Earlier this year, Minnesota United soccer fans in Minneapolis rejoiced at the prospect of a Major League Soccer stadium slated for a site near the North Loop. However, team owner Bill McGuire has recently begun looking elsewhere as Minneapolis city officials have been so far unwilling to offer tax breaks similar to what were offered to the Vikings. KFAI's Ryan Dawes spoke with soccer writer and podcaster Wes Burdine, who's covered these developments for Northern Pitch and the
Election Day 2014 was sleepier than most. The election issued in a Republican majority in the House of Representatives and in the Senate, but national voter turnout and overall political engagement among voters was notably low.
Protesters gathered outside the Target store in downtown Minneapolis on August 15th to voice their objections to a product called Soda Stream. The device adds carbonation to ordinary tap water. The controversy grows out of the complicated situation in Israel and Israel’s settlements on the West Bank of the Jordan River.
The contest for Mayor of Minneapolis will bring a crowded field to the polls in November. Ranked Choice Voting will make it possible for voters to select their top three choices out of a field that numbers more than 30. Now that the filing period is over, contestants are working to separate themselves from the pack. Current City Council member Betsy Hodges is being more specific about her plans.
As recently as the 1950s, the Twin Cities had a working network of streetcars. Commercial corridors like Central Avenue grew up around these lines. Now Minneapolis is looking at reestablishing streetcar lines. A proposal for one line, along Nicollet and Central avenues, is receiving public comment in a series of open houses. KFAI’s Trisha Collopy has the story of the porposed streetcar development.
Later this week, the Minneapolis City Council will consider a proposal to put a question on next November’s city-wide ballot, asking residents if the city should consider taking over its electric and gas utilities. The question comes up at a time when Minneapolis is set to re-negotiate contracts with Xcel Energy for electricity and Centerpoint Energy for gas service.
Ever since Mayor R.T. Rybak decided not to run for a fourth term and the State DFL opted not to endorse a candidate, the race for the Mayor’s office has included a busier-than-normal field of candidates. Among the candidates voters will consider is former city council member Dan Cohen, a registered independent. Dan Cohen stopped by KFAI and talked with Ryan Dawes, who asked Cohen how his administration would differ from Rybak’s.
The April 2nd show of Conversations with Al McFarlane, will be recorded live from the Minneapolis Urban League at 2100 Plymouth Ave N in North Minneapolis. The guest speaker will be Rep. 5th District Keith Ellison, who will discuss the economy, the sequester and what it means for families in the community.
Lennie Chism’s conversation with Civil Rights Legend Marion Barry, Voting Rights, Past, Present, Future, Our Struggle to Vote on KFAI Radio, 90.3 FM Minneapolis, 106.7 FM St. Paul, Joined in the conversation by Donald Allen, and Mel Reeves.