EDITOR'S DESK | Give to the Max — or until you crash the GiveMN site!

Yep — site crashed, and I'm giving the credit to all of the Minnesotans who are out there supporting our favorite charities, schools, non-profit organizations, and projects. So here's a day-after plea: keep on giving! Think of it as a second chance to make a difference.

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EDITOR'S DESK | This week's top comments

I'm running a little behind in recognizing top commenters, but David Mura's two comments on Denise Hanh Huynh'sMORE »

EDITOR'S DESK | Comments of the week focus on Hmong 18 Clan Council, Miss Saigon

With more than 60,000 page views and more than 750 comments, Tiffany Vang's Community Voices article on the Hmong 18 Clan Council and bride prices leads in all categories. Not surprising: Many commenters who missed the point or had little to say. More surprising: The sheer number of comments, and the many who took the time to respond thoughtfully and at length, either agreeing or disagreeing, and also Tiffany Vang's dedication to taking the time to respond to several comments, also thoughtfully and at length. Take a look!

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EDITOR'S DESK | Comments of the week: 'This hurts us' vs. 'I don't see anything wrong with it'

Actually, two comments — with the commenters demonstrating how to disagree, but engage in a respectful dialogue:

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Three things the Daily Planet does — and three things we don't do

From "Please publish this information about my organization's fundraiser" to "I want that story taken down!" to "You spelled my name wrong," we hear from lots of people who want us to do — or undo

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So what do YOU think?

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Jeremy Iggers launched our first poll last week, asking readers to vote on the best Thai restaurant in the Twin Cities.

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Top commenters debate gentrification

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I don't know how Facebook picks top commenters, but we've got some good ones weighing in on Sheila Regan's column this week.

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EDITOR'S DESK | Taking the Polar Plunge

TC Daily Planet writer Deb Pleasants and her friend, Melissa Semrad, plunged into the icy waters of Lake Calhoun in the Polar Bear Plunge March 6 as part of a fundraiser for the Special Olympics Mi

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FROM THE EDITORS' DESK | Remembering Jaclyn Evert

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We were saddened to learn that on January 20, Jaclyn Evert died at the age of 22. Jaclyn was a contributor to the Daily Planet from 2009 to 2010, writing several articles on subjects ranging from immigrant workers to extreme couponing. A memorial service was held in Roseville on January 25.

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