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The future of energy services for the City of Minneapolis has recently come into question. The city’s 20 year energy contracts with its two main providers, Xcel Energy for electricity, and CenterPoint Energy for natural gas, are due to expire at the end of next year. 

Some activists and city leaders are talking about a takeover – having power and gas services overseen and distributed by the city of Minneapolis.

The Minneapolis city council will give the public a chance to weigh in on the issue. KFAI’s Hannah Rank has more.

 

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This week on MinneCulture, producer Bobbie Scott presents an audio documentary on Arcola Mills. Tucked along the banks of St. Croix River just north of Stillwater, Minnesota, Arcola Mills is a serene spot with a long history. From Native and European settlers, to loggers and artist communities, it offers a beautiful respite along the St. Croix. This program is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

One of the public policy discussions currently underway in Minneapolis involves transit options in general and streetcars in particular.   Proposals are on the table to bring streetcars back to busy routes through the city, and several of the 2013 Mayoral candidates have weighed in, both pro and con.  
The transit history of the Twin Cities includes a once-vast streetcar network which was dismantled in the 1950's under controversial circumstances.  
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Women Against Military Madness is sponsoring a public forum to discuss the status of the Korean peninsula sixty years after the agreement that ended the Korean War.
Roy Wolf served in the U.S. Military during the war, and has been interested in Korea ever since. He returned for a peace conference in Seoul in 1995 and traveled to North Korea ten years ago. He was a member of the committee that planned the Korean Forum for Saturday, July 27th, at Macalester Plymouth United Church at 1658 Lincoln Avenue in St. Paul.
He talked with The Morning Blend’s Yvette Howie.
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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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As the immigration debate wages on in Congress, many would consider implications for reform a mainly political issue.

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MinneCulture
July 22, 2013

Paul Metsa presents Willie Walker & Willie West
Produced by Monty Lee Wilkes

In 2011 Paul Metsa hosted a series of concerts and interviews at the Music Box Theatre in Minneapolis. On this special night, renowned soul musicians Willie Walker and Willie West shared the stage for the first time—talking and singing in a rare live performance that sent chills through the audience. Produced by Monty Lee Wilkes and Nancy Sartor.

Taking it to the STREETS, RONDO DAYS REMOTE BROADCAST

July 20th, 9AM-1:30 PM (Mostly Jazz, Rhythm and Grooves, & Collective Eye)

Some people think it’s hard to learn Braille – the tactile reading method used by the blind.  Others note that the approach we take to teaching braille hasn’t changed in 100 years.

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At least one thousand people gathered in downtown Minneapolis to demonstrate their disappointment and resolve following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin.   People of all ages and ethnicities rallied around more than a dozen speakers including civil rights attorney Nekima Levy-Pounds and rapper Brother Ali, before taking to the streets for a march through downtown.  

KFAI’s Christina Cerruti was there and filed this report.

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