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Two residents at the Minnesota Sex-Offender Program in Moose Lake are seeking a same-sex marriage. Moose Lake is a secure treatment facility – the people there are technically not in prison, but they’re not allowed to leave without supervision.
As a result, the Minnesota Department of Human Services has had to formulate some new policies. KFAI’s Rico Morales has a report.

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This week MinneCulture highlights local young people from Youth Performance Company and the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies. Tune in on Wednesday, January 15, from 7:30 to 8pm.

KFAI producer Sabrina Crews presents a short segment on Youth Performance Company—an award-winning theater troupe that develops and empowers young actors, singers and dancers.

Then members of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony perform two numbers from a recent live concert: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Opus 14, composed by Samuel Barber; and Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Opus 47, composed by Dmitri Shostakovich.

The first selection features a violin solo by Anna Humphrey of Rogers, Minnesota. Anna is a senior at Buffalo High School, and has been playing violin since the age of 3. She’s been involved with the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies since 4th grade.

Founded in 1972, the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies includes more than 700 young people, ages 8 through 18, who participate in seven academic-year orchestras and two summer programs. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mark Russell, and coached by members of the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the youth perform 20 concerts each year at Orchestra Hall and the Ted Mann Concert Hall. They also present free concerts at community centers, homeless shelters, schools, and care centers across the Twin Cities. (Photo credit: Scott Helegson.)

For more information, visit Youth Performance Company and Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies.

MinneCulture is broadcast on KFAI every Wednesday evening from 7:30 to 8pm. The program is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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On Sunday, January 12, three organizations are sponsoring an annual Day of Remembrance for those whose lives were lost to gun violence.
Protect MN, From Death to Life and Minneapolis MAD DADS are coordinating the event, which is scheduled for 3 pm Sunday at the Church of the Ascension at 1723 Bryant Avenue North in Minneapolis. V.J. Smith is the president of Mad Dads. He talked with KFAI’s Yvette Howie on the Morning Blend.

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KFAI is partnering with The Cedar Cultural Center and Augsburg College as hosts of a benefit concert on Friday, January 24th to raise funds for the victims and their families of the New Year’s Day fire on Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis. The fire took the lives of three residents of the apartments above 516 Cedar Ave S, destroyed the Otanga Grocery Store on the ground level of the building and displaced tenants in the ten residential units.

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Tuesday's Conversations with Al McFarlane featured a discussion about the role of the Black church in the community, social responsibility, and food justice.  Participants were Reverend Nazim B. Fakir, Pastor Owen E. Williams, and Dr. Willie Dean.

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An inauguration ceremony at Minneapolis City Hall brought in seven new city council members and a new mayor. Much of the ceremony had to do with Mayor Betsy Hodges’ “One Minneapolis” initiative aimed at reducing the education and opportunity gaps that divide the city.
KFAI’s Janis Lane-Ewart attended the ceremony and brought back a collection of voices, including Mayor Hodges, Hodges’ husband and Metropolitan Council member Gary Cunningham, Rabbi Michael Adam Latz who delivered the Invocation, former Minneapolis city council member Don Samuels, new council member Jacob Frey, sitting city council member Elizabeth Glidden, and beginning with poet Andrea Jenkins.

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Each week, KFAI’s Cinema Shanty considers a current film that will screen in the Twin Cities. Join Peter Schilling and Kathie Smith as they discuss the most engaging and provocative cinema being produced today.

This week, Kathie and guest host John Moret talk about their favorite films of 2013.

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Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, Fire Chief John Freutel, Council Member Abdi Warsame and other officials briefed the media on the latest developments in the explosion and fire that destroyed a grocery store and apartment building in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood on New Years’ Day. One body has been recovered from the debris and one person is still missing in connection with the incident. One person receiving treatment has not yet been identified. “It’s gonna take time,” Freutel said. “You can see how unstable that building is.”
Hodges said authorities are trying to handle the situation “… safely and delicately. I carry a message from the city of Minneapolis to the people so affected by this that the city stands with you.”

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With temperatures as cold as those we’ve felt recently, people who are concerned about their own survival may not take the time to consider that even plants have had to find a way to adapt to temperature extremes.
Earlier this month a team of researchers studying plants published new findings on how flowering plants evolved to move into areas with cold winters.
One of the researchers involved in the project is Professor Peter Reich of the University of Minnesota. He talked with KFAI’s Ron Thums.

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The last sporting event to be held at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome has happened, and now the process will begin to dismantle, remove and eventually replace the downtown Minneapolis stadium. More than thirty years ago, Julian Empson-Loscalzo led an effort to keep the Metrodome from being built. His organization, “Save the Met,” sought to preserve Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington as a venue for major league sports in Minnesota, particularly for the Minnesota Twins. Empson-Loscalzo and his cohorts fought hard and lost that battle. We wanted to find out how he feels about it today. Empson-Loscalzo stopped by KFAI and talked with host Terry Carter on the Morning Blend.

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