Headlines 4/30/08: Mississippi Market moving, D’Amico workers protesting, Pawlenty out-hustled


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Mississippi Market moving south
By Mary Thoemke, TC Daily Planet
Mississippi Market, one of the oldest natural foods co-ops in the Twin Cities metro area, recently announced plans to build a new store at the Victoria Park development, located at the intersection of West 7th and Otto Streets in Saint Paul. The new store will replace the Mississippi Market store at 1810 Randolph Avenue.

D’Amico workers protest firing
by James Sanna, TC Daily Planet
“D’Amico will not be bullied into violating Federal law.” Standing in the vestibule of the D’Amico & Sons restaurant near 22nd and Hennepin in Minneapolis, Amy Rotenberg cut the figure of a wronged corporation, wearing a stylish black trench coat and an expression combining shock, outrage, and seriousness.

Minnesota’s green economy: Pawlenty gets out-hustled by his peers in recruitment of green jobs
by Dan Haugen, Minnesota Monitor
In this three-part series, Minnesota Monitor examines the state’s efforts to build a greener industrial base and create new jobs in the process. Monday: When it comes to recruiting “green-collar” jobs to Minnesota, critics say Gov. Tim Pawlenty has had a lower profile than some of his peers. Tuesday: Minnesota’s point-person on wind industry economic development describes how the state is trying to generate green manufacturing jobs. Wednesday: A blown opportunity causes legislators to call for a better — and better funded — strategy for luring green manufacturers to Minnesota.


Theater note: The line in the sand
by Sheila Regan, TC Daily Planet
The program notes for Border Crossing, Off-Leash Area’s new work, state that “it is not our intention to create a political statement with Border Crossing, at our core not being a politically motivated company, although, as political people will tell you, everything’s political.”

Crossing one bridge at a time
by Michael Kuchta, Workday Minnesota
Going back to work on the new 35W span helps this Carpenter move on from that fateful August night. A lot of construction workers want to work on rebuilding the Interstate 35W at St. Anthony Falls. Rob Bailey has more reasons than most.

Local Liberian man looks homeward
by Dennis Geisinger, Southside Pride
To the people who know him on Columbus Avenue where he lives, he’s T.J. To those who know him best, he represents the best of what any culture would call a “brother.”

Sri Lankan Ambassador visits Minnesota
by Ted Meinhover, Asian American Press
On a two day visit, his Excellency Ambassador Bernard Goonetilleke spoke with the Sri Lankan community, gave a speech at St. Cloud University, and visited the Buddhist Temple.


Will I ever make it to the middle class?
by Steven Lang, TC Daily Planet
I am a 37-year old Minnesotan, and my income has always averaged considerably less than thirty thousand dollars per year. Like most people in my position, I do not own a house and do not have a mortgage.


“Mission Accomplished” five years later: Minnesota Poets Against the War speak out again
by Rich Broderick, TC Daily Planet
When I organized the first Minnesota Poets Against the War reading early in 2003, it never occurred to me that, more than five years later, it would be necessary to go on holding readings to protest this wretched war and occupation.