“St. Paul’s best-kept Christmas secret”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8646
by Louise Ernewein, TC Daily Planet
From the outside, it looks like any other slightly neglected railroad building.
The paint is peeling, the letters are fading, and there is an old bus parked out the front.
But remember the old adage – don’t judge a book by its cover. Once you step inside the Jackson Street Roundhouse, you are transported to a magical Christmas wonderland filled with bells, whistles, flashing lights and an intricate Lego train layout featuring Mount Fuji, a fairytale European city and an underground forest.
“Deal: Penn Plymouth”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8573
by Gail Olson, North News
Both sides in the Penn Plymouth Corporation/NRP settlement say the agreement they reached last month to settle a loan default might be fair enough. But while NRP Director Bob Miller describes it as best for all parties involved and protects the city’s interests, Northside Residents Redevelopment Council (NRRC) Executive Director Sherrie Pugh Sullivan said that City of Minneapolis staff wronged NRRC, with misleading statements and bad advice.
“Training video or campaign promotion? Sheriff Stanek takes heat over 35W project”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8640
by Andy Birkey, Minnesota Monitor
Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek is facing criticism from media and elected officials for a training video produced by the sheriff’s office of the response to the 35W bridge collapse. Critics allege that Stanek misrepresented the emergency response, that the video appears to be more of a campaign ad than training tool and that his choice of production company for the video is suspect.
“Congressional earmarks: pork or proper?”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8636
by Joe Bodell, Minnesota Monitor
Second-District congressman John Kline was recently in the news for his unusual stand on earmark spending: He refused to request any for his district.
INSIDE THE DAILY PLANET
Food and restaurants
“Giorgio’s at Midlife”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8575
by Jeremy Iggers, Breaking Bread/The Rake
The first thing we see when we set foot inside Giorgo’s on Hennepin – for the first time in years – is a blackboard offering a free bottle of wine to any table that spends at least $30. It’s billed as a celebration of the restaurant’s 17 years in business, and with it is a flyer showing owner Giorgio Cherubini as he looked 17 years ago – or maybe more like 30 years ago. In the photo, he looks a little like Fabio, studly with long dark hair, but the caption is what captures Carol’s attention: it says, “Ahh…to be young and free again…” – and the word free is underlined. “Is Giorgio in an unhappy marriage?” my wife wonders.
“Food and drink around Bridgeland”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8634
by Chris Steller and Liz Riggs, The Bridge
Holiday spirits: from winter ales to New Year’s bubbly, ’tis the season.
NEW IN VOICES
“‘Stop…you’re under arrest for treason!'”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8611
by Myles Spicer, TC Daily Planet
So, you are in the airport, on your way to a nice sunny overseas vacation, when a Security Officer, examining your Passport picks up the phone, and a detail of police take you out of line and into a small sparsely furnished room for questioning. Though you are an American citizen, what may be facing you is indefinite confinement, no opportunity to call a lawyer, no opportunity to confront those who are accusing you, and loss of many other rights guaranteed by our Constitution.