UPDATE: KFAI's live Internet stream was restored to its full sonic glory mid-afternoon Tuesday. Thanks to Brandon for the timely wrenching… 'nuff said!

John Anfinson is the Superintendent of the Upper Mississippi National River and Recreation Area which includes the Minneapolis St. Anthony Lock and Dam. The long-lived dream of river commerce in Minneapolis officially ended a few weeks ago due to the closure of the St. Anthony Lock and Dam. By next spring, the last barge or pleasure boat will take a 49-foot vertical ride in the concrete channel, exit through the mighty gates and the lock will close forever to river traffic.

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The Minneapolis Police Department has released a report from the US Department of Justice about how the city deals with police misconduct. Minneapolis asked for the review as a way to address persistent criticism of how some members of the police department interact with people from minority communities. KFAI's Rico Morales attended the question and answer forum.

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The organization Black Lives Matter has quickly become a rallying force for people who want to address the social cost of racial disparities in Minnesota and nationwide.

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In anticipation of Black History Month and celebrating the Centennial of 

Good 'N Country salutes singer and prolific songwriter Bill Anderson this Saturday, Jan. 31. You will hear music from Connie Smith, Charlie Louvin, Sara Evans, George Strait, Wanda Jackson, Roger Miller and many others — including of course, Bill himself. This is a project long in the making, and it all happens on KFAI this Saturday, Jan. 31 from 3-5 p.m.

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Nanci Olesen is the director of the Mayflower Early Childhood Center in South Minneapolis – a Montessori preschool program for children 16 months to 6 years old. She stops by the Morning Blend regularly to talk about family and parenting issues. This week Nanci speaks with KFAI's Ryan Dawes about how families adapt to a new baby.  

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KFAI is proud of its line-up of Sunday shows produced by members of immigrant communities in their native languages. Sometimes, members of our English-only speaking audience ask for more information about these programs, including details about content.

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Recently, Minneapolis played host to an annual tattoo convention. KFAI’s Rico Morales was there and talked to several people about their decision to have a permanent tattoo.

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Andy Steiner covers mental health and addiction for Minn Post, so she’s regularly in contact with people who are struggling with some of the most powerful challenges humans face. She’s written a book called How to Survive: The Extraordinary Resilience of Ordinary People. It offers dozens of true stories about survival, ranging from living with chronic illness to climbing free from debt and unemployment.

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