THURSDAY, February 7
MAD DADs push mentoring in Minneapolis
by Scott Russell, TC Daily Planet
MAD DADS crews have ridden the Route 5 Metro Transit bus for approximately three years, helping keep the peace as it crisscrosses some of Minneapolis most crime-prone neighborhoods. In the last few months, crews have added a new wrinkle to their routine: They are recruiting Big Brothers/Big Sisters volunteers.
Pawlenty big loser in Minnesota caucuses
by Jeff Fecke, Minnesota Monitor
Super Tuesday was a big win for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., nationally, but in Minnesota he struggled to beat former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. For second place.
Strike likely as contract talks break down at HealthPartners
by staff, Workday Minnesota
Talks between HealthPartners and the union representing 1,500 clinic workers have broken down with no further negotiations set, making a two-day strike likely, both the union and company said.
Bluegrass concert to benefit American Indian women in recovery
by Christopher Pommier, TC Daily Planet
Roots music is the name of the game this Saturday night at the Cabooze, a bar and music venue on the Hiawatha Line in South Minneapolis, as the Duluth bluegrass string-based band Trampled by Turtles headlines a benefit concert. The concert will raise money for Kateri Residence, a safe and sober space for American Indian women in recovery.
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Theater note: ‘Sweeney Todd’ is not for the squeamish
by Anne Nicolai, TC Daily Planet
There’s a reason I don’t go to horror movies. Even mildly eerie Twilight Zone reruns keep me up at night.
Music note: The Minnesota Opera presents the world’s most famous love story
by Rebecca Mitchell, TC Daily Planet
Romeo and Juliet is arguably the most popular love story of all time. The reasons for that were visibly present when the Minnesota Opera presented the tale of star-crossed lovers at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul. The 1,900 seat theater was sold out, forcing some theatergoers to stand at the back of the balcony to view the performance.
Interview: MC Indigo
by Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet
For hip-hop you don’t have to worry about your teenage daughter or son enjoying (a tall order these days, what with women and girls constantly being mistaken for female dogs and gardening implements), you can’t go wrong with Indigo. Not only does she clearly respect herself as being more than eye candy or some sort of sexual receptacle, Indigo is a fiery believer in bringing about political and social change.
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Farmer agreement offers alternative to NAFTA’s failures
by R. Dennis Olson, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
On January 1, 2008, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) came into full effect after a 15-year phase-in for more sensitive agricultural products like sugar, white corn, beans and dairy. This means the last remaining tariffs are no longer legally binding, including those on sugar imported from Mexico to the U.S., and vice versa. Additionally, the Mexican government will no longer block imported high fructose corn syrup from the U.S., which competes directly with sugar in the Mexican sweetener markets.
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by Lori Wolter, Politics from the Precincts
On February 4, 2008, I joined voters across the United States in attending caucuses as part of Super Tuesday. As a junior at the University of Minnesota, this was my first caucus experience. From what I’d heard before I went about caucuses, they’re classified as chaotic affairs, with a constant stream of voters rapidly casting ballots while others engage in impassioned discussion about candidates and party resolutions.
Minneapolis, Ward 2, Precinct 3
by Heidi Hanse, Politics from the Precincts
I am definitely out of my comfort zone when it comes to politics. I have never voted during a presidential election, let alone a caucus, so I had no idea what to do. Walking to the caucus, I was very nervous that I would have no idea what everyone was talking about. The line to get into the building extended about half a block away. The people in line were half college students and half non-college students.