General News

  • The city of St. Paul has several large parcels of land in transition right now. Among them is the Ford Plant location in the Highland Park neighborhood on the banks of the Mississippi River, the former Dayton’s and Macy’s department store building downtown; the 3M property on the city’s east side and also the Hamm’s brewery location. Cecile Bedor is St. Paul’s Planning and Economic Development Director, she talked with Dale Connelly in The Morning Blend.

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  • This week on MinneCulture, KFAI producer Britt Amodt talks with historian Rhoda Gilman, Pam Brunfelt and Peter Rachleff.

    At the turn of the last century, Minnesota’s Iron Range was a cauldron of ethnicities and languages. From 1892 to 1914, more than 40 different ethnic groups immigrated there from the Old World, converging on one of the richest iron lodes in history.

    In 1907, a large-scale labor strike erupted on the Mesabi Range, led primarily by immigrant Finns. The strike raised questions about whether laborers had the right to strike for liveable wages, eight-hour work days and fair work practices. Though ultimately unsuccessful, the strike broke down cultural barriers and united miners under the common banner of organized labor.

    Tune in on Monday and Wednesday at 7:30pm.

  • The east side of Saint Paul is a self-described “area in transition.” In the mid-century, it was a hub for industry. Hamms brewery, Whirlpool and the 3M plant were all located there and supported thousands of blue collar jobs. But today, those businesses have closed down, and the area is in the process of re-branding itself as up-and-coming. KFAI’s Jemma Brown headed across town to explore St. Paul’s east side for herself.

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  • Tune into MinneCulture on Wednesday, April 24, at 7:30pm to hear a captivating audio documentary by Susan Gray. Second Chances: The Story of Fergus Falls State Hospital explores the history of a Minnesota landmark, and why a place on the National Register of Historic Places may not save it from demolition.

    In the late 19th century, insane asylums were built across the country in response to a national outcry over the treatment of the mentally ill. More than 75 asylums were designed using Dr. Thomas Kirkbride’s Moral Treatment Plan, which claimed that mental ailments could be alleviated with beautiful architecture and serene landscaping. The former State Hospital in Fergus Falls is one of the few remaining intact Kirbride hospitals in the country. Re-named the Regional Treatment Center in 1985, the building is destined for the wrecking ball if a developer is not soon found. KFAI producer Susan Gray spoke with preservation supporters to learn about the building’s historical significance to Fergus Falls, and the treatment of people with mental illness.

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    Attend Ray Covington and Guests After Hours – … on air live
    in-studio set hosted by The Lennie Chism Show at KFAI Radio
    Late Friday Night, Early Saturday Morning 2:30am-3:30am

    We’ll be livestreaming “The Lennie Chism Show” friday overnight or saturday morning between
    2:00 am – 6:00 am. We invite you to check it out.

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    Friday, April 19, two talented vocalists from different corners of the music world visit the Fubar Omniverse (10 AM-Noon).

  • Tuesday night, April 16 will mark a beginning for the 2013 political process as precinct caucuses are held and candidates are considered for party endorsement.
    In Minneapolis, six DFL’ers hope to get the party’s nod for the office of Mayor.
    KFAI talked with each candidate on The Morning Blend.

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  • KFAI’s Jemma Brown talks with Andy Sturdevant, who writes a column called “The Stroll” for Minn Post.

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  • Join us at “KFAI ROCKS”, our post-pledge rock benefit concert. Some of the Twin Cities hardest and most legendary rockers are donating their time and talents to help us raise funds for the station. Performers include The Mighty Mofos, Curtiss A & Dark Click, Gini Dodds, the Oddfathers, and Fret Rattles. The party takes place Sunday, April 14th from 2:30-7:30 (doors open at 2:00) at The Amsterdam Bar & Hall in downtown St. Paul.

    Always an entertaining performer, Curtiss A is…

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  • Edison High School Life Skills teacher Chris Pennington is campaigning to win ten thousand dollars. Thee prize is being awarded to The Most Innovative Teacher in America, through a contest called “The Great American Teach-Off”. Pennington has made it to the final round. It’s down to two educators Pennington and Everett Rodriguez, a music teacher at Liberty High School in Glen Daniel West Virginia.

    All the voting is done online and there are 4 days left until a winner is declared. Chris Pennington joined Mike Fischbein and Flor Frey on KFAI’s Morning Blend.

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