General News

  • Ever since Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak announced he would not run for reelection, it has been a volatile race for mayor of Minneapolis. At least 10 candidates entered the contest. On Saturday, DFL activists gathered at the Minneapolis Convention Center to narrow the field by bestowing an endorsement on one candidate, but after thirteen hours of speeches, votes and political drama, the conference ended in a stalemate. KFAI’s Trisha Collopy and Sagirah Shahid were there, and they collaborated to file this report.

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  • Built in the 1890s, the Kirkbride state hospital in Fergus Falls has had a controversial past. Despite being listed on the state’s historical registry, it had been slated for demolition. Last week the Fergus Falls city council agreed to allow a developer from Georgia to convert the vacant treatment center into a $41-million-dollar facility, featuring apartments, a hotel, a gym, and restaurants.

    On the next MinneCulture, KFAI producer Susan Gray presents Second Chances: The Story of Fergus Falls State Hospital, and explores the history of this rural institution. Tune in Monday and Wednesday, June 17 and 19, from 7:30 to 8pm.

  • Next week, an “epic aerial musical” will take flight in the Twin Cities.  “Herocycle” is a play that’s set in the psyche of Evel Kneivel as he prepares to take his last epic jump – described as a passage from this world into the next. 

    Eric Hoover is credited as producer and with helping to conceive the play.  He appears in it as Robert Kneivel. co starring with another actor pottraying the daredevil, Evel. 

    Hoover talked with Paul Brohaugh on KFAI's Morning Blend.  

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  • Tune in to Health Notes at 6:30 pm Monday, June 10. The topic for the evening is Validation—recognizing and accepting your child’s thoughts and feelings, regardless of whether or not you feel that your child should be experiencing them—helps children develop a lifelong sense of self-worth. Children who are validated feel reassured that they will be accepted and loved regardless of their feelings, while children who are not validated are more vulnerable.

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  • Minneapolis has earned its first ever “5-park bench rating” from the Trust for Public Land.  The city took first place in the Trust's ParkScore Index, pulling away from last year's winner, San Francisco.

    John Erwin is the President of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. John talked about the ahchievement with Siobhan Keirans on KFAI’s Morning Blend.

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  • EJ Ajax, co-owner and vice president of EJ Ajax and Sons. He’s a third generation metal-former and leads a company founded by his grandfather in 1945.

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  • A coalition of young voters, led by two youth workers, organized a forum featuring the candidates for Mayor of Minneapolis.  The goal was to insist that the people who want to lead the city address the issue of racial inequality. 

    KFAI's Trisha Collopy attended the forum on Thursday, June 6th.  She talked with KFAI's Brenda Bell Brown on the Morning Blend.  

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  • Neal Karlen talked about his book with Brenda Bell Brown on KFAI’s Morning Blend.

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  • Amoke Kubat talked with Brenda Bell Brown on KFAI’s Morning Blend.

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  • Much has been made of the use of new media as an element in the revolutionary activism that is part of the Arab Spring.  

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