In memory of Dennis Jay Schapiro

Dennis Jay Schapiro, known to many as Denny, died suddenly from a heart attack May 13, 2014 at the age of 68. He was a writer, journalist, community activist, publisher of the Public School Montessorian, and a dedicated and generous member of the Twin Cities Media Alliance Board of Directors. We at the Twin Cities Daily Planet extend our greatest sympathies, thoughts and prayers to his family and friends in their time of sadness.A memorial service was held Friday, May 16. Below is Dennis’ obituary as published by the family through Hodroff-Epstein Memorial Chapel:Dennis died of a sudden heart attack while walking his dog AC around Lake Harriet. Thanks to those who came to his aid in his last minutes.Dennis was a mensch. Continue Reading

Immigration reform focus of October 5 March for Dignity and Justice in Minneapolis

Immigrant communities, and religious, business, labor, law enforcement activists and leaders are organizing a Minneapolis March for Dignity and Justice on Saturday, October 5, as part of a 40-city national day of action for immigration reform. We hope to feature coverage from a variety of participants, through personal stories — post on the TC Daily Planet website or email to You can use #oct5cirmarch for tweets and photos, and we’ll include some of them in the Storify below.  [If you don’t see the Storify photos and comments below, please refresh your browser window.] [<a href=”//” target=”_blank”>View the story “March for Dignity and Respect in Minneapolis” on Storify</a>]Reporting for this article supported in part by Bush Foundation. Continue Reading

Highs and lows at the 37th Annual Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth

Early in the morning of Grandma’s Marathon on June 22, I stood outside Fitgers (where I had dinner 12 hours earlier and would end up returning after the race for another famous veggie burger and microbrew.) As I nervously anticipated the shuttle bus that would take me and fellow marathoners out to the starting point in Two Harbors, I sipped on my McDonald’s coffee, hoping for some liquid inspiration. This was my third marathon but my first Grandma’s experience (Milwaukee Lakefront in 2006 and Twin Cities in 2011) and so far the gloomy weather was anything but inspriational.It was a long bus ride out to Two Harbors at 5:30 in the morning. By the time the school bus I was in made it out to the start, herds of runners had already filed into the outside waiting area, where we’d stand in lines for porta potties and eventually squeeze in like sardines in the starting corral. It was over two hours total of waiting. I thought to myself that if I was going to run Grandma’s again, I’d do it with someone. It was lonely at the starting line despite the crowds of runners.One thing that worried me was that the rain would stop spectators from spectating. That wasn’t the case. Continue Reading

COMMUNITY VOICES | Rock the Garden 2013 at the Walker Art Center: Tweets and photos from the day

Rain or shine, this year’s Rock the Garden on Saturday, June 15 made it happen in both.  Here’s a sampling of tweets from the event.[If you don’t see the Storify photos and comments below, please refresh your browser window.][<a href=”//″ target=”_blank”>View the story “Rock the Garden 2013” on Storify</a>] Continue Reading

COMMUNITY VOICES | Arts on Chicago 2013

Ten blocks. Twenty projects. One year. That’s the motto of Arts on Chicago, which celebrated the projects on Chicago Avenue in MInneapolis on June 8. The twenty projects, also showcased on the Arts on Chicago website, range from a poetry mobile to a stilting club and a night-time light show. Continue Reading

Valentine’s Day in St. Paul and Minneapolis — Chocolate, music and One Billion Rising

Valentine’s day starts early in St. Paul with a Valentine’s Eve Fondue at Dr. Chocolate’s on Selby Avenue. 6-10 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13 — “Treat your sweetheart to Dr. Chocolate’s Fondue and celebrate a nice Valentines Evening. Prices vary from $15-$18/person” Dr. Chocolate also has a Chocolate Valentine dinner and Marissa Dodge live music on the 14th.Another Valentine’s Eve event in St. Paul – Bippy’s Burlesque on February 13 at the Cabaret Theater at Camp Bar in downtown St. Continue Reading

Legislators: End dual tracking by mortgage lenders in Minnesota?

On January 16, Minnesota DFL lawmakers proposed a bill to stop “dual tracking”, a foreclosure practice that Minnesota banks have used against homeowners who have fallen on hard financial times.  “Dual tracking” is where banks tell homeowners who have fallen behind on their mortgage that they will work with them to modify the payments, while at the same time arranging to foreclose on the home. Representative Mike Freiberg (DFL-Golden Valley), State Representative Karen Clark (DFL-Minneapolis) and Representative Raymond Dehn (DFL-Minneapolis) held a press conference on the proposed legislation.The legislation got its first hearing in the Housing Finance and Policy Committee that Representative Clark chairs.  Continue Reading

Greater Minnesota legislative races 2012

Scroll down for chart of greater Minnesota legislative races. House races are listed first, followed by Senate races.             House of RepresentativesDFL candidateGOP candidateThird party candidate(s)/Notes1ABruce PattersonDan Fabian, incumbent 1BMarc DemersDebra (Deb) Kiel, incumbent 2ARoger A. EricksonDave Hancock, incumbent 2BBrita SailerSteve Green 3ADavid Dill, incumbentJim Tuomala 3BMary Murphy, incumbentKeith MacDonald 4ABen LienTravis Reimche 4BPaul Marquart, incumbentPaul Sandman 5AJohn Persell, incumbentLarry Howes, incumbent 5BTom Anzelc, incumbentCarolyn McElfatrick, incumbent 6ACarly Melin, incumbentRoger Weber 6BJason MetsaJesse Colangelo 7AThomas Huntley, incumbentTherese Bower  7BErik SimonsonTravis SilversWrite-in: Jay FosleDavid Pipho8AChester (Chet) F. NettestadBud Nornes, incumbent 8BBob CunniffMary Franson, incumbent 9ADon NilesMark Anderson 9BAdrian WelleRon Kresha 10AJohn Ward, incumbentChris Kellett 10BJoe RadinovichDale K. Lueck 11AMike SundinJim PutnamCory M. Pylkka – Independence11BTim FaustBen Wiener 12AJay McnamarScott DutcherDave Holman – Independence12BRick RosenfieldPaul Anderson, incumbent 13ARichard BohannonJeff Howe 13BShannon SchroederTim O’Driscoll, incumbent 14AAnne NolanSteve Gottwalt, incumbent 14BZach DorholtKing Banaian, incumbent 15AJoe WalshSondra Erickson, incumbent 15BBrian JohnsonJim Newberger 16AAl KruseChris Swedzinski, incumbent 16BJames KannePaul Torkelson, incumbentJerry “Pike” Pagel – Independent17AAndrew Falk, incumbentTim Miller 17BMary SawatzkyBruce Vogel, incumbentZachary Liebl – Independence18ANancy LarsonDean Urdahl, incumbent 18BLogan CamaGlenn Gruenhagen, incumbent 19ATerry Morrow, incumbent  19BKathy Brynaert, incumbentThad Shunkwiler 20ARyan WolfKelby Woodard, incumbent 20BDavid BlyBrian Wermerskirchen 21AJohn BaconTimothy J. Kelly, incumbent 21BBruce MontplaisirSteve Drazkowski, incumbent 22AEugene ShortJoe Schomacker, incumbent 22BCheryl Avenel-NavarraRod Hamilton, incumbent 23AKevin LabenzBob Gunther, incumbent 23B Tony Cornish, incumbent 24ACraig A. BrendenJohn Petersburg 24BPatti Fritz, incumbentDan Kaiser 25AJohn VossenDuane Quam, incumbent 25BKim Norton, incumbentMelissa Valeriano 26ATina Liebling, incumbentBreanna Bly 26BPat StallmanMike Benson, incumbent 27AShannon SavickRich Murray, incumbentWilliam J. Wagner-Independence27BJeanne Poppe, incumbentNathan Neitzell 28AGene Pelowski, incumbentAdam Pace 28BKen TschumperGregory Davids, incumbent SENATORS   1Leroy Stumpf, incumbentSteve Nordhagen 2Rod Skoe, incumbentDennis Moser 3Tom Bakk, incumbentJennifer Havlick 4Kent EkenPhil Hansen 5Tom Saxhaug, incumbentJohn Carlson  6David Tomassoni, incumbentBrandon Anderson 7Roger Reinert, incumbentTyler Verry 8Dan SkogenBill Ingebrigsten, incumbent 9Al DotyPaul Gazelka, incumbent 10Taylor StevensonCarrie Ruud 11Tony Lourey, incumbentBill Saumer 12John SchultzTorrey Westrom, incumbent 13Peggy BoeckMichelle Fischbach, incumbent 14Jerry McCarterJohn Pederson 15Sally KnoxDave Brown, incumbent 16Ted L. SussGary Dahms, incumbent 17Lyle Koenen, incumbentJoe Gimse, incumbent 18Steven SchirooScott J. Newman, incumbent 19Kathy Sheran, incumbent  20Kevin DahleGene Thomas Kornder 21Matt SchmitJohn Howe, incumbent 22Alan OberlohBill Weber 23Paul MarquardtJulie Ann Rosen, incumbent 24Vicki JensenVern Swedin 25Judy OhlyDavid H. Senjem, incumbent 26Kenneth R. MoenCarla Nelson, incumbent 27Dan Sparks, incumbentLinden Anderson 28Jack KrageJeremy Miller, incumbent       Continue Reading

Election day today – find your polling place

Election day has arrived. In Minnesota, your one-stop site for voting information is, an official site created and maintained by the Minnesota Secretary of State. Click there to:• find your polling place;• print a sample ballot for your precinct;• track your absentee ballot;• find out about same-day registration (typically used by half a million Minnesota voters);and much more. Most Minnesota polling places, including all polling places in the metro area, open at 7:00 a.m. All polling places close at 8:00 p.m. After 8 p.m., click on Election Day 2012: It’s over — what happened? for coverage and live blogging of results. Share your views on election results via —just click here. (These links will work after 8 p.m. on election day.)Find your polling place at mnvotes.orgWe don’t publish campaign-related articles on election day. For our previous coverage, go to Continue Reading