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Kristina Gronquist has lived in the 3rd Ward for the last twelve years. She has been a business owner, renter, landlord, single parent and a homeowner.
Gronquist is the Assistant General Manager of the Eastside Food Cooperative and Treasurer on the Board of the St. Anthony West Neighborhood Association. She’s a founding member of the Northeast Investment Co-op (NEIC) and a volunteer with Achieve Mpls, the nonprofit partner of the Mpls. Public Schools.
Gronquist is endorsed by the Green Party.
She talked with KFAI’s Dale Connelly about her reasons for running, starting with her frustration over last year’s city council decision that a city charter provision that requires a referendum on big public expenditures for sports facilities didn’t apply to the Vikings stadium project.

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Minneapolis city offices up for election include all 13 seats on the City Council. One of the most hotly contested is in Ward three which straddles the Mississippi River east and north of downtown.
Four candidates are running in Ward 3.
One of them is Michael Katch, who has two endorsements – one from the Libertarian Party and one from the Pirate Party. Katch has criticized the council for being what he calls “hobby real estate developers.”
As a Libertarian, he believes economic development should come from the private sector without incentives from the city.
Katch talked with KFAI’s Dale Connelly, who asked about a recent development scuffle in the Dinkytown neighborhood of ward 3.

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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.

The Federal Writers Project in Minnesota
Produced by Britt Aamodt

As part of the New Deal, the Works Progress Administration, or WPA, employed millions of people from 1935 to 1943, including writers. In tonight’s audio documentary, KFAI producer Britt Aamodt turns back the clock to the “Dirty ’30s” to explore the Federal Writers Project in Minnesota. Hear it on MinneCulure, tonight at 7:30pm.

MinneCulture is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Year after year, the Twin Cities earns national attention for its talented songwriters. Not only is Minnesota home to a vibrant live music scene, but an academic one as well—with 37 accredited music schools in our state. But the way we consume music is rapidly changing. Streaming services like Spotify and Rdio provide access to millions of songs without having to buy a hard copy, or even download tracks. So how does technology and a changing music business affect the sustainability of our local music scene?

This week MinneCulture explores how today’s local musicians are navigating the ever-changing landscape of the music business, in an audio documentary produced for KFAI by Allegra Oxborough. Tune in on Wednesday, February 5, at 7:30pm.

Pictured top to bottom: Holly Newsome, Adam Levy, Caroline Smith, Lizzo.

This project was made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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The End of the Rope: How a botched hanging ended the death penalty in Minnesota

by Susan Gray

 

Tonight on MinneCulture, producer Susan Gray takes an in-depth look at how a botched hanging ended the death penalty in Minnesota.

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This week on MinneCulture, an encore presentation of the The Minneapolis Music Scene 1975-1980, produced by Cyn Collins. The Twin Cities has had a vibrant music scene for decades, but in the early to mid-1970s there was almost no original music being performed. Only a few bands dared to be different, and thanks to their creative diligence, the Minneapolis punk/rock scene was born. This two-part documentary describes the Minneapolis music scene between 1975 – 1980, and features interviews and music by Curtiss A (Thumbs Up/the Spooks), Chris Osgood (the Suicide Commandos), Robert Wilkinson (the Flamin’ Oh), Chan Poling (the Suburbs), Kevin Cole (Rev 105), Peter Jesperson (Twin Tone/New West Records) and many more.

Monday, August 5: Part I
Wednesday, August 7: Part II

Wed, Oct 9, 7:30pm on MinneCulture:

He was the spokesperson for the Jazz Age. A big drinker who enjoyed the high life. One-half of the golden couple of the Roaring ’20s. He was F. Scott Fitzgerald. And before the celebrity and success of “The Great Gatsby,” he was a St. Paul boy who dreamed of becomming a great American author. KFAI producer Britt Aamodt talks with noted Fitzgerald scholar Dave Page, and tours St. Paul with guide Ann Melhus in this audio documentary, This Side of Summit Avenue: Fitzgerald in the St. Paul Years.

Travel around St Paul and you’ll notice that some of the streets have two names—one that appears on maps, and a second, co-street name that honors an individual. Katie McWatt Avenue, Raskas Road, William Mahoney Street—these caught the eye of KFAI producer Bobbie Scott.

Tune into MinneCulture tonight at 7:30pm to hear some of the stories behind the street names; from an African-American woman and civil rights activist, to a local rabbi involved with national issues, to a labor activist who became the mayor of St Paul during the Depression.

MinneCulture is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

This week MinneCulture begins its new regular broadcast schedule: once a week, each Wednesday evening from 7:30-8pm.

On Wednesday, September 11, producer Nancy Skalkos presents an audio documentary on Small Space Living.

Converting a school bus into a living space might sound crazy, but it’s not so far fetched. Small space living has spawned a plethora of websites, books and blogs, as eco-conscious and debt-averse consumers search for alternatives to oversized McMansions.

Nancy Skalkos examines downsizing the American Dream, and talks to Sarah Susanka, author of “The Not So Big House”; WeeHouse Architect Geoffrey Warner; University of Minnesota Housing Professor Becky Yust; and graduate student Hank Buttita, who is converting a school bus into a weekend retreat.

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