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FRIDAY, March 28

HEADLINES

As our nation’s economy struggles so do many local businesses
by Chris Szyplinski, TC Daily Planet
Recession? Maybe. Tough times for many Lino Lakes businesses? Absolutely.

New Sabathani director explores new ways to stretch limited resources
by Lauretta Dawalo Towns, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
Ernest Johnson’s mission for South Minneapolis’ Sabathani Community Center is to move the organization to the next level. In his view, Sabathani serves “a changing population within a political environment that hasn’t been nonprofit supportive.” He has accepted the challenge of leading this 40-year-old institution into the future. “We owe it to [the people] to be around,” he said.

Personal Income report shows Minnesota in a no-growth mode
by Lee Egerstrom, Minnesota 2020
Call it a recession or whatever you want; it is touching most Minnesotans and their households.

More than 200 students rally against Iraq War on campus
by Courtney Sinner, Anna Ewart, Minnesota Daily
At least six people were arrested for offenses stemming from the protest.

INSIDE THE DAILY PLANET

Job openings in Minnesota fall 19 percent
Staff, Workday Minnesota
The number of job openings in Minnesota fell by 19 percent in the last six months, according to the latest Minnesota Job Vacancy Survey by the state Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Food and Restaurants

Papa’s Pizza and Pasta: Building Community in North Minneapolis
by Paul Bauer, TC Daily Planet
“We did this restaurant to prepare good food and provide a place for people to gather. That’s why we don’t deliver and we don’t sell by the slice.”

Report from Yucatan
by Jeremy Iggers, Breaking Bread/The Rake
After a week of bouncing around the Yucatecan countryside, I have come back with an increased respect for the Mexican eateries we have right here in the Twin Cities. We ate all over the place – from thatched beachfront seafood joints in a quiet fishing village and market stalls in a small colonial town to the kinds of upscale restaurants where white-jacketed waiters prepare guacamole at tableside.

City puts conditions on Gabby’s, due to patrons’ behavior
by Gail Olson, North News
On Feb. 22, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak officially approved the city council’s plan to put conditions on the liquor license held by Gabby’s Saloon and Eatery, 1900 Marshall St. NE, just across the Mississippi River from North Minneapolis. And that, according to bar owner Jeff Ormond, will touch off a full-scale legal battle over the bar’s rights.

NEW IN VOICES

Michele Bachmann uses freedom of the (taxpayer-paid) press to promote herself
by Karl Bremer, Minnesota Monitor
On Michele Bachmann’s congressional website, she pledges to uphold the “American Taxpayers Bill of Rights”, which calls on House conservatives to “Restore fiscal discipline and find innovative new ways to do MORE with LESS … If families in America can tighten their belts, so too can bureaucrats in Washington.”

NEW IN BLOGS

Dot.Org awards
by Mary Turck, TC Daily Planet
What do wolves and fluorescent lights have in common? Ask the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, which awarded four Dot.Org awards at the March 27 Nonprofit Technology and Communications Conference, Message+Medium+Mission.

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