General News

  • The owner of the Washington Redskins can expect a chilly reception when he arrives at the Metrodome for tonight’s game against the Vikings. Elected city and state officials, along with local journalists, have publicly urged owner Dan Synder to change the team name and mascot. At a pre-game rally organized by the American Indian Movement, U.S. Representative Betty McCollum will join Olympian Billy Mills to protest the use of racial slurs in a public sports facility. KFAI Reporter Susan Gray spoke to Dave Zirin, sports columnist at The Nation, to learn why the calls for change are growing louder.

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  • This weekend and next at Concordia College in St. Paul, the non-profit organization Spirit In The House is sponsoring Forgiveness 360. The idea is to draw on real experiences, science and the arts to look at forgiveness as a positive force in human lives. As part of the symposium, Storyteller Nancy Donoval will present her one-woman show “The Road to Shameless – A Survivor’s Tale of Date Rape and Recovery.” Donoval and event organizer Dean Seal of Spirit In The House stopped by KFAI and talked to Paul Brohaugh on The Morning Blend.

    • Does forgiveness have a bad rap in popular culture?Dean Seal is here in the studio with

    • Nancy, your one person show is called “The Tell us about the

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  • Germaine Gemberling Live at Lee’s

    Germaine Gemberling is a singer-songwriter born and raised in St. Paul. She began studying music a child, and grew up on in the midst of the indie-rock explosion that brought us the Replacements, Husker Du, Jayhawks and Soul Asylum. She fronted her first band at 17—the all-girl punk band SMUT—who signed to Spanish Fly/Twin-Tone Records in 1992. A few years later Germaine left the Twin Cities for the beauty and solitude of northern Minnesota. She performs with her folk-rock band, Junkboat, as well as acoustically and with Rich Mattson and Ol’ Yeller. Her most recent release, Generator, was recorded at Sparta Sound in 2013.

    She performed recently at Lee’s Liquor Lounge in Minneapolis. This program was recorded and edited for MinneCulture by Tom Garneau. It airs Wed, Nov 6 from 7:30-8pm. MinneCulture is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

  • Natalie Warren is part of an 11 person expedition paddling down the Mississippi River. We check in with her on Wednesday mornings along the way, she talks with KFAI’s Mike Fischbein on the Morning Blend. They expect to arrive in New Orleans in late November or early December, She and her crew are currently going through Kentucky on the great Mississippi River.

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  • Tuesday November 5th at 8pm, KFAI will present live election coverage. Andy Driscoll will host along with Bob Meek at the KFAI studios at Cedar and Riverside in Minneapolis.
    Guests will include Mary Turck of the Daily Planet, David Brauer of Minn Post, and Charles Hallman of the Spokesman-Recorder.

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  • ReelAbilities largest film festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness about people with disabilities—is coming to Minneapolis for the first time. From November 1-5, films will screen at St. Anthony Main Theater in Minneapolis.

    Based in New York, the festival began in 2007 to present award winning films by and about people with disabilities. It travels to multiple locations ,and this year is stopping in the Twin Cities for screenings, discussions and other events to celebrate diversity and our shared human experience.

    Partnership Resources Inc. was instrumental in bringing ReelAbilities to Minneapolis. The local nonprofit organization serves more than 200 clients with various developmental disabilities. In addition to job training and placement, PRI also offers creative outlets, including arts, a glee club and a theater group. KFAI producer Katey DeCelle met with PRI actors to learn more about their passion for the stage. The troupe was featured in a documentary film entitled, “Born for the Stage,” which garnered national acclaim.

    To learn more about the film festival, visit Reel Abilities. To hear Katey’s piece, click on Born for the Stage.

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  • 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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