I've started a sidebar column on this page called Glocal Story Ideas, and it will be the actual story idea list that I use as a journalist. However, I am publishing it here in the spirit of the new open and collaborative journalism. If any other journalist has any interest in using any of these ideas you are welcome to, just let me or the Glocal Man list know. And if you'd like to contribute a glocal idea, or your glocal list, please do. My first idea is to write about Red Wing Shoes. Based in Red Wing, Minnesota, the company proudly says they are one of the last two major U.S. manufacturers of work boots that manufactures boots entirely in the U.S. What's interesting and could be the peg of a feature story is how globalization is steadly eroding that claim -- and finding the point where that claim is just nonsense. For many styles of work books in the Red Wing line, most of the individual shoe parts are pre-assembled and pre-stitched in other countries, especially China. The percentage of these pre-made bits have been increasing over the years. At what point will Red Wing have to say, "Okay, our boots are no longer 'Made in the USA?'" Will it be at the point when the entire boot is made in Shanghai and sent over here, just so one American worker in Red Wing can put tissue paper in the box? There are folks already who say it's a stretch to say "Made in the USA." Getting those folks on the one hand, and the Red Wing folks on the other, with a few anecdotes and color thrown in and ... nice feature piece.