December 26, 2012 is the 150th anniversary of the largest mass hanging in U.S. history. 

The executions happened in Mankato, Minnesota at the order of President Abraham Lincoln.  In 1862 the president commuted the death sentences of hundreds of Dakota who had been rounded up following weeks of fighting and killing between Native people and white settlers along the Minnesota River.  The president let 38 death sentences stand. 

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Minnesota’s Revenue Commissioner, Myron Frans, has been traveling around the state for much of the past year, carrying a three legged stool as a prop while he gives a presentation on our tax system.   If it sounds like a big night out, you could be right.  Tax policy is going to be a major issue during the coming legislative session in St. Paul. 

Tonight (December 19, 2012),  Commissioner Frans will hold a tax reform town hall meeting in St. Paul at the Northdale Recreation Center at 14 14 St. Albans Street North at 7pm. 

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Central Avenue in North East Minneapolis is a bustling corridor lined with businesses that offer a wide variety of services and exotic foods.  There are also some empty storefronts and vacant buildings.    A group of people who live and work in the area are trying to change that through the formation of a cooperative focused on development.   Individuals buy into the co-op and their money is pooled to start projects.  Eighty one members are in the group so far, and last week the North East Investment Co-op announced that it has signed its first purchase agree

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December 21, 2012
 

 

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler has announced  that Dr. Katrice Albert will become the University’s new Vice President for Equity and Diversity.  Dr. Albert has played a similar role at Louisiana State University for the past 7 years.  The Equity and Diversity post at the U of M has been vacant for two years.    With the approval of the Board of Regents, Dr. Albert will begin on June 28th of 2013.  She talked with Dale Connelly and Miguel Vargas on KFAI's Morning Blend.  

 

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It's estimated that more than forty thousand people in Minnesota provide home health care for elderly or disabled people.  Some of them have the power to form a union, but fifteen to twenty thousand of these Personal Care Assistants (PCA’s) work under the direction of the person receiving the health care.  And they can’t, by state law, organize or bargain for their wages. 

One of Minnesota’s largest unions wants to change that. 

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Work on the Central Corridor Light Rail line is on schedule and planners say the 2012 construction season was a success.  The track is in place and the 18 stations are largely built.  It looks like a light rail line now, except for the overhead wires that power the engines and the train cars themselves. 

Laura Baenen is Communications manager for the Central Corridor LRT.  She talked with Dale Connelly and Paul Brohaugh on KFAI's Morning Blend.

 

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Dear KFAI Community,

It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Suzann Eisenberg Murray as KFAI’s new Interim Executive Director.

Suzann is a founding partner of the Dendros Group, a dynamic St. Paul-based consulting firm. She has extensive experience providing capacity building, executive transition management, strategic planning and leadership to nonprofit, government and public/private sector collaborations. Suzann has 20 years of experience serving a wide variety of nonprofit organizations as an executive director, senior program director, trainer and board member. Prior to entering the non-profit field, she spent 17 years in the private sector serving as a corporate trainer, executive level manager and business owner of a full service public relations and communications firm.

The organization “Community Action Against Racism” sponsored a meeting over the weekend to talk about how communities of color are covered in the media. The aim was to start a process for setting standards that news organizations can use as guidelines for equitable reporting.
KFAI was a co-sponsor of the event, along with the Main Street Project.
The keynote speaker was Lissa Jones , host of the program “Urban Agenda” on KMOJ-FM.
A segment of Jones’ speech was featured on KFAI’s Morning Blend.
Here’s the entire address.

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December 30, 2012