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The city of St. Paul has several large parcels of land in transition right now. Among them is the Ford Plant location in the Highland Park neighborhood on the banks of the Mississippi River, the former Dayton’s and Macy’s department store building downtown; the 3M property on the city’s east side and also the Hamm’s brewery location. Cecile Bedor is St. Paul’s Planning and Economic Development Director, she talked with Dale Connelly in The Morning Blend.

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When folk singer and activist Pete Seeger died, many of the tributes mentioned his influence on generations of musicians and community organizers. In the Twin Cities, one person who was deeply affected by Pete Seeger is singer-songwriter Larry Long.
Long stopped by KFAI and talked with Dale Connelly about his forty year friendship with Pete Seeger – a relationship that started with a coincidental connection at a rally back in the 1970’s.

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Same sex marriage became legal in Minnesota at midnight.  Marriages were performed in several locations around the state with committed couples taking advantage of the first opportunity to join in matrimony. 

The largest celebration was in downtown Minneapolis at City Hall.

KFAI’s Xan Holston was there.  We'll hear the report he wrote and recorded as voiced by Ryan Dawes.  And then Janis Lane-Ewart will report from the Midnight Marriage Madness at Patrick's Cabaret in Minneapolis.  

 

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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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Former Minneapolis city council member Robert Lilligren has taken over the top post at Little Earth of United Tribes Housing Corporation, a Native preference housing development located in the Philips neighborhood of South Minneapolis.

His appointment comes amid a rising concern over resident safety.

Lilligren talked with KFAI's Allison Herrera about how his history in the city and the neighborhood has prepared him for this job.

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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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Minneapolis resident Mohamed Ahmed calls himself an average person with the most common name in the world. What makes him not-so-average, however, is that he started a series of online cartoon videos to convince young Somali Americans and others not to join radical militant groups that purport to do violence in the name of Islam. He writes the scripts in Minneapolis and sends them to a animator in India.

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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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