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Our Savior’s Community Services is sponsoring a “Beer For A Better World” gathering at Harriet Brewing in Minneapolis.
Kathleen Olsen appeared on KFAI’s Morning Blend.

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Natalie Warren,and her 11 companions are still flowing down the Mississippi River, trying to reach their destination: New Orleans. We check in with them on Wednesday mornings as they continue their expedition. KFAI’s Mike Fischbein talked with Natalie on the Morning Blend about the physical changes of the River, and the changes in the group now that their trip is coming to an end.
The Paddle Forward team expect to arrive in New Orleans next week. You can follow the trip online at Paddle4ward.com

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Starting next month, nine people will put their canoes in the water at Lake Itasca and start a three month long canoe journey down the Mississippi River.  The purpose is to make a documentary and to connect communities to the river.   Natalie Warren is leading what she calls “a life-changing adventure.”  She stopped by The Morning Blend to share her thoughts on the trip she will be embarking on.

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Experienced canoeist Natalie Warren is still on her journey alongside ten others paddling down the Mississippi River from Lake Bemidji State Park to New Orleans.Their journey is being followed by students at 25 schools. The group is also making a documentary. Natalie Warren spoke with KFAI’s Mike Fischbein on the Morning Blend.

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Natalie Warren is part of a thirteen person expedition paddling the length of the Mississippi River. We check in with her on Wednesday mornings along the way. KFAI’s Mike Fischbien talked with Natalie Warren when she and her crew were located in Muscatine Iowa. They expect to arrive in New Orleans in late November or early December.
You can follow the trip online at Paddle4ward.com

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KFAI’s Mike Fischbein has been talking with experienced canoeist Natalie Warren on the Morning Blend. Warren has organized an ambitious trip, paddling down the Mississippi River. She and ten others began their trip at Lake Bemidji State Park. One week into the journey, Natalie shared her experiences with Mike and the crew of The Morning Blend.

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Erin Parrish became Executive Director of the Minnesota Women’s Consortium on August 1st.

The Consortium is a statewide association connecting over 150 organizations that work in various ways on behalf of women and girls.

Groups in the consortium include labor unions, health care providers, arts groups, advocacy organizations for racial minorities and plenty of others.

KFAI’s Bob Hines and Michelle Alimoradi asked Erin Parrish how such a different range of groups can work together.

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The Metrodome has pretty much disappeared from Minneapolis, with up to 80% of the material from the building being recycled.
In the meantime, work is underway to put up a new Minnesota Vikings and multi-purpose stadium that’s expected to open in the summer of 2016.
An essential aspect of the project is an effort to direct construction-related jobs to people who are underrepresented in the workforce – minorities, women and veterans.
Summit Academy OIC has been selected by the Stadium Authority to provide a link connecting people in these target groups with the employment opportunities they need.
They’re having a job and opportunity fair Thursday, April 3rd from 4 pm to 6:30 pm at the Sabathani Community Center in South Minneapolis.
Gary Courtney is coordinating that effort for Summit Academy OIC. He talked with KFAI’s Mike Fischbein, who asked how the project was doing on meeting diversity hiring goals.

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An increase in the amount of oil train traffic traveling through Minnesota to serve the fracking operations in western North Dakota has had a ripple effect on the passenger rail operations of Amtrak.

Earlier this week a group of Minnesota state legislators wrote to the federal body that oversees train traffic to ask that the problem be addressed.

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When Pete Seeger died early this year, his friend Larry Long promised to celebrate what would have been  Pete’s 95th birthday with a cast of local musicians who had felt keenly Seeger’s influence.

On May 3rd, that group gathered at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul.

The event celebrated the many phases of Seeger’s life and activism with an abundance of music from across the cultural spectrum.

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