General News

  • With the slow but sure progress we’ve made towards warmer weather, a lot of outdoor activities are finally getting started.

    “Community Sing” is one of those communal events. The group gathers regularly and welcomes all comers in mass singing event. The first one of the season is Saturday, May 18th at Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis.

    Betty Tisel and Bret Hesla are part of Community Sing. They talked with Terry Carter and Ron Thums on KFAI’s Morning Blend.

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  • The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority has unveiled its design for a new Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis.

    The Star Tribune reports that new building will be nearly twice the size of the Metrodome, with an asymmetrical shape that mimics the prow of a ship or a jagged iceberg.

    The building facade will be made of metal panels and a glazed glass curtain wall. A walkway will surround the stadium, leading fans to and from stadium gates.

    Five 95-foot-tall pivoting glass doors at concourse level will allow fans to enter and exit a plaza that’s more than 2 acres in size just outside the stadium.

    The design by HKS Architects skips the much-discussed idea of a retractable cover in favor of a transparent glass-like polymer that will make up the south facing section of the stadium roof.

    KFAI’s Christina Cerruti talked about the plans with city officials, desginers and Vikings fans who attended the event.

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  • North Dakota’s oil boom has made lots of people rich, including workers. Many people are buying new toys: pickups, boats and the like. But one woman is spending her oil field cash on a budding Minneapolis music career. KFAI’s Todd Melby has the story.

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  • This year’s Art-a-Whirl in Northeast Minneapolis will feature a 9 foot tall sculptural work called “Ode to Gluten”. The creator of the sculpture is two-time Minnesota Art Teacher of the Year Barbara Bridges. Mentored by Women’s Art Resources of Minnesota (WARM), Bridges took on the project with the intention of staring a conversation about wheat – its past, present and future role in our diet.

    She talked with KFAI’s Dale Connelly.

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  • KFAI’s Morning Blend presented a collection of opinions on the marriage bill approved on Thursday by the Minnesota House. Christina Cerruti talked with people outside the House Chamber.

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  • Best Academy in Minneapolis is an award winning charter school educating African American boys in kindergarten through 8th grade. Last week the school received a ten thousand dollar prize from a group called the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color – a Chicago-based organization that promotes solutions to the racial achievement gap nationwide.
    Best Academy is having a celebration of its successes later today at the Heritage Park YMCA at 1015 4th Avenue North in Minneapolis.
    The school’s CEO, Eric Mahmoud was added to the National Public Charter Schools Hall of Fame last summer. He’s been called “a rock-star educator.” Eric Mahmoud talked with KFAI’s Bob Hines, who asked what he thought was the greatest success he’s seen at Best Academy.

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    Date: May 7, 2013
    Contact: Nancy Sartor, Project Manager, 612-501-9479 or

    Five KFAI producers have received Page One Awards from the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). Jessica Folker, Dan Greenwood, Marisa Helms and Daniel Zamzow won awards for work they produced for KFAI’s Legacy Project—the station’s arts and culture initiative managed by Nancy Sartor. KFAI’s Libby Donohue was also recognized with a Page One Award for a story she produced for News Director Dale Connelly.

    KFAI’s Legacy Project includes short features that are broadcast on the Morning Blend (Monday through Friday from 6 to 8am), and audio documentaries and live performances that air during MinneCulture (Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30 to 8pm). Now in its third cycle, the Legacy Project is supported by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Links to KFAI’s Legacy stories can be found at

    SPJ’s Page One Awards honor the best in journalism from across the state. A banquet celebrating the winners takes place on June 18 at the Town & Country Club in St. Paul.

    2013 Page One Award Winners:

    Jessica Folker – Military Intelligence Service Language School at Fort Snelling
    Category: Mini-documentary/In-depth series [Radio]

    Dan Greenwood – West Hills State School: A Troubled Past for the Owatonna Orphanage
    Category: Feature-length documentary [Radio]

    Marisa Helms – Third Home from Burma: Minnesota’s Karen Community
    Category: Feature-length documentary [Radio]

    Daniel Zamzow – Twin Cities Hmong Hip-Hop on the Rise
    Category: Feature [Radio]

    Libby Donohue – Walker Church Destroyed, Community Looks to Future
    Category: Hard News Report [Radio]

  • Luisa Garcia-Gomez and Crystal Quinn harmoniously combine their talents to create handmade shoes, called Ina Grau. KFAI met up with the women at their studio, where they talked about how their Colombian heritage and U.S. experiences have influenced their collection

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  • Trista Harris is the Executive Director of the Headwaters Foundation.
    Tonight the Humphrey School for Public Affairs will honor her with a Public Leadership award for her efforts to foster inclusion for Minnesota’s many and growing immigrant groups.
    She talked with KFAI’s Yvette Howie, who asked Harris how she became interested in social justice.

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  • Nobel Peace Prize nominee and author Dr. Hawa Abdi was in Minneapolis at the beginning of April as part of her national book tour for Keeping Hope Alive- a memoir about her life and work in Somalia. Named the Mother Theresa of Somalia, she has offered shelter and aid to thousands in her country since civil war began in Somalia in 1991. KFAI’s Christina Cerruti has this report.

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