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Who's who, round two: 10 locals you should be following on Twitter

Who's who, round two: 10 locals you should be following on Twitter

If you’re like me, your Twitter feed is full of sports, media personalities, some news and information, and celebrity garbage. As I work to finally organize the chaos that is my Twitter feed by utilizing lists, I wanted to add to the Med City Beat’s previous list of must-follow locals on Twitter — with a little less emphasis on local media personalities. 


1. Lee Aase

Director, Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, and founder of Social Media University, Global (SMUG)

Lee is the man behind Mayo Clinic’s innovative and industry-leading social media presence. He has been called a pioneer for his use of social media adoption in health care, and also runs his own website (SMUG) designed to share his social media knowledge and experience with others. There’s a reason why he has 15,000-plus followers.


2. Annalissa Johnson

Owner/trainer at Good Dog Camp

Although personally I’ve received only minimal in-kind tips and tricks from Annalissa (who I refer to as Rochester’s dog whisperer), everyone I know that has utilized Good Dog Camp’s services have shared nothing but success stories. And who doesn’t like cute pictures of dogs.


3. Tom Novak

Founder, Novak Weather Consultants

Many people in Rochester know Tom through his work in various capacities at CWS, but he also a trained meteorologist and his feed is dominated by local weather discussions and information for the Twin Cities and Rochester.


4. Abe Sauer

Proprietor, Old Abe Coffee Co., and author of bestselling book ‘Goodnight Loon’

In addition to serving coffee from his Dutch-style human-powered cargo tricycle outside of Mayo Clinic and at the Farmers Market, Abe is active on Twitter and not shy to share his opinions on all things politics, sports, local happenings, and the Chinese economy.


5. Patrick Seeb

Director of, Economic Development and Placemaking for the DMC EDA

After spending the last 20 years as the executive director of the St. Paul Riverfront Corporation, Patrick took no time engraining himself in the Rochester community with his new position with DMC.

He uses social media effectively, and is a must follow on Twitter if you are at all interested in the future sustainability of Rochester and southeast Minnesota as an economic engine for the state.


6. Mike Benike

Project Manager, Alvin E. Benike

Benike’s Twitter biography: "Green building enthusiast. Commercial contractor. Golden Gopher." I couldn’t have said it better myself. In addition to his passion for Golden Gopher football, Mike is often sharing his knowledge on green practices, sports takes, and his general love for the community.

He is very active in the community, and one of Rochester’s top, young leaders.


7. Robert (Bucky) Beeman

Commercial Real Estate Broker at Realty Growth, Inc., and owner of Snappy Signals

Bucky is a young and proven commercial real estate agent who is clearly energetic and excited about the direction the Rochester area is headed. When not tweeting about #CRE (commercial real estate), his community involvement and enjoyment for sports often fill his timeline.

He may or may not be behind the @SnappyBull, @SnappyChicken, @SnappyBuffalo, and @SnappyClown accounts as well


8. Dave Beal

Resident Blogger, Kutzky Market

If you haven't met Dave yet, then you need to start getting out more. A former college instructor, Dave uses his Twitter to share thoughts on local issues and promote community engagement.

When he's not cleverly typing away at his blog, you can find him hosting the new "What's on Tap" discussion series at Forager Brewery. He'll be the one wearing a top hat.


9. Jessica Schmitt

Owner, Momarazzi Photography, and Vice President of We Bike Rochester

Although her handle is tied directly to her photography business, Jessica's tweets primarily revolve around her passion for making Rochester a more bicycle-friendly community. A mother of two, she is also a contributor to the newly-formed Rochester MN Moms Blog.


10. Nick Campion

Distinguished Engineer, DoApp, Inc., and City Council member, City of Rochester

Nick is not only Rochester’s newest city council member (elected in 2014), but the youngest as well. He brings a fresh, new perspective to issues regarding the city, and does so in a refreshing and transparent manner. He has a knack for social media and uses it effectively to engage with the community.


About Brian Olson: Born and raised in Rochester, Brian enjoys spending time with his wife, Emily, and their two children, Henry (1) and Finleigh (4), and their golden doodle rescue dog Duke (age unknown). When not playing Dad, Brian works as a marketer, enjoys traveling, and can’t seem to get off the roller coaster that comes with being an avid Minnesota sports fan. Twitter.

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