4/11/08 Headlines: Putting a face on food, security officers’ contract, Critical Mass trial


FRIDAY, April 11


Putting a face on food
by Lori Wolter, TC Daily Planet
The Fleischman family knows where their food comes from.

Once a week during the summer and fall, the Lake Elmo foursome receives a box bursting with a cornucopia of fresh-off-the-farm produce. They know that their vegetables, fruits and herbs were picked only hours earlier from the fields of La Finca, a family farm about 100 miles north of their home.

Private security officers make historic gains in new union contract
by staff, Workday Minnesota
In a groundbreaking victory that will pave the way for similar gains by other workers in Minnesota, private security officers in Minneapolis and Saint Paul have won access to affordable health insurance, higher wages, improved training and equipment, and sick leave, their union announced.

Police were briefed prior to bike protest
by Jon Collins, Minnesota Daily
The trial of University student Augustin Ganley, who allegedly assaulted a police officer during an August Critical Mass bike protest, continued Wednesday with revelations that police were briefed on the presence of anti-Republican National Convention activists and warned to expect trouble.

Cap and trade conundrum
by Nick Busse, Session Weekly
When the Legislature enacted a law last year committing Minnesota to an 80 percent reduction in its greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, it sealed the debate on global warming — sort of.


Is it time for Minneapolis to hire a pet czar?
by Dan Haugen, Minnesota Monitor
Cat and dog owners in Minneapolis are required by law to license their pets with the city before the animals turn 4 months old. In reality few pay the fee, and it’s largely unenforced. Of the estimated 107,000 dogs in the city, only 9,007 were licensed last year, according to Minneapolis Animal Care & Control. The licensing gap for cats is even wider. Of 115,000 felines in the city, just 124 were licensed.

Food and Restaurants

Still spicy after all these years
by Jeremy Iggers, The Rake
It probably would have been quicker to just ask Heather Jansz what she hasn’t been doing lately.The woman who first brought really, really hot and spicy cuisine to Minnesota has her fingers in so many pies, chutneys and sambols that it’s hard to keep track without a website.

Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
by Nick and Nora Laul, Minneapolis & St. Paul Restaurant Critics
Dakota is located in the heart of Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis. It’s always been the standard against which live music clubs are judged. The ambience is warm where the exposed brick walls are accentuated with dark woods – a great atmosphere to listen to cool Jazz. There is the main floor as well a mezzanine section and frankly it can feel a little compact when crowded, but we guarantee you there’s no bad seat in the house. We were seated in the back corner in the mezzanine section and there was no reason to complain (we actually liked our table because the tables in the back are a little further apart and more open). The night we visited, we were treated to a stunning performance by Rondi Charleston and an all-star band.


Don’t look to disability programs to balance the state budget
by Steve Larson, Minnesota 2020
With the state facing a projected $935 million deficit in the budget for the rest of the 2008-2009 biennium, disability advocates suspected that human services – and disability supports in particular – would once again be a target for budget cuts. Our suspicions were confirmed when the Governor’s supplemental budget called for $500 million in cuts and budget transfers from health and human services.

Tree thoughts
by Dave Healy, Park Bugle
Perhaps because they dwarf us as does no other living thing, trees inspire a reverence unmatched in the natural world. And because they outlive us, trees are an ongoing reminder of human finitude.


Reflections from my Spiritual Journey to Makka
by Owais Bayunus, Engage Minnesota
Hajj is considered the fifth pillar of Islam, meaning every Muslim who can afford it and is in good health has to perform Hajj (at least) once in his lifetime.