IGGERS DIGEST | Katar River: flavors and aromas of Ethiopia

It’s easy to miss the Katar River restaurant, hidden away in a little industrial strip behind the Lake & Hiawatha shopping center in south Minneapolis. And even if you saw the big sign outside, you probably wouldn’t know that this is specifically an Ethiopian restaurant, and a very good one. The basic menu is pretty much the same as most of the other Ethiopian restaurants in town – you get a big platter draped with thin sheets of spongy pancake-like injera bread, topped with your choice of one or more meat or vegetable dishes. Most entrees are in the $10.95-$12.95 range, and easily big enough for two. The meats are mostly stews of lamb, beef or chicken, ranging from mild to spicy, while the vegetable options include slow-cooked preparations of cabbage, carrots, lentils, split peas, beets, green beans and collard greens. Continue Reading

Lynnell Mickelsen: Why all the conspiracy theories and pearl-clutching in this year’s school board race?

This has been the hottest school board race I’ve seen in 25 years of living in Minneapolis, with lots of conspiracy theories and pearl-clutching. Many of my neighbors and friends see the furious posts on Facebook, with all the hysterical warnings about the imminent destruction of public education as we know it, and are honestly confused. They ask me what the hell is going on in this race. So here’s what I tell them. We put the school board race at the bottom of the ballot and often treat it like a homecoming king and queen contest. Continue Reading

The Roustabouts Live on Studio Five

The Minneapolis Chapter of the Roustabouts performed “Set Sail” & “Black ‘em Out” on KFAI’s “Live From Studio 5!” on November 19, 2014. Hosted by Dew Glass, Doug The Thug and Cher Dial. Check out our radio show every Wednesday night at 10pm. “Live From Studio 5!” is on KFAI Radio at either 90.3 or 106.7 on the FM dial or live on the Internet at kfai.org. Continue Reading