November 2011 Archives

Izzy's Expands

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A favorite local St. Paul ice cream shop is looking to expand its business into Minneapolis.

"It's important for us to have a presence in both cities," owner Jeff Sommers told the Star Tribune. "We are very optimistic and excited and hopeful. We think it will be a beautiful place to make ice cream."

Izzy's was founded in 2000 and Sommer and co-owner Lara Hammel. The business's success has resulted in the current space becoming cramped and the owners looking to open another, bigger store.

They hope to have the new store open by 2013.

Coffee Angel

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Scene: "At 10 a.m. every Thursday -- the same day he usually took his dad for chemotherapy treatment -- Dan Dewey is at the cancer unit of St. Joseph Mercy Oakland hospital in Pontiac, taking coffee orders.

By about 10:30 a.m., he's at the Starbucks down the street. ... "


Dan Dewey can be spotted every Thursday at Starbucks holding up the line buying multiple cups of coffee.

Dewey buys coffee for cancer patients receiving chemo therapy in honor of his father who told him to continue on the tradition. His father had cancer twice and received treatment at the hospital he continues to make coffee runs for.

A baristas at the Starbucks, Valerie Edgington, noticed what he was doing and asked to help. She created a type of debt card that people can donate money to in order to help ease the cost for Dewey since he pays for it all out of his own pocket.

"He just brings a smile to your face," Sharon Donley told "It's such a wonderful thing to do for the patients. He brings you coffee, and he makes you laugh. It's such a wonderful thing to know that there's someone who doesn't even know you who cares. It makes a difference because when you're here, you're always a little nervous. And then you have this pleasant familiar experience."

Egyptian Protesters Flee

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Army and police forces marched into Cairo's Tahrir Square Sunday spraying tear gas in an attempt to clear protestors.

Four people died in the square as police were seen beating and arresting people reported

The protesters are out in the streets and upset about the military. They are demanding that the military "announce a date for the handover of power to a civilian government" reports

They have been throwing Molotov cocktails, rocks and setting fire to police vehicles. At least 1,114 people have been injured.

"Magical" Cruises

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James Lileks from the Star Tribune shares his story about a recent cruise aboard the Disney Cruse ship, The Magic.

"There was a moment when the poolside noise level was enough to make Davy Jones swim up to the surface and tell us to hold it down, but Davy Jones was actually at the party. At least everyone went quiet when the ship launched the fireworks. Yes, fireworks," he writes.

Lileks writes about his experience on the ship while critiquing all aspects of the cruise.

The Magic is 964 feet long, holds 2,400 passengers and 94,297 crew members reports Lileks. He also says that the ship is one of the most elegant ships he's ever been on.

17 Arson Fires

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Scene: "Shawn Junjak spent Friday afternoon raking leaves with his 3- and 4-year-old daughters, then stuffing the leaves in three garbage bags that he set behind his garage in south Minneapolis.

At 10:45 p.m., his phone rang with a call from his neighbor: His garage was engulfed in flames, apparently because someone had set the leaves on fire."


On Friday night 17 fires were set within a four hour period in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis.

There were no injuries and no one has been arrested yet reports the Star Tribune.

Most of the fires were set in garages and vehicles but some were also set in dumpsters and to retaining wall reported the Pioneer Press.

The Longfellow neighborhood has been seeing an increase in crime since the summer.

"We've always enjoyed our neighborhood," Shelly Junjak told the Star Tribune. "We're hoping it's just a couple of kids who are just misguided."

China's Imports Increase

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While China's imports rapidly increases it's export rate slows just as quickly.

Chinese President Hu Jintao announced that China's total imports would exceed $8 trillion in five years last Friday, according to the Bloomberg Businessweek. This comes as a result of the country focusing on expanding domestic demand.

Compared to a year ago, China's imports rose 28.7 percent in October while growth of export stayed consistent.

The increase in imports could also reflect China shocking up on crude oil, copper and other commodities in light of recent price changes.

China's exports to the United States increased 11 percent from 10 percent while exports to Europe decreased 7.5 percent from 9.8 percent in September according to the New York Times.

Disney Reports Record Earnings

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Disney reported record-setting earnings earlier this month as revenues increased by 7 percent.

Disney's fiscal year ended October 1 when it was released that revenues increased by 7 percent and net income increased by 21 percent reported CNN Money.

The company had a strong year in its consumer product section and cable networks.

Disney's cable section posted a 9 percent gain bringing in $4.8 billion in revenues reported Reuters. The department is still out-performing its rival television companies Comcast Corp, Time Warner Inc and News Corp.

The number were better-than-expected.

Turkey Prices

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It will cost a bit more to put the turkey dinner on the table this Thanksgiving reports

The American Farm Bureau Federation released that the average cost for a turkey dinner and all the normal sides will rise about 13 percent this year reported

The price for frozen turkeys has risen to $1.09 a pound according to

"The fundamental reason why you're seeing record-high turkey prices is the fact we're seeing record-high costs of raising turkeys," said Tom Elam, president of FarmEcon LL.

Marriage Amendant

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Minnesotans are equally divided over whether an amendment should be added to the state Constitution which defines marriage as an act between a man and woman according to a Star Tribune poll.

According to the poll, 48 percent of Minnesotans favor the amendment while 43 percent oppose it.

The poll also found that more men support the amendment compared to women. Fifty-two percent of men agree that marriage should only be recognized with heterosexual couple while only 45 percent of women share the same view.

"I like to think of Minnesota as being more open-minded," Christina Edstrom, 28, of St. Louis Park told the Star Tribune.

The Star Tribune polled 807 adults across the state and has a margin of error of 4.4 percent.

Dayton's Ratings

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Dayton has managed to gain a 52 percent approval rating according to a new new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll.

"They're definitely better than I would have expected, given the controversies of the year, from the budget impasse and the shutdown," Dayton said

Though Dayton holds a high rating his disapproval rating increased after the shutdown. Originally at 20 percent it increased to 31 percent while the no opinion category shrank to 17 percent from the 20 percent MinnPost reported.

The Star Tribune poll interviewed 807 Minnesota adults statewide and has a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points.

Andy Rooney Bows Out

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Andy Rooney, 92, died Friday of complications following a minor surgery.

It's hard to imagine not having Andy around. He loved his life and he lived it on his own terms. We will miss him very much," said Jeff Fager, the executive producer of "60 Minutes" and chairman of CBS News.

"The reason Andy Rooney's death matters is less about the man, and more about the substance of the profession he represents," wrote Gayle Falkenthal of The Washington Times. "Rooney proved that words still matter, and that writing with skill and elegance still matters. The story matters, and the story prevails."

Rooney never finished his college degree and spent over 60 years working for CBS.

30 of those years were spent producing and writing for the show before moving infront of the camera. The role as on-air personality was something he said he never was fully comfortable filling.

Rooney is widely considered one of the greatest story-tellers of our time.

Kevin Kling

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After an accident that almost took Kevin Kling's life he has made it back to the stage and released a book.

Kling is a story-teller from Osseo, Minn., who has always had a way with entertaining people.

"He's profound in the way he combines a natural genius sense of observation and humor with a real understanding of what it is to struggle, as he's had to do all his life," Joe Dowling, director of the Guthrie Theater, told the Star Tribune.

Kling was in a motocycle accident that left his right arm paralyzed, leaving his already injuried left arm to do all the work. He was born with his left arm shortened and with no thumb or wrist.

In addition, Kling was also born with a heart murmur. But he doesn't let that stop him, he's run the Grandma's Marathon seven times for starts reports the Star Tribune.

Kling attended Gustavus Adolphus College where he "took over" the theater department and perfected his craft of story-telling.

He tells stories about his life and adventures in Minnesota and why he loves the state.

Kling released his book, "The Dog Says How" which is a collection of these stories.

11-year-old College Kid?

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The University of Minnesota is playing host to an 11-year-old student PSEO student this fall.

Lucas Kramer is finishing up high school while taking various science courses at the U and could have his doctorate degree before age 18 reports The Minnesota Daily.

Kramer has been homeschooled since he was 7-years-old.

"Lucas could identify letters by 7 or 8 months, read three-letter words before age 2 and read college-level books before age 5," said Kramer's mother Angela Kramer.

Angela Kramer attends every class with her son at the University and enjoys watching Lucas help the others students with their work.

Lucas Kramer plans to major in either chemical engineering or material science.

And eventually wants to attend the St. Paul Seminary at the University of St. Thomas to become a priest once he is old enough.

Michele Bachmann

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Michele Bachmann initially took the national stage by storm in her pursuit for the presidential nomination. Even though her campaign is fizzling out Bachmann has made a lasting impression across the country.

From misstatements to her highly conservative beliefs Bachmann has made a name for herself as one of the faces of the Tea Party.

"It's also a new type of Republican leadership. There's a fresh element to her, and obviously, she's a woman," said Andrew Hemingway, chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Liberty Caucus the StarTribune reported.

Bachmann has had many notable misstatements from confusing John Wayne and John Wayne Gacy as well as her recent statement regarding the HPV shot Gardasil.

Bachmann is one of four children whose lives were drastically changed by the separation of their parents. The split left the family in poverty.

"We had to sell our home and sell most of the things that we had and move into a little apartment," she told Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker.

Bachmann hasn't ended her campaign quite yet but it is struggling to regain the momentum it had early on.

Steve Jobs

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Steve Jobs died at the age of 56 after a long-term battle with pancreatic cancer.

Jobs was the founder and CEO of Apple Inc.

"The world is immeasurably better because of Steve," said Apple.

Job was a visionary who changed the entire face of the technological world as we know it.

And ever since he was young Jobs enjoyed exploring technologies and pushing its limits. At age 13, he called the head of HP and persuaded him to give Jobs free computer chips reported

"In a career spanning four decades, Jobs revolutionized computers and animated the movie and music industry while turning his personality into a business philosophy which is praised and worshiped by fans, entrepreneurs and political figures around the world," said

Jobs influence will forever be felt across the planet and forever effect the industry he helped create.

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