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The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority has unveiled its design for a new Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis.

The Star Tribune reports that new building will be nearly twice the size of the Metrodome, with an asymmetrical shape that mimics the prow of a ship or a jagged iceberg.

The building facade will be made of metal panels and a glazed glass curtain wall. A walkway will surround the stadium, leading fans to and from stadium gates.

Five 95-foot-tall pivoting glass doors at concourse level will allow fans to enter and exit a plaza that’s more than 2 acres in size just outside the stadium.

The design by HKS Architects skips the much-discussed idea of a retractable cover in favor of a transparent glass-like polymer that will make up the south facing section of the stadium roof.

KFAI’s Christina Cerruti talked about the plans with city officials, desginers and Vikings fans who attended the event.

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With helicopters flying overhead, this past Friday evening people gathered at Minneapolis’ 4th Police Precinct to mourn and remember Jamar Clark with a candlelight vigil and march.  The week-long police station shutdown waged in response to Clark’s death while in police custody includes incidents of guns being leveled by the police at the protesters.  One of the protesters lined up in gun sight was Jeremiah, son to Minneapolis School Board member, Kim Ellison.

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KFAI is proud of its line-up of Sunday shows produced by members of immigrant communities in their native languages. 

Sometimes, members of our English-only speaking audience ask for more information about these programs, including details about content.  

One way to find out what's in a foreign language show is to talk with the host. 

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Brothers Joseph and Jay hail from Colombia and have lived in Brazil and Curaçao, but now call Minneapolis their home.  They brought their guitar and melodica into KFAI studios to join Krista Wax of the Tuesday Morning Blend for a live in-studio performance.  

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Walker Community United Methodist Church was destroyed by fire on Sunday, May 27th.
The next day, church members, neighbors and frequent church visitors gathered to plan for the future.
KFAI’s Libby Donohue has a report.

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Rev. Walter Lockhart of Walker Church talks with KFAI’s Kirk Mattson.

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Women Against Military Madness is sponsoring a public forum to discuss the status of the Korean peninsula sixty years after the agreement that ended the Korean War.
Roy Wolf served in the U.S. Military during the war, and has been interested in Korea ever since. He returned for a peace conference in Seoul in 1995 and traveled to North Korea ten years ago. He was a member of the committee that planned the Korean Forum for Saturday, July 27th, at Macalester Plymouth United Church at 1658 Lincoln Avenue in St. Paul.
He talked with The Morning Blend’s Yvette Howie.
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December 26, 2012 is the 150th anniversary of the largest mass hanging in U.S. history. 

The executions happened in Mankato, Minnesota at the order of President Abraham Lincoln.  In 1862 the president commuted the death sentences of hundreds of Dakota who had been rounded up following weeks of fighting and killing between Native people and white settlers along the Minnesota River.  The president let 38 death sentences stand. 

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Spring Back: A Cabaret on Resilience

Wednesday, March 5, 7pm
Whole Music Club, Coffman Union, 300 Washington Ave SE

KFAI is a proud co-sponsor of the 8th annual Transgender Commission Celebration at Coffman Union, Spring Back: A Cabaret on Resilience. In conjunction with the University of Minnesota’s Transgender Commission, and the GLBTA Programs Office, it is part of KFAI’s What’s in the Mix series. The event features performances and a panel discussion by local artists and activists, including CeCe McDonald, Venessa Fuentes, James DeWitt, Kenneth Williams, Margot Bassett, and Molly Van Avery; as well as emcee Sol Raz Asanti and moderator Jason Jackson.

The University of Minnesota’s Transgender Commission is a coalition of students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members working for equity, access, and liberation for people of all gender identities and expressions, led by trans*, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming people across the U of M and local Twin Cities community.

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally (GLBTA) Programs Office is dedicated to improving campus climate for all University of Minnesota constituents by developing and supporting more inclusive understandings of gender and sexuality.

What’s in the Mix is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. It will be recorded and edited for later broadcast on MinneCulture, KFAI’s weekly arts and culture program.

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Ben Goldfarb of Wellstone Action talks about the 10th anniversary remembrance of the crash that killed Paul and Sheila Wellstone, their daughter, and five others.

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