MONDAY, February 18
St. Paul’s District 6—From polkas to persimmons
by Mary Thoemke, TC Daily Planet
It’s Sunday afternoon, and the old-timers flock into Tin Cup’s Lounge and Restaurant to hear the lively polka music of Roger Van Horn’s one-man polka band. In the same little shopping mall two doors away, at the Double Dragon Supermarket, Hmong families load up their vans with bags of rice, crates of persimmon, and fresh tilapia. This is Rice Street today.
Real state aid to counties falls by half billion bucks
by Jeff Van Wychen, Minnesota 2020
State dollars to fund county government services have fallen well short of keeping pace with inflation, while county property taxes have grown more rapidly than the rate of inflation. Like other levels of local governments, Minnesota counties have been compelled to simultaneously cut spending and increase property taxes in response to large state aid cuts.
Promising high school students get free college coaching
by Jennifer Holder, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
Judging from Admission Possible’s success rate, a more accurate name would be ‘Admission Probable’
INSIDE THE DAILY PLANET
Music note: Barbara Meyer at the Acadia Café
by Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet
Rockabilly balladeer Barbara Meyer weighs in with strong vocals and fine songwriting, and backs herself on tasty rhythm guitar. Her gig last fall at Acadia Café was an energized set, so tight it could’ve been recorded as a live album to follow her debut disc Barbara Meyer.
On LGBT issues, a less controversial legislative session is expected in 2008
by Andy Birkey, Minnesota Monitor
The usually divisive rhetoric over legislation involving equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Minnesotans will likely be subdued this year. Advocacy groups are presenting a modest agenda this legislative session, and a strong DFL majority in both the House and Senate makes the possibility of a constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage and civil unions passing either chamber remote.
Minneapolis wi-fi network nearing completion
by Patrick Anderson, TC Daily Planet
The Minneapolis wireless Internet network should be installed throughout the city by March, according to USI Wireless, the company hired by the city to complete the project.
Airline merger talks fuel anxiety, action
by Barb Kucera, Workday Minnesota
Unions representing workers at Northwest Airlines are scrambling to get more information and prepare members for a possible merger with Delta Airlines that would create the world’s largest carrier.
NEW IN VOICES
Sound-bites alone won’t create a renewable energy economy
by Leah Peterson, Minnesota 2020
Minnesotans recognize that clean energy is important to our state’s security, environment and economic development. Exciting renewable energy policy ideas are coming fast and furious, because now is the time for action.
NEW IN BLOGS
Prominent Muslim scholar to speak in MN: ‘Is coexistence feasible?’
by Fedwa Wazwaz, Engage Minnesota
Although Muslims in the United States and around the world have repeatedly condemned terrorism and extremism, Muslims stand falsely accused by nationally known commentators and influential religious leaders of remaining silent.