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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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Locally grown and locally sourced foods are making a real comeback, not only at co-op groceries but on chefs' menus, in public school lunches and at mainstream grocery stores.

Laurie Allmann takes us to an event called “Feast”,  held in Rochester earlier this month, where a festival and trade show focused on the revival of foods with a local address and the people making it happen .

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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.

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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First Nations Kitchen, a ministry of All Saints’ Episcopal Indian Mission in Minneapolis, has been serving healthy, organic, traditional indigenous food in a welcoming, family environment every Sunday evening since 2008. First Nations Kitchen is located at 3044 Longfellow Avenue, Minneapolis. Meals are served from 5:30 to 6:30 pm every Sunday. On December 14th, 2014 there will be a Winter Fundraiser for this organization at Patrick's Cabaret on 3010 Minnehaha Avenue in Minneapolis. The event is from 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

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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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