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This past Sunday in St. Paul, two thousand people shared a meal across a half-mile long table down the middle of a neighborhood street. 

“Create: The Community Meal”, was the vision of  Frogtown artist Seitu Jones. 

Jones and Public Art St. Paul received financial support for the meal from the Joyce Foundation of Chicago, which has made a commitment to promoting community-building works from artists of color in cities throughout the Great Lakes region.

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A Minneapolis community organizer who was featured in a widely distributed photo with the city’s mayor says he is “just trying to do good,” and would like an apology for the way his image was used in a KSTP TV story last week. 

Navell Gordon was pictured side by side with Mayor Betsy Hodges when the two met during get-out-the-vote activities in North Minneapolis.  The two were pointing at each other in the photo. 

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The Excel Energy website has a link entitled Community Solar Gardens. The program has connected only one solar project since the Minnesota legislature approved the program in December of 2014.

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The Rapid City-based First People’s Fund  promotes Native culture nationwide. 

Among the organization’s outreach efforts are grant programs that recognize Artists in Business Leadership Cultural Capital, and Our Nation’s Spaces.

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With the slow but sure progress we’ve made towards warmer weather, a lot of outdoor activities are finally getting started.

“Community Sing” is one of those communal events. The group gathers regularly and welcomes all comers in mass singing event. The first one of the season is Saturday, May 18th at Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis.

Betty Tisel and Bret Hesla are part of Community Sing. They talked with Terry Carter and Ron Thums on KFAI’s Morning Blend.

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It’s still too cold and snowy to begin planting your vegetable garden, but an organization called Minnesota Community Solar just announced that its first community solar garden is “fully subscribed.”

Ken Bradley is the CEO of Minnesota Community Solar. He talked with KFAI’s Paul Brohaugh, who asked him to explain the community solar concept.

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On Tuesday, November 26 at the Ted Mann Recital Hall at the University of Minnesota, a student seeking his Phd in conducting is going to get there by murdering someone.

Doctoral candidate Brian Messier has been doing research on attracting, engaging and retaining new audiences – something vital for the future of classical music. As part of that research, Messier will collaborate with the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble, Playwright Jake Jeppson and Actor Skyler Nowinski to present a free concert that is also a murder mystery.

Brian Messier sat down with KFAI’s Alex Forbes to talk about the project.

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How governments, businesses and individuals respond to climate change is a matter of great urgency for people who accept the overwhelming scientific evidence that human activity is raising the global temperature. Climate change deniers insist this point is still debatable, but one expert who is well known to Twin Cities audiences wants to push the conversation past ideological and faith based objections. Craig Sinard reports.

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According to a study done by the University of Minnesota, there were a total of seven Minnesota wineries in 1995. By 2007 that number had almost quadrupled, and the most recent tally stands at thirty seven. The increase is due largely to an improved ability by Minnesota growers to manage cold climate conditions. KFAI’s Jake Hodge says the growers have had a significant amount of help from the University of Minnesota’s cold hardy grapes program.

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Last week the Minneapolis City Council approved the city’s application for a new federal program designed to improve services and neighborhoods in low-income areas.

Ten members of the Council voted in support of seeking “Promise Zone” designation, while two abstained.

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