Recent News

  • Third Ward citizens will gather Wednesday evening for the 7th annual neighborhood summit. The residents of Northeast Minneapolis will hold a forum on economic development along the Mississippi River. KFAI reporter Ivan Phifer spoke to City Council Member Diane Hofstede, about what to expect at the event.

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  • Last week, Hennepin County officials held a hearing for the public to comment on the proposed Southwest Light Rail line. The plan outlines a new rail line which will connect southwest metropolitan suburbs to downtown Minneapolis, and the Central Corridor line in St. Paul. People attended the hearing to listen to new details, and give their thoughts on the project.

  • Minnesota’s long tradition for spawning progressive politics and movements, often regardless of party, has been severely eroded over the past five decades. Our sense of community, common good, and ability to nurture successive generations of leaders, citizens, workers, and responsible purveyors of goods and services have been progressively undermined.

  • Recently, a resolution was introduced in Congress to strengthen the Great Lakes Compact, an agreement to prevent the diversion of water that was signed by the eight Great Lakes states, Quebec and Ontario.

  • The city of Minneapolis was a busy city on Saturday. The first Gopher game in their new stadium, a Twins game in the evening, and oh yeah, President Obama was at the Target Center. KFAI’s Allison Herrera was there with the best seat in the house: the press box.

  • From the 2009 KFAI Youth News Initiative:, Rosie Vang is 16 years old and lives in Champlin. Her story is about the discrimination of women in the workplace. Over the years, discrimination has changed from being obvious and outrageous to much more subtle methods of discriminating.


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  • Minneapolis artist collective Traffic Zone: is exhibiting a collection of book art from 14 international artists Sept. 1 to Oct. 15. KFAI’s Britt Aamodt spoke to co-curators Harriet Bart and Lisa Nankivil, as well as poet Eric Lorberer, who’ll be reading poems of erasure at the downtown Minneapolis gallery Tuesday night at 7 pm.


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  • 5th District Congressman Keith Ellison spoke to KFAI News Director Ahndi Fridell late last week to provide his congressional update. The focus? Why, health care, of course.


  • Minnesota made green history Tuesday in downtown Minneapolis. The Target Center is the first sports arena in the nation to have green roofing. The roof is 167 feet in the sky and can only be accessed through a series of elevators, staircases, and a ladder. The roof looks like a baseball field and will soon support Minneosta prairie plants, but it isn’t open to the public. KFAI reporter Ivan B.

  • Minnesota Republican lawmakers are proposing a constitutional amendment that would prevent the federal government from mandating health care coverage. They held a news conference at the Capitol to explain the proposal. KFAI Political Correspondent Marty Owings brings us the story.