Believe it or not, it’s already time for families to start thinking about children going back to school. Back-to-school supplies are an expense for every family – and for some the cost is prohibitive.

To address this situation, an Edina-based business brokerage firm, the Calhoun Companies, has formed a partnership with Ace in the City, a non-profit organization based in the Powderhorn neighborhood of Minneapolis. Together they’re assembling backpacks full of school supplies as a way to help neighborhood families prepare for the beginning of the year, and also to raise funds for Ace in the City’s after-school programs.

Andy Kocemba is President of Calhoun Companies and Tim Anderson is Executive Director of Ace in the City. They talked with KFAI’s Janis Lane-Ewart, who asked the pair why they had decided to form a partnership to provide backpacks.

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Recently, The Metropolitan Council announced the release of a regional transit equity plan that promises to invest in bus rapid transit and light rail transit, in order to improve service to what the council describes as “racially concentrated areas of poverty and job centers throughout the region.”

The plan, which is to be implemented over the next five to fifteen years, also calls for increasing the number of bus shelters in these areas.

The Metro Council has opened the plan for public comment, and one of the first organizations to weigh in was ISAIAH, a non-profit coalition of over 100 congregations from various faith traditions working on establishing racial and economic justice.

Recently, KFAI’s Yvette Howie spoke with ISAIAH’s Strategic Campaign Coordinator Lars Negstad. Negstad attended a meeting where the plan was to be released, but he called the result “… a bit confusing.”

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Tune in Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 7pm to hear a mixed bag of queer-a-licious theater, music & dance. A menagerie of guests from the Minnesota Fringe Festival come on Fresh Fruit to talk about their shows with LGBTQ content, creators, and/or performers. Each guest gets 5 minutes to plug their show and then it’s on to the next. It’s crazy, kooky and queer!

To create a totally joyous life, a life of your dreams? Some people have read book after book on the subject, and they still haven’t managed to make it happen. (Not their fault, really – the instructions just haven’t been clear enough, or easy enough to implement into daily life).

Well, according to Boni Lonnsburry, you already HAVE what it takes. You’ve had it all along. Sometimes though we just need a little help finding it, and to be shown how to use it.

Boni’s been working with the principles of “conscious creation” (also known as “manifestation”) for nearly thirty years – studying and working with dozens (if not HUNDREDS) of teachers, authors, and healers.

Boni has also looked inward, and scoured her own conscious and subconscious minds for what caused her most disappointing and painful realities, as well as the most successful and triumphant ones. Then she painstakingly broke down every area of her life and, bit by bit, built it back up exactly the way she wanted it.

And when she was done, she collected everything together and created…“The Map”

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Its the 2014 SUMMERTIME SPECTACULAR SHOW!! Join web exclusive radio/computer show JAZZED UP AND BONKERS as Dan and Travis play all your favorite weird oldies and summertime punk songs.
They also receive a live, on-the-spot report from Rock and Roll Know-It-All SANDY SHOCKS as she covers a live summertime fireworks display!
Grab your swimsuit, beach blanket, suntan oil and computer radio and have a blast as we celebrate the best time of the year!! Good job everybody!!

The Metropolitan Council and the city of Minneapolis have announced a tentative agreement regarding the configuration of the Southwest Light Rail Project.

The project’s path through the city of Minneapolis has been controversial, and the mediated agreement requires approval from a number of cities and government agencies before construction can begin.

After the deal was announced yesterday, opponents weighed in as South West Light Rail Train advocates moved quickly to meet deadlines for getting federal money.

Rico Morales filed this report.

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The World Cup competition in Brazil will conclude on July 13th. The process of narrowing the field to two finalists is nearly complete, much to the dismay of residents of the host country, Brazil. Pablo Miranda, co-host of the KFAI show Latino Alt Rock, explained the situation to Wednesday Morning Blend Host Mike Fischbein.

Like many physicians, Dr. Terry Wahls focused on treating her patients’ ailments with drugs or surgical procedures—until she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2000. Within three years, her back and stomach muscles had weakened to the point where she needed a tilt-recline wheelchair. Conventional medical treatments were failing her, and she feared that she would be bedridden for the rest of her life.

Dr. Wahls began studying the latest research on autoimmune disease and brain biology, and decided to get her vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids from the food she ate rather than pills and supplements. Dr. Wahl’s adopted the nutrient-rich paleo diet, gradually refining and integrating it into a regimen of neuromuscular stimulation. First, she walked slowly, then steadily, and then she biked eighteen miles in a single day. In November 2011, Dr. Wahls shared her remarkable recovery in a TEDx talk that immediately went viral. Now, in The Wahls Protocol, she shares the details of the protocol that allowed her to reverse many of her symptoms, get back to her life, and embark on a new mission: to share the Wahls Protocol with others suffering from the ravages of multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune conditions.

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There is a primary election scheduled for August 12th, when Minnesota voters will help narrow the field in statewide and local contests.

Perhaps the most high-profile primaries are in the Republican Party this year, where multiple candidates are seeking the party’s endorsement to run for Governor and U.S. Senator. In the DFL, one Minneapolis race is drawing lots of attention as Mahamoud (mock-MOOD) Noor challenges long-serving House member Phyllis Kahn.

August 12th may still seem like a long way off, but primary elections can come and go before you realize you had an opportunity to cast a ballot. But there’s an added wrinkle this election year – all Minnesotans are now able to vote absentee without giving an excuse.

Anissa Hollingshead is the Elections Outreach Coordinator with the Minneapolis City Clerk’s office. She talked with KFAI’s Xan Holston about how absentee voting has changed.

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