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On October 13, 2014, the city of Minneapolis celebrated its first-ever Indigenous Peoples Day.  Last Spring the city council voted to substitute a  holiday focused on native people for the long-standing observance of Columbus Day. 

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Friday, January 16, 2015 has been declared “Tom Sengupta Day” in Minneapolis.  

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The Minneapolis Police Department has released a report from the US Department of Justice about how the city deals with police misconduct. Minneapolis asked for the review as a way to address persistent criticism of how some members of the police department interact with people from minority communities. KFAI's Rico Morales attended the question and answer forum.

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A conversation with Todd Klingel, President and CEO of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce about the future of transportation and making sure that Minnesota employers have an educated, mobile workforce.

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On November 4th, Minneapolis Voters will choose five members of the city’s school board. 

Two of the positions are at-large seats, and the contest between four candidates to fill those city-wide posts has drawn interest from near and far.

The Star Tribune reports that an unprecedented amount of money is pouring into the race from well-funded outside groups that seek to promote sweeping school reforms.

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Recently, Minneapolis played host to an annual tattoo convention. KFAI’s Rico Morales was there and talked to several people about their decision to have a permanent tattoo.

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Diane Hofstede represents Ward 3 on the Minneapolis City Council.
She began her career as a Minneapolis public school teacher at North High School in North Minneapolis, and at Northeast Junior High. She was a curriculum writer for the Minneapolis School District where she trained teachers and administrators in all Minneapolis junior and senior high schools in non-racist and non-sexist teaching/curriculum techniques. Hofstede has represented Ward 3 since 2006. Although she has had the DFL endorsement in the past. Hofstede does not have it this time. Instead, the endorsement went to her opponent, Jacob Frey.Diane Hofstede talked about that with KFAI’s Trisha Collopy.

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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.

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