Today in the Daily Planet, 11/10/07



“Falling On Hard Times”:
by Josh Ingram, Special to the TC Daily Planet
Just off the busy intersection of Cedar and Riverside, a stone’s throw from the University of Minnesota, the Hard Times Café sat dark. The furniture was stacked, the counters were empty. Light filtered in through the handwritten signs plastering the front windows, expressing increasingly pessimistic predictions of a re-opening date. A group of Hard Times workers were sitting in one of the vacant booths next to the coffee bar—by the time I showed up, they had already finished their meeting.

“A messy divorce at Neighborhood House”:
by John Milton, La Prensa de Minnesota
Neighborhood House (NH) is now settled into its handsome new home on St. Paul’s West Side – the Paul and Sheila Wellstone Center – and its future in the challenging arena of community nonprofits seems upbeat. Still, there’s an obvious question that hasn’t been answered: why was its president, Dan Hoxworth, dismissed by the board of directors last June 19th?

“State needs more action on energy policy, report says”:
by Dan Haugen, Minnesota Monitor
The electricity that powers our homes in the years ahead will increasingly come from wind, solar and other clean energy sources — a Minnesota law now requires utilities to generate at least 25 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2025.


“Minnesota’s public libraries: Priceless, in dollars and sense”:
by Lee Egerstrom, Minnesota 2020
People in southeastern Minnesota were reminded of the value of their public libraries when torrential August rains caused massive flooding, destroying homes and businesses. Although some were damaged, local libraries remained the places to get the information and government forms desperately needed once the water receded and recovery efforts began.

“50 is a half-century”:
Mary Hirsch, Minnesota Women’s Press
Let’s face it, if 50 is the new 30, and 40 is the new 20, then your rusty 1987 Honda is a new Lexus.

“Lauderdale council member follows Murphy’s Law”:
by Michelle Christianson, Park Bugle
For most of us, midlife course corrections involve a great deal of agonizing. We want to be sure we’re making the right choice, the one that does the most good for the most people. Ending her involvement with the Lauderdale City Council was one such decision for Karen Gill-Gerbig, and she’s positive that she made the best decision.


“More in sadness than in anger: Brodkorb, YouTube and gaffes”:
by Eric Black, Eric Black Ink


“School board election reform is a critical piece of reinvigorating Minneapolis Public Schools”:
by Representative Jim Davnie, Special to the TC Daily Planet