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Somalia is not known for business development and access to formal banking is basically nonexistent for a large sector of the population.
Seven out of ten people are under 30 years old. Unemployment is about 65%. A lingering civil war and violent confrontations between insurgent groups and the skeletal government make planning difficult. In spite of these challenges, the Minnesota-based American Refugee Committee is working to advance the Somali economy. ARC has teamed up with a leading money transfer service and a Qatar-based social enterprise to create Somalia’s first micro-lending program. The program will provide money and offer business training to people hoping to work in fishing, carpentry, tailoring and other small businesses. The Kaah Islamic Micro-finance Service, or KIMS, has opened in Hargeisa, Somaliland. The American Refugee Committee’s Said Sheik-Abdi was recently in East Africa. He stopped by KFAI and talked with Paul Brohaugh about how micro-lending can make a difference in Somalia.

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The Twin Cities World Refugee Day Celebration is a locally organized festival that celebrates the more than 100,000 refugees living in Minnesota.
This annual event is Saturday June 14th, from noon to 5 at the Wellstone Center at the Neighborhood House on St. Paul’s West Side.
The event is a collaboration between resettlement agencies, community based organizations, for-profit entities and ordinary citizens to recognize and celebrate refugees’ journeys to their new homes in the Twin Cities. Ifrah Mansour and Caroline Nguyen Ticarro-Parker are two of the Honorary Chairs who will leads this year’s event, They taled with KFAI’s Mike Fischbein.

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Wed, June 11, 7:30pm
Ham Radio in Minnesota
Produced by Dixie Treichel

Amateur radio, also known as “ham” radio, allows licensed participants to operate communications equipment. It began in the late 1800s, with the experimentation and development of wireless transmission. No one is exactly sure where the term “ham” comes from, but Minnesota has about 12,000 amateur radio operators and more than 50 radio clubs. One of the oldest clubs—the St. Paul Radio Club founded in 1931.

Tonight on MinneCulture, Dixie Treichel explores the world of ham radio—from public service and emergency work, to experimentation and clubs. With input from local amateur radio operators, including Ralph and Janet Bierbaum, Emanuel “Manny” Block, Twila Greenheck, Henry Kinane, Allan Klein, Orcena “Orcy” Lyle, Keith Miller, George Power, Janet & Janice Robidoux, Mike Stapp.

Tune in from 7:30 to 8pm on MinneCulture.

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Soccer’s World Cup is set to begin in Brazil.
This week on the Morning Blend, Pablo Miranda of the KFAI show “Latino Alt Rock” has been getting us ready with a series of World Cup Updates – talking to people in the Twin Cities who know and love the sport about an event that will draw a huge global audience.
In this episode, a pair Pablo calls the “most committed” fútbol couple he knows in the Twin Cities explain who will win, and in some cases, why.

On June 9th, President Bill Clinton accepted the Dean’s Award for Public Leadership from the Humphrey School for Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Clinton’s appearance was part of the Humphrey School’s yearlong series of events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
KFAI’s Christina Cerruti filed a report.

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Do you need to be rescued from bad eating habits and junk food? Are you looking to adopt a healthier lifestyle but don’t know where to begin? Well, fear not because Lisa Cain, a.k.a. “Snack Girl,” is here to help! A busy mother of two, Lisa faces the same challenges to healthy eating that we all do—unlimited access to junk food, a jam-packed schedule, a tight budget, and a love of delicious food. So in Snack Girl to the Rescue, she has created a way to make small changes that will make a difference in how you eat and live

Health Notes airs Mondays 6:30-7:30PM

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Soccer’s World Cup is set to begin in Brazil.
This week on the Morning Blend, Pablo Miranda of the KFAI show “Latino Alt Rock” has been getting us ready with a series of World Cup Updates – talking to people in the Twin Cities who know and love the sport about an event that will draw a huge global audience.
In this episode, a pair Pablo calls the “most committed” fútbol couple he knows in the Twin Cities.

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Each week, KFAI’s Cinema Shanty considers a current film that will screen in the Twin Cities. Join Peter Schilling and Kathie Smith as they discuss the most engaging and provocative cinema being produced today. This week, The Dance of Reality, produced and directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky. The film is based on Jodorowsky’s autobiography, blending personal history with metaphor, mythology and poetry.

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The new Green Line LRT will open on June 14th, connecting the downtowns of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Building the eleven mile long line has cost almost one billion dollars, not counting additional investments that have come along for housing and businesses along the route.

Most of the Green Line is in the City of St. Paul.

To build on the energy and work already underway, the Knight Foundation has decided to provide one and one half million dollars in additional support for community projects through the Green Line Challenge.

Starting on June 24th, the organization will accept short applications from anyone in the community with an idea than takes place in, and benefits, at least one of the six St. Paul neighborhoods touched by the Green Line.

The Knight Foundation’s Polly Talen talked with KFAI’s Rico Morales, and told him the Green Line Challenge has been years in the making.

Willie Murphy has been a fixture on the Twin Cities music scene for decades.
Tonight he’ll be featured as part of the “Freewheelin’ First Fridays” series at Harriet Brewing in Minneapolis – a KFAI presentation connected to the show Freewheelin’, hosted by Jackson Buck on Wednesday afternoons.
Earlier this week Willie Murphy stopped by to talk with Jackson about his life growing up in Minneapolis and the music he’s making today.

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