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  • Ask nearly any Minnesotan about lutefisk and you’re likely to get a funny answer, especially from Minnesotans with Scandinavian roots. In this episode of “MinneHistory” we explore a controversial subject: Lutefisk. The fragrant and gelatinous Scandinavian-American codfish delicacy has long been associated with Minnesota. People love to celebrate – and poke fun at – this traditional immigrant food. What is Lutefisk, and how is it made? And why is it so smelly? KFAI's Jess Mador finds out with a visit to Olsen Fish Company, the largest lutefisk producer.

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  • Golden Retrievers swimming with dolphins. French bulldogs do-see-doeing with deer. A black bear and a Bengal tiger. That kind of thing. But you don’t have to go to Youtube to catch an unusual mashup. At Como Zoo in St. Paul, a harpist and some 400-pound gorillas have enjoyed exchanging music for nearly a decade. KFAI’s Diane Richard has the story.

     

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  • On Sunday, June 14, there will be a Block Party to benefit Our Saviour’s Housing in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis.

     

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  • The Upper St. Anthony Falls lock closed for good at midnight on June 9. KFAI’s Paul Brohaugh decided to take one last run down the lock, about an hour before the congressional act to close the lock took effect. Here he is in a 17-foot canoe, along with his friends Kyle, Philip and Russell.

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  • Philip Shorey is a local musician and creative type who recently attended the New York City Musical Saw Festival. The festival is a gathering for all types of people who play the musical saw, and it’s the group responsible for the Guiness world record for the largest ensemble of musical saw players.

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  • The 8th Annual Fakoly Drum & Dance Project took place May 29-31 at the University of Minnesota’s Rarig Center.

    This year’s festival was called Wontanara (We Are United). Wontanara brought together dancers and master drummers from throughout the Twin Cities and areas of West Africa. With master classes over two days and an evening live performance, this gathering displayed the growth of traditional African dance and percussion in the Twin Cities.

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  • Project DIVA is North Minneapolis-based program established to provide under-served girls with the tools and support to end the cycle of the poverty endemic in our communities.

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  • Pop Wagner has been part of the folk scene in Minneapolis since he arrived in town over 40 years ago. He will be helping to start a new vibe on University Avenue in Minneapolis. Pop Wagner spoke with KFAI’s Rico Morales about his career, influences, and more. Pop Wagner will be playing at The Roots Cellar at University Baptist Church in Minneapolis.
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  • May 24th is Independence Day in the African nation of Eritrea.  Twenty four years ago Eritrea ended a long war with neighboring Ethiopia to gain its self-determination.  

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  • On Minneculture, we’ll visit the Minnesota History Center as some of the featured authors from a new anthology of African American writing celebrate the publication of their work. The book is called Blues Vision, and one of the featured writers is J. Otis Powell.

    Here’s an excerpt from the Minneculture broadcast – J. Otis Powell reading from page 78 of the book – a piece called “Tongue Swallow.”

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