Rooftop view of downtown Rochester to Co-Host Contributors’ Workshop in Rochester, We Bike Rochester and The Rochester Posse are teaming up to bring a contributors’ workshop to Rochester, Minnesota. If you live in the Rochester region and want help or motivation to write stories (or create audio stories) and take photos about better, more sustainable land use and transportation, this free workshop is for you.

What are places you like or dislike in your community? Does it have enough active transportation opportunities, such as bike lanes, pedestrian infrastructure and reliable mass transit? Do Rochester and surrounding areas need more affordable housing? How might you advocate for that? Or for antidotes to climate change?

City shot of Rochester, Minnesota. Image: Experience Rochester

Thanks to Erik Noonan, a board member of both and We Bike Rochester, for recognizing that the organizations have overlapping goals and that collaborating will benefit everyone.

General Agenda

  • Opening remarks: Erik Ruthruff
  • Anatomy of an Article: Micah Davison, editor in chief, and Amy Gage, managing editor
  • Storytelling Beyond Words: Top 10 Tips for Taking Photos. Wolfie Browender, photographer, blogger (Saint Paul by Bike) and longtime contributor
  • Data Visualization and Maps Can Help Tell Your Story: contributor Liz Puhl, who “wrangles parcel data” for a living and has a background in cartography and GIS
  • How the Podcast Works. Ian Buck, podcast host, and Jeremy Winter, podcast committee
  • What Is Advocacy Journalism, Anyway? writers and active transportation advocates Mary Morse Marti and Max Singer
  • Writers’ Panel: open dialogue with the audience and contributors (recorded).

Registration and Information

What: Learn more at the Facebook event site.

When: Saturday, May 11, 2024, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Christ United Methodist Church, 400 5th Avenue S.W., Rochester, MN 55902

Registration: We welcome any and all who want to join us, whether from Rochester or farther afield. Please register in advance, so we can plan for food and beverages.

Refreshments: We’ll provide light snacks and drinks, and we encourage attendees to bring a packed lunch. Comfortable walking shoes also suggested, in case you want to join the post-event stroll around town.

Let’s Talk in Your Town! is looking for partners who would like to bring our contributors’ workshops to other Minnesota communities in 2024-25. Mankato, Moorhead, Duluth and St. Cloud are on our short list, but we welcome ideas for other locations.

Contact if you’d like to help find an audience and a place to host a workshop on a Saturday. Please support our work by donating to, donating to We Bike Rochester or becoming a volunteer for either organization.

Erik Ruthruff

About Erik Ruthruff

Pronouns: he/him

Erik is the content manager at and serves on the board and on the executive board. He has worked as an editor in IT for more than 30 years and brings that experience to the projects he helps initiate to In his work life, Erik is a project manager for a software company and previously worked as an editor for several companies. In his spare time, he cycles and does non-profit work and plays D&D. Erik was a volunteer transportation commissioner on the Edina Transportation Commission from 2017-2020. He learned that everyone has an opinion about roads.