Headlines 4/26/08: Immigrant stories, property taxes, and deleted e-mails

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Twin Cities residents share challenges in Immigrant Stories Revealed
by Lisa Peterson de la Cueva, TC Daily Planet
Perhaps your grandpa had to sift through five feet of snow on his long walk to school. That may have been challenging, but it seems paltry in comparison to the obstacles faced by immigrants now living in Twin Cities. The documentary, Immigrant Stories Revealed, gives the public a chance to get to know five immigrants with compelling histories. In the interviews, immigrants and refugees share bits and pieces of their new life in the United States, and of their past in Bosnia, Laos, and Mexico.

East Metro communities tell the property tax story
by Jeff Van Wychen, Minnesota 2020
It is no secret that homestead property taxes in the east metro area have increased rapidly. For example, from 2002 to 2008 the average homestead property tax increased by 52 percent in Cottage Grove, 90 percent in Maplewood and 74 percent in Oakdale. What remains a mystery to many taxpayers is the reason for this.

Park Board to public data requests: nothing to see here, folks
by Chris Steller, Minnesota Monitor
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has told residents who requested public data that at least two top staffers — superintendent Jon Gurban and general manager Don Siggelkow — now make a policy of regularly deleting their e-mail correspondence.

One-stop shop for homeless people
by Mary Thoemke, TC Daily Planet
Nearly 2000 people who are experiencing homelessness are expected to participate in the April 28 Minneapolis Project Homeless Connect (PHC), a semi-annual event billed as a “one stop shop” where people can receive services and connect up with resources that they need, according to organizers. Some 1000 volunteers will be available to assist them. Nearly100 service providers, businesses and faith communities come together in partnership with the city of Minneapolis and Hennepin County to put on the event.

INSIDE THE DAILY PLANET

The Hollywood to get a facelift just in time for Art-A-Whirl
by Gail Olson, The Northeaster
Hollywood Theater Poor old ugly Hollywood Theater. In its 1930s heyday, it was a community gem. However, after years of being vacant and boarded, it has become a neighborhood embarrassment.

Two professors could be violating U policy
by Jake Grovum, Minnesota Daily
The University had previously taken a backseat in the investigation, but is now looking into the situation.

Leading with her heart
by Jeanne M. Bain, Minnesota Women’s Press
From the moment you meet Norma Renville, you know you are in the presence of a leader. A soft, yet certain sense of power and determination radiates from her, a power that went into creating Women of Nations.

NEW IN VOICES

Wise women
by Michele St. Martin, Minnesota Women’s Press
The setting was the April Universe Changers salon here at the Minnesota Women’s Press. We meet for just an hour, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., on the first Friday of the month. It’s amazing how profound the wisdom that a group of women, most of whom have never met before, can share in such a brief period of time.

NEW IN BLOGS

How much impact from an eloquent report?
by Joe Nathan, School Talk
Our house was dark, and it should not have been. I wondered what the problem was. For the last week in spring, 1985, I’d been meeting with state governors and their staffs about key education problems and solutions. It was heady stuff. Now, I was home, eager to see my wife and our three young children.