An ‘extraordinary ordination:’ Lesbian pastor to lead Minneapolis congregation
by Andy Birkey, Minnesota Monitor
The Rev. Jen Nagel was ordained as minister last week at the Salem English Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, a move that makes Nagel one of the groundbreakers in a movement within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America toward acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender clergy.
Clean slate for Como’s Bridal Veil space
by Liz Riggs, The Bridge
Six months ago, Bridal Veil Open Space looked like what it was: an overgrown, 6.6-acre wetland surrounded by warehouses in an industrial area near Como’s St. Paul border. What may have been less apparent was the contamination in the pond, creek and topsoil.
Progressive taxation: not so bad for business after all
by Jeff Van Wychen, Minnesota 2020
The facts are in and conservatives have it wrong. States with progressive tax systems do at least as well as states with more regressive tax systems in economic performance, business climate, and general livability.
INSIDE THE DAILY PLANET
Housing conflict, rumors fuel build-up to recall petition
by Deborah Locke, Fond Du Lac News
The story of a petition that was dismissed at a January hearing is a story with tentacles that reach in several directions at the Fond du Lac Reservation. The petition charged Chairwoman Karen Diver with malfeasance, dereliction of duty and non-compliance with constitutional/bylaw provisions.
Readers, Writers and Books
Earn more, move up
by Pamela Taylor, Minnesota Women’s Press
The most important thing young women entering the labor force can do for themselves is ask for what they really want-what they really need, according to “Earn More, Move Up,” a book published last year by a Twin Cities-based “action tank,” the Center for Economic Progress.
NEW IN VOICES
Missing my friend
by Marilyn Hoegemeyer, Minnesota Women’s Press
Molly Ivins, the Texas liberal, populist, straight-talking newspaper columnist, who died last January of breast cancer, once worked at the Minneapolis Tribune. So did I.