General News

During the recent economic downturn, people in the construction industry suffered.  But now that there are some encouraging economic signs, major building projects have sprung up in Minneapolis and St. Paul.   In the midst of this new activity, the  Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Association of  Minority Contractors is looking forward with optimism and planning an annual charity makeover vent.

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Since 1957, the Minnesota Council on Crime and Justice has tackled many issues in Minnesota’s criminal justice system to advocate within the system and reduce the overall impact and consequences of a criminal record. The Council on Crime and Justice and the MN Second Chance Coalition has joined hundreds of former offenders and their supporters to address the disenfranchisement of those who want to vote, find jobs, housing, and other issues.

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Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders return home this week after a phenomenal performance at the 29th International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, where the band made it to the semi-final round. Tonight, MinneCulture presents an encore performance of Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders, recorded at Harriet Brewing’s Tap Room and produced for KFAI by Daniel Zamzow. To learn more about Crankshaft, visit crankshaftmusic.com.

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A few weeks ago, Alberto Monserrate announced he will step down from the Minneapolis School Board after serving one term. As a private citizen, Monserrate has balanced his public service with the demands of wide-ranging business interests – running a Latino-oriented media company that has expanded into advertising, public relations, and even fashion. Meanwhile, the Minneapolis schools face significant issues that include student achievement, assessment, funding, and equal treatment. Monserrate told KFAI’s Rico Morales that after chairing the board for two years he decided to spend this last year on the board focusing on the issues that led him to run for office in the first place.

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KFAI’s Stacie Robinson talks with DNR moose researcher Erika Butler and moose research supporter Robin Johnson.

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After Mitt Romney’s loss in the presidential contest last fall, observers are wondering what the future will hold for Mormons in politics. KFAI’s Jemma Brown went to Salt Lake City to find out.

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North Dakota’s oil boom has made lots of people rich, including workers. Many people are buying new toys: pickups, boats and the like. But one woman is spending her oil field cash on a budding Minneapolis music career. KFAI’s Todd Melby has the story.

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Liberty Finch and DJ Izzy welcome Mr. Zero to the Pop Shop on Tuesday, Oct 9, from midnight to 2am. The retail king of pop culture, Mr Zero’s shop in Roseville offers vinyl LPs and 45s, CDs, turntables, toys, games, posters and collectables. Tune into the Pop Shop each week to hear powerpop, bubblegum, psychedelic, garage, rock and more! Hits, misses and ephemera, every Monday night into Tuesday morning from midnight to 2am.

The Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival opens with more than 200 films, events, panels and parties. KFAI’s Cinema Shanty team, Kathie Smith and John Moret, bring you a look at this annual pageant as festivities begin.

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The Minneapolis Television Network is celebrating its 30th Anniversary with a party on November 14th. MTN’s Executive Director Michael Fallon stopped by KFAI to talk with Mike Fischbein about social media, connecting people to the community and building relationships.

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