Today in the Daily Planet, 10/23/07



“The dilemma in combating climate change”:
by Conrad deFiebre, Minnesota 2020
Do you expect to do half as much driving in the year 2025 as you do today? That’s one suggestion to combat global warming coming from a state task force appointed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty, and it’s already stirring controversy and highlighting dilemmas for Minnesota policymakers.

“HERE project highlights the Korean adoption experience in Minnesota”:
By Colette Davidson, Special to the TC Daily Planet
For twenty year-old Plymouth resident Emily Mader, being Korean and adopted in Minnesota hasn’t always been easy. Although she now feels at peace with her identity, she says that her adoption process has been an ‘up and down rollercoaster.’ Growing up with Caucasian parents and brother often left her feeling alienated, different and searching for excuses about herself. “I would get picked up from school and had to explain myself as to why my parents didn’t look like me,” says Mader, “I felt ashamed of being Korean.”

“Father, lesbian daughter prohibited from speaking at Catholic church”:
by Andy Birkey, Minnesota Monitor
The Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis has prohibited a father and his lesbian daughter from giving a talk Monday night at a Minneapolis church.


“NSF Training Future Non-Traditional STEM Learners”:
by Fabian Giese, KFAI
A new statewide education alliance has received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to implement the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program. NSF’S LSAMP Program is a federal education initiative aimed at increasing the number of under-represented minorities who complete baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields of study.

“Minnesotans more trusting of nonprofits”:
by Kelly Gulbrandson, Minnesota Daily
Ninety-four percent of Minnesotans make charitable donations of time or money. A survey released last week revealed Minnesotans have a higher level of trust for nonprofit companies than the country as a whole.

“Get a head start on horror”:
by Chris Stedman, The Bridge
Bedlam Theatre and Soap Factory host haunted events. More than 150 artists, puppeteers, musicians, performers and technicians are involved in the creation of Bare Bones’ Halloween show each year.


“Foreclosures and the courts: The hidden costs”:
by Lucy Wieland, Downtown Journal
Much has been written about the mortgage foreclosure problem and its devastating effect on the economy. What has been less well-publicized is the dramatic effect this problem has had on tenants, neighborhoods, the courts and society as a whole.


“The most beautiful Blue River Nile Falls”:
by Ermias, New Minnesotans Speak