General News

  • Next year the Central Corridor Light Rail line will begin operations, connecting St. Paul and Minneapolis along University and Washington Avenues.

    The Neighborhoods that the train travels through are expecting new development, and managing those improvements while maintaining the existing character of the neighborhood is a challenge. 

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  • The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking people to leave turtles alone.  At this time of year, turtles are often seen crossing roads to reach nesting areas. Carol Hall is a herpetologist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  She spoke with Siobhan Keirans on KFAI’s Morning Blend about the appropriate etiquette for human / turtle interactions, and the risk to turtles when drivers don't pay attention.

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  • Music, so we're told, can soothe a savage breast. But the working men and women who built Virginia, Minnesota's Socialist Opera Hall in 1913 also believed it could educate the masses. In the opulent 800-seat auditorium, concert-goers were treated to opera's greatest hits—as well as labor rallies and socialist lectures. KFAI's Britt Aamodt talks to Clarence Ivonen, who as a boy, sat rapt in his balcony seat, and as a man, reported on the decline of the aged beauty for the Mesabi Daily News.

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  • Tipping the Scale: a special MinneCulture documentary airs June 3 & 5 at 7:30pm

    During the coldest days of winter, an “Earth Train” departed from St. Paul, carrying dozens of artists, activists and regular folks from Minnesota to Washington, DC. On board were KFAI producers Barbara Jean Meyers and Melissa Koch. Along the way they interviewed passengers including Kevin Kling, Louise Erdrich, Prudence Johnson and others, about why they were making the journey. Many were inspired by Bill McKibben, co-founder of, who believes that the Keystone XL pipeline wound be the final nail in the coffin for planet Earth.

    On February 17, advocates gathered at the nation’s Capitol for Forward on Climate to protest Keystone and draw attention to global warming. Nearly 50,000 people assembled to promote environmental stewardship, making it the largest rally on climate issues in U.S. history. “Tipping the Scale” is a two-part audio documentary that chronicles this historic event. Tune into MinneCulture on Monday, June 3, and Wednesday June 5, at 7:30pm.

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  • Can you name this tune?
    “Fish don’t fry in the kitchen. Beans don’t burn on the grill. Took a whole lot of tryin’ just to fix up that meal”
    Well… help just arrived… Chelles’ Kitchen, LLC… put down those pots and pans… Shero to the rescue

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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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  • Safia Ahmed is a Registered Nurse in Toronto. As a volunteer for the Twin Cities based American Refugee Committee, Ahmed has assisted in saving lives at a hospital in Mogadishu and has raised 70 thousand dollars to support the hospital’s maternity ward.
    On a recent visit to Minnesota, Safia Ahmed told KFAI’s Kirk Mattson about her journey from her birthplace in Somalia, to India where she was educated as an accountant, to Canada and then eventually back to Somalia. The seeds of her homecoming were planted as she watched television coverage of the humanitarian crisis in Somalia.

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    Minneapolis will elect a city council this fall.  This time around, some of the incumbents have faced strong challenges from newcomers.  In the city’s sixth ward, Abdi Warsame took the DFL endorsement from sitting council member Robert Lilligren, who has said he will still run for the office.

    Abdi Warsame talked with KFAI’s Lennie Chism about why he is running for City Council.

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  • A new exhibit at Juxtaposition Arts in Minneapolis is called “Question Bridge – Black Males.” It’s a video installation that threads together fifteen hundred conversations with Black men across the United States in an attempt to create more complex, multi-faceted, and whole images and narratives of Black males.

    Roger Cummings is the Juxtaposition Arts Artistic Director. Nate Young is a multi-media artist and Juxtaposition’s Gallery and Contemporary Art Director, and Chris Johnson is one of the creators of Question Bridge. They visited KFAI’s Morning Blend to talk with Brenda Bell Brown and Yvette Howie.

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  • KFAI DJs will be on the scene at Art-A-Whirl this weekend, spinning on Friday and Saturday at the Silent Auction Gallery #332 of the Northrup King Building. Explore the amazing art and meet some of your favorite KFAI programmers.

    FRIDAY, MAY 17
    5 – 6:30pm: Jacquie Maddix “Lady J” / Rollin’ and Tumblin’
    6:30 – 8pm: DJ Steely / Kinda Cloudy Radio
    8 – 9pm: Sarah Lageson / House Party
    9 – 10pm: Mick & Tom Novak / Louisiana Rhythms & This Little Girl’s Gone Rockin’


    noon – 1:30pm: Brad Wrolstad / African Rhythms
    1:30 – 3pm: Liberty Finch / The Pop Shop
    3 – 4:30pm: Miguel Vargas / Radio Pocho
    4:30 – 6pm: Old School Bob & Nu Skool Katey / Fused Funk
    6 – 7pm: Glen Leslie / Jet Set Planet
    7 – 8pm: Mason Butler & Ben Heath / Below the Waste