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They thought they were alone, but leaders in the LGBTQ Hmong community found their voices and solidarity in the Twin Cities. Meet local changemakers working to improve LGBTQ acceptance and visibility in the Hmong community.

They thought they were alone, but leaders in the LGBTQ Hmong community found their voices and solidarity in the Twin Cities. Meet local changemakers working to improve LGBTQ acceptance and visibility in the Hmong community.

Dr. Brian V. Xiong, Kevin Xiong, SUNAH, and Xay Yang are breaking barriers as LGBTQ Hmong leaders. They’re working to make the Twin Cities and Hmong community a more welcoming place through their work with the Hmong 18 Council, New Millennium Academy, the arts, and Transforming Generations.

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Talking to trees, the cool April air, and frogs: Michelle Defoe and her three daughters share the ancient Ojibwe tradition of tapping maple trees for syrup.

Talking to trees, the cool April air, and frogs: Michelle Defoe and her three daughters share the ancient Ojibwe tradition of tapping maple trees for syrup.

Michelle Defoe, a member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, says you have to respect the trees for the medicine they provide: speak to them, offer them food, and leave them alone to recover once warmer weather wakes up the frogs. Last month, Defoe and her three daughters tapped a sugarbush–a grouping of sugar maple trees–near Duluth.

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A cooling housing market drove Florence Karp out of the mortgage business. Launching a Nigerian hot sauce, Afric, put Karp into business for herself.

A cooling housing market drove Florence Karp out of the mortgage business. Launching a Nigerian hot sauce, Afric, put Karp into business for herself.

Making It in Minnesota: Before becoming a food entrepreneur, Florence Karp worked as a teacher, a seamstress, a mortgage broker, and a life coach. Now she markets and sells her own line of traditional Nigerian sauces to Minnesota grocers and stores. Building the business has presented challenges, Karp says. “But if you are in love with something you’re doing, you don’t care.”

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State Senator Omar Fateh says he’s ‘troubled’ by the conviction of his brother-in-law and campaign volunteer, Muse Mohamed. Muse lied to a federal grand jury about handling absentee ballots in Omar’s 2020 primary campaign.

State Senator Omar Fateh says he’s ‘troubled’ by the conviction of his brother-in-law and campaign volunteer, Muse Mohamed. Muse lied to a federal grand jury about handling absentee ballots in Omar’s 2020 primary campaign.

State Senator Omar Fateh released a statement late Tuesday evening confirming for the first time publicly that Muse Mohamud Mohamed is his brother-in-law. Muse was convicted earlier in the day of two counts of perjury. “I am troubled by this conviction,” said Omar, who did not directly address allegations of voter fraud that arose in his 2020 primary campaign.
Activists say Native and lower-income communities are disproportionately harmed by coal and gas power plants. They’re calling on Minnesota Power to adopt more renewable energy and to close some plants.

Activists say Native and lower-income communities are disproportionately harmed by coal and gas power plants. They’re calling on Minnesota Power to adopt more renewable energy and to close some plants.

Minnesota Power is planning to build a $700 million natural gas power plant in Superior, Wis. A collective of clean energy organizations is urging Minnesota Power to adopt wind and solar power instead. A study found that closing some of Minnesota Power’s existing plants would save three lives a year and $200 million in health care costs.
Imam Abdirahman Aden Kariye was buckled into his airplane seat Sunday ready to fly home. Then TSA agents ordered him off, causing him to miss Eid at his Bloomington mosque.

Imam Abdirahman Aden Kariye was buckled into his airplane seat Sunday ready to fly home. Then TSA agents ordered him off, causing him to miss Eid at his Bloomington mosque.

Imam Abdirahman Aden Kariye arrived at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport more than three hours early Sunday and passed extra security measures. But he was still booted off the last direct flight to Minneapolis. He missed leading the Eid prayer Monday at Dar Al Farooq mosque, which marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey contends Minneapolis Police Department should obey one—not two—consent decrees to reform the force. State and federal authorities are investigating the police for civil rights abuses.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey contends Minneapolis Police Department should obey one—not two—consent decrees to reform the force. State and federal authorities are investigating the police for civil rights abuses.

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights issued a damning report last week on systemic racism in the Minneapolis police department, and wants to compel reform through a consent decree. Federal authorities are conducting their own investigation into Minneapolis police and could ask for a separate consent decree.

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Black Tech Talent launched two years ago to support Black professionals in Minnesota. The ambitious startup is now looking to expand nationwide.

Black Tech Talent launched two years ago to support Black professionals in Minnesota. The ambitious startup is now looking to expand nationwide.

Michael A. Jackson founded Black Tech Talent two years ago to build camaraderie among Black tech workers and to diversify Minnesota’s workforce. The organization’s online community hosts more than 7,000 subscribers and counts more than 100 corporate partners, including Best Buy, BluDot, the Minnesota Timberwolves, Sunrise Banks, and American Express. Jackson says the last two years have shown the rest of the country that Minnesota has a strong Black community that knows how to mobilize and that’s ready to grow.
Minnesota Human Rights investigation finds pattern of racist law enforcement by Minneapolis Police Department.

Minnesota Human Rights investigation finds pattern of racist law enforcement by Minneapolis Police Department.

In a newly released report, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights slammed the city of Minneapolis and its police department for what it described as a “pattern or practice of race discrimination.” The two-year investigation revealed that the police wielded more severe force against Black people, surveilled Black citizens through social media, and frequently used racial slurs.
Upcoming federal trial will focus on alleged voting fraud in Minneapolis state Senate primary, court filings say.

Upcoming federal trial will focus on alleged voting fraud in Minneapolis state Senate primary, court filings say.

Federal authorities charged Muse Mohamud Mohamed in November 2021 with two counts of lying about how he’d handled absentee ballots. The government’s latest brief, filed April 19, reveals the investigation involves the August 11, 2020, primary election in Minnesota Senate District 62, where challenger Omar Fateh beat incumbent Jeff Hayden.
Research shows that medical caregivers often don’t know what tick bites look like on Black and brown skin. That can mean delayed diagnoses of Lyme disease and other illnesses.

Research shows that medical caregivers often don’t know what tick bites look like on Black and brown skin. That can mean delayed diagnoses of Lyme disease and other illnesses.

Minnesota’s tick season starts as soon as the snow melts. The tiny, blood-sucking arachnids enjoy the same conditions that draw us out into nature every year. Experts warn that people of color are being diagnosed with tick-borne illnesses later than white patients, and that a warming climate could encourage the spread of ticks.