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Gentrification is a concern for many residents of lower income neighborhoods. And with the announcement of the new Seward co-op development in the Bryant neighborhood of South Minneapolis, some residents are wondering if an influx of higher-income customers will marginalize and disenfranchise the people who already live in the neighborhood. 

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It seems that the technology required to make a film becomes less expensive and more accessible with each passing day.

Now wanna-be directors can test their film making skills against a truly worthy challenge – to make a sixty second film that showcases and appreciates the urban riverfront in Minneapolis.

The Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership is sponsoring a festival of very short films that celebrate a connection between the city and the Mississippi.

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When Pete Seeger died early this year, his friend Larry Long promised to celebrate what would have been  Pete’s 95th birthday with a cast of local musicians who had felt keenly Seeger’s influence.

On May 3rd, that group gathered at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul.

The event celebrated the many phases of Seeger’s life and activism with an abundance of music from across the cultural spectrum.

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University of Minnesota Law School professor and family law expert June Carbone says marriage in its traditional form no longer works effectively for huge sections of the American public.

In her recently released book “Marriage Markets”, Carbone argues that social inequality has changed the way men and women match up with each other and alters their expectations about each other and the future. 

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Tuesday, August 12 is International Youth Day, as declared by the United Nations to increase the quality and quantity of opportunities available to young people for full, effective and constructive participation in society.

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Each week about fifty oil trains, each carrying more than 1 million gallons of North Dakota crude oil, pass through Minnesota.  Almost all of them go through the Twin Cities.  This revelation comes from previously confidential reports on the state’s crude-by-rail traffic that were recently obtained by the Star Tribune.
 
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Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and police chief Janee Harteau say there will be an independent investigation of an incident where police injured community activist Al Flowers. He was in a violent encounter with police when they came to his home to arrest Flowers’ teenage daughter. Flowers says he asked to see a warrant for her arrest, and a scuffle broke out.

“Once they attacked, I felt every blow,” Flowers said. “I got stomped.”

The case is being held up by critics of the Minneapolis police department as evidence of their claim that the force routinely brutalizes residents.
A group of about fifty people rallied outside the third precinct police station at Lake Street and Minnehaha. KFAI’s Rico Morales was there.

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In late July the Metropolitan Council in the Twin Cities issued a Housing Policy Plan – the first to be presented by the regional agency in almost 30 years. The council will vote on whether or not to adopt the plan this coming November. With publication of the document, a public comment process begins that will include a public hearing on September 15th.

Libby Starling is the Manager of Regional Policy and Research for the Metropolitan Council. She talked with KFAI’s Ron Thums.

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This summer the City of Minneapolis and partners from across the state have collectively hosted events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

A closing ceremony is scheduled for the Minneapolis Convention Center on Thursday, July 31st at 5pm. Toni Newborn is assistant director of the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights and chair of the closing ceremony. She talked with KFAI’s Xan Holston, who asked why it’s important to remember the anniversary of the passage of a piece of legislation.

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