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The Line celebrates the Twin Cities by unearthing and telling stories about our new creative economy. By that we mean entrepreneurs and their start ups; makers and maker culture; architects and developers changing our cities; technology, education, and transit; arts and culture; restaurants, gardens, and the farm-to-table movement; the neighborhoods we love; and the best places to work and play.

Three Wednesdays a month, the online magazine presents original content that tells those stories. Get The Line free in your e-mailbox each week. Sign up on the right.

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Editor Camille LeFevre, also The Line's Development News Editor, has been a freelance journalist and editor in the Twin Cities for more than 25 years. With a specialty in arts journalism, she's written for nearly every print and online publication in the Twin Cities (including the Star Tribune, where she was dance critic, Twin Cities Business, and Minnesota Monthly), as well as for a variety of national publications including Utne Reader, Metropolis, Landscape Architecture, Architectural Record, and Dance Magazine. She was editor of Architecture Minnesota for five years after working with the publication for a decade, and received an AIA (American Institute of Architects) Presidential Citation "for vision and clarity in shaping the public dialogue on architecture" for her work with the magazine. She's the author of The Dance Bible: The Complete Guide for Aspiring Dancers and Charles R. Stinson Architects: Compositions in Nature. She teaches arts journalism at the University of Minnesota, where she's innovated, developed and taught two courses on iPad app design and content, one for the Weisman Art Museum and the other for the Goldstein Museum of Design. She lives in South Saint Anthony Park with her feline minxes, Buffy and Willow, and travels to Sedona, AZ, and Vancouver, BC whenever possible. Contact her at camille@thelinemedia.com and developmentnews@thelinemedia.com.

Jennifer Gilhoi is The Line's Director of Engagement and Development, which means she focuses on communications, community and conversation. From non-profits like the American Institute of Architects (AIA Minnesota) where she was the Communications Director for 10  years, to her own 2012 start-up, SparkTrack Consulting, she’s most drawn to initiatives that connect people to causes and stories. In architecture and design, she planned community and membership-oriented events, created design programs and awards, and launched the Homes by Architects Tour. In her own venture, she helps business owners tell their story online and offline through media relations, social media, networking and partnerships. As a small-town girl, she had a thirst for international travel first met through a University of St. Thomas (her alma mater) study-abroad program in Rome, Italy; and a desire to live in a big city. The big city she’s called home for 20-some years now is Minneapolis. She blogs about her experiences in the city with her children as edamomie, citing the accessibility and culture of the Twin Cities area as reasons to remain resilient to winter. Hot yoga, conversations with fellow co-workers at CoCo and local coffee shops like Spyhouse NE and FiveWatt, are on her mandatory list for the work/life balance she seeks.
 
Brian Martucci is The Line's Innovation and Jobs News Editor. He got his start as a reporter and editor for Macalester College's student newspaper, The Mac Weekly, and has since worked on a freelance basis for MoneyCrashers, the Second Wave family of publications, and numerous other local and national outlets. On the side, he works as a ghostwriter, blogger, and all-around content guru for media, design, and finance firms. When he's not fending off the advances of his two cats or stoically facing down a deadline, he's either sampling a new local brew, exploring the countryside by bicycle, or planning yet another vacation he's probably too busy to take. Contact him at innovationnews@thelinemedia.com.

Contributor Kyle Mianulli  is a freelance journalist and communications consultant in the Twin Cities who has been writing for the Park Bugle and Monitor newspapers in Saint Paul. When he's not reporting, Kyle works as the communications and community engagement coordinator for District Councils 11 and 12 in Saint Paul. A Minnesota native, he got his introduction to journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he triple majored in journalism, political science, and philosophy. While there, he was a reporter and the editor of The Badger Herald--UW's award-winning independent student newspaper. After graduating, he was contracted by the U.S. Department of State to help establish online news outlets at major universities across Serbia. When he can peel himself away from the computer, Kyle tries to keep up with his 90-pound pup, Duke, explores the great outdoors with his camera, and tends his orchid collection.

Contributor Ann Klefstad is a longtime arts writer. She was the founding editor of mnartists.org, and the arts and entertainment reporter for the Duluth News Tribune. She has written for The Rake, Metro, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Sculpture and Architecture Minnesota. She is also a sculptor interested in the give-and-take of collaboration on public art commissions, and has built works for the cities of Saint Paul, Minneapolis, and Duluth. She's also completed commissions with the Arrowhead Library Association, the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, and is currently working on designing sculptures for Northland Companies, the City of Fergus Falls, and the Unitarian Universalist Society. She is engaged in discovering the relationship communities have to art making and the uses of visual art.

Contributor Anna Pratt was The Line's Development News Editor for many years. She has covered arts, business, community news, education, civil rights and more, as a staffer and freelancer for various print, online and radio media outlets, including the Star Tribune, Finance and Commerce, Minnesota Independent, Southwest Journal/Downtown Journal and others. She got her start with a double-major in journalism and art at the University of Minnesota. On the side, she's the "thought editor" for Spout Press, an independent literary publisher that cultivates young and emerging writers. She's lived in Minnesota for most of her life and is an eight-year resident of Minneapolis's Elliot Park neighborhood.

Contributor Anne Jin Soo Preston is a consultant for arts and cultural nonprofit organizations. She's also a dog lover, food preserver, and culinary adventuress. Last year, she started her vegetarian dog-treat venture, Bark Bites. She's written about cultural insights and film for Korean Quarterly since 2009. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Mark, and two miniature pinschers, Noru and Zeus. 

Contributor Susan Klemond is a Saint Paul-based freelancer who writes about her community, faith, and education. After corporate and trade publication jobs offered her the chance to delve into such topics as marine vinyl and credit card processing, she now prefers to write about people and their stories. She has written for, among others, Stillwater Living, St. Paul Voice, National Catholic Register, The Catholic Spirit, The Villager, and the Minnesota Private College Council.

Contributor Dan Heilman has been a professional writer and editor since the early 1980s. He has written for dozens of local, regional, and national publications about music, business, technology, and other topics. He most recently was managing editor of the daily business newspaper Finance & Commerce before starting his own independent writing and editing business in May 2010. He lives in St. Paul with his wife Annie, dog Smokey, and sibling cats Bo and Gidget.

 

The Line is published by Issue Media Group.

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