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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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Atlas Sulked: the teenage revolt against “the nanny state"

Now that Paul Ryan has backed away from his fervent embrace of Ayn Rand, claiming that she is merely one of many influences on his political thinking despite video of him declaring that she was his primary reason for engaging in politics, and despite the fact that he requires all of his staff members to read her work, it’s possible the author of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead will begin to


Big Moon this weekend

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. Tomorrow May 5, 2012 is not only cinco de mayo but we will have the biggest full moon of the year, a super moon which reminds me of last years super moon on March 16th.


The end of the saga

The wonderful thing about first world problems is that they so often have first world remedies. Sadness over the loss of my laptop and everything stored within (Goodbye, book!) can be soothed, if not completely vanquished by the free form consumption of many, many chocolates and by repeatedly singing along mournfully to The Smiths.


Book. Schmook.

Today I heard myself complaining that my barista had put too much milk in my cappuccino.

Oh, good heavens. Somebody put too much nutritional goodness in my recreational beverage! Alert the authorities!

Yup. First world problems, I gots 'em.


Put that shovel down

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Great chicken debate / more

The great chicken debate continues in the Minneapolis City Council.


R.I.P., bur oak branch


My bur oak branch has been lopped off.

My bur oak branch is no longer


Best Buy will close five Minnesota stores, cut hundreds of Minnesota workers / more

Best Buy announced that it will close 50 stores nationwide and lay off 400 employees in "corporate and support areas." That's likely to affect a lot of people at corporate headquarters in Richfield.


One Million Hoodies march / Dissing Twin Cities / more

Trayvon Martin is a focus of attention in Minnesota this week, with people joining in the One Million Hoodies March for Trayvon at the University of Minnesota on Thursday (6 p.m., Northrop Plaza), and a MORE »

Questions — or not, in Supreme Court and St. Paul

Even though no one will know the answer until June, everybody's busily speculating about the Supreme Court health care ruling. When they get tired of speculating, pundits produce court stats — kind of like baseball stats, but without the decimals. For instance, there's the Justice Clarence Thomas record of 0 for 6.

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