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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.

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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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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Summer is a difficult time for food shelves around Minnesota. Donations drop off as busy people take advantage of warm weather and vacation season.
But the needs of our least fortunate neighbors don’t go away just because everyone else is on holiday, so this week Minnesota Foodshare is writing checks to food shelves around the state to help them get through the summer.
Sara Nelson-Pallmeyer is the Director of Minnesota Foodshare. She talked with KFAI’s Michael Fischbein, who asked how much money is being distributed to food shelves, and where does it come from?

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From November 9th to the 18th,  the organization Spirit in The House will curate a collection of theater, film, visual art, and academic works on the topic of forgiveness at Concordia University in St. Paul.  A complicated subject, as the press release says, which is why we need art to address it.  Symposium organizer Dean Seal and writer and performer Ari Hoptman stopped by KFAI's Morning Blend to talk about the importance of forgiveness and the challenge of embracing it.  

 

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This weekend and next at Concordia College in St. Paul, the non-profit organization Spirit In The House is sponsoring Forgiveness 360. The idea is to draw on real experiences, science and the arts to look at forgiveness as a positive force in human lives. As part of the symposium, Storyteller Nancy Donoval will present her one-woman show “The Road to Shameless – A Survivor’s Tale of Date Rape and Recovery.” Donoval and event organizer Dean Seal of Spirit In The House stopped by KFAI and talked to Paul Brohaugh on The Morning Blend.

• Does forgiveness have a bad rap in popular culture?Dean Seal is here in the studio with

• Nancy, your one person show is called “The Tell us about the

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Jim Tittle’s documentary, “The Price of Sand”, presents a story for Minnesotans currently debating the issue of mining of sand for fracking in the state.

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Small towns in southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin are the focus of intense attention from mining companies looking for silica sand.  The sand is used in the hydraulic fracturing process that frees oil and natural gas from rock formations in several places around the U.S., most notably Pennsylvania and North Dakota. 

Jim Tittle is a filmmaker and accidental fracking activist.  He’s working on a documentary called The Price of Sand.  Segments of his film were shown last month at the Flyway Film Festival in Stockholm Wisconsin near Lake Pepin. 

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Just before Christmas, a Hennepin County judge denied a request for a temporary restraining order against the $400 million “Downtown East” development near the future Minnesota Vikings stadium in Minneapolis. The challenge had been brought by two former mayoral candidates and a former City Council president. The suit questioned the way the project is being financed, and whether the city council has the right to establish a park as part of the development.
One of the plaintiffs in the case was former city council president Paul Ostrow. He talked about the decision with KFAI’s Ron Thums.

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