Daily Planet Headlines: Hayden, Hakeem bid for Walker’s legislative seat


FRIDAY, January 25

Winter Carnival 2008
Lucy looks lonely, but not for long—the St. Paul Winter Carnival will fill Rice Park with people and fun. We would like to feature YOUR photos of the St. Paul Winter Carnival. Send photo entries to editor@tcdailyplanet.net. The best photos will be featured in our front-page photo box, and the top three will win Daily Planet t-shirts!


Hayden, Hakeem bid for Walker’s legislative seat
by Lauretta Dawolo, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
Minnesota House District 61B is bordered by Lake Street to the North, east to Cedar Avenue, south to Minnehaha Parkway, and west just a couple of blocks past Interstate 35W. It is a district made up of over 60 percent persons of color, with nearly a quarter of its population considered poor.

Theresa Sweetland takes the helm at Intermedia Arts
by Sherine Crooms, TC Daily Planet
It’s been over a month since Theresa Sweetland, the Artistic Director of Intermedia Arts, added Executive Director to her title. She is a Wisconsin native, an artist in her own right who previously studied music, and an Intermedia Arts staff member since 1997.

Twin Cities Lunar New Year celebration calendar
Staff, Asian American Press
2008 is the Year of the Rat (4706 on the Chinese calendar). The Lunar New Year (celebrated in similar but culturally different events in China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam and Tibet) begins with the new moon of the first day of the New Year, which this year falls on February 7, 2007, and concludes 15 days later on February 22, 2007, with a full moon and Lantern Festival to mark the winter solstice and a return to longer daylight and warmth. The Year of the Rat will end on January 25, 2009.


Oberstar: NTSB chair jumped the gun on 35W findings
by Tom Elko, Minnesota Monitor
Rep. Jim Oberstar, D- Minn., has delivered a strongly worded letter to National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Mark Rosenker for announcing the cause of the I-35W bridge collapse at the NTSB’s Jan. 15 press conference, despite the fact that the board has made no such determination.

Food and Restaurants

Weekend hot dish surprise
by Jeremy Iggers, Breaking Bread/The Rake
Okay, this is the day to check and see what’s left in the fridge and needs to get served up before it spoils, and it looks like we have enough left-overs to make up a meal: a half-cooked review of the new Strip Club in Saint Paul, news of an upcoming beer dinner at North Coast in Wayzata, and a Mardi Gras dinner at Barbette.

Something fishy in Woodbury
by Jeremy Iggers, Breaking Bread/The Rake
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I drove out to Giapponese, the new sushi bar / restaurant in Woodbury. Sushi is everywhere these days, including the refrigerator cases of local supermarkets, and since the sushi restaurants all tend to get the same ingredients from the same suppliers, it has become a pretty generic product. But the name – Italian for “Japanese” — was intriguing, and the online menu sounded pretty interesting


You can make history this year… starting at your Precinct Caucus
by Bill McCarthy , Minneapolis Labor Review
A surge of grassroots participation in the political process is sweeping the nation. As the Labor Review went to press, the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary saw record voter turn-out. Here in Minnesota, our turn to make history comes Tuesday, February 5, at 7:00 p.m. That’s when our state’s major political parties will convene Precinct Caucuses.


An ‘exotic’ replacement for the Lowry Avenue Bridge?
by Todd Melby, Building Minnesota