Lawrence accepted the title of best actress as a damaged soul in the “Silver Linings Playbook” as she stumbled her way up the stage.

“You guys are just standing up because you feel bad I fell,” Lawrence said.

Video from the New York Times.

Quickness over Quality?

Journalists have taken over many new mediums such as Twitter and Facebook to spread their word. Social media sights have become a major factor in circulating news to its audience quicker. On Tuesday February 12th, President Barack Obama gave his State of the Union Address to let the public now his agenda for the next four years. While I was watching the SOTU from a live video stream on my computer I couldn’t help but to think that old-fashioned journalism might be far more reliable than those direct almost instant releases of news.

About 10 minutes into President Obama’s speech when I realized how rapid the flow of “news” was. During the speech I was trying to follow my personal twitter account, Twitterfall and also the tag #SOTU. What I found that the flow of information was way to rapid for me to even read everything. Before I could even finish reading a tweet, which is less than 140 characters, I was already a couple hundred behind on twitterfall. It became too overwhelming to try and listen and understand what President Obama was covering in his speech.

I decided that I would much rather listen to his speech and form my own opinions than trying to read twitterfall and hear what some stranger had to say about it. I found that most of the tweets on twitterfall were from extremists or the tweet itself was extreme. –Nothing newsworthy or even credible for that matter. Although, when I was on my personal twitter account and I searched for the hash tag #SOTU, the tweets were from official twitter accounts and that news seemed to be more factual and creditable.

So are social media sites like Twitter and Facebook the new means for journalists? I don’t think so. I think they are key platforms for people to get their thoughts, feelings, promotions and business instantly out there for their audience to see and become aware of. But as far as them being the new means of journalism, I just can’t see it happening. Above all, Twitter is what you make of it, and it can be risky grounds for journalists looking to break news quickly because there’s no line between what is real and what’s not.


There is no doubt that the language has changed and new mediums have evolved in the world of journalism, but when it comes down to it, journalism is still comprised of three major elements: good observation, explanation and keeping it factual.

The instructional film based out of the 40’s we watched on the first day of class emphasized how the publishers did everything by themselves and had the internet been around, publishers of the early 20th century could be considered to be similar to today’s’ bloggers. They write, edit and print their own work. But at the turn of 20th century, the print business was expanding due to a mass market of consumers.

The Internet would yet again change the face of journalism at the beginning of the 21st century, especially for the New York Times, as seen in the film Page One. The Internet allows anyone to become an author. With all of the new and free news sources, the Times had to go through some pretty severe changes to accommodate the new trend. After letting go of a huge amount of staff, Times journalists are still expected to tell stories that inform but in a more conversational approach. Journalist are connecting with their readers more than before because they are more involved with the distribution of news. Journalists are encouraged to spread their stories through their own Twitter, Facebook or any other type of social media.

Today, the print world is considered to be one of the smallest parts of a journalist’ job descriptions.  Journalists are required to know how to distribute all sorts of news to its web visitors. The evolution of journalism in the last century has forced people to reevaluate certain aspects of journalism, including everything from education to practices. As seen in Page One, one of the most renowned newspapers of the century underwent huge changes to fit the modern mold of “journalism.”