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The House of Hanson, a corner grocery store that has been a fixture in the Dinkytown section of Minneapolis for four generations, is closing to make way for a new housing and retail development.  The controversial development won approval from the Minneapolis City Council after first being denied by the council's planning committee.    

KFAI’s Peggah Navab has a report.  

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A native of Northern Ireland, A to the L caught the DJ bug around 1984, starting as a regular fan, before moving onto success behind the turntables. Starting with house parties and guest slots at small clubs, he quickly graduated to long residencies in several major Belfast nightclubs. This resulted in a rise in exposure, to the point where he was invited to become the resident mix show DJ on Northern Ireland’s number one-rated commercial radio station Cool FM. The station’s Hiphop show, ‘The Extended Weekend’ was, at the time, the only urban show in the country.

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The Minnesota State Fair begins today, and one of the key features over the years has been the product giveaway.  Remember when the big thing was to pick up a free yardstick?

This year Blue Cross and BlueShield of Minnesota will be giving away something quite unusual – a free visit with a doctor. 

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“Documenting Black History in the Digital AGE: Conversation with Alex Cherian, San Franciso State Film Archivist” Host Lennie Chism – Discussion

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Andy Sturdevant is a local artist and writer who has long been fascinated by the latticework of alleys crisscrossing Minneapolis. He has put together an exhibit called “Alley Atlas,” which will open later this month at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

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Shawn Morrison is the Executive Director of “Good In The Hood” which is an outreach and partner organization with the Union Gospel Mission in the Twin Cities. This program allows groups and individuals to serve meals and provide essential services to more than 10,000 students and families. Shawn spoke about other opportunities for the community to help and seek supplemental food and other items with KFAI's Rico Morales.

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The National Domestic Workers Alliance issued a report this week called “Home Economics, The Invisible and Unregulated World of Domestic Work.”   One of the co-authors is Linda Burnham.  She’s the research director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and she talked with Paul Brohaugh on KFAI's Morning Blend.     Paul asked if there was anything in the report that its authors found surprising.  

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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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This coming Monday will bring the annual observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, a day marked in the Twin Cities by the MLK Breakfast – a collaboration between General Mills and the United Negro College Fund. This year’s keynote speaker is political commentator, strategist and author Donna Brazile. She talked with KFAI’s Janis Lane-Ewart on The Morning Blend.

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Nobel Peace Prize nominee and author Dr. Hawa Abdi was in Minneapolis at the beginning of April as part of her national book tour for Keeping Hope Alive- a memoir about her life and work in Somalia. Named the Mother Theresa of Somalia, she has offered shelter and aid to thousands in her country since civil war began in Somalia in 1991. KFAI’s Christina Cerruti has this report.

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