Faith Elsharkawy says Chisago Lakes Middle School failed to protect her son from repeated attacks by classmates. Instead, her lawsuit says, the school disciplined her son inappropriately for his ADHD and anxiety attacks.
Early and absentee balloting opens Friday in Minnesota, one of the first states in the country where voters can show their enthusiasm or just get their role in the election over with.
Trump administration can deport some immigrants from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Sudan, and Haiti, appeals court rules.
‘I don’t want to leave my children or my grandchildren behind’: Longtime immigrants in Minnesota could be sent back; decision could affect more than 200,000 people nationally.
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The cost of worshiping at one Minnesota mosque? A firebombing, a Confederate flag, an assault, and a blogger who films Muslim children.
Dar Al Farooq sought federal grants to protect the mosque and school from threats and harassment. The money didn’t come until an assault near the building landed an imam in the hospital.
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Artists Ernesto Ybarra and Xilam Balam are putting a new face on Ybarra’s old neighborhood—actually, dozens of faces.
When ‘do no harm’ means doing more: University of Minnesota residents press medical school to take tougher action against racism.
Letter from more than 150 Minnesota residents says school needs to take broad measures after defacing of George Floyd memorial by one-time student.
The census isn’t just about numbers. It’s about school programs, job training, health care, and housing, too.
With time running out, census workers in Minnesota try to improve on low response rates in immigrant communities.
Mastering the mute button, treating nosebleeds over Zoom, Minneapolis students and teachers go back to school—at home.
“The teachers knew what they were doing”: Last spring gave Minnesota schools a crash course in remote learning. This fall, students and teachers did their homework.
Michael and Brian Vang started out playing soccer with their sisters and their father on St. Paul’s Hmong East Side. They just made the pro leagues together.
They battled in tryouts and in youth soccer academies, where no one else was Hmong. Ultimately, Brian and Michael Vang made it through their talent, their hard work–and their refusal to give up.
Minnesota school districts say they want to fill classrooms with talented teachers of color. Then they lay them off.
Qorsho Hassan became Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year shortly after Burnsville schools laid her off. The superintendent, school board chair, and teachers union all claim they wish they could keep teachers like her in the classroom. So why didn’t they?
Mustafa Jumale came to the U.S. at age three as a refugee from Somalia. Now he’ll help lead a national advocacy group supporting refugees.
Mustafa says Voice for Refuge will advance pro-refugee positions in politics, build on his work fighting Trump travel ban.
COVID-19 is a danger in any language. Minnesota is trying to share information in as many of them as possible.
Communities of color are particularly at risk. The effort to reach them includes free testing, informal chats at the laundromat, broadcasts—and a lot more.
U.S. Senators demand legal rights for Oromo men detained in Ethiopia. Family members in Minnesota worry and wait for charges.
Misha Chiri and Jawar Mohammed, two well-known former Minnesota residents from the Oromo community, were detained in Addis Ababa following the killing of singer and activist Hachalu Hundessa.
Some women business owners say they’ve felt neglected by the Minnesota Hmong Chamber of Commerce. Yao Yang is determined to change that.
Yao Yang wants to make the Hmong Chamber of Commerce better reflect a rapidly evolving business community
Young, educated and Black: Here’s how Minnesota’s politicians with African roots are reshaping the state’s politics.
Fifty years ago, lawmakers in Washington opened the doors to immigrants from Africa. Today, dozens of new Americans — from Liberia, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Somalia, and more — are running for office in Minnesota. And they’re winning.
When the Cameroonian government called Yves Zouzouambe in Minnesota, he recruited a software team on three different continents.
George Floyd, Jacob Blake and the latest outburst of anger in Minneapolis: Looking for the connection.
Researcher says that while facts are emerging, marginalized groups “fill in the blanks” based on historical context.
‘Stop killing Black people’: Concerned about Black lives, worried about their jobs, immigrant workers find themselves caught in the middle of Minneapolis unrest.
When the City of Minneapolis declared a curfew Wednesday night, immigrant workers struggled to get home safely. Now they’re worried about the security of their jobs—and the Black community.
A University of Minnesota medical student apparently vandalized the George Floyd memorial. His health care classmates want him expelled.
“Complete and utter outrage”: In a protest on campus, medical students, doctors and nurses said the incident aggravated systemic racism in health care.
Surprised that political newcomer Esther Agbaje unseated a longtime DFL legislator? Her childhood friends aren’t.
The daughter of Nigerian immigrants—an Episcopal priest and a librarian—knew years ago that she would run for office one day. But this is earlier than even she thought.
The Minnesota GOP has a problem winning voters of color and new Americans. Could Republican Party chair Jennifer Carnahan offer a solution?
“I’m an American and I’m a Minnesotan, just like every other person in our party”: GOP chair Jennifer Carnahan challenges preconceptions about race, opportunity for women, and winning it all in 2020.
‘How many people have to die for our bosses and government to step up?’: Minneapolis union vigil marks the death of another immigrant frontline worker.
Union official says janitors, security guards, and other immigrant workers report infection rates three times higher than the rest of Minnesota.
2020 Toyota Highlander. Customized gold necklaces. Free trip to Mecca: Minnesota’s best Qur’an memorizers get top prizes at contest.
Competitions to recite Qur’anic passages are popular in the Muslim world, but organizers think Bloomington youth event was the only one in 2020.
Should kids go back to the classroom during the pandemic? We asked them. And their answers surprised us.
“Summer vacation with a little homework”: Last year Minnesota kids learned what it’s like not to go to school. Will they repeat that lesson this fall?
Decades before Oromo protesters started marching in Minnesota, Hangasu Waqo Lugo fought for freedom in Ethiopia. A new book finally tells his forgotten story.
History has ignored and dismissed the dramatic Bale Oromo uprising in Ethiopia. Oromo Witness, a new first-hand account by an Oromo Minnesotan author, rewrites the story.
Sunday Mass is on YouTube and COVID-19 testing is free: Minneapolis–St. Paul Catholic archdiocese adapts in an age of pandemic
Clergy say the church is emphasizing the safety of vulnerable immigrant communities.
Thousands of new Minnesotans could vote for the first time in the 2020 election. But the feds haven’t processed their citizenship applications.
The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the U.S. immigration system. Wait times have increased to as long as 25 months in Minnesota, and many of those who thought they had plenty of time are now hoping for a miracle.
‘I opened a business. I’m hiring. I’m paying taxes’: Minnesota immigrants say Trump’s Mankato campaign comments don’t match what they’re seeing in their community.
Immigrants in Mankato, Minnesota, like to talk about the value they place on education, work, entrepreneurship, and community. President Trump might want to meet them.