The editor and author of columns in Northern City Journal is Jerome F. Winzig. He has been a freelance technical writer since 1990 and worked in software development from 1977 to 1989. Prior to that, he worked as an English teacher, a researcher for community organizations, and a youth/community worker. He also writes for the Korean Quarterly.
Winzig is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, and the University of Minnesota. He and his wife, Judy Burgett Winzig, the pastor of Epiphany Lutheran Church, have three children and live in Minneapolis.
Northern City Journal is published by Winzig Consulting Services, LLC, a successful freelance technical writing business since 1990.
The name, "Northern City Journal," is registered with the Business Services Section of the Minnesota Secretary of State's office under a Certificate of Assumed Name. The International Standard Serial Number (ISSN), 1528-9575, was issued by the National Serials Data Program of the Serial Record Division at the Library of Congress in 2000.
Northern City Journal provides commentary and opinion on current civic, political, and religious events and issues. It is written and published in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area, which has a population of almost three million and is located on the northern great plains.
Most residents don't think about the northern prairie from day to day. The Mississippi and Minnesota rivers converge here, and the surrounding hills and valleys partially conceal how flat the terrain is. But the Allegheny, Appalachian, Rocky, and Sierra Nevada mountains are all at least 1,000 miles away, and the closest larger city is Chicago, 400 miles away.
On the other hand, Minneapolis/St. Paul is an important transportation hub, with non-stop flights to both coasts, Europe, and Asia. Several multi-national corporations are headquartered here, helping tie us to the rest of the world.
Some interesting places are relatively close. Lake Superior, the largest fresh-water lake in the world, the Lake Superior National Forest, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (and Canada just beyond), the Red River of the North, and the Missouri River are all within 200 miles. Within 400 miles are the Black Hills of South Dakota and Lake Michigan.
To live in Minneapolis and St. Paul is to dwell in the middle of extremes. This second-coldest city in the United States is home to the world's largest indoor shopping mall. Located on the northern plains, it has an increasingly diverse population. It boasts the nation's second-highest per capita attendance at theater and arts events and is home to the University of Minnesota.
Written in this context, Northern City Journal does not label itself as liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican, left-wing or right-wing. At the same time, it does not seek to occupy the "muddled middle," where compromise destroys principle and integrity. Rather, the goal of Northern City Journal is to articulate an important set of beliefs and opinions that are not often stated clearly by leaders of political parties, corporations, non-profit organizations, or special interest groups.