Red Lake Nation News - Babaamaajimowinan (Telling of news in different places)

By Michael Barrett

The new RLNN set to launch first week in May


The new and improved RLNN is scheduled to launch early next week, which means a lot of changes will take place. The biggest change is that Red Lake Net News, currently in its seventh year, will go back to the original, instead of the current location, The Web Site was forced to switch from .com to .us when the original site saw technical problems from outdated software through its Yahoo Pagebuilder program, a program no longer supported.

The new RLNN.COM is costing me a little more than I had anticipated in the beginning, but it is going to be a lot better than all the previous sites—and much neater and cleaner and easier to navigate through. And we finally figured out a way to keep the old sites for archive purposes, although accessible from different servers.

Sections on the new RLNN will include NEWS, FEATURES, SPORTS, OBITUARIES, POLITICS, OPINIONS, EVENTS, JOBS, CALENDAR, CLASSIFIEDS and HUMOR—although I am still giving these topics much thought and may add or modify them. At some point I may create subcategories also. And I want to include more news and events from all Minnesota and surrounding Native American communities.

It’s going to be a new experience for readers, one I’m certain they will appreciate--no more scrolling down to find things on the events or employment sections, just to name a couple of things. A reader will click on something and it should open right up. The photo galleries will also be right on the site, rather than having to go to another site to view them, and the ads are going to rotate and appear on other pages in a neat and uniform manner. Videos will also be embedded right into the site, and I will be looking at some mobile capabilities as well.

I will admit, I can hardly wait for it to launch. I even have a graphic artist working on a new logo, and these software developers are saying the new site is going to give RLNN a “big city” look, yet not too big as to overwhelm the main purpose—which is to inform its readers of news and events and other information as quickly as they become available.

These are just a few of the changes about to take place—I am currently learning everything there is to know about the new software—and I am hoping to re-launch RLNN.COM in the upcoming week. I may also be inviting those that write columns or blogs to submit their materials—as well as anyone else or the readership to submit their stories, photographs and videos (birthday parties, special events, accomplishments, things happening in their communities, and more).

And finally, if you have any suggestions on what you would like to see on RLNN, feel free to drop me a line at


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