General News

    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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  • The KFAI Board of Directors announces its search for a new Executive Director. Please follow the link to see a full position profile and details. The deadline for submitting resumes is Monday, May 13th, 2013. This is a wonderful opportunity for the right person to lead KFAI into the future and make a real difference in our community. Please feel free to distribute this position announcement throughout your networks. We will keep the community informed as to our progress with the search. We hope to have a new Executive Director on board in June.

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  • 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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