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David Grabitske

David Grabitske is the manager of outreach services at the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The Line Media, a weekly Twin Cities online magazine, has begun a series of four thought pieces on the future of Minnesota.

In the first interview, with Tom Fischer from the University of Minnesota, the prediction is that the state will experience significant growth in the future. The reasons are many, but message for local historical organizations is that they need to be ready to record rapid change.

The second interviewis with Lars Leafblad, whom Minnesota Business magazine named the “Most Networked Man in the Twin Cities.” Leafblad noted the age and disconnection of Minnesota’s image. The state’s image to the world of Gov. Wendell Anderson holding a fish on Time Magazine was created before many other things that have brought the state attention. And, although the state’s businesses are admired and desired, very few are on short lists for industries likely to be significant in the future.

Since historical organizations are all about recording history as it happens, what is your sense of the state’s future? What’s happening now that you think will be significant in the future? Any suggestions for a new image for the state?

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