Bill Ostrem wins 'Dinner on Us'

We have another winner!

I have a special reason to be excited this week because I know the winner!

Bill Ostrem is a great guy who is making a huge difference in the way people think about the city. He's working with Bruce Anderson over at RENew Northfield and city officials to promote bicycle and pedestrian friendly transportation plans. An avid bicycle rider and nature lover, he also shares his wide interests in his blog Northern Letter, which is part of our blogosphere.

Bill certainly deserves a prize but all he needed was a little luck to have his name drawn as the winner of a $50 gift certificate for Chapati, just for joining Northfield Citizens Online, the group that brings you

This is what Bill has to say about us...

"I like because it represents the contributions of so many different people in our community -- their words and images, their news and observations."

And this is Bill's background, taken from his blog:

"I was born in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, in 1965 and spent most of my childhood years in Plymouth, Minnesota; both of these towns are in the western suburbs of Minneapolis-St. Paul. I graduated from Wayzata High School. I received a B.A from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in English language and literature from Princeton University, writing a dissertation on the poet W.H. Auden. I have taught as a lecturer in the University of Minnesota English Department and since 1998 have worked in the field of educational assessment. I currently live in Northfield, Minnesota, with my wife and daughter."

As most of you know, we have launched a membership campaign, aimed at getting all of you who enjoy to support it financially. We're asking just $20 for an individual membership, and we're doing it on the honor system so you won't be getting a bill or seeing a blank screen if you don't pay.

In return for helping out, however, we are giving you a chance to win "Dinner on Us," a $50 gift certificate for dinner at local restaurant. We're drawing one name a week, and this is our third drawing. Those of you who didn't win, don't worry. Your names will be forwarded to our next drawing, for a gift certificate to Froggy Bottoms The next deadline for entries is midnight on July 31, with the winner being announced on Monday, August 1.

You can join right now by visiting the new member page. But you don't have to join to enter the drawing; just hit the contact us button and send us an e-mail. That's all there is to it.