Today in the Daily Planet, 12/1/07



“Huge blast in Minnesota puts spotlight on pipeline expansion”:
by Tom Elko, Minnesota Monitor
The Midwest’s pipelines and refineries are in the process of a multibillion-dollar expansion. The dramatic increase in capacity comes in response to the Canadian oil boom in Northern Alberta, where the vast expanses of the Athabaskan oil sands have become a profitable source of crude after dramatic price increases and technological advances. But pipelines can be a hidden danger, as demonstrated Wednesday when a fire erupted on the Lakehead Pipeline near Clearbrook, Minn. Enbridge Inc., which owns and operates the pipeline, stated that the accident occurred during scheduled maintenance activity and confirmed that two Enbridge employees were killed.

“Untrained and Unprepared: More Incompetence at MnDOT”:
By Conrad deFiebre, Minnesota 2020
In the confusion following the collapse of the I35W bridge on Aug. 1, local police, firefighters and paramedics were hampered by a weak link in the emergency management command chain – the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

“Little Latisha is a poor reader”:
by Jennifer Holder, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
Can she get special help in a Mpls Title I school?


“Welcome to Oromo Evangelical Lutheran Church; farewell to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church”:
by Judy Peacock, SENA News
A few months ago, the church buildings at 4000 28th Ave. S. turned spring green. The color change is part of a transition for Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and Oromo Evangelical Lutheran Church. In 2005, the Our Redeemer congregation, facing a declining membership, gifted its buildings to the rapidly growing Oromo congregation. Now, in early 2008, Our Redeemer will merge with Minnehaha Communion Lutheran Church, leaving the Oromos the sole occupants of the worship center and parish house.

Readers, Writers and Books

“New Ulm: standing strong through wars and constant social and political change”:
by Joseph A. Amato, Minnesota 2020
MN 2020 Editor’s Note: Some social scientists view New Ulm, Minnesota as the most ethnically German city in America. Others look at the same demographic data and, noting that nearly a quarter of all Americans have some German ancestry, view New Ulm as the least diverse community in America. Can it be both?

“Women of a new tribe”:
by Kam Williams, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
Photographer captures beauty of African American women


“Iran benefits from Mideast peace talks”:
by William O. Beeman, New America Media
Iran was not invited to the Middle East summit in Annapolis, but the Iranians are there nonetheless, and they will benefit whatever the outcome.