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My, how time flies. I was on the phone with a prospective freelance writer yesterday when it dawned on me that someone had a birthday coming up.

Midwest Energy News, in all its wonky glory, launched one year ago today. Initially an aggregation site, we’ve since evolved to include a blog (which I endeavor to update once a day, presuming I can dream up something to write about), and original enterprise stories that we publish at least once a week. Our reporting has been republished by Grist and SolveClimate News, among other outlets.

Here’s what MinnPost media writer David Brauer had to say about Midwest Energy News the day after it launched:

There’s no reason why a non-journalism non-profit can’t do good aggregation, especially when employing experienced newsies. The ultimate worth of Midwest Energy News will be the strength of its curation, and if it lives up to its substance-emphasizing mission statement, it will be one for conscientious Minnesotans to bookmark.

What do you think? Are we living up to the mission? (Don’t be bashful).

And thanks to all of our readers, contributors, e-mail subscribers, tipsters, Facebook-page-spammers and everyone else who makes producing this site so rewarding and/or interesting.

Photo by mndrix via Creative Commons

Ken Paulman

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

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