General News

  • The Katha Dance Theater of Minneapolis is staging the world premiere of Karna: The Abandoned Hero this weekend at the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium at Saint Catherine University in Saint Paul.

    The artists behind this work claim it is the first Asian Indian / African American dance opera collaboration in the world.

    KFAI correspondent Ryan Dawes filed this report.

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  • Diane Hofstede represents Ward 3 on the Minneapolis City Council.
    She began her career as a Minneapolis public school teacher at North High School in North Minneapolis, and at Northeast Junior High. She was a curriculum writer for the Minneapolis School District where she trained teachers and administrators in all Minneapolis junior and senior high schools in non-racist and non-sexist teaching/curriculum techniques. Hofstede has represented Ward 3 since 2006. Although she has had the DFL endorsement in the past. Hofstede does not have it this time. Instead, the endorsement went to her opponent, Jacob Frey.Diane Hofstede talked about that with KFAI’s Trisha Collopy.

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  • Kristina Gronquist has lived in the 3rd Ward for the last twelve years. She has been a business owner, renter, landlord, single parent and a homeowner.
    Gronquist is the Assistant General Manager of the Eastside Food Cooperative and Treasurer on the Board of the St. Anthony West Neighborhood Association. She’s a founding member of the Northeast Investment Co-op (NEIC) and a volunteer with Achieve Mpls, the nonprofit partner of the Mpls. Public Schools.
    Gronquist is endorsed by the Green Party.
    She talked with KFAI’s Dale Connelly about her reasons for running, starting with her frustration over last year’s city council decision that a city charter provision that requires a referendum on big public expenditures for sports facilities didn’t apply to the Vikings stadium project.

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  • Minneapolis city offices up for election include all 13 seats on the City Council. One of the most hotly contested is in Ward three which straddles the Mississippi River east and north of downtown.
    Four candidates are running in Ward 3.
    One of them is Michael Katch, who has two endorsements – one from the Libertarian Party and one from the Pirate Party. Katch has criticized the council for being what he calls “hobby real estate developers.”
    As a Libertarian, he believes economic development should come from the private sector without incentives from the city.
    Katch talked with KFAI’s Dale Connelly, who asked about a recent development scuffle in the Dinkytown neighborhood of ward 3.

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  • Dan Cohen served on the city council for four years in the 1960’s. He has also been on the city’s charter and planning commissions – he’s still a member of the planning commission.
    Among the candidates – Cohen has the largest amount of money to spend – the proceeds of a lawsuit he won against the Star Tribune when he was identified as a source for a political story after being promised anonymity.
    Dan Cohen came to the KFAI studios and talked with Dale Connelly about the moment when he realized he wanted to run for mayor.

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  • Perennial candidate Ole Savior met recently with KFAI’s Alex Forbes to discuss the issues and his decision to run for Minneapolis mayor. Savior has appeared on the ballot many times before while making a bid for different offices.
    Alex Forbes asked him how many times he has run.

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  • Every Monday night at the HUGE Theater in Uptown, Minneapolis, the Theater of Public Policy takes a close look at weighty issues and lightens them using the magic of humor.
    And every Monday morning the mirthful wonks from T2P2 offer KFAI Morning Blend listeners a public policy quiz.

    Today’s topic: Mandatory Minimum Sentencing.

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  • Natalie Warren is part of a thirteen person expedition paddling the length of the Mississippi River. We check in with her on Wednesday mornings along the way. KFAI’s Mike Fischbien talked with Natalie Warren when she and her crew were located in Muscatine Iowa. They expect to arrive in New Orleans in late November or early December.
    You can follow the trip online at

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  • Minneapolis will elect a new mayor on Nov.5th .Voters will have a wide range of choices, with 35 names appearing on the ballot. KFAI has extended an invitation to all of the candidates, and so far twenty seven have accepted the offer to be interviewed here at KFAI. Joshua Rea, is a independent candidate for Mayor of Minneapolis. He talked with KFAI’s Ben Lauer.

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  • In just about two weeks, voters in St. Paul and Minneapolis will go to the polls to use Ranked Choice Voting in city elections.  In Minneapolis, some tightly contested, multi candidate races will give the relatively new Ranked Choice Voting system a chance to show its value – if voters AND candidates understand how to use it. 

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