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On Thursday, November 5th, more than 600 Twin Cities business, education, nonprofit and grassroots and community leaders at the 13th annual meeting of Achieve Minneapolis will hear from Dr. Robert Simmons about the promise, potential and power of young men of color.  Simmons is part of the leadership team for a national nonprofit called Reading Partners, and has held administrative posts in the District of Columbia schools and Loyola University.

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The Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership collects data on the economic and environmental health of the Mississippi River in the City of Minneapolis.  On October 26th the group hosted a summit to release the findings of their annual Riverfront Vitality Report and to announce the winner of their Mississippi Minute Film Festival. Executive Director Kathleen Boe spoke with Xan Holston on the Monday Morning Blend about the event and report.

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Katie and Blaine Garrett, the curators of MPLSART.com, stop by the Morning Blend to talk about up-coming visual arts events and openings throughout the Twin Cities.  KFAI's Ryan Dawes spoke with the Garretts about LED-lit Tarot Card art, Hippie Modernism, Minnesota-themed t-shirt art, and more.  Check out MPLSART.com for gallery hours and additional events.

Photo: Electric Skin by Haus-Rucker-Co, courtesy of the Walker Art Center

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We still have about three months to wait for the next Battle of the Jug Bands, an annual contest that warms up parts of Minneapolis each February, not far from our KFAI world headquarters. On Friday, October 23, you can watch a documentary film about this year's championship.

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Mackenzie Jensen was on his way to work on a Friday afternoon last August when he fell victim to a random act of violence.  

A passenger in a white Bronco threw a chunk of cinder block at Jensen, hitting him in the face and causing multiple fractures. Recently, a group of family and friends joined in a ride of support through south Minneapolis.

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Preserving the anonymity of confidential sources is one of an investigative journalist’s most important jobs and the foundation upon which concerned citizens and whistleblowers are willing and able to share information.

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What does it mean to re-inhabit the Mississippi Watershed? A church in Northeast Minneapolis will be wrestling with this question October 9th and 10th when it hosts a conference featuring Christian bible scholars and environmental activists. Jin Kim is a pastor at the Church of All Nations, and Ched Myers is a writer and theologian who will speak at the conference.

On Sunday, October 11th, three of KFAI’s finest will be honored at Wilebski’s Blues Saloon as Jacquie Maddix, Harold Tremblay and Joel Johnson are inducted into the Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame.

The celebration takes place at 1pm on Sunday, October 11, at Wilebski’s (1638 Rice Street, St. Paul) 

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