In local internet news….

The publishers of The Rake are taking over MNspeak. To be clear, The Rake has not bought MNspeak. Tom Bartel, the publisher, and his son Matt have bought MNspeak.

I’m sad Rex is leaving. Rex is internet famous around here. I know he didn’t (and doesn’t) do MNspeak by himself, but I feel like MNspeak is Rex, even though he insists otherwise.

I’m talking like I know Rex or something.

Unrelated: I love love love the banner photos over there. Check out the gallery of current photos.

6 Comments so far

  1. Dave (unregistered) on January 27th, 2006 @ 10:23 am

    I love thier banners too. The bridge one is my favorite. “and then it got very cool” just sums up what Minnesota is all about… winter and a place that gets “cooler” everyday.

  2. Lex (unregistered) on January 27th, 2006 @ 11:03 am

    Wow, those really are good banners. The blue sky makes for a great theme, too.

  3. Nicole (unregistered) on January 27th, 2006 @ 1:16 pm

    Do you know where that top banner pic was taken at? It’s awesome.

  4. Erica (unregistered) on January 27th, 2006 @ 4:03 pm

    The top photo is of the bridge that goes over Hennepin/Lyndale between the Sculpture Gardens and Loring Park.

    Does that bridge have a name? I think it does, but I don’t know what it is.

    That particular photo was the original banner logo when the site first started.

  5. Rex Sorgatz (unregistered) on January 28th, 2006 @ 7:14 pm

    I know!

    It’s called the Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge and was designed by the Iranian architect Siah Armajani. It was built in 1985.

    For the first couple months of MNspeak, it was the only banner photo, but now it rotates with the others.

  6. Neil (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2006 @ 1:49 pm

    Another banner you may find interesting is the shot of the Minneapolis skyline featured on We will be putting one up of St. Paul shortly.

    In case you are unaware, is an entertainment website for the Twin Cities, offering articles and a search engine for restaurants, bars, theater, and the music scene.

    I am an editor there, and I would be interested to hear what you guys think of what we are doing.

    Write back or e-mail me at

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