General News

  • 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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  • 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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