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“Birthday candles for kidnapped girl”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8981
by Colette Davidson, TC Daily Planet
Ajak Achiek Mading turned two years old on Monday, January 14. Her birthday cake of white frosting and multicolored candy stars stood poised, stuck with a large #2 candle, ready to be blown out. The only thing missing from the celebration was Ajak.

“Most teacher contracts settle by deadline”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8984
by Barb Kucera, Workday Minnesota
Bargaining has been difficult, but most school districts and local unions settled teacher contracts before Tuesday’s state-imposed deadline, Education Minnesota announced.

“Target misses mark on billboard and bloggers”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8968
by Paul Schmelzer, Minnesota Monitor
This Target billboard, spotted by a Flickr user in Times Square, seems to have completely missed its mark with some marketing watchdogs. Amy Jussel, founder of Shaping Youth, an organization that looks into the effects of marketing and media on kids, took issue with the bullseye on the female model’s crotch. Calling it “sexualized ad slop,” she ties it to a marketing efforts aimed at young girls — from a toddler tee bearing the words “Hooter Girl in Training” to hyper-sexual clothing for teenagers (she links to The Telegraph’s article, “Girls ‘being brainwashed to be promiscuous'”).

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“GOP’s Ozment to retire from Minnesota House”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8967
by Joe Bodell, Minnesota Monitor
State Rep. Dennis Ozment, who represents District 37B covering parts of Apple Valley and Rosemount, has decided to retire from the State House seat he has held for the past 24 years.

“Down on the farm and down at the tavern”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8966
by Lee Egerstrom, Minnesota 2020
The strong demand for corn by American ethanol producers, the slumping value of the U.S. dollar, and poor growing conditions in major agricultural producing regions of the world are conspiring against beer drinkers and their brewers at the start of 2008.

“Youth News helps girls of color broadcast their views”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8880
by Susan Budig, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
It could also help change the news establishment.

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“Holding up another distraction”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8919
by John Van Hecke, Minnesota 2020
Minnesota policymakers could be focusing on what really matters: education, healthcare, transportation and economic development. Instead, Governor Pawlenty is cooking up another conservative policy distraction: illegal immigration.

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“Afraid your favorite building might be knocked down?”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8985
by Todd Melby, Building Minnesota
If so, nominate it for the 2008 Ten Most Endangered Historic Minnesota Places.

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