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Caitlin Burgess (Patch Staff)

Caitlin Burgess

Email: caitlin.burgess@patch.com Phone: 612-965-5715 Hometown: Richfield, MN Birthday: May 15, 1985 Caitlin Burgess comes to Richfield Patch with community journalism and social media background. Caitlin is a Richfield native and graduated from Richfield High School in 2003. She went on to study print journalism and Spanish at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. While in college, Caitlin wrote for the school newspaper and had a handful of internships, including writing script for an educational documentary. After college, Caitlin managed a retail store before becoming a freelance writer for the Twin Cities Daily Planet, a nonprofit community newspaper. She wrote on a variety of topics including: The U.S. Census, community events, nonprofits receiving grants and books. It was here where she learned about citizen journalism and the importance of "covering the uncovered" issues and people in the community. While writing for the Daily Planet, Caitlin became the editorial intern for FenderBender magazine, a collision repair trade publication in St. Paul. Here she was charged with establishing a presence on social media platforms. She also wrote daily content for the Web and monthly content for the printed version. Now, Caitlin is responsible for anything and everything that goes on with Richfield Patch. She edits reports, and manages freelancers and Web content. When Caitlin isn't working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She likes shopping, watching old movies, going out to eat and attending social events. At Patch, we promise always to report the facts as objectively as possible and otherwise adhere to the principles of good journalism. However, we also acknowledge that true impartiality is impossible because human beings have beliefs. So in the spirit of simple honesty, our policy is to encourage our editors to reveal their beliefs to the extent they feel comfortable. This disclosure is not a license for them to inject their beliefs into stories or to dictate coverage according to them. In fact, the intent is the opposite: We hope that the knowledge that your beliefs are on the record will cause you to be ever mindful to write, report and edit in a fair, balanced way. And if you ever see evidence that we failed in this mission, please let us know. Politics I have never been one to follow politics very closely. I grew up in a liberal household where I was told to vote based on issues. Religion I was baptized Episcopalian, confirmed Lutheran and given a degree from a Catholic university. I would say I am more "spiritual" than one thing or another. Local Hot Button Issues I've been impressed with how well informed people in the community are. In these times, jobs, schools and taxes are the main concerns of the community. However, I also think arts and leisure are extremely important to Richfield residents.

Recent Contributions

Northfield Public Schools Delayed Two Hours Thursday

Northfield Public Schools Delayed Two Hours Thursday

Extremely cold weather prompted the school district's decision to start late.
UPDATED: Richfield Schools to Be Closed Thursday Due to Cold—Again

UPDATED: Richfield Schools to Be Closed Thursday Due to Cold—Again

Some afternoon and evening activities will go on as planned.
WinterFest, Family Night at the Y and Lecture on Entrepreneurship: Northfield Weekend Events

WinterFest, Family Night at the Y and Lecture on Entrepreneurship: Northfield Weekend Events

See what fun activities are happening in and near Northfield this weekend.
Richfield Natives Make Marquette University Fall Dean's List

Richfield Natives Make Marquette University Fall Dean's List

Marquette University is located in Milwaukee.
Immigration Forum Set for Jan. 27

Immigration Forum Set for Jan. 27

The event is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Northfield-Cannon Falls.
MIRA to Offer Free Taxes Preparation

MIRA to Offer Free Taxes Preparation

Those individuals who make $30,000 or less, and those families who make $50,000 or less annually qualify for the free assistance.
Mom Wants Answers Following School Incident Allegedly Involving a Weapon

Mom Wants Answers Following School Incident Allegedly Involving a Weapon

A student allegedly brought a weapon to Richfield S.T.E.M. School and made disturbing comments, according to a parent.
Legal Secretary, Machine Operator and Part Time Work: Northfield Jobs

Legal Secretary, Machine Operator and Part Time Work: Northfield Jobs

Check out the latest job openings for positions in and near Richfield.
Nominations Open for 2014 Northfield High School Distinguished Alumnus Award

Nominations Open for 2014 Northfield High School Distinguished Alumnus Award

Nominations will be accepted through Feb. 28.
The Latest Richfield Job Openings

The Latest Richfield Job Openings

See which companies are hiring for positions in and near Richfield.
Learn About Upcoming Projects at Richfield Public Works Open House

Learn About Upcoming Projects at Richfield Public Works Open House

The Portland Avenue and 66th Street corridors are the topics for the open house.
City of Northfield Declares Snow Emergency

City of Northfield Declares Snow Emergency

The snow emergency is in effect for 72 hours, according to the city.
Judge Sentences Dayna Kristine Bell to 30 Days in Jail

Judge Sentences Dayna Kristine Bell to 30 Days in Jail

Bell was convicted of 13 counts of animal cruelty in November 2013 in connection with the deaths of several puppies in her care.
More Snow Expected in Northfield

More Snow Expected in Northfield

A winter weather advisory begins Friday at midnight and will last until Saturday at 6 p.m.
Snow and Blowing Snow Expected in Richfield

Snow and Blowing Snow Expected in Richfield

A winter weather advisory begins Friday at midnight and will last until Saturday at 6 p.m.
January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month

Rice County Public Health is trying to call attention to how the risks of some birth defects can be reduced.
Minnesota Magicians Swept by Ice Dogs

Minnesota Magicians Swept by Ice Dogs

The latest on Richfield's new junior hockey team.
REPLAY: Richfield City Council's Jan. 14, 2014 Meeting

REPLAY: Richfield City Council's Jan. 14, 2014 Meeting

Did you miss Tuesday night's meeting? Have no fear. You can watch it here.
City Council Approves Preschool for Former Taystee Building

City Council Approves Preschool for Former Taystee Building

The daycare and preschool will serve up to 38 children.