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  • No one knows a neighborhood better than the people who live there.  So why not let them decide what businesses set up shop there?  Hoodstarter is a local tech start-up that aggregates community wishlists comprised of specific types of businesses.  So far, suggestions have included everything from "cat cafes" to a neo-soul bar.  Residents can also suggest vacant commercial spaces and get involved in any crowdfunding neccessary to help their idea to take root.  Hoodstarter Co-founder Justin Ley tells KFAI's Ryan Dawes that these ideas help entrepreneurs and real-esta

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  • Tuesday night, February 24th, at the Carlson Family Stage at Northrop Auditorium in Minneapolis, the eleven artists of THE NILE PROJECT will make music that combines the diverse instruments, languages and traditions from countries that surround the Africa’s Nile River.  

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  • The Nonviolent Peaceforce organization acts as unarmed civilian peacekeepers to reduce violence and protect civilians in situations of conflict worldwide. Mel Duncan is co-founder of Nonviolent Peaceforce and last year he was the recipient of the 2014 Honorary Award from the Hawkinson Foundation. Mel came in to KFAI to speak with Truth To Tell’s Tom O'Connell about this organization.

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  • Thanks to everyone who came out for a KFAI benefit at the Turf Club on February 7th.  The event raised nearly $4,000 for Fresh Air Community Radio, and thanks to the work of videographer Paul Lundgren, amazing performances by Michael Yonkers, the X-Boys, The Mighty Mofos and the Flamin' Oh's have been posted on You Tube.  

     

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  • Before Prince and his funky Revolution, before indie bands like the Replacements and Hüsker Dü, the “Minneapolis sound” was defined by acoustic folk and blues music.

    Tonight, producer Britt Aamodt takes us back to Dinkytown during the 1950s, where smoky coffeehouses provided a stage for the Minneapolis folk quake — launching the careers of Koerner, Ray & Glover, as well as a young man named Bob Dylan.

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  • Nanci Olesen is the director of the Mayflower Early Childhood Center in South Minneapolis, a Montessori preschool program for children 16 months to 6 years old. She stops by the Morning Blend regularly to talk about family and parenting issues. This week Nanci speaks with KFAI's Ryan Dawes about how and when to decide on a school plus how parents can stay involved with thier child's education.

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  • The Cedar Cultural Center is collaborating with Augsburg College for a series of Somali artist residencies called Midnimo.  The series has already included local musicians from the Twin Cities as well as international acts like The Dur-Dur Band who reunited for a show in November. The latest Midnimo artist residency features The North America Super Stars, based in Minneapolis.  This week they host workshops, collaborations, and perfomances throughout Minneapolis.

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  • For the past decade, Summit Academy in North Minneapolis has  offered classes specializing in community health.

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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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