Can we get a little bit of love for the Star Tribune today? Specifically, for reporter Liz Sawyer who has solved the mystery caused by this photo, uploaded to Facebook on Sunday by award-winning 17-year-old photographer Gabrielle Bremer of Barnum.
Via Reddit, the picture — as the kids and tapped-out headline writers say — went viral.
But what was the story here? A dying love? A frustration with the addiction to a smartphone?
It was, Sawyer found, much more serious than any of the imagined scenarios.
He didn’t have any money for Dippin’ Dots.
About the blogger
Bob Collins retired from Minnesota Public Radio in 2019 after 12 years of writing NewsCut and pointing out to complainants that posts weren’t news stories. A son of Massachusetts, he was a news editor 1992-1998, created the MPR News regional website in 1999, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day lamented that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.