Headlines 6/1/08: Saintly cookies, family businesses, Ciresi makes his move



Saintly cookies at the ball game
by Mary Thoemke, TC Daily Planet
From Highland Little League to the Saints team, Pat Gavin and Brian Whinnery have been lifelong friends. Now they are playing on the same team, as partners in a chocolate chip cookie business. Last year Gavin, now an accountant, and St. Paul Saints pitcher Brian Whinnery started selling chocolate chip cookies at the concession stands at the Saint Paul Saints games at Midway Stadium. With the success of that first season behind them, the two are now going big time, continuing to sell at Saints games and taking their cookies to the Metrodome for selected Minnesota Twins and Vikings games and Gopher football games.

It’s all relative
by Erica Marston, Minnesota Women’s Press
You grew up with her, you love her, you know her better than most … but do you really want to work with her?

The Minnesota Women’s Press talked to some local women who’ve said yes to partnering with female relatives. While they admit that working with family requires careful planning and consideration, the women we spoke with are confident that keeping it all in the family has been a key to their success.

Real bottom line in Franken’s Playboy snafu: Mike Ciresi is making his move
by Steve Perry, Minnesota Monitor
Everyone who has seen Rep. Betty McCollum’s comments from yesterday — reported this morning at the Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, AP and Politico — already knows that May 29 was another red-letter day in the Al Franken for Senate campaign, and that the red was once again Al’s blood. Referring to a January 2000 Franken essay in Playboy titled “Porn-O-Rama!” McCollum told the Strib, “As a woman, a mother, a former teacher, and an elected official, I find this material completely unacceptable…. I can tell you it’s not playing comfortably in St. Paul, and I can’t imagine this politically radioactive material is doing very well in suburban and rural districts.”


Readers, Writers and Books

Book note: Highway 61 visited and revisited
by Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet
From the first words of Positively Main Street, the reader is hotboxed in the smoky, beery brain of Toby Thompson circa the late 1960s, when—for a not-insignificant fraction of America’s youth—Bob Dylan was the master of the universes, the slayer of squareness, the unlocker of mental doors that you never even knew existed, man! Unlike most others, however, Thompson was inspired to actually get off his couch and make a pilgrimage to the motherland: Hibbing, Minnesota.

A bite of vampire romance
by Haddayr Copley-Woods, Minnesota Women’s Press
Lyda Morehouse leads a double life. After a long day wrangling preschooler energy, Morehouse turns to her other job: By night, Lyda Morehouse is Tate Hallaway, author of the best-selling Garnet Lacey paranormal romance series.

‘The Once and Future Celt’
by Jeremy Stratton, The Bridge
Sitting recently at the breakfast counter at Maria’s Café on Franklin Avenue, I noticed the man next to me glancing at the book I was reading: Bill Watkins’ Scotland Is Not for the Squeamish.

Campus bookstore to start new textbook rental program for fall
by Clarise Tushie-Lessard, Minnesota Daily
Advertising sophomore Katie Funk spent $400 on textbooks this spring. When she sold them back at the end of the semester, the bookstore paid her $28.


Green decade
by Dave Healy, Park Bugle
Assigning colors to decades is an interesting exercise. The 1930s, dominated by the Great Depression, might rate a label of black. The 1940s, when WWII created widespread patriotic fervor, could be considered red, white and blue, while the 50s, with anti-Communism at its peak, was probably just red. The 60s were tie-dyed, of course. And so it goes.


Christians in the Muslim World
by Elias Karmi, Engage Minnesota, 5/31/08 • In recent years, much has been said in the media about Islam and countries with Muslim majorities. At first, many reports were made with conspicuous bias due to the public outrage at the events of 9/11. Slowly, more reports are being made with an extra effort at being objective.