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Following the Dakota – U.S. War of 1862, approximately 1,700 Dakota people – women, children and elders, were set on a 150 mile forced march to imprisonment near the site of Fort Snelling.  They were assaulted en route and held in brutal conditions through the winter.  Hundreds died. 

This kind of inhumane treatment would be an international scandal today.  Instead, it’s an overlooked episode in Minnesota history. 

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Small towns in southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin are the focus of intense attention from mining companies looking for silica sand.  The sand is used in the hydraulic fracturing process that frees oil and natural gas from rock formations in several places around the U.S., most notably Pennsylvania and North Dakota. 

Jim Tittle is a filmmaker and accidental fracking activist.  He’s working on a documentary called The Price of Sand.  Segments of his film were shown last month at the Flyway Film Festival in Stockholm Wisconsin near Lake Pepin. 

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From November 9th to the 18th,  the organization Spirit in The House will curate a collection of theater, film, visual art, and academic works on the topic of forgiveness at Concordia University in St. Paul.  A complicated subject, as the press release says, which is why we need art to address it.  Symposium organizer Dean Seal and writer and performer Ari Hoptman stopped by KFAI's Morning Blend to talk about the importance of forgiveness and the challenge of embracing it.  

 

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More Minnesotans are using solar energy in their homes and businesses thanks to financial incentives available from state and federal government programs and non-profits organizations. 

The Kingfield Neighborhood Association in southwest Minneapolis has formed a partnership with Applied Energy Innovations and the MN Renewable Energy Society to help community residents get access to affordable solar energy.

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An Alzheimer’s expert suggests that you stay aware of the state of your own body and mind.

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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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We observed the Haunted Basement at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis in two feature reports from Joanna Solotaroff and Jessica Folker.

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A live storytelling project called Story City is looking for people with tales to tell about being haunted.

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Former State Senator Mary Jo McGuire talked about the issues at play in her bid for a seat on the Ramsey County Board.

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Univerisity of Minnesota professor Gary Muehlbauer was part of an international effort to sequence the genome for barley. He stopped by the KFAI studios to talk about why barley is important.

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