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“On board”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8886
by Anne Hamre, Minnesota Women’s Press
The joys and challenges of volunteer board service

“No ‘magic key’ yet for Grand Rounds Missing Link route”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8920
by Jeremy Stratton, The Bridge
As preliminary planning continues to complete the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway through Southeast Minneapolis, residents and other area stakeholders continue to adamantly oppose any route that would necessitate the removal of homes in the Como neighborhood.

“American workers see new lows at the year’s end”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8913
by David Madland, Minnesota 2020
New employment numbers released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics show the smallest increase in job growth since August 2003, over four years ago, and the highest unemployment rate in over two years. The increase in unemployment to 5.0 percent in December, paired with a meager 18,000 jobs added to the economy, make 2007 the weakest year for job growth in the past 4 years. The monthly employment figures are the latest sign of a weakening economy, and mark the end of a year of relatively gloomy news for workers.

INSIDE THE DAILY PLANET
Readers, Writers and Books

“Letter carrier’s book of short stories brings Minneapolis neighborhood to life”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8766
by Michael Moore, Workday Minnesota
There are still some neighborhoods in the Twin Cities where everyone knows the mailman, and the mailman knows everyone. That’s the basis of Vincent Wyckoff’s book of stories, “Beware of Cat.”

“A mother, a daughter, ‘A legacy to civilization'”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8887
by Michele St. Martin, Minnesota Women’s Press
There is no hint that there is a publishing company in this quiet residential neighborhood. The sign on the lawn of the tidy Highland Park bungalow gives no indication; it reads, ‘Say No to War in Iraq.’ The house that doubles as Living Justice Press is home to an improbable pair of book publishers. ‘Restorative justice is a healing model rather than a punishment-based one,’ said Denise Breton, Living Justice Press executive director.

“Short stories, long on substance”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8890
by Erin Wisness, Minnesota Women’s Press
Cooking lessons in Italy. A picnic at the Jefferson Memorial. A family vacation at a lakeside resort. These are just some of the ordinary events that author Marianne Herrmann turns into poignant epiphanies in her debut collection of short stories, “Signaling for Rescue,” published in 2007 by New Rivers Press. The seven stories in the collection touch on difficult subjects-miscarriage, death, sibling rivalry-with writing that is concise and intimate, encapsulating the drama of her characters’ lives with the emotionally charged, vivid details that are the hallmark of a talented short story writer.

NEW IN VOICES

“Who can pick Pawlenty’s plan?”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8918
by Joe Bodell, Minnesota Monitor
If you’ve been looking for a chance to call me crazy, here it is:

I’m starting to take Tim Pawlenty at his word when he says he doesn’t want to be a vice presidential candidate.

NEW IN BLOGS

“‘If you didn’t put it down, don’t pick it up'”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8783
Virginia Wright-Peterson, On Deployment Now
Iraq, December 7, 2007 – When we accepted our deployment assignment, we knew we would probably be in more danger than living at home in Utah or Iowa. When I first heard I was assigned to COB Speicher near Tikrit, I asked an Air Force Reservist who had deployment experience what it would be like. He replied, ‘Don’t worry, they’ll probably have someone assigned to take the bullet for you’ . . . What bullet?

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