Today in the Daily Planet, 8/21/007


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“School closings save $3 million”:
by Virginia Rybin, Insight News
Administrator: “We needed to get the money from somewhere.”

“Winona Flood”:
Phil Haney, via YouTube and MN Stories

“Going Deep with Rep. Jim Ramstad and His Critics on the Iraq War”:
by Eric Black, Minnesota Monitor
A lengthy post and two audio clips illuminate Ramstad’s position and peace advocates’ criticism.


“Charities Review Council: When disaster strikes”:
by Catharine Axley, KFAI
How can you help most effectively?

“Minneapolis master barber applies a vintage touch to sculpting hair”:
by Raymond Jackson, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
Eric Blair has been a master barber for 15 years.

“Annual Picnic Becomes Festival of Thailand”:
By Tom LaVenture, Asian American Press
The Thai Association of Minnesota (TAM) holds an annual summer picnic event to celebrate Mother’s Day in Thailand, a National Holiday which is also the 75th birthday of Her Majesty Sirikit, Queen of Thailand. The Queen of Thailand is considered the mother of all Thai people.


“Eating Liberty”:
by John Van Hecke, Minnesota 2020
I live in St Paul and my taxes are going up.

“A primary problem”:
Staff, Minnesota Daily
There might be a regional solution to the primary arms race.


“Reflexiones: Big and Small”:
by Louis Mendoza, A Journey Across Our America