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The government entity overseeing construction of the new Vikings stadium, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, is asking the architecture firm designing the stadium to involve businesses owned by women and minoritie.

This is an expected part of any major government construction project once ground is broken, but it’s a little unusual to see it in the design phase. 

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Marty Owings covers the State Capitol for KFAI.

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The Minnesota State Fair begins this Thursday.
For each of the past nine years the State Fair Foundation has produced a piece of original poster art to commemorate the fair – and this year’s artist is Joe Heffron.

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The Minnesota Legislature is starting its every-other-year “short” session – a session that is smaller in terms of size but the potential is there for it to include a slew of favorite topics – – state spending, government regulation, sex crime, marijuana, and the minimum wage – all of it influenced by the enormous pull of election year politics.
Marty Owings, covers the state capitol for KFAI and posts regular updates online at MN Capitol News, and Hamline University professor David Schultz writes about politics on his blog, Schultz’s Take. They talked politics with KFAI’s Ron Thums on the Morning Blend.

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Paul Labovitz is Superintendent of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, joins us in the studio.

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The Republican Party of Minnesota will relocate to a new headquarters in Minneapolis. The party announced it’s moving from an office near the state capitol complex in St. Paul to the Seward neighborhood at 2200 East Franklin Avenue. The move was influenced by a desire to save money, and to bring the party’s offices from an area ‘inside the political beltway’ to an area closer to “regular Minnesotans.” Keith Downey is the chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota. He talked with KFAI’s Ron Thums on the Morning Blend.

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A film called Stay Then Go has been shooting in the Twin Cities. It has to do with one mother’s reality-based fictional account of the challenges in raising a child with autism. Film producer Geoffrey Sass visited KFAI just a few days before shooting wraps up.

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Story by Bob Hines

Heading Home Hennepin is a 10 year plan to end homelessness in Minneapolis and Hennepin County. The effort, launched in 2006, is built around an unprecedented level of cooperation by government, business, nonprofits, faith and philanthropic communities, and homeless and formerly homeless citizens.

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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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One of the public policy discussions currently underway in Minneapolis involves transit options in general and streetcars in particular.   Proposals are on the table to bring streetcars back to busy routes through the city, and several of the 2013 Mayoral candidates have weighed in, both pro and con.  
The transit history of the Twin Cities includes a once-vast streetcar network which was dismantled in the 1950's under controversial circumstances.  
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