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  • Shawn Morrison is the Executive Director of “Good In The Hood” which is an outreach and partner organization with the Union Gospel Mission in the Twin Cities. This program allows groups and individuals to serve meals and provide essential services to more than 10,000 students and families. Shawn spoke about other opportunities for the community to help and seek supplemental food and other items with KFAI's Rico Morales.

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  • Local musician and activist Jayanthi Kyle is always singing about something. From 4 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 7th, she'll be at The Lowry Cafe in North Minneapolis, teaching kids about the civil rights movement, human rights and social justice. She’ll teach the material by singing it. Jayanthi Kyle talked with KFAI's Paul Brohaugh on The Morning Blend.

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  • This Saturday, February 7, some of the Twin Cities most esteemed rockers are performing a "Benefits with Friends" show to support KFAI. Legendary musician Michael Yonkers, who has collaborated with the Blind Shake, returns after a three-year hiatus to showcase new songs. The Mighty Mofos, Flamin’ Ohs and X-Boys will also be on stage in what's sure to be a blistering night. DJ Danny Sigelman kicks thing off at 7 pm, and live music starts at 8 pm. The show is hosted by Cyn Collins and Ian Rans.

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  • In the last year, more than a dozen Somali-Minnesotans have left the country to join radical groups in Syria, according to the FBI. That’s a miniscule fraction of the state’s Somali population, but the federal government is still taking notice.

    US Attorney Andy Luger will soon launch a federally funded pilot program in the Twin Cities. The aim is to prevent radicalization among Somali youth.

    Luger hasn’t revealed the details of the pilot, but he is adamant that the program won’t include any surveillance or intelligence collection.

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  • John Anfinson is the Superintendent of the Upper Mississippi National River and Recreation Area which includes the Minneapolis St. Anthony Lock and Dam. The long-lived dream of river commerce in Minneapolis officially ended a few weeks ago due to the closure of the St. Anthony Lock and Dam. By next spring, the last barge or pleasure boat will take a 49-foot vertical ride in the concrete channel, exit through the mighty gates and the lock will close forever to river traffic.

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  • The Minneapolis Police Department has released a report from the US Department of Justice about how the city deals with police misconduct. Minneapolis asked for the review as a way to address persistent criticism of how some members of the police department interact with people from minority communities. KFAI's Rico Morales attended the question and answer forum.

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  • The organization Black Lives Matter has quickly become a rallying force for people who want to address the social cost of racial disparities in Minnesota and nationwide.

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  • Nanci Olesen is the director of the Mayflower Early Childhood Center in South Minneapolis – a Montessori preschool program for children 16 months to 6 years old. She stops by the Morning Blend regularly to talk about family and parenting issues. This week Nanci speaks with KFAI's Ryan Dawes about how families adapt to a new baby.  

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  • KFAI is proud of its line-up of Sunday shows produced by members of immigrant communities in their native languages. Sometimes, members of our English-only speaking audience ask for more information about these programs, including details about content.

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  • Recently, Minneapolis played host to an annual tattoo convention. KFAI’s Rico Morales was there and talked to several people about their decision to have a permanent tattoo.

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