Daily Planet Headline: Kites fly on Saturday at Lake Harriet


FRIDAY, January 11


“Kites fly on Saturday at Lake Harriet”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8893
by Alan Wilfahrt, TC Daily Planet
Delighted smiles, wide-open eyes, and frosted ‘ahs’ and ‘ohs.’ mostly directed upward, spread the warmth of wonder over a frozen veneer. A play ‘ground’ with tykes of all ages tangled in flights of fancy, restorative wind buffeting our temporary presence off the summer’s beach. Another perspective on our neighbor’s family romp in a park. This year’s Lake Harriet Kite festival is set for this Saturday, January 12, from noon to 4 p.m. at Lake Harriet, 43rd Street West and East Lake Harriet Parkway, near the bandshell.

“March meltdown ahead for Midtown Eco-Energy?”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8883
by Dan Gordon and Mary Turck, TC Daily Planet
As neighborhood opposition builds, Kandiyohi Development Partners faces a March 30 deadline on its option to buy the land for the Midtown Eco-Energy burner. The Minneapolis City Council, which extended the option a year ago, may not be so willing to grant another extension this year.

“Security officers hit hard by health care crisis”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8885
by Barb Kucera, Workday Minnesota
On the heels of recent reports indicating more than 1 million Minnesotans are living without adequate insurance, a new study finds that private security officers in the Twin Cities are almost universally without affordable, employer-sponsored family health care.

“Is it recession yet? Doug Henwood explains who decides, how, and where we stand”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8900
by Steve Perry, Daily Mole
In this Molecast, author and business/economics journalist Doug Henwood (who publishes Left Business Observer and hosts a weekly radio show on NYC’s WBAI) returns to explain how ‘recession’ is officially demarcated by the National Bureau of Economic Research, and why we are not officially in one at present; he also offers the clearest account of where the US economy seems to stand now–in his own view and that of Wall Street–that I’ve read or heard from anyone since the housing bubble began to deflate last year.


“Interview: Yohannes Tona, Twin Cities’ baddest bass guitarist”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8803
by Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet
Yohannes Tona has made his way the hard way, nailing down a heavy rep as one of the Twin Cities’ baddest bass guitarists. On a scene that includes monsters like Serge Akou (Joto, Wain McFarlane & Jahz), Justin Blair (The New Congress), and Tommy Peterson (New Primitives), that’s saying a lot.

Food and Restaurants

“Grassfed buffalo: something to chew on”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8789
by Jeremy Iggers, The Rake
I had a lovely dinner last night at the Grand Café: cauliflower soup with a fig gastrique; pan-seared scallops with porcini-potato pave, and lean slices of medium rare bison (buffalo) top sirloin with lentils, bathed in a fig and port wine demi-glace. Then this morning, I happened to see the full-page ad in the New York Times for Michael Pollan’s new book, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. Pollan wrote the best-selling Omnivore’s Dilemma, which takes a critical look at our overly industrialized food system.

“Cue’s Second Act”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8897
by Jeremy Iggers, The Rake
Remember Cue at the Guthrie?

The press release from the Guthrie Theater touting a January three-course prix fixe menu for $29.95 took me by surprise. This isn’t just a prix-theater early bird special – it’s available any time, and includes a free self-guided iPod tour of the theater and complimentary glass of wine or cup of coffee after dinner.


“Election year bible thumping”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8865
by Susan Marsh
‘…Religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship…’ Thomas Jefferson letter to Danbury Baptist Association, CT., Jan. 1, 1802

“Call her strong”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8889
by Michele St. Martin, Minnesota Women’s Press
It was an amazing discussion. Articulate, passionate, insightful. Most of the women who gathered were strangers to each other. I wish you could’ve been there.

The setting: the January 4, 2008, Women’s Press First Friday Salon. The topic: Why are some people still not ready to elect women? Why are women held to a higher standard when running for office?


“Bridging the gap between Muslim and non-Muslim neighbors”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8898
by Heba Abdel-Karim, Engage Minnesota
Imagine this scenario: You live in the same area with your Minnesotan Muslim neighbor. This person, his actions, beliefs, and practices seem a bit peculiar to you, as you have not encountered many Muslims. All you know about Muslims is what you hear others say, from the media and the like, but they are otherwise unfamiliar.