General Announcements

Story by Bob Hines

On Tuesday, January 10th, two candidates will go before the voters in South Minneapolis in a special election to serve in the State House of Representatives.
District 61B was formerly served by Jeff Hayden, who will join the State Senate later this month as an elected replacement for Senator Linda Berlin. Berglin left the legislature last summer after a long career.

A group of ten Minnesota legislators recently traveled to Israel and the West Bank to visit religious and historical places in the area, as well as to meet local officials and talk about peace negotiations, Israeli security issues and to demand the release of a soldier and present letters of solidarity.

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman gave his annual state of the city speech on March 12th.

Benno Groeneveld filed this report

Local civil rights groups are concerned about what appears to be the growing frequency and severity of anti-Muslim discrimination in Minnesota schools. The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations asked the US Departmnet of Education to investigate and address racial and religious harassment in the state’s schools.

Story by Michelle Alimoradi

When State Senator Larry Pogemiller accepted an appointment by Governor Mark Dayton to head the State Office of Higher Education last October, he ended a legislative career that spanned more than three decades in the state House and the Senate.

Story by Edwin Allen

Five DFL’ers who would like to replace long-time State Senator Larry Pogemiller will face off in a primary election today, December 6th, 2011.
Polls are open from 7am to 8pm. The canidates are Kari Dziedzic, Jacob Frey, Mohamud Noor, Paul Ostrow and Peter Wagenius.

What is the status of girls in Minnesota? A new study by Women’s Policy Research and the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota was introduced at the capitol on April 28.

The Met Council’s advisory board voted to approve an $86 million expansion on Highway 610 in Maple Grove. The rest of the $230 million dollars in stiumulus money will go toward road repairs and funding small projects. KFAI’s Gabrielle Miller spoke about the decision to Transit for Livable Communities’: Barb Thoman.


The Stop Paying for Slavery tour is in town for three days to bring attention to the problem of human trafficking and forced labor. Manpower Incorporated is sponsoring the tour to mobilize business leaders in the fight against human trafficking. KFAI News Director Ahndi Fridell spoke to Dick Wexler, Minnesota Director of the NOt For Sale campaign, about the tour.


Over 300 children are abducted in South Sudan each year. They are often used to carry out military and domestic chores for the army.
Others become part of the human trafficking trade. An organization affiliated with the University of Minnesota hopes their new campaign idea will raise awareness for child rights. KFAI’s Hannah Rael reports.