Today in the Daily Planet, 10/21/07



“Culture: Sustaining quality of life and weaving welcome mats”:
by Lee Egerstrom, Minnesota 2020
The small town of Milan, in west-central Minnesota, has turned to cultural strengths for a new lease on life, adding art to agriculture as a driving force for the community’s economy.

“Concern About Infrastructure in Southeast Minnesota”:
by Jeff Fecke, Minnesota Monitor
If you’ve driven on U.S. Highway 52 south of Rochester, you know that our state’s infrastructure problems are not limited to bridges in Minneapolis. With rough pavement, excessive turns and shoulders that are crumbling, the two-lane highway is the main link between Rochester and towns south and east.

“What’s next for Minneapolis high schools? Discussion Nov. 6”:
by Gail Olson, The Northeaster
A school needs three things to succeed, according to Minneapolis Public School board member Tom Madden. ‘You need a strong principal, who can unite the teaching teams. You need district support. You need a group of parents to come en masse and talk about what they need for their children.’


“A Case of Environmental Racism”:
by Hilary Johnson, KFAI
On Sunday October 7th, the Environmental Justice Advocates of Minnesota (EJAM) hosted a discussion at Kwanzaa Community Church in North Minneapolis. 5th District Congressman Keith Ellison introduced featured speaker Sheila Holt-Orsted, a Tennessee native whose family has been a victim of environmental racism.

Readers, Writers and Books

“Like a dream: Newbery authors read in St. Paul”:
by Elowyn Pfeiffer, Special to the TC Daily Planet
Newbery award-winning authors Kate DiCamillo, Sharon Creech and Katherine Paterson came to the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul last Sunday, October 14, in a literary afternoon co-sponsored by the Red Balloon Bookshop, MPR and their publishers. Elowyn Pfeiffer, a sixth-grader at Adams Spanish Immersion School, an enthusiastic reader and a fan of these writers, reports for the TC Daily Planet.

“Visionary Women”:
by Michele St. Martin, Minnesota Women’s Press
Eileen Gavin’s new book tells the stories of 18 ‘Women of Vision’


“Building a new world in the midst of the surreal”:
by Louis Mendoza, A journey across our America


“Does Michele Bachmann stand for fair and accurate advertising?”:
by Eric Black, Eric Black Ink
And does a politician who aired and condoned slimy ads on her own behalf forfeit any of her right to complain when she doesn’t like the ads run against her?