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  • A new report highlights the importance of equity to Minnesota’s economic future.
    “Minnesota’s Tomorrow – Equity is the Superior Growth Model” was commissioned by several local organizations, including the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation. The research was done by a national group called Policy Link. Policy Link’s mission is to advance economic and social equity.
    Stacey Millett is a Senior Program Officer with Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and Jennifer Tran is a researcher with Policy Link. They stopped by KFAI to talk with Morning Blend host Mike Fischbein.

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  • Thanks to our many listeners and volunteers who submitted testimonials to the “The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge” on why KFAI needs a new website.

    I am pleased to announce that KFAI has been selected, among 18 Twin Cities nonprofits, to receive 24 consecutive hours of web development. That’s about 240 hours of web development for each nonprofit.

    We at KFAI would like to thank the Nerdery and all of the nerds (web pros) who have volunteered their time and talents to this important project that will benefit our community!

    I look forward to introducing our new and improved website later this year!

    Again, thank you for your support!

    Willie Dean, Ph.D.
    Executive Director

  • Minnesota military veterans are invited to take part in an arts retreat as part of the Red Wing Community Veterans Project, all expenses paid. The Red Wing Arts Association shines a light on veterans this year in May and June; this retreat is part of that focus. Veterans of all ages will have a chance to explore art in a variety of genres at the Villa Maria Retreat and Conference Center May 19th through May 24th.

  • In Entering the Healing Ground¸ author and soul activist Francis Weller, offers a new vision of grief and sorrow. He reveals the hidden vitality in grief, uncovered when the heart welcomes the sorrows of our life and those of the world. We are ripened in times of loss, made more human by the rites of grief. Through story, poetry and insightful reflections, Francis offers a meditation on the healing power of grief. Kinshasha hosts a powerful conversation that you do not want to miss.
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  • Jeremiah Ellis joined the Gardening Matters team after years of working in public and non-profit administration. That work toward eliminating disparities in our community lead him toward food justice as an element of the social justice continuum. Upon completing Americorps service with senior citizens in Florida and theological studies in San Antonio, Jeremiah returned to his native Minnesota, where his family has lived for generations. He and his wife garden & compost at their St. Paul home. In his spare time Jeremiah takes on leadership roles with the St. Paul Area Council of Churches, the Neighborhood Sales Tax Revitalization (STAR) Board and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.

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  • Beverly McClellan is a singer of stunning power and range, drawing comparisons to Etta James, Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt and Melissa Etheridge, to name just a few. She is an openly lesbian blues singer who made her national television debut on NBC-TV’s The Voice where she worked with Christina Aguilera and has since toured with BB King, performed with Steve Vai, Cyndi Lauper Jonny Lang, Robert Cray and Keb Mo, at the GLAAD Media Awards, Pride festivals and numerous clubs. Beverly McClellan will be performing at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis on March 21 at 8pm.

  • This week the Alzheimer’s Association released a new report on the disease and the latest statistics revealed that this disabling brain condition is a profound threat to the health of women. The new information debunks some common assumptions about Alzheimer’s, and found that women in their 60’s are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s as another greatly feared disease – breast cancer.
    Debbie Richman is the education and outreach director for the Alzheimer’s Association. She talked with KFAI’s Paul Brohaugh.

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  • This coming Sunday at 10:30 am, Plymouth Congregational Church in South Minneapolis will present a unique worship service – one built around the musical and spoken word art form of hip hop. Plymouth’s Senior Minister James Gertmenian hopes bringing together a rapper, a band and a youth choir will strengthen the spirituality of those who attend, even while he recognizes that some parishioners may not immediately see the connection between hip hop and heaven.

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  • Since 1957, the Minnesota Council on Crime and Justice has tackled many issues in Minnesota’s criminal justice system to advocate within the system and reduce the overall impact and consequences of a criminal record. The Council on Crime and Justice and the MN Second Chance Coalition has joined hundreds of former offenders and their supporters to address the disenfranchisement of those who want to vote, find jobs, housing, and other issues.

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  • Gina Miranda Kingsley is a Meso-American Mayan Time Keeper.

    Gina is an expert on the Mayan Calendar a 5,000 year old vehicle of predictions and spirituality. The Mayan calendar is an ancient device filled with secret codes. Ancient Mayans were not only mystics, but they were scientists that delved into the origins of life.
    Gina Miranda Kingsley is a scientist that studies and tracks the calendars to look for the secret codes within. Her website explores and reveals the complexities hidden within the calendar. She discusses such topics as: What are the Maya; Heroic Feminine Values; How Your Birthdate Effects Your life; Mayan Spiritual Manifestations during Ceremonies

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