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WikiProject Minnesota (Rated Project-class)
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Interested in speaking with a reporter?[edit]

Hello! My name is David Clarey and I'm an editor at the Minnesota Daily, the University of Minnesota's student newspaper. I'm not sure this is the best way to go about reaching out, but I hope this receives some interest! I'm really interested in writing a piece on the users who maintain Minnesota and University of Minnesota wikipedia pages. I find it incredibly interesting that so many people work on the thousands of different wikipedia articles on the state and U. I really would be thrilled to learn more about who you all are and really dig into why you do it. If you are up to it, or know of anyone that would be, I'd love to chat. You can reach me via my own page, or shoot me an email at . If this is an inappropriate way of going about this, please let me know and I'd be happy to adjust to match community rules. Best. MinnesotaDailyDavid (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 21:04, 16 September 2017 (UTC)

@MinnesotaDailyDavid: hi David, and sorry to see nobody responded to this. Did you get responses directly? I have done some Minnesota editing and would be happy to talk about MN on WP including local meetups. I haven't been specifically editing about universities in the area. Maybe Axiom71, RachelWex, WeijiBaikeBianji, or others might be interested? Or could recommend someone else? = paul2520 (talk) 13:17, 25 January 2018 (UTC)
@MinnesotaDailyDavid: hi David, this RachelWex. I am a Wikipedian librarian at St Cloud State University who organizes and helps out with edit-a-thons here and in the Cities, and am an active Wikipedian who edits and creates content. I would be happy to be interviewed--please feel free to send questions to me at RachelWex 16:49, 25 January 2018 (UTC)
MinnesotaDailyDavid reached out to me; the article's already been written: [1]. (Courtesy ping: RachelWex, Axiom71, WeijiBaikeBianji) = paul2520 (talk) 01:22, 26 January 2018 (UTC)

Minnesota barnstar![edit]

I just created The Minnesota barnstar & gave it out to the user who started the article on the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, currently a DYK. I mentioned the barnstar on the project page. = paul2520 (talk) 13:07, 25 January 2018 (UTC)

AfD notice[edit]

Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Padelford Riverboats may be of interest to members of this project. Kablammo (talk) 01:51, 5 March 2018 (UTC)

New Minnesota userbox templates[edit]

New Minnesota userbox templates are now available at Template:User WP Minnesota and Template:User WP United States. Yours aye,  Buaidh  talk contribs 22:49, 25 April 2018 (UTC)

Sunday: May 20 2018 Minnesota User Group Meeting[edit]

  In the area? You're invited to the
   May 2018 Minnesota User Group Meeting
MUG logo proposal C.png
  Date: Sunday, May 20, 2018
  Time: 4 – 6 p.m.
dinner afterward on Eat Street (Nicollet Avenue)
  Place: Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis
Target Wing: Art Research and Reference Library Reading Room 44°57'30"N 93°16'30"W

WikiProject collaboration notice from the Portals WikiProject[edit]

The reason I am contacting you is because there are one or more portals that fall under this subject, and the Portals WikiProject is currently undertaking a major drive to automate portals that may affect them.

Portals are being redesigned.

The new design features are being applied to existing portals.

At present, we are gearing up for a maintenance pass of portals in which the introduction section will be upgraded to no longer need a subpage. In place of static copied and pasted excerpts will be self-updating excerpts displayed through selective transclusion, using the template {{Transclude lead excerpt}}.

The discussion about this can be found here.

Maintainers of specific portals are encouraged to sign up as project members here, noting the portals they maintain, so that those portals are skipped by the maintenance pass. Currently, we are interested in upgrading neglected and abandoned portals. There will be opportunity for maintained portals to opt-in later, or the portal maintainers can handle upgrading (the portals they maintain) personally at any time.


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Thank you.    — The Transhumanist   07:48, 30 May 2018 (UTC)