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By: Sarah Nelson Ka... on March 7, 2012 - 10:03pm - Add new comment

UPDATE: When I started writing this blog yesterday there were just under a million views of the KONY 2012 video.

It's gone viral. More than 19 million people have watched on YouTube alone and this thing has taken over the internet. People are watching and they are moving to action.

By: Sarah Nelson Ka... on July 13, 2011 - 10:46am - Add new comment

I realize I'm outnumbered.

I'm one of a handful of people in Minnesota, and probably North America, who actually cares about soccer, and probably part of an even lesser number who cares about women's soccer.

Although...with the NBA AND NFL locked out or shutdown...whatever they do...things could change for soccer ratings. You can only watch so much baseball.

Anyway...

People typically don't like "girls' soccer." It's slow. It's less physical than the men's side. They don't score enough goals. They're women. Women playing a men's game.

By: Sarah Nelson Ka... on May 3, 2011 - 3:52pm - Add new comment

Osama bin Laden is dead.

The second those words flashed across the screen Sunday night, I knew people across the world would be reacting. Ten years of searching for this man and suddenly they had him.

It didn't feel real.

Like every other person connected to any form of social media, I immediately checked my Facebook to see what people were saying. That's the beauty of social media— it creates an immediate outlet for people to vent their feelings.

By: Sarah Nelson Ka... on April 18, 2011 - 5:00pm - Add new comment

My passport expired yesterday.

It doesn't sound like that big of a deal, and the reality is— I should be relieved.  The little blue book that gets me in and out of the country looks more like a home-ec project than proof of my citizenship.

That dumb thing has gotten me detained in my own country, detained in other countries, denied entry visa, removed from various forms of transportation and possibly added to the FBI watch list.

I don't know for sure.

By: Sarah Nelson Ka... on March 31, 2011 - 9:16pm - Add new comment

My name is kind of the female equivalence of "John Smith." There are A LOT of Sarah Nelsons on planet earth.

A LOT.

In fact, I know there's a least three or four in the Brainerd lakes area.

I got a phone call today, on my work line, from a stranger looking for "Sarah Nelson." She left me a message while I was out of the office and tried to get through a second time when she didn't hear back from me. On the second try, I answered.

This is kind of how it went down:

Me: "Newsroom, this is Sarah."

By: Sarah Nelson Ka... on March 23, 2011 - 6:34pm - Add new comment

By the way the weather looks right now, you would never know there was a spring-snowmegeddon pounding the Brainerd lakes area this morning.

It's so beautiful outside, I would totally pull my hammock out... except for the foot of fresh snow burying my hammock's grassy home in the yard.  

Amidst the misnamed "winter storm" that decided to show up in spring, I learned a few things today about a good March snow storm:

1- I like March snow far less than January snow. 

By: Sarah Nelson Ka... on March 17, 2011 - 4:08pm - Add new comment

I hate Los Angeles. That city takes everything that is great about California and ruins it. I might be a little biased. I am after all from Sacramento and we tend to have a bit of an inferiority complex when it comes to the City of Angels. Usually we just mutter on about how we might as well divide California into North and South, but recently things have gotten a little more personal.  

By: Sarah Nelson Ka... on February 17, 2011 - 9:27pm - Add new comment

When Abby Geotz contacted me a few weeks ago to nominate her mom for an Everyday People feature, I had no idea how big of a story I was getting. **

Like, we're talking history channel biography mini-series type story. 

Abby's email said:

By: Sarah Nelson Ka... on February 2, 2011 - 5:01pm - Add new comment

In my previous life,  I was a teacher. I taught high school seniors. 18-year-old children who desperately wanted the world to know how grown up they were. It was of course my job to make sure they got to adulthood with at least a grasp on the tools they would need to survive the rest of their lives.

My educational weapon of choice — Government and Economics.

By: Sarah Nelson Ka... on January 12, 2011 - 12:14am - Add new comment

Ten years ago this month I boarded a plane for an island country I knew little about and, frankly, had never really given much thought. I was 18, I didn't give a lot of thought to a lot of things.

A decade later, it's rare that a day goes by that I don't think about my time in Haiti.

When the tiny half-an-island nation was obliterated by the earthquake one year ago today, I found myself glued to my TV. Watching helplessly from the frozen north,  I worried for my friends. I was taken back to the winter of 2001 that I spent in Port-Au-Prince.