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It’s still too cold and snowy to begin planting your vegetable garden, but an organization called Minnesota Community Solar just announced that its first community solar garden is “fully subscribed.”

Ken Bradley is the CEO of Minnesota Community Solar. He talked with KFAI’s Paul Brohaugh, who asked him to explain the community solar concept.

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On Tuesday, November 26 at the Ted Mann Recital Hall at the University of Minnesota, a student seeking his Phd in conducting is going to get there by murdering someone.

Doctoral candidate Brian Messier has been doing research on attracting, engaging and retaining new audiences – something vital for the future of classical music. As part of that research, Messier will collaborate with the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble, Playwright Jake Jeppson and Actor Skyler Nowinski to present a free concert that is also a murder mystery.

Brian Messier sat down with KFAI’s Alex Forbes to talk about the project.

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How governments, businesses and individuals respond to climate change is a matter of great urgency for people who accept the overwhelming scientific evidence that human activity is raising the global temperature. Climate change deniers insist this point is still debatable, but one expert who is well known to Twin Cities audiences wants to push the conversation past ideological and faith based objections. Craig Sinard reports.

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According to a study done by the University of Minnesota, there were a total of seven Minnesota wineries in 1995. By 2007 that number had almost quadrupled, and the most recent tally stands at thirty seven. The increase is due largely to an improved ability by Minnesota growers to manage cold climate conditions. KFAI’s Jake Hodge says the growers have had a significant amount of help from the University of Minnesota’s cold hardy grapes program.

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Stacie Robinson talks with Sweet Retreat owner Robin Johnson about saving Minnesota’s moose.

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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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A call for global unity and compassion was the focus of a speech delivered by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet during a visit to Minneapolis this weekend..
KFAI’s Christina Cerruti was at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum and has this report.

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Out on a Limb Dance Company and school is a St. Paul based dance company with a twist. It’s a nonprofit organization with a mission to embrace the notion that dance should be within the reach of everybody – whether it’s the dancers on stage or the audience.
Kim Martinez is the artistic director for Out On A Limb.
She told KFAI’s Siobhan Kierans that dance has long been part of her family, handed down by her mother.

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A recent article from the investigative journalism website  Pro Publica reveals some surprising things about political data collection here in Minnesota.   Records are kept showing whether you voted or not in each election, but no one knows HOW you voted, right? 

Not officially. 

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Friday November 23 at 10 AM, pour an extra cup of coffee, settle in, and join the Fubar Omniverse for a tribute to Twin Cities guitarist and singer Dave “Snaker” Ray. Guest host and longtime Dave Ray pal Molly will recognize the tenth anniversary of Dave’s passing by exploring his storied career, from the Blues, Rags, and Hollers of his early years to his fine string of recordings in the 90s and early aughts to unreleased moments from house parties gone by…

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