General News

  • 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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  • Betsy Hodges is a member of the Minneapolis City Council, representing Ward 13.
    She has been active with the Minnesota Justice Foundation and Take Action Minnesota, and points with pride to her work on the council regarding financial and equity issues.
    She stopped by KFAI and talked with host Willie Dominguez on the show Sabados Alegres.

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  • An exhibition called “Perspectives – (re)Defining the Asian American Experience” is happening on Saturday night, October 19th, at the Neighborhood House in St. Paul.

    Chay Douangphouxay is part of the presentation. She’s a spoken word artist of Asian decent. She stopped by KFAI and talked with Dale Connelly on The Morning Blend. Chay shares a little bit about her personal background and how she came to be the artist she is today, re-defining the Asian American Experience and drawing influence from the Asian Community. She also talks about how her living experience in a Thai refugee camp contributes to her work in spoken word and affects her life today in the Minneapolis North side projects.

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  • This week MinneCulture presents youth poets from across the Twin Cities. The Capri Theater in North Minneapolis stages an open-mic event on the first Monday of every month. Recently, young people participating in the Brave New Voices international youth poetry tournament performed to a full house. Hear their passion and connect with this new generation of poets, coached by local poet/educator Guante, and hosted by hip-hop/spoken-word/community advocate Tish Jones of TruArtSpeaks.

    MinneCulture airs every Wednesday evening from 7:30-8pm. This program was produced for KFAI by Daniel Zamzow, and is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.