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Melanie Danke is our neighborhood correspondent in Northrop. Tell her about the garage sale, or the community garden - ask her how to register and get your profile on TC Daily Planet!

Melanie lives in the Northrop neigh-borhood, but crosses the river to her Two Smart Cookies shop in St. Paul. She is excited to be involved in community journalism as a neighborhood correspondent, and looks forward to hearing from you. You can hear from her on her blog, Plumb Tuckered Out.

Melanie says her favorite spots include, "Any of the many beautiful Twin Cites libraries... despite my habitually massive fines."

Contact Melanie at melaniedanke [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net

Field Regina Northrop is conveniently located less than 5 miles from downtown Minneapolis just east of 35W, roughly midway between Lake Harriet and Lake Nokomis. Our neighborhood is bordered to the south by Minnehaha Creek, along which runs a path for walking, running, in-line skating or biking. The business district at 48th and Chicago is home to restaurants ranging from Mexican to Sushi and businesses ranging from hardware to tennis supplies. McRae Park and Recreation Center is the focal point for a number of youth activities; and in the spring the park serves as the location where the neighborhood holds a festival to celebrate the diversity of its residents 

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Theater All Year Program Guide

Christmas and research

Searching the web for “Christmas” and “research” (Why would I do that?), as I drink some Christmas tea and munch on Christmas cookies. The search evinces some very disparate types of connections between the two terms. So, I bring you these tidings*:


Crowd science, for improving our communities

“Crowd science” has entered the realms of physics, biology, classical studies, and the applied social research we do here in Saint Paul.
Crowd science? The term refers to the increasingly common practice in which people pool information which they have gathered independently, and then have access to all of the information which they and others have supplied.

Broadband access: It often comes down to adoption and cost

Today I attended the Blandin Broadband Strategy Board meeting. Mostly it’s a business meeting so I really don’t take notes but there was an issue that came up that I just had to share.


Is the fire hydrant near your home or business operable? Don't count on it

Are you sure the hydrant near your home will work if its needed to put out a fire? Are you really, really sure? If you live in a town home or apartment complex you may find out too late that its not operable.

Did you know that the responsibility of maintaining hydrants and water systems on private land is up to the property owners? 


Court OK's Occupy MN to "re-sign" plaza

The signs calling for income equality are back up again at The People’s Plaza (also known as Hennepin County Government Center) in Minneapolis.


We're back! Did you miss us?

Please accept our apologies for the fact that our site was unavailable from late this morning (Wednesday) until approximately 5:00 p.m. The outage was caused by a sudden hardware failure in our server, and our site has now been moved to another server. Thank you for your patience.

An afternoon in LA

Saturday afternoon just after Thanksgiving in downtown Los Angeles, I was walking with my son Neal and his friend Chris, leader of a group of photographers we had joined on a photo tour of downtown Los Angeles.

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