In the early morning hours on December 3rd, the Minneapolis Police Department evacuated people from an encampment at the Fourth Precinct on Plymouth Avenue in North Minneapolis.

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Tjärnblom (SHERN-bloom) is a local ensemble that’s been playing Swedish, Finnish music for many years. They’ll play Saturday (Dec. 5) at 7 pm at Bryant Lake Bowl. Two of the four members brought their instruments to our studio for a special preview on the Thursday Morning Blend. Cheryl Paschke and Joe Alfano spoke with Paul Brohaugh.

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According to the MN Department of Health, Minnesota recorded 307 new HIV cases in 2014, bringing the number of those living with the infection close to 8,000. It is estimated that another 1,000 are HIV-positive but unaware of their status. December 1, 2015 is World AIDS Day and the executive director of Clare Housing, Chuck Peterson, spoke with KFAI's Rico Morales to talk about new housing for people diagnosed with this illness.

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“Grief is surrounding my Holidays” and I ask, “What do I do now?”
Sadness feels sadder and loneliness goes deeper. The need for support may be the greatest during the holidays. Pretending you don’t hurt or it is not a harder time of year is just not the truth of you. The truth is, time does heal. Time simply arranges us in the direction of our healing journey. You can and will get through the holidays. Rather than avoiding the feelings of grief, lean into them… It’s not the grief you want to avoid, it’s the pain. Am I right? Grief is the way out of the pain. There are a number of ways to incorporate your loved one and your loss into the holidays. Tune in for ways to cope, and trust what shows up for you and BE with that.

Spiritual Care Advisor and Grief Support Specialist for Hospice Advantage will be sharing her wisdom on this important subject
Health Notes Airs Mondays 6:30-7:30PM

With helicopters flying overhead, this past Friday evening people gathered at Minneapolis’ 4th Police Precinct to mourn and remember Jamar Clark with a candlelight vigil and march.  The week-long police station shutdown waged in response to Clark’s death while in police custody includes incidents of guns being leveled by the police at the protesters.  One of the protesters lined up in gun sight was Jeremiah, son to Minneapolis School Board member, Kim Ellison.

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November 20th  is the International Transgender Day of Remembrance.  

The observance was founded in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a trans woman who wanted to call attention to widespread violence against transgender people and to memorialize Rita Hester, who was murdered in Allston, Massachusetts in November of 1998.  

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As protests roiled North Minneapolis, authorities named the two Minneapolis police officers involved in the shooting death (recently ruled a homicide by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner) of Jamar Clark.

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photo: David Joles / Star Tribune

Last week the Star Tribune ran a five-day series called “A Matter of Dignity” with the subtitle “How Minnesota Isolates and Marginalizes Thousands of Adults with Disabilities.”  The piece was reported and written by Chris Serres and Glenn Howatt. Chris Serres stopped by the Thursday Morning Blend, where Paul Brohaugh asked if he was surprised by what they uncovered.

Newly released census data shows blacks were the only racial group in Minnesota to see a statistically significant drop in household income from 2013 to 2014.

State Representative Rena Moran told the Star Tribune “I take this very, very personally.”  "This is not just a black crisis," she said.  "This is a state crisis."  

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In North Minneapolis, protesters gathered to voice their concerns about the police shooting of a black man the night before. The protesters say Jamar Clark was unarmed when he was shot.

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