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The one hundred and thirteenth Congress is now underway in Washington, and 5th district Representative Keith Ellison has a leadership position in his caucus.  He will serve as Chief Deputy Whip.   Representative Ellison talked with Dale Connelly on KFAI's Morning Blend.  

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There will be three unusual dinners held at restaurants on University Avenue in St. Paul this month.  They are part of the Stranger Stranger Supper Series.

When you dine in these places on the designated nights, you will be part of a performance.  You might even be a character in the show.  Six members of the general public can volunteer to play roles, and get a free meal as part of the bargain. 

In any case, it sounds like one sure way to have a memorable night out. 

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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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Two University of Minnesota professors worked with high school students at the Perpich Center for Arts in Golden Valley as part of a new program that encourages working across disciplines, combining artistic and analytical thinking.
Dance professor Carl Flink and Biochemical Engineering professor David Odde joined the Black Label Movement Company to demonstrate a technique called Bodystorming.

Professor Flink is also the artistic director of Black Label Movement. He and professor Odde talked to KFAI’s Dale Connelly and Siobhan Kierans on the Morning Blend.

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The incoming DFL chair of a House health-care committee says that the unionization of some in-home care workers could be good for them and for the state.

The Star Tribune reports that Representative Tina Liebling of Rochester, who will chair the House Health and Human Services Policy Committee, made the comments at the presentation of a report into the status of personal care assistants.

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The deal cut in Washington to avoid middle class tax increases also extends some tax credits that encourage the development of wind power.   This was one of the issues on the table in the so-called “fiscal cliff” standoff.   The new law will preserve tax credits for wind power projects that start construction in 2013.

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On Saturday, December 29, shoppers at the Mall of America were treated to a loud public demonstration organized by an activist group called “Idle No More”. 

The event was organized through social media to call attention to issues around native American land rights in Canada.  KFAI’s Dixie Triechel has a report. 

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Lorna Landvik is an author, playwright, comedian, improv artist, mother, wife, dog owner, thumb wrestler, tongue twister specialist.   A multi-talented person needs a stage to express all of those abilities, and in the month of January she’s getting one.  Lorna will do a one woman show on Friday and Saturday nights from January 4th through January 26th at the Bryant Lake Bowl – 7pm each night.   She talked with KFAI’s Dale Connelly, who asked why she felt a need to add a stage show to her other creative work. 

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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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At this time of year we often pause to focus on the problems of hunger and poverty.  Years ago, the so-called “Green Revolution” increased agriculture production around the world, saving many lives. 

 

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