General News

Erin Parrish became Executive Director of the Minnesota Women’s Consortium on August 1st.

The Consortium is a statewide association connecting over 150 organizations that work in various ways on behalf of women and girls.

Groups in the consortium include labor unions, health care providers, arts groups, advocacy organizations for racial minorities and plenty of others.

KFAI’s Bob Hines and Michelle Alimoradi asked Erin Parrish how such a different range of groups can work together.

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The Metrodome has pretty much disappeared from Minneapolis, with up to 80% of the material from the building being recycled.
In the meantime, work is underway to put up a new Minnesota Vikings and multi-purpose stadium that’s expected to open in the summer of 2016.
An essential aspect of the project is an effort to direct construction-related jobs to people who are underrepresented in the workforce – minorities, women and veterans.
Summit Academy OIC has been selected by the Stadium Authority to provide a link connecting people in these target groups with the employment opportunities they need.
They’re having a job and opportunity fair Thursday, April 3rd from 4 pm to 6:30 pm at the Sabathani Community Center in South Minneapolis.
Gary Courtney is coordinating that effort for Summit Academy OIC. He talked with KFAI’s Mike Fischbein, who asked how the project was doing on meeting diversity hiring goals.

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An increase in the amount of oil train traffic traveling through Minnesota to serve the fracking operations in western North Dakota has had a ripple effect on the passenger rail operations of Amtrak.

Earlier this week a group of Minnesota state legislators wrote to the federal body that oversees train traffic to ask that the problem be addressed.

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When Pete Seeger died early this year, his friend Larry Long promised to celebrate what would have been  Pete’s 95th birthday with a cast of local musicians who had felt keenly Seeger’s influence.

On May 3rd, that group gathered at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul.

The event celebrated the many phases of Seeger’s life and activism with an abundance of music from across the cultural spectrum.

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The Bell Museum of Natural History has partnered with Audubon Minnesota for an exhibit that illustrates the impact buildings have on bird populations. 

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Dr. Jeffrey Pilcher of the University of Minnesota has written a global history of Mexican food.

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Hennepin County wants to develop a plan to make it easier to be a pedestrian in places that were primarily designed for cars.

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Minneapolis has a Police Conduct Oversight Commission tasked with working to improve the relationship between the Minneapolis Police Department and city residents.
The group held its first community listening session on June 14th. KFAI’s Christina Cerruti was there and she filed this report.

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Pictured (L to R: Congressman Keith Ellison, Congresswoman Betty McCollum, National Endowment for the Arts Chair Jane Chu,  Walker Art Center Curator Nisa Mackie, MN State Arts Board Executive Director Sue Gens. 

One of the nation’s largest gatherings of literary artists took place last weekend in Minneapolis, and the event drew some high ranking art officials.  

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The environmental advocacy group Environment Minnesota has released a report detailing some of the successes of the Federal Clean Water Act – a law that has been on the books for over forty years.

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