December 4, 2007

Some city roads still not paved

Surprisingly, even in a metropolitan area like the Twin Cities, some roads are not completely paved, an article published in the Star Tribune on December 3 shows.

This is an interesting example of a story found through observation.

December 2, 2007

Target gets in trouble on Facebook

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported in its business section on December 1 that Target had told students supporting them on the social networking site Facebook to keep their association with the company a secret.

The group is called the "Target Rounders." Its members receive discounts and other prizes for marketing Target to their friends on Facebook and giving feedback to Target.

After a member of the group, 21-year-old Rosie Siman, a senior at the University of Georgia, raised her concerns on the Rounders' Facebook group, any mention of keeping the promotion a secret was removed.

November 13, 2007

Small prairie lakes and ponds disappearing

After a federal report warned that "potholes," the small ponds, lakes and wetlands scattered across southwestern Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is trying to determine whether they are being drained illegally to make more room for farmland. The Star Tribune published a story on this state, federal, as well as environmental issue on Sunday.

The potholes are important because they provide habitat for hundreds of species of migrating birds.

Chaska High School offers hands on engineering classes

A program at Chaska High School offers engineering students a practical approach to learning, the Star Tribune's Patrice Relerford wrote in an article Monday. The program is led by technology teacher Rob Jacobs.

Relerford places Chaska's program in a national context as part of Project Lead the Way, in which more than 100 middle and high schools participate in Minnesota. Students who pass the courses can qualify for college credit.