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Story by Mike Fischbein

We all know how hard it is to find a job in today’s economy. And yet businesses that do construction are often required to offer opportunities for groups that are under-represented in the industry. Before that can happen, people need training.

The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota released their annual Status of Women and Girls in Minnesota report at the University of Minnesota last Thursday. The report is aimed to bring awareness of the issues facing the state’s female population today, and to influence policymakers and the general public to do something about it. KFAI’s Ian Yue has the story.


In early June, KFAI reported on a protest aimed at getting back wages for a former employee of the Great Moon Buffet in Columbia Heights.

Crew members working on the Target Center’s green roofing project went on strike today. Workers are demanding that their employer, Stock Roofing, recognize their right to unionize. KFAI’s Dominique Haikel reports.


Story by Brad Allen, Bob Hines & Michelle Alimoradi

The Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce presented its 4th Annual Business Vitality Index recently – it’s a measure of the Twin Cities business climate compared to 8 similar sized metro areas around the country.

The World Cup competition in Brazil will conclude on July 13th. The process of narrowing the field to two finalists is nearly complete, much to the dismay of residents of the host country, Brazil. Pablo Miranda, co-host of the KFAI show Latino Alt Rock, explained the situation to Wednesday Morning Blend Host Mike Fischbein.

The Minnesota Department of Commerce held a hearing Tuesday in Red Wing to allow public comment on Xcel Energy’s application to increase power produced at the Prairie Island Nuclear Plant and to add 35 more above-ground canisters to store used nuclear waste.

A meeting was held on February 10 for the public to comment on Xcel Energy’s proposal to put power lines along the Midtown Greenway in south Minneapolis. Tim Springer, Executive Director of the Midtown Greenway Coalition spoke to KFAI’s Connor Molloy.


To prevent power outages and meet increasing energy demands in South Minneapolis, Xcel Energy proposes two new transmission towers that would connect a high-voltage transmission line between the Hiawatha Avenue corridor and Midtown area, according to Xcel. However, critics say that the proposal would do more harm than good.