Your Voices

Your Voices features unique perspectives from members of your community. Here you’ll find commentary on current events, public issues and day-to-day life in Minnesota.

Ryan Tuenge

Ryan Tuenge

By Ryan Tuenge
Ryan Tuenge is an avid home brewer and craft beer lover who is not afraid to spend his last $5 on a pint of beer at the local pub. As a member of the Minnesota Home Brewers Association, Ryan has tried a wide variety of beers and has toured many of the local breweries. He also has a blog about craft beer in Minnesota. He likes to read, write and travel with his wife. Follow him on Twitter @lodgefather.
Reuben Saltzman

Reuben Saltzman

By Reuben Saltzman
Reuben Saltzman is a second-generation home inspector with a passion for his work. Naturally, this blog is all about home inspections and home-related topics in the Twin Cities metro area. In addition to working at Structure Tech, he is also a licensed Truth-In-Sale of Housing Evaluator in Minneapolis, Saint Paul and several other cities.

Barry ZeVan

By Barry ZeVan
Continuously in the professional broadcasting and entertainment industry since age 5, Barry is a Telly Award-winning and three-time Emmy-nominated producer, writer, director, talent and production designer, locally, nationally and internationally. He garnered the highest local ratings in U.S. television broadcasting history as “Barry ZeVan, The Weatherman” in Minneapolis-St. Paul in the mid-1970s. In fall 2013, he was inducted into the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
Tim Kennedy

Tim Kennedy

By Tim Kennedy
Tim is an elementary school teacher who gets to spend the endless days of summer with his two sons. He strives to have at least one "adventure" with them every day during this time. It breaks up the monotony, and keeps his boys from resorting to erosion experiments with the hose in the back yard. Tim shares his free or low-cost daily adventure ideas here.
Nathaniel Hood

Nathaniel Hood

By Nathaniel Hood
Nathaniel Hood is a transportation planner and blogger living in St. Paul. He writes for Strong Towns and Streets.MN.
Dessa

Dessa

By Dessa
Dessa is a rapper, an essayist, and a proud member of the Doomtree collective. She's got a philosophy degree and a weakness for amaretto. You can find her music at www.doomtree.net/dessa; follow her at @dessadarling.
Nancy Wurtzel

Nancy Wurtzel

By Nancy Wurtzel
Nancy Wurtzel is a public relations professional and creative writer, who recently returned to her native Minnesota after living on the West Coast for many years. Read about her midlife journey on her blog, Dating Dementia, as she navigates through divorce, restarting a career, dating, empty nest challenges, moving home, baby boomer issues and caring for an aging parent with Alzheimer’s. Follow Nancy on Twitter and Facebook.
Tom Steward

Tom Steward

By Tom Steward
Tom Steward is the bureau chief of Watchdog.org's Minnesota Bureau, a project of the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity. He is an investigative reporter focused on waste, fraud and abuse in government and has previously worked for WCCO-TV (CBS) and KSTP-TV (ABC) in the Twin Cities. Follow Tom on Facebook and Twitter.
Sydney Erhardt

Sydney Erhardt

By Sydney Erhardt
Sydney Erhardt is a junior at Cannon Falls High School in rural Minnesota. Competitively debating and speaking on foreign affairs for the past few years instigated an immediate interest in political policy and the daily governmental workings around her. She can be reached at syderhardt@gmail.com.
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