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Minneapolis will elect a new city council this fall. Some of the wards are hotly contested, and in several cases the incumbent city council member failed to get the DFL party’s endorsement for re-election. That’s the case in the 6th ward, where newcomer Abdi Warsame will face current council member Robert Lilligren.
Robert Lilligren recently sat down with KFAI’s Cynthia Montana, who asked him to explain why he’s running.

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The Phillips neighborhood in Minneapolis has been troubled by isolated cases of violence. 

Wednesday night in Phillips a man died after being stabbed in an argument with another man.  

Last June in the same neighborhood, a group of youth and staff at Little Earth of United Tribes were playing kickball at Cedar field when gunshots were fired nearby.    That incident launched an effort by the young people to create a positive response. 

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Start your New Year’s Eve with a review of all the madness in our political and public policy arenas when comedian and writer Lizz Winstead stops by “Pam Without Boundaries” Monday morning. Winstead is a no-holds-barred political satirist who views policy-makers and the media that love them through a progressive lens and she’s back in town for her annual review at The Parkway Theater. This year it’s “The Long and Binding Road,” in which Winstead takes you through the year starting with the general election and reminding us how we all got there

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Comedian, satirist, essayist and activist Lizz Winstead returns to the Twin Cities with her year-in-review and she’ll join Pam on KFAI Monday morning at 10am for a preview. Saturday, December 28th and Tuesday, December 31st Winstead brings “2013: The Windbag Beneath My Wings” to the Cedar Cultural Center. Musician Sam Breckenridge warms up the crowd each night as guests prepare to remember the outrageous happenings in the political and public spheres that made news headlines—or maybe needed to make more news headlines—filtered through Winstead’s savvy and sharply-focused lens.

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A candlelight vigil was held Sunday for as many as 300 people who drowned in a shipwreck near the island of Lampedusa in the Mediterranean on October 4th. More than 150 American Eritreans living in the Twin Cities gathered on October 13th at Battle Creek Regional Park in Maplewood to remember those who were lost, many of whom were Eritreans and Somali.

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KFAI’s Ahmed Wassie talks with KFAI’s Paul Brohaugh about the sudden death of Ethiopia’s longtime president.

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A crowd is expected Thursday evening, July 25th, at the TCF Stadium on the University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus  –  not to watch football, but to admire another group of Minnesota champions -  the owners and operators of locally owned restaurants.  The event is the 8th Annual Twin Cities Originals, and it features 20 restaurants and breweries that are local and independent. 

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Lorna Landvik is an author, playwright, comedian, improv artist, mother, wife, dog owner, thumb wrestler, tongue twister specialist.   A multi-talented person needs a stage to express all of those abilities, and in the month of January she’s getting one.  Lorna will do a one woman show on Friday and Saturday nights from January 4th through January 26th at the Bryant Lake Bowl – 7pm each night.   She talked with KFAI’s Dale Connelly, who asked why she felt a need to add a stage show to her other creative work. 

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Louis King is the president of Summit Academy, a non profit organization that offers training for people in a number of areas that apply to these major projects. He talked with KFAI’s Paul Brohaugh on The Morning Blend…

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This week we observed the one year anniversary of the tornado strike on North Minneapolis.

Louis King is the chair of the Northside Community Response Team.  He  told KFAI’s Dale Connelly that the North Side is 95% back to where it was before the storm, but that still puts it in a condition of severe economic distress.  Still, he's optimistic.   And while you can still see tornado damage, it’s what you don’t see that matters most.

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