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Keeping track of the applesauce: Federal Child Nutrition Programs make it possible for Minnesota nonprofits to serve low-income kids. But while the lunch may be free, you pay for it in paperwork.

Federal authorities allege that Child Nutrition Programs in Minnesota turned into a feast for fraud. This summer, Youthprise, a Twin Cities nonprofit, invited Sahan Journal to visit a neighborhood library and see the exacting work that goes into serving federally-subsidized meals to low-income kids. That means measuring chicken salad, following the clock on lunchtime, and tracking meals with a ticker.

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Minnesota Representative John Thompson: The exit interview

In an unfiltered conversation with Sahan Journal, the state Representative from St. Paul blamed his landslide August 9 primary election loss on racially motivated slander and DFL money. “I refuse to conform, because the system won’t conform for my people,” Thompson said.