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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”.

Story by Eric Blom

Somali people in Minnesota who send money to east Africa are still concerned that the method they use to transfer funds to family members in Africa will soon shut down. Earlier this month, the Franklin Bank in Minneapolis announced it would stop working with “hawalas” on the fund transfers. The deadline was this week.

Pete Bosse is on the phone with us now to explain the rest. Good morning.
Earlier this week some people in Minneapolis and St. Paul were offered the chance to start the ball rolling on a “pay it forward” idea for holiday giving.
Pete Bosse says he and his wife come up with “holiday it forward” idea while they were looking for a way to have a more meaningful celebration.

Lawyers, dentists, hair stylists and chiropractors all came together this week to volunteer on behalf of homeless people. Project Homeless Connect mobilizes 500 service providers to one central location to make help more available to those who need it. KFAI’s Susan Gray was there.

KFAI’s Mighty T-Bone is currently ensconced at Dorothy Day Center in downtown St. Paul. He’s not there on a research project, he is a resident and the next two editions of “Our Show Of Shows” will feature the sounds, stories, trials and occasional triumphs of the people who list homelessness as their facebook status at this holiday season.

Though the calendar says otherwise, for all intents and purposes winter has arrived in Minnesota. And for most Twin Cities commuters this means breaking out the ice-scrapers and warming up the car before the daily drive. But for a growing number of dedicated bicyclists, winter means the same thing as summer – time to saddle up for the daily ride. What does it take to be a winter cyclist?

Story by Bob Hines & Michelle Alimoradi

In a special election this week in state Senate district 59 in Minneapolis, Kari Dziedzic won the competition between 5 DFL’ers to face a Republican opponent in January. She got 32% of the vote.
Just 339 votes behind her was the second place finisher, a Somali immigrant named Mohamud Noor.

Somali people in Minnesota who send money to east Africa are concerned that the method they use to transfer funds will soon shut down.

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