Roundup: 04 Feb 09

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by Erica Mauter

* Not to keep banging the Minneapolis vs Saint Paul drum, but Jeff Horwich informs us of the following: AP stylebook released a list of cities who are distinct enough not need a state next to them in datelines Mpls made the list St Paul did not. Sayin’.

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* Christine Smith shows some love for the Police Athletic League program: If you want to make a difference in a child’s life, check out the MSP PAL program http://tinyurl.com/c6u5zt. What a great organization. I played basketball in the Detroit PAL program when I was in 8th/9th/10th grade. Keeps the kids busy, keeps the police organization involved in the community, and gives kids role models.

* If you lurve Common Roots, Twitter, and Common Roots on Twitter as I do: mention twitter at the cafe –> buy one get one free dinner specials and weekday brunch specials, now to friday the 13th! http://tr.im/ed5w.

* The Secret Life of Valet is the tumblr of someone who apparently works valet at Meritage. I kinda doubt anything too crazy will show up there, but you keep reading in hopes that it does. (via @studiozeroseven)

* Salon Saloon is a new “Twin Cities Art & Culture Review” hosted by Andy Sturdevant. First Tuesday’s at the Nomad World Pub. The first one was yesterday. The theme for March 3 is “Hard Luck.” For April 7: “Road Stories.” Knowing Andy, it’s gonna be a good time, and a little bit weird.

* MinnPost has launched a jobs site: jobs.minnpost.com. It’s powered by LinkUp, which aggregates job listings only posted on company’s website. The theory is it helps you find jobs that get lost in the cruft on Monster and CareerBuilder and the like. MinnPost promises “Minnesota Jobs Direct from Company Websites – Unadvertised, Current, Highest-quality.” At first it seemed like a weird fit, but it actually makes a lot of sense. On the one hand, it mimics the Classifieds section of a regular newspaper or newspaper website, but it provides those using a much more modern, web-centric, and relevant tool. I think it meshes really well with MinnPost’s “high quality journalism” mantra.

* Matt Lindstrom points out the City of Minneapolis site soliciting budget solution suggestions from residents, businesses, and city employees. Including video message from Mayor R.T. Rybak. (I don’t know why they embedded a Windows Media video and linked to a YouTube version instead of just embedding the YouTube video.)

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