Today in the Daily Planet, 11/28/07



“Runaway train: Minnesota’s aging rails”:
by Conrad deFiebre, Minnesota 2020
Although few Minnesotans have noticed, the I-35W freeway bridge in Minneapolis was not the only large span to collapse in our state this year. At least two railroad trestles have tumbled into waters below since March, bringing new urgency to a push for increased safety inspections of aging railway infrastructure.

“Minneapolis officials urge residents to support businesses affected by bridge collapse”:
by Dan Haugen, TC Daily Planet
Any afternoon rush hour, Gwen Engelbert can look out the front window and see traffic cops wildly waving drivers past her E. Hennepin Avenue boutique. The patrols are needed to help manage a surge of traffic congestion in the East Bank and Marcy Holmes neighborhoods in Minneapolis since the Interstate 35W bridge collapsed Aug. 1. But it doesn’t exactly help a business trying to catch a few drivers’ eyes with window displays and sale banners.

“Catholic Charities opens new facility”:
by Natalie Zett, Park Bugle
The new facility serves two different populations: one for late-stage alcoholic men and another that serves homeless men.


“Volunteers abound during holiday season, but not rest of year”:
by Tom Moran, Minnesota Daily
As Thanksgiving rolls around each year, charitable organizations across the Twin Cities see a surge in volunteerism from students and the public.

“Only some of us pay back to the community”:
by Bashe Said, African News Journal
From Congo to South Africa then to West Africa and now to Horn of Africa, Cilongo Foundation reaches out to the needy.

“Make a difference, one by one”:
by Anne Hamre, Minnesota Women’s Press
Project Starfish helps families buffeted by the tides


“Bridge money in limbo with Republicans’ newfound principles on pork”:
by Andy Birkey, Minnesota Monitor
The budget battle in Congress has left a major portion of the funding for rebuilding the Interstate 35W bridge in limbo. Two of Minnesota’s Republican Congress members, Reps. Michele Bachmann and John Kline, voted against the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill containing the bridge funding, and President Bush has said he will veto it. While Bush and Kline argue that the bill was ‘fiscally irresponsible,’ ‘pork barrel’ and ‘excessive,’ a little background suggests that neither Bush nor Kline cared much about fiscal responsibility until Democrats came to power.