Daily Planet Headline: Public money for private business: Empowerment Zone bonding for former director’s project


Wednesday, February 13


Public money for private business: Empowerment Zone bonding for former director’s project
by Dan Gordon, TC Daily Planet
“There’s something about it that just doesn’t smell right.” The Midtown Eco Energy project has met strong neighborhood opposition because of fears of toxic emissions, but concerns about the project also extend to its funding. The basis for $78 million in Empowerment Zone bonding is the project’s promise to employ seven Empowerment Zone residents. The developers are well-connected, including the former director of the Empowerment Zone program.

A recipe for Minnesota’s economy: dine and eat local on Valentine’s Day
by Lee Egerstrom, Minnesota 2020
What could be more romantic for Valentine’s Day than a dinner featuring Minnesota foods and beverages? Just in time, Minnesota 2020 offers an update on its local buying guide.

Festival brings political theater with a Latino focus to Minneapolis
by Jonah Winn-Lenetsky, TC Daily Planet
Intermedia Arts, an art gallery and performance venue in Uptown Minneapolis, is the only place in Minneapolis where you can see nearly ten plays dealing with Latin American issues this winter. From February 14 through March 2, Teatro Del Pueblo and the University of Minnesota will bring the seventh annual Political Theatre Festival to the Twin Cities.


Legislature ponders Valentine’s Day love affair with clean cars
by Heidi Alford, TC Daily Planet
The House Environment and Natural Resources Committee will hear testimony February 14 on a bill to adopt California’s stricter emissions standards for motor vehicles.

HealthPartners, SEIU reach tentative contract agreement
by staff, Workday Minnesota
HealthPartners and SEIU Healthcare Minnesota announced Saturday they have reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract, averting a two-day strike scheduled to start Wednesday.

Spreading the AIDS prevention message
by Courtney Sinner, Minnesota Daily
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day events reveal a lack of disease education.

High-speed transit— coming to a Lake Street near you
by Dennis Geisinger, Southside Pride
Remodeling is planned to begin late this year for a high-speed transit system on I-35W with a special high occupancy toll (HOT) lane and a bus rapid transit (BRT) lane stretching south from downtown Minneapolis. Rapid transit will go hand in hand with the city’s I-35W/Lake Street Access Project that will provide a BRT station at Lake St., a connection to the Midtown Greenway and ramp access to Lake Street.


Immigrant or native-born: we are all equal
by Abdishe Dorose, Three Sixty
As a Somali immigrant at a predominantly white and black high school, it hasn’t always been easy for me. I have always been criticized because of my clothing, accent, manners and values. But I didn’t really mind these things, and I eventually became used to them. What I do mind are the stereotypes that people have about immigrants.


Political notebook: A dream coming back to life
by Thasneem Ahmed, Engage Minnesota
This past week’s Super Tuesday was truly a historic event. The energy, the excitement, the crowds …for many of us, especially for those who were voting in our caucus for the first time, that night will not be soon forgotten. As Americans around the country placed their votes for who they wanted to represent them in the Presidential election, the words “…. government of the people, by the people, for the people…” seemed to almost come alive.