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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.

Marty Owings and former legislator Paul Gardner host two current Republican representatives, Freshman David Fitzsimmons from Albertville, representing district 30b, and veteran representative Mike Beard in his sixth term from Shakopee, representing district 55a.

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With the end of August and the State Fair underway, many Minnesota college students have already headed back to campus. 

And those who hope to go to college someday should be busy making plans – not only the fun part about choosing a college to attend, but the hard work of figuring out how to pay for it.

At the State Fair this year, the Minnesota College Savings Plan is enthusiastically trumpeting the state-designated “529” investment plan.   Robert Stern is the plan’s program manager.  He talked with KFAI's Mike Fischbein.  

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Outgoing Minnesota Republican Party Chair Pat Shortridge appeared on KFAI’s Morning Blend to talk about party’s assessment of the 2012 elections.

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KFAI’s Morning Blend presented a collection of opinions on the marriage bill approved on Thursday by the Minnesota House. Christina Cerruti talked with people outside the House Chamber.

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This is National School Choice week, organized to promote the idea that in many places around the country, especially Minnesota, students and their families have some flexibility in where they get their education. 

Minnesota Online High School announced last week that it has received national accreditation by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement.  That makes it one of two accredited online charter schools in Minnesota.

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The Children’s Defense Fund recently put out their 2013 Child Well-Being report. The report ranks the well-being of children in all 50 U.S. states based on health care, education and many other factors. The Report ranks Minnesota at number 4 on the list. Elaine Cunningham the Interim Director of Children’s Defense Fund Minnesota and Stephanie Hogenson, the organization’s outreach specialist recently spoke with KFAI’s Terry Carter on the Morning Blend. Terry asked the question… What are we doing right?

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Former Minnesota State Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson, spoke with KFAI’s Rico Morales about a task force report on the Minnesota State Sex Offender Program. The task force report and a federal judge’s ruling have created a sense of urgency for the Minnesota Legislature to address the way Minnesota treats sex offenders who have completed their prison sentences, but are considered too dangerous to release.

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Labor Day means teachers and students are returning to school. 

Last May, the teacher’s union, Education Minnesota, named a new “Teacher of the Year.”   There were well over 100 candidates for the honor from the  ranks of the 70 thousand member union.

The winner was Thomas Rademacher,  who teachers English at the Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Resources School in Downtown Minneapolis.

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An American citizen who graduated from the University of Minnesota is being held in prison in the United Arab Emirates for doing something that seems inconsequential in the United States – Shez Cassim posted a satirical video to You Tube. For that act, he’s been in jail since last April.
KFAI’s Christina Cerruti reports that Cassim’s family and Human Rights activists have called for his release, citing human rights treaties adopted by the United Nations.

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