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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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Jeremiah Ellis joined the Gardening Matters team after years of working in public and non-profit administration. That work toward eliminating disparities in our community lead him toward food justice as an element of the social justice continuum. Upon completing Americorps service with senior citizens in Florida and theological studies in San Antonio, Jeremiah returned to his native Minnesota, where his family has lived for generations. He and his wife garden & compost at their St. Paul home. In his spare time Jeremiah takes on leadership roles with the St. Paul Area Council of Churches, the Neighborhood Sales Tax Revitalization (STAR) Board and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.

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Join Laura Waterman Wittstock and Roy Taylor on Wednesday July 6, 2016 as they talk with Gary Fife, Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma, and of Cherokee heritage.He was the first ED of MIGIZI Communications in Minneapolis, following a career in Washington D.C. as a reporter, photographer, staff analyst, and legislative analyst.
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The organization “Community Action Against Racism” sponsored a meeting over the weekend to talk about how communities of color are covered in the media. The aim was to start a process for setting standards that news organizations can use as guidelines for equitable reporting.
KFAI was a co-sponsor of the event, along with the Main Street Project.
The keynote speaker was Lissa Jones , host of the program “Urban Agenda” on KMOJ-FM.
A segment of Jones’ speech was featured on KFAI’s Morning Blend.
Here’s the entire address.

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Generation Next is a concerted effort to narrow the achievement gap between white students and children of color and lower income households in our schools.

The effort represents a partnership that brings together leaders from public, non-profit and private stakeholders like the Minneapolis and St. Paul public schools, the University of Minnesota, Target, 3M, and the United Way.

Michael Goar is executive director of Generation Next.  He visited KFAI to talk with Dale Connelly and Paul Brohaugh on The Morning Blend.

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Last week, a Minnesota resident was awarded one of this year’s Macarthur Fellowships, otherwise known as “Genius Grants.” 

The winner is William Mitchell College of Law professor Sarah Deer, who drew the attention of the Foundation for her work pursuing justice for native women by expanding the powers of tribal governments.

Professor Deer is a member of Oklahoma’s Muscogee tribe. 

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George Bonga was a singular character in Minnesota history: a black and Ojibwe fur trader in the 1800s, Bonga navigated Native and European channels in frontier Minnesota. Playwright Carlyle Brown spoke with Xan Holston on the Monday Morning Blend about his play "Geroge Bonga: Black Voyageur" which opens Friday February 5 at the History Theatre in St. Paul. More information here.

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