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 and when to decide on a school plus how parents can stay involved with thier child's education.

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The Cedar Cultural Center is collaborating with Augsburg College for a series of Somali artist residencies called Midnimo.  The series has already included local musicians from the Twin Cities as well as international acts like The Dur-Dur Band who reunited for a show in November. The latest Midnimo artist residency features The North America Super Stars, based in Minneapolis.  This week they host workshops, collaborations, and perfomances throughout Minneapolis.

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Discover a demystified and easy approach to being present—anytime and anywhere—with this step-by-step guide to making your life more centered and mindful. Once you integrate mindfulness into your existing lifestyle, you’ll become illuminated by a sense of calm, focus, and contentment that brings joy not only to you, but also to those whose lives you touch. The Mindfulness Habit helps you understand the value of living in the moment and offers many techniques for finding mindfulness opportunities. Explore a variety of topics related to meditation and habit formation, as well as extensive exercises to practice each week. No matter how busy your schedule is, you can find a place to calm the body and quiet the mind.

Health Notes Airs on Mondays 6:30-7:30PM

For the past decade, Summit Academy in North Minneapolis has  offered classes specializing in community health.

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Shawn Morrison is the Executive Director of “Good In The Hood” which is an outreach and partner organization with the Union Gospel Mission in the Twin Cities. This program allows groups and individuals to serve meals and provide essential services to more than 10,000 students and families. Shawn spoke about other opportunities for the community to help and seek supplemental food and other items with KFAI's Rico Morales.

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Local musician and activist Jayanthi Kyle is always singing about something. From 4 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 7th, she'll be at The Lowry Cafe in North Minneapolis, teaching kids about the civil rights movement, human rights and social justice. She’ll teach the material by singing it. Jayanthi Kyle talked with KFAI's Paul Brohaugh on The Morning Blend.

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In the last year, more than a dozen Somali-Minnesotans have left the country to join radical groups in Syria, according to the FBI. That’s a miniscule fraction of the state’s Somali population, but the federal government is still taking notice.

US Attorney Andy Luger will soon launch a federally funded pilot program in the Twin Cities. The aim is to prevent radicalization among Somali youth.

Luger hasn’t revealed the details of the pilot, but he is adamant that the program won’t include any surveillance or intelligence collection.

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Higher Brain Living is a proven, gentle-touch technique that creates a surge of energy to the pre-frontal cortex, also known as the higher brain.
The higher brain is the area responsible for the experience of joy, insight, problem-solving, clarity and confidence.

Health Notes airs Mondays 6:30-7:30 p.m.

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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