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EJ Ajax, co-owner and vice president of EJ Ajax and Sons. He’s a third generation metal-former and leads a company founded by his grandfather in 1945.

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The Minneapolis Public School District is looking to its alumni for support.  The goal is to encourage a direct and personal kind of involvement with today's students and the district as a whole.   Towards that end, the nonprofit organization Achieve Minneapolis has established the Minneapolis Alumni Connection.   

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Cam Winton is one of the 35 candidates for Mayor of Minneapolis. Like all the candidates, when Winton filed for office, he was allowed to choose three words to appear on the ballot alongside his name. For Winton, those words are Independent, Responsible, and Inclusive. He told KFAI’s Janis Lane-Ewart why he chose those words.

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On Thursday night, February 26th, KFAI presented a live broadcast of The Campbell Brothers from the Walker Art Center to mark the 50th anniversary of the release of John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme.” This work is considered to be among the greatest created by Coltrane, a much-honored innovator in American jazz. The Campbell Brothers have developed a unique steel guitar-driven sound called “sacred steel,’ combining gospel music with electric steel guitars.

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On Capitol Conversations this week, Marty Owings talked with two members of the state legislature – DFL'er Senator Jeff Hayden representing South Minneapolis, and Republican Represenative Tony Cornish, representing the area south of Mankato.   Hayden and Cornish talked about gun control, the state budget and minimum wage proposals.  

You can see the video here, and listen to the audio below.     

 

 

 

 

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Marty Owings and Paul Gardner talk with House Majority leader Erin Muprhy and Senate Minority Leader David Hann.

Marty will talk with Morning Blend hosts Flor Frey and Mike Fischbein at 7:40 am on Wednesday, February 6.

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Just before Christmas a judge in the United Arab Emirates sentenced a Minnesotan living in Dubai to a one year jail term for posting a satirical video on You Tube.
Shez Cassim has been in prison in since last Spring, in spite of efforts by his family and the U.S. government to win his freedom.
Cassim’s Minneapolis attorney is Susan Burns. She talked with KFAI’s Yvette Howie on The Morning Blend on Friday, December 27th, 2013.

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KFAI is partnering with The Cedar Cultural Center and Augsburg College as hosts of a benefit concert on Friday, January 24th to raise funds for the victims and their families of the New Year’s Day fire on Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis. The fire took the lives of three residents of the apartments above 516 Cedar Ave S, destroyed the Otanga Grocery Store on the ground level of the building and displaced tenants in the ten residential units.

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Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, Fire Chief John Freutel, Council Member Abdi Warsame and other officials briefed the media on the latest developments in the explosion and fire that destroyed a grocery store and apartment building in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood on New Years’ Day. One body has been recovered from the debris and one person is still missing in connection with the incident. One person receiving treatment has not yet been identified. “It’s gonna take time,” Freutel said. “You can see how unstable that building is.”
Hodges said authorities are trying to handle the situation “… safely and delicately. I carry a message from the city of Minneapolis to the people so affected by this that the city stands with you.”

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Story by Sovejg Wastvedt
In the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis, young people are working to transform the area’s reputation.

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