Inside the Daily Planet, 1/1/2008


After a year in Congress, Ellison proves critics wrong by Abdi Aynte, Minnesota Monitor In a few days Rep. Keith Ellison is heading to Norway, the land of the Nobel Peace Prize, to study peace and justice. The six-day tour will be his fifth official trip overseas since he was elected as the nation’s first Muslim and Minnesota’s first black in Congress.

Yinghua Academy grows into second year by Pamela Feltmann, Asian American Press In 2005, St. Paul community members began discussing the possible formation of a Chinese-focused school. Now in its second year of operation, Yinghua Academy in St. Paul boasts over 140 students in kindergarten through fifth grade who are learning Mandarin Chinese.

NEW IN VOICES The year in dysfunctional state government by Tom Elko, Minnesota Monitor Editor’s note: As we count down the final days of 2007, we look back at some of the most interesting or important stories of the past year. Here’s the third in this ongoing series.

NEW IN BLOGS A tribute to ten (mostly) education-related people and places by Joe Nathan, School Talk Let’s start 2008 with a short list of 2007’s outstanding (mostly Minnesota) people and places:

1. Carla Bates, who in 2005 established an on-line forum for Minneapolis parents to discuss their public schools.