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Updated Friday, September 17, 3:25 p.m. Minneapolis voters will finally have their chance to vote on the future of their police department this fall, more than a year after George Floyd died under Derek Chauvin’s knee. The upcoming election marks a major step for the movement sparked by Floyd’s murder—and a test for Minneapolis voters…


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Sondra Samuels, Minneapolis nonprofit leader, reaches wrongful death settlement in the fatal drowning of a 6-year-old neighbor.

Newly obtained records show Don and Sondra Samuels took Isaac Childress III on a bike ride to Boom Island. There, the boy drowned in the Mississippi River. Isaac was a “NAZ scholar” with the Northside Achievement Zone, where Sondra Samuels is the CEO. She and her husband Don Samuels, a former City Council member, recently sued Minneapolis over policing and the public safety ballot amendment.

No driver’s license? No housing. Minnesota immigrants, advocates say missing government-issued IDs keep people out of stable homes.

A woman called D.N. came to the U.S. from Liberia as a 1-year-old refugee. Her father became a naturalized citizen, but she never did. Now a mother of two children herself, and often homeless, she needs a birth certificate to find long-term housing. Like many immigrants, she says getting those documents has proved impossible.

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Sahan Journal collaborated with Pollen Midwest and Pillsbury United Communities to create a 2021 Minneapolis voter guide. Before we surveyed candidates for mayor and City Council, though, we surveyed immigrant communities. Voter advocates from Latino, Hmong, and Somali backgrounds talked about barriers to voting and how to win their support.

A Minnesota researcher thinks he’s figured out why Black populations die more often from colon cancer: screening and insurance.

Dr. Chyke Doubeni found that Black men die of colon cancer at higher rates than white men. The disparities are larger in East African communities. A south Minneapolis health clinic hired a Somali “medical navigator” to help guide patients toward testing with culturally sensitive care. The result: a giant increase in colon cancer screening—and saved lives.