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President Obama visited St. Paul on February 26, 2014. He spoke at the newly restored Union Depot and presented it as an example of what federal and local partnerships can do, while also promoting what he calls his “Opporunity Agenda”. KFAI’s Janis Lane-Ewart was there, and told host Paul Brohaugh about the president’s visit on the Thursday edition of The Morning Blend.

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President Barack Obama came to Minnesota on February 4th to tout the city’s success in reducing gun violence. He used the setting to make a case for expanding background checks for gun purchases, and to place limits on the purchase of certain kinds of firearms and high capacity clips.

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The results are in for the 2012 election, and President Barack Obama has been re-elected.
Here in Minnesota, two controversial Constitutional amendments failed to get enough votes for approval.

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President Barack Obama has chosen Minneapolis as an example of what successful gun control looks like. Here are his remarks, given at the Minneapolis Police Operations Center on Monday, February 4th, 2013.

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This year’s Art-a-Whirl in Northeast Minneapolis will feature a 9 foot tall sculptural work called “Ode to Gluten”. The creator of the sculpture is two-time Minnesota Art Teacher of the Year Barbara Bridges. Mentored by Women’s Art Resources of Minnesota (WARM), Bridges took on the project with the intention of staring a conversation about wheat – its past, present and future role in our diet.

She talked with KFAI’s Dale Connelly.

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Two residents at the Minnesota Sex-Offender Program in Moose Lake are seeking a same-sex marriage. Moose Lake is a secure treatment facility – the people there are technically not in prison, but they’re not allowed to leave without supervision.
As a result, the Minnesota Department of Human Services has had to formulate some new policies. KFAI’s Rico Morales has a report.

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Each week about fifty oil trains, each carrying more than 1 million gallons of North Dakota crude oil, pass through Minnesota.  Almost all of them go through the Twin Cities.  This revelation comes from previously confidential reports on the state’s crude-by-rail traffic that were recently obtained by the Star Tribune.
 
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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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The last sporting event to be held at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome has happened, and now the process will begin to dismantle, remove and eventually replace the downtown Minneapolis stadium. More than thirty years ago, Julian Empson-Loscalzo led an effort to keep the Metrodome from being built. His organization, “Save the Met,” sought to preserve Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington as a venue for major league sports in Minnesota, particularly for the Minnesota Twins. Empson-Loscalzo and his cohorts fought hard and lost that battle. We wanted to find out how he feels about it today. Empson-Loscalzo stopped by KFAI and talked with host Terry Carter on the Morning Blend.

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As part of a re-shaping of mass transit in the Twin Cities, Metro Transit is moving forward with plans to establish the Orange Line – a bus-based rapid transit link between downtown Minneapolis and Burnsville along Interstate 35W. Part of that plan calls for major changes to the area where the interstate crosses over Lake Street in South Minneapolis. Rico Morales has a report.

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