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Fifth District Congressman Keith Ellison talks about immigration and gun violence.

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The one hundred and thirteenth Congress is now underway in Washington, and 5th district Representative Keith Ellison has a leadership position in his caucus.  He will serve as Chief Deputy Whip.   Representative Ellison talked with Dale Connelly on KFAI's Morning Blend.  

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A conversation with 5th District Congressman Keith Ellison about the November 6th contest against Republican Chris Fields.

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Minnesota's 5th district Congressman, Keith Ellison, says he will judge any budget deal that comes out of the talks between Presdient Obama and House Speaker Boehner by which segement of society pays the greatest cost.  "Does it make the most vulnerable and the middle class bear the weight of it, or is it shared among all income classes?", Ellison asks.  The answer to that question will determine his vote.  Congressman Ellison talked with Paul Brohaugh and Dale Connelly on KFAI's Morning Blend.  

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The advocacy group Environment Minnesota recently called Xcel Energy's SHERCO power plant in Sherburn County the single largest producer of carbon pollution in the state of Minnesota.  

Environmentalists would like Xcel to stop burning coal at Xcel, and the organization Fresh Energy is campaigning to get people to send that message to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. 

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June 20th  is an important day for people from the African nation of Eritrea.  It’s Eritrean Martyr’s Day – a day set aside to honor those who died in the country’s war for independence. 

Eritreans all over the world observe it, including here in the Twin Cities where an event is held  at the Eritrean Community Center at 1935 University Avenue in St. Paul. 

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Michael Lapsley was born in New Zealand and went to seminary in Australia to become an Anglican priest.  His life changed dramatically when he went to South Africa and took a conscientious stand against the apartheid regime, joining the struggle for liberation. 

As a result he was exiled, targeted for assassination, and brutally attacked.    

His response was to take up a new vocation as a wounded healer, drawing on his own experience to help other victims of violence and trauma.

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Ronald Buford is one of the local organizers of the “Million Father March”, an attempt to encourage men to be more involved in their children’s education.

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Rebekah Moses of the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women visits KFAI

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Built in the 1890s, the Kirkbride state hospital in Fergus Falls has had a controversial past. Despite being listed on the state’s historical registry, it had been slated for demolition. Last week the Fergus Falls city council agreed to allow a developer from Georgia to convert the vacant treatment center into a $41-million-dollar facility, featuring apartments, a hotel, a gym, and restaurants.

On the next MinneCulture, KFAI producer Susan Gray presents Second Chances: The Story of Fergus Falls State Hospital, and explores the history of this rural institution. Tune in Monday and Wednesday, June 17 and 19, from 7:30 to 8pm.

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