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North Dakota’s oil boom has made lots of people rich, including workers. Many people are buying new toys: pickups, boats and the like. But one woman is spending her oil field cash on a budding Minneapolis music career. KFAI’s Todd Melby has the story.

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On November 4th, Minneapolis voters will see a proposed charter amendment on their ballots.    The language of the question reads:

Shall the Minneapolis City Charter be amended to remove the requirement that businesses holding on-sale wine licenses in the City must serve food with every order of wine or beer and to remove mandatory food to wine and beer sales ratios?

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Liberty Finch and DJ Izzy welcome Mr. Zero to the Pop Shop on Tuesday, Oct 9, from midnight to 2am. The retail king of pop culture, Mr Zero’s shop in Roseville offers vinyl LPs and 45s, CDs, turntables, toys, games, posters and collectables. Tune into the Pop Shop each week to hear powerpop, bubblegum, psychedelic, garage, rock and more! Hits, misses and ephemera, every Monday night into Tuesday morning from midnight to 2am.

The Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival opens with more than 200 films, events, panels and parties. KFAI’s Cinema Shanty team, Kathie Smith and John Moret, bring you a look at this annual pageant as festivities begin.

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The Minneapolis Television Network is celebrating its 30th Anniversary with a party on November 14th. MTN’s Executive Director Michael Fallon stopped by KFAI to talk with Mike Fischbein about social media, connecting people to the community and building relationships.

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Minnesota is known for many things related to weather and fishing, but probably not for its Japanese drumming.
But the state boasts a Taiko drum ensemble that has been around for 17 years.
Mu Daiko is celebrating its anniversary with some shows at the Cowles Center in downtown Minneapolis this weekend.
You can find out more online at Mu Performing Arts dot org.
KFAI’s Doug Cain, host of program Global Beat (Wednesdays at noon), spoke with artistic director, Iris Shiraishi and fellow performer, Susan Tanabe.

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The Minnesota Council of Churches and the Islamic Center of Minnesota have a 22 year tradition of fostering understanding through a series of Muslim-Christian Dialoges.

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Minnesota’s Revenue Commissioner, Myron Frans, has been traveling around the state for much of the past year, carrying a three legged stool as a prop while he gives a presentation on our tax system.   If it sounds like a big night out, you could be right.  Tax policy is going to be a major issue during the coming legislative session in St. Paul. 

Tonight (December 19, 2012),  Commissioner Frans will hold a tax reform town hall meeting in St. Paul at the Northdale Recreation Center at 14 14 St. Albans Street North at 7pm. 

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The owner of the Washington Redskins can expect a chilly reception when he arrives at the Metrodome for tonight’s game against the Vikings. Elected city and state officials, along with local journalists, have publicly urged owner Dan Synder to change the team name and mascot. At a pre-game rally organized by the American Indian Movement, U.S. Representative Betty McCollum will join Olympian Billy Mills to protest the use of racial slurs in a public sports facility. KFAI Reporter Susan Gray spoke to Dave Zirin, sports columnist at The Nation, to learn why the calls for change are growing louder.

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Justin Simien’s new film “Dear White People” was released in the movie theaters on October seventeenth. Part of the film was shot here in Minnesota at the U of M. Minnesota native, Naomi Ko who attended the University of Minnesota was the only Asian-American featured in the movie.

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