Recent News

  • Despite Governor Pawlenty’s letter to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger asking him to keep Sara Jane Olson in California to serve out her parole, Olson was released early this morning and will return to Minnesota where she will be under the supervision of Ramsey County Community Corrections.

  • Two years ago, education proponents wanted to find out what can be done to make it easier for immigrants to reach a higher level of education. KFAI reporter Sara Abdelaal met with two members of the committee to discuss the findings from their research.

  • Minnesota’s 86th legislative session assembled at the State Capitol in early January with 23 newly elected members to the House of Representatives. Bobby Joe Champion was sworn in under the looming presence of a multi-billion dollar state budget deficit.

  • RNC protestor David McKay’s retrial was to begin today, but US District Judge Michael Davis refused McKay’s attempt to plead guilty. McKay is accused of making Molotov Cocktails during the Republican National Convention in St. Paul last summer. His first trial in January ended in a hung jury.

  • Women’s History Month Special with Dixie Treichel & John Townsend on Fresh Fruit Thursday March 19th from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm

    With guests:

    Bettina Schelker, Swiss Singer/Songwriter, Women’s Boxing Champion, Teacher, and Activist

    Ina Nicosia-Schelker, Professional basketball player, Teacher, and Activist

    Ali Sands, Writer and activist

    *Melissa Birch, Performer, Writer, and

  • Wellstone Action’s flagship training program, Camp Wellstone, was developed to continue a legacy of service by former Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone and his family and staff. The program now has over 16,000 graduates, several hundred of whom have successfully become elected officials, according to Wellstone Action.

  • The US House of Representatives passed a bill today that would provide local communities and states with 19.4 billion dollars to fix sewage problems and water pollution. Representative Betty McCollum of St. Paul spoke to KFAI News Director Ahndi Fridell about that bill and other issues facing Congress this week.

  • Abdirahman Mukhtar is a youth program manager at the Brian Coyle Community Center in Minneapolis. He testified in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs in Washington, D.C. this morning about missing Somali youth who have been recruited to fight in Somalia. He spoke to KFAI News Director Ahndi Fridell on the telephone after his testimony.
    March 11, 2009

  • _A few years ago, Twin Cities resident AbdulAziz Al-Salim was looking for a witty, Muslim-themed t-shirt but all he could find were fairly unimaginative creations. So the 23-year-old started his own company to design and sell shirts with a Muslim point of view.

  • _Somali immigrants came to the US as refugees and asylees over the past 10 years. Children that arrived here in 1990s know Minnesota as their home. But if they get convicted of a crime – even a minor theft, they could lose their immigration status and get deportation ordered for Somalia.