05/02/08 Headlines: Immigrant march, Best of the Fest, St. Paul Port Authority, Dayton’s Bluff foreclosures




Immigrants and workers march in St. Paul
by Katrina Plotz, TC Daily Planet
“Aqui estamos y no nos vamos!” “We are here and we aren’t going away!” “We are not aliens. We are human beings with rights.” “No borders, no nations! No more deportations!” More than 500 immigrants and supporters chanted these and similar slogans as they marched to celebrate International Workers Day in St. Paul on May 1. They gathered on the corner of Kellogg Blvd. and Robert St. at 2 pm with colorful signs, flags, and plastic buckets fashioned into drums, before marching to the state capitol.

Best of the Fest?
by Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet
The organizers of the 26th Annual Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival have recently released the schedule for the “Best of Fest,” a series of encores for films that have been among viewers’ favorites. Over the course of the Film Festival, visitors to the Daily Planet’s Film Festival viewer feedback site have been weighing in with their own opinions on dozens of films.

Whose authority is it?
by Anne Holzman, Park Bugle
Eyes can glaze over fast during a Legislative session, with dollars measured in millions — quantities most of us aren’t used to dealing with. Last year, 4.5 of those millions went to the St. Paul Port Authority to study power options for Rock-Tenn’s cardboard recycling operation in the Midway, which needs a new power source after Xcel Energy closed its steam generator.

Explaining Minnesota’s lagging economic performance
by Jeff Van Wychen, Minnesota 2020
It’s no secret that Minnesota’s economic performance has been sluggish in recent years. Relative to the national average, Minnesota’s unemployment rate has increased and household income has fallen.

The face of foreclosure
By Erin Sobaski, Dayton’s Bluff District Forum
We hear it on the news every day: The severity of mortgage foreclosures. We see the statistics. But those are just numbers. Behind the numbers are people—families losing their homes, totally overturning their lives. What is the reality of foreclosure? This is the first in a series of articles that will personalize the foreclosure crisis in our community.


Film note: 21 films in 11 days
by Cyn Collins, TC Daily Planet
Seeing 21 films in 11 days—which I did at this year’s Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival—is an arduous journey filled with delights, insights, and disappointments. A few films left indelible imprints in my mind, others fell by the roadside, and a couple I should have just ditched.

Did KSTP break the law in exposé about bikers breaking the law?
by Andy Birkey, Minnesota Monitor
KTSP’s Bob McNaney got an early start to spring sweeps month on Tuesday with an exposé on bicyclists breaking the law, but according to Minnesota statutes, his own investigation may have violated the rules of the road.

To unemployed Building Trades members, Mall of America expansion mean jobs
by Michael Kuchta, Workday Minnesota
For Carpenter Bruce Meyer, the proposed expansion of the Mall of America means one thing: a steady job. Meyer, age 56, of Cannon Falls, last worked 5 months ago. His unemployment benefits expire this month. His health insurance expired April 30. “I’ve never seen it this bad,” said Meyer, a member of Local 87.


Poisoning the poor: the truth about Midtown biomass
by Susie Tatone, Southside Pride
The proposed biomass burner for the Phillips neighborhood is a controversial issue. City leaders, community activists and concerned neighbors are all taking a closer look at the idea. Following is one resident’s opinion of the proposal.


Minnesota’s Top 10 most endangered for 2008
by Todd Melby, Building Minnesota
An abandoned jail, a small town bank, below ground resources, and a mid-century Modern icon represent just a few of the diverse sites named to the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota’s 2008 list of the Ten Most Endangered Historic Places.