General Announcements

  • Story by Terry Carter

    The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has set aside three hours to hear arguments about a proposed high voltage transmission line across south Minneapolis.
    Xcel Energy says the new line is necessary to assure reliable service to the area, but some opponents argue the utility should be required to try more conservation measures first.
    One key issue is the placement o

  • The year was 1967 and Martin Luther King, civil rights leader, Baptist preacher and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, agreed to deliver the prestigious Massey lectures on CBC Radio. His title, was “Conscience for Change.” Although these lectures were recorded more than forty years ago, King’s words have lost none of their relevance as we still try to come to terms with many of the same issues.

  • Story by Sanni Brown

    This week marks the start of the physical set-up preparations for the U.S. Pond Hockey Championship, scheduled to be held January 20th through the 22nd on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis. The outdoor tournament features play by 250 teams on 25 rinks, drawing over two thousand players from 37 states and several countries.

  • Story by Bob Hines

    On Tuesday, January 10th, two candidates will go before the voters in South Minneapolis in a special election to serve in the State House of Representatives.
    District 61B was formerly served by Jeff Hayden, who will join the State Senate later this month as an elected replacement for Senator Linda Berlin. Berglin left the legislature last summer after a long career.

  • Story by Michelle Alimoradi

    When State Senator Larry Pogemiller accepted an appointment by Governor Mark Dayton to head the State Office of Higher Education last October, he ended a legislative career that spanned more than three decades in the state House and the Senate.

  • Story by Flor Trevino and Mike Fischbein

    Minnesota Senate Republicans have selected Dave Senjem of Rochester as their new majority leader. Senjem takes over for Senator Amy Koch, who resigned the post amid allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a male staffer.

    Senjem said “Over the course of the last two weeks we’ve gone through a difficult period.

  • A bird bander in northern Minnesota captured a black capped chickadee last week, and discovered that he was looking at an old friend. Ornithologist Michael North re-captured a bird he had banded 9 years ago. At that time of the first banding the bird was two years old, so this individual bird is the Oldest Known Living Chickadee on Earth, at 11 years, 6 months.

  • It has been almost 7 full months since a tornado tore through North Minneapolis, severely damaging homes and upending an already economically stressed community.
    Through the summer and fall people of the north side have been working to re-build their lives.

  • You see them every day – tossed in the back of pick-up trucks and tied to the roofs of cars. This is prime time for Christmas tree sales, and KFAI’s Erika Lantz took time to visit with the some of the people who work in urban lots that suddenly turn green for a few weeks each year.

  • Earlier this month, some of the conflict that characterizes Ethiopian politics erupted in downtown Minneapolis when local protesters objected to a visit by the east African country’s ambassador. The intent of the meeting was to encourage members of the Ethiopian community to invest in a government-run dam building project on the Nile – known as the “Millennium Dam”.