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John Anfinson is the Superintendent of the Upper Mississippi National River and Recreation Area which includes the Minneapolis St. Anthony Lock and Dam. The long-lived dream of river commerce in Minneapolis officially ended a few weeks ago due to the closure of the St. Anthony Lock and Dam. By next spring, the last barge or pleasure boat will take a 49-foot vertical ride in the concrete channel, exit through the mighty gates and the lock will close forever to river traffic.

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How many languages do you speak?  

Gregg Roberts, a world language specialist for the state of Utah, says “Speaking only one language is the illiteracy of the 21st century”.

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The east side of Saint Paul is a self-described “area in transition.” In the mid-century, it was a hub for industry. Hamms brewery, Whirlpool and the 3M plant were all located there and supported thousands of blue collar jobs. But today, those businesses have closed down, and the area is in the process of re-branding itself as up-and-coming. KFAI’s Jemma Brown headed across town to explore St. Paul’s east side for herself.

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St. Peter African Methodist Episcopal Church celebrates its 135th anniversary this year.

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Story by Mike Fischbein

 

The Minneapolis City Council is expected to issue the final OK on construction of a new Vikings Stadium this week.  After an exhaustive process at the state legislature the almost 1 billion dollar football stadium  emerged as one of very few accomplishments of the state’s lawmakers this session.  But the process is not finished.   

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The government entity overseeing construction of the new Vikings stadium, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, is asking the architecture firm designing the stadium to involve businesses owned by women and minoritie.

This is an expected part of any major government construction project once ground is broken, but it’s a little unusual to see it in the design phase. 

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Marty Owings covers the State Capitol for KFAI.

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The Minnesota State Fair begins this Thursday.
For each of the past nine years the State Fair Foundation has produced a piece of original poster art to commemorate the fair – and this year’s artist is Joe Heffron.

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The Minnesota Legislature is starting its every-other-year “short” session – a session that is smaller in terms of size but the potential is there for it to include a slew of favorite topics – – state spending, government regulation, sex crime, marijuana, and the minimum wage – all of it influenced by the enormous pull of election year politics.
Marty Owings, covers the state capitol for KFAI and posts regular updates online at MN Capitol News, and Hamline University professor David Schultz writes about politics on his blog, Schultz’s Take. They talked politics with KFAI’s Ron Thums on the Morning Blend.

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Paul Labovitz is Superintendent of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, joins us in the studio.

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