The Weekly Planet


News and Notes for Friends of the TC Daily Planet
Volume 1, Number 17
April 27, 2006

* Launch party and press conference set for May 1
* The mayor gives us a plug
* Minneapolis Foundation shows interest in TCMA
* Web site continues to take shape
* Original food reviews coming soon
* Kudos

Launch party and press conference set for May 1
Join us to celebrate the official launch of the Twin Cities Daily Planet May 1 beginning at 6 p.m. at the offices of Triangle Park Creative, 2600 E. Franklin Ave. We’ll be talking about the progress we’ve made over the past year and our plans for the future.

The mayor gives us a plug
Minneapolis Mayor R. T. Rybak put in a plug for the Daily Planet earlier this week at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits’ Technology Conference in downtown Minneapolis. Rybak was the keynote speaker at the conference, which was attended by more than 700 people. It appears that an enterprising member of the TCMA board left a flyer on the podium. . . .

Minneapolis Foundation shows interest in TCMA
Valerie Lee of the Minneapolis Foundation paid a visit to our offices on Thursday to learn more about the Daily Planet and other TCMA projects. Lee heard an overview of the organization from board chair Jeremy Iggers and explained the foundation’s grant process and priorities. She encouraged the organization to apply for funding in the next round of grants, which will be awarded in December.

Web site continues to take shape
Regular visitors to the Daily Planet Web site will notice that we’ve made some refinements. We’ve condensed the sections in the left column and cut the number of stories in the Community Newswire column. We’ve also made room on the upper left for our new Planet Café forum (still to come) by moving the photo gallery down above the log in box. Still to come by Monday: a box on the upper right where Daily Planet readers can become members.

Original food reviews coming soon
Local writer Jaina Lewis has agreed to provide original restaurant reviews for the Daily Planet. Look for Jaina’s reviews beginning next week.

Kudos . . .
Chris Hanson and the Databank have completed work on the Daily Planet’s internal member database. Many thanks to Chris and his crew for their splendid contribution. . . . Abdirahman Aynte continues to deliver excellent features on life in the local Somali community. Check out his feature on “ESL classes”: and the frustrations they’re causing some families at . . . . Photo editor Bonnie Wilson is once again attracting some excellent photographers to the Daily Planet’s photo gallery. The newest images featured come from Brad Hokanson. . . . Chris Steller of The Bridge did a nice job of breaking news reporting Wednesday on the sale of the popular “Riverside Market”: in the Seward neighborhood . . . . Also check out Marcia Ashong’s report on the local “Ghanaian Independence Day”: celebration up in Shoreview . . . . We also appreciated Ken Avidor’s reporting on the danger of “washed-out bicycle lanes”: in downtown Minneapolis . . . . Thanks again to all who are working to spread the word about the Daily Planet.

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