General News

Story by Bob Hines & Michelle Alimoradi

Over the last three decades, more than 93,000 refugees have come to Minnesota. Refugees have been resettling in Minnesota in large numbers since the mid-1990s. Minnesota has become home to some of the largest communities of Hmong, Somali and Liberians in the United States. Saturday, June 16th at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis, World Refugee Day will be celebrated with entertainment, food and education.
Two of the honorary chairpeople for the event are Mohammed Meran Ahmed and Fatuma Elmi.

Mohammed Meran Ahmed was born and raised in Iraq and lived through multiple wars and hardships. He is trained as an aircraft engineer, and now makes his home in Minnesota.

Fatuma Elmi was born in Somalia where the collapse of the government in the early 90’s made it necessary for many Somali people to find homes elsewhere. Though she had a good education and had worked for an oil company in the United Arab Emirates, she took a housekeeping job at a Minneapolis hotel to make ends meet. She has worked with other refugees for 17 years through Lutheran Social Services.

Chairpersons Ahmed and Elmi appeared on KFAI’s Weekly News.

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Thru the end of "Voices of Ethiopia" at 5pm Sunday, wonderful listeners have pledged more than $30,000 to our Fall Pledge Drive. Thank you for keeping the momentum going in support of the station which supports communities like no other station! 

From drum-n-bass to metal to gospel music to the many languages spoken on our streets…the studios at KFAI welcome and support it all. And thanks to listener-members, we can continue bringing it to you!

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The second annual PFLAG conference, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Persons, is scheduled for Friday, January 18 at Hamline University in St. Paul.  The focus this time is on bullying in schools, with a special emphasis on school athletics. 

Teachers, social workers, psychologists, parents and students will gather to talk about improving the environment that faces young LGBT athletes. 

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CONGRATULATIONS to the 90th & 106th Donor – Elena from St. Paul and Emily from Minneapolis. Elena and Emily will be receiving the Seward Coop’s 40th Anniversary, first edition, of “Growing With Purpose.”

KFAI has exceeded its Give To The Max goal of $7,000. As of midnight, 136 donors have “Given To The Max” to KFAI with $8,602.30. KFAI’s thanks you for your continued and unswerving financial support. KFAI DONORS ROCK!

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Strike up the drums! The KFAI Facebook page has reached a MILESTONE 5,000 LIKES!!!

It happened Monday afternoon around 3:30pm with drummer extraordinaire Richard Medek hitting that lovely thumb, becoming the 5,000 fan to like something we did on Facebook. We couldn't be more excited! 

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Not that long ago, it was a romantic career ambition for many American journalists to be stationed at an international post, filing reports for a major media outlet.  But in recent years, large news organizations have shied away from the expense of having foreign correspondents in overseas capitals. 

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The Twin Cities has long been regarded as one of the country’s most livable places, thanks to its clean air, strong economy, and vibrant arts scene. It’s also a place where trumpeting these virtues is somewhat frowned upon. But for the founder and editor of Thirty Two Magazine, the Twin Cities doesn’t have as much national clout as it deserves. Last summer, not too long after moving here from Europe, Katie Eggers launched her magazine as a way to get Minnesotans to think more deeply about our local and regional cultural relevance.
Thirty Two Magazine breaks with the conventional wisdom that guides new publications in yet another way – its readers are encouraged to receive it and read it … on paper. Katie Eggers talked with KFAI’s Peggah Navab about what it means to run a brand-new print magazine in an online media world.

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Tuesday, August 12 is International Youth Day, as declared by the United Nations to increase the quality and quantity of opportunities available to young people for full, effective and constructive participation in society.

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This week MinneCulture highlights local young people from Youth Performance Company and the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies. Tune in on Wednesday, January 15, from 7:30 to 8pm.

KFAI producer Sabrina Crews presents a short segment on Youth Performance Company—an award-winning theater troupe that develops and empowers young actors, singers and dancers.

Then members of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony perform two numbers from a recent live concert: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Opus 14, composed by Samuel Barber; and Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Opus 47, composed by Dmitri Shostakovich.

The first selection features a violin solo by Anna Humphrey of Rogers, Minnesota. Anna is a senior at Buffalo High School, and has been playing violin since the age of 3. She’s been involved with the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies since 4th grade.

Founded in 1972, the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies includes more than 700 young people, ages 8 through 18, who participate in seven academic-year orchestras and two summer programs. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mark Russell, and coached by members of the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the youth perform 20 concerts each year at Orchestra Hall and the Ted Mann Concert Hall. They also present free concerts at community centers, homeless shelters, schools, and care centers across the Twin Cities. (Photo credit: Scott Helegson.)

For more information, visit Youth Performance Company and Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies.

MinneCulture is broadcast on KFAI every Wednesday evening from 7:30 to 8pm. The program is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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The American Refugee Committee is a Minnesota-based International Relief Organization working in Somalia to promote economic development.
“The Somalia Livelihoods Project” is designed to address a massive unemployment problem among young people in the East African nation.

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