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Senator Al Franken recently proposed a bill that would make it easy for people to enroll in technical or community college.  The goal is to help close the skills gap and meet the demand for skilled workers in manufacturing companies.Erick Ajax is the owner of a metal stamping and sheet metal fabrication company in Fridley.Last week, Ajax and Senator Franken held a conference call with Twin Cities media to talk about the employment challenges facing Minnesota companies.  Franken started by explaining his reasons f

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Each year the International Association of Chiefs of Police recognizes the best practices of law enforcement agencies around the world by bestowing the Community Policing Award . Last year, the award for communities under twenty thousand went to Columbia Heights Minnesota, where crime rates have dropped to a 20 year low.

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The sharp boundary line that divides high school and college is starting to blur. It’s not unusual these days for high school students to earn college credit before they graduate. “Dual Credit Course” options are available to 11th and 12th graders, and even 10th graders who qualify. These options are numerous and often hard to navigate, yet Joe Nathan, Director of the Center for School Change, believes that the payoffs of these courses for students far outweigh the negatives.

The center has produced informational videos in Hmong, English, Somali, Arabic and Spanish. You can see them at the website Center for school change dot org.

Joe Nathan talked with KFAI’s Hannah Rank about the value of “Dual Credit Courses.”

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On June 21 the Seward Co-op announced plans to open a new location in South Minneapolis’ Central Neighborhood, at Thirty-eighth Street and Clinton Avenue. The announcement set off a public debate that will continue at a community meeting on July 9th at 6:30 at the Sabathani Community Center. Xan Holston has the story.

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Native Minnesotan Alec Soth is a renowned photographer whose large-scale images feature Midwestern subjects, shot in an off-beat way. He recently spent a week traveling through North Dakota, photographing the oil boom to accompany a cover story for the New York Times magazine. KFAI producers Allegra Oxborough and Jemma Brown talked to Alec about the project, and about how he identifies as an artist, journalist and documentarian.

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The Board of Directors of Fresh Air Incorporated has appointed Dr. Willie Dean as the new Executive Director of KFAI-FM. 

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For some people, love is hugs and kisses. Or moonlight walks on the beach. For one local punk band, love is a song about dead cats.

KFAI's Todd Melby has a story about the F*** Knights.

 

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Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi appears isolated as a number of his cabinet ministers have resigned and people have taken to the streets in Cairo.

The country’s army has issued an ultimatum demanding that political movements settle their differences by the end of the day tomorrow and Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, seems to have no intention of budging.

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The huge storm that knocked down trees and cut power for thousands of Minnesotans continues to have an effect on our day-to-day lives.A vast majority have their power back on, but Xcel energy reports that there are still customers in the dark.In Minneapolis, residents can bring brush to the curb for pickup, with branches cut in lengths shorter than three feet and bound together in bundles using twine.  Meanwhile, city staffers have been on the lookout for trees that have been weakened by the storm.

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July first is Independence Day in Somalia.  Just as Americans have for centuries, Somali people set aside the beginning of July to celebrate getting their freedom from the British Empire. 

Mohamed Farah is Executive Director of Ka Joog, a Somali youth organization that’s putting on a celebration Sunday, July 2nd from 2 to 9 pm on Lake Street between Blaisdell and Pleasant. 

He talked with KFAI's Paul Brohaugh on The Morning Blend.  Paul asked Mohamed to explain the significance of Independence Day in Somalia.    

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