Maria Villavicencio grew up trapping tadpoles, tending a cousin’s pet monkey and nursing an injured hummingbird. Minnesota’s different, but she’s learned to love it.
Zaynab Abdi, a 25-year-old immigrant from Somalia and Yemen, has lived through a civil war, two political revolutions, and a Trump presidency. Now she wants to put her family back together.
With a divided Legislature blocking environmental progress through government, Minnesota activists seek victories from utilities commission.
Critics say the site asks too many questions, lacks translation, and prioritizes speed over equity. State officials say they’re working on it.
Sahan Journal is launching a video series to help make COVID-19 vaccine information more accessible for immigrant communities.
After identifying a need for clearer information on legal, educational, and other assistance, the Coalition of Asian American leaders created a resource map for Minnesota. It launches this week.
Minnesota immigration lawyers praise plan to go back to shorter test, eliminating barriers to naturalization.
Researchers describe pandemic’s death toll as “almost unprecedented.” Excess mortality sets back life expectancy by 15 years.
Minnesota should take due care in vaccinating people of color and let it be known that we care.
HourCar to launch electric vehicle program in Minneapolis and St. Paul, offering car share and public-charging service. Plan includes 150 cars, 70 charging stations, subsidized rentals, and translation services.
State officials say they’re working on getting solid data and finding solutions to the problem. An advisory group says its recommendations were ignored.
Elite Minnesota liberal arts college has quickly diversified staff and students. But departures suggest its campus climate continues to alienate and stifle Black professors and diverse staff.
During catastrophic climate events, blackouts often hit neighborhoods occupied by people of color. The Minnesota energy grid is more resilient against cold weather, but a few blackouts have occurred around Moorhead, and risks exist.
Co-founder of the Somali American Bar Association. President of the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers. Amran has used her professional success to create opportunities for other Somali attorneys—and the people they serve.
Some candidates regard a last-minute effort to halt online political meetings as an effort to protect incumbents. Others say their constituents wouldn’t, or couldn’t, log in.
Many undocumented households are ineligible for federal-funded state program and need to seek out locally run efforts
Even though her daughter got sick enough to go on a ventilator, Rosa Herrera didn’t want the vaccine. Here’s what changed her mind.
This is about more than reading and math. Proposed summer offerings include focus on child care, mental health and field trips
Emilio Gonzalez didn’t die from COVID-19. Now he wants his life back. After 76 days in the hospital with COVID-19, what does recovery look like?
Drive led by Yes4Minneapolis will run parallel to a proposal by City Council members to amend the city charter
Luis Rodriguez contracted COVID-19 after retiring in the place he felt happiest—his hometown in Mexico.
“As a Muslim actor, I accept that America will never accept me”: Mohammed Hajji Ahmed on being Muslim, Black, and an immigrant trying “to make it” in Minnesota arts.
Arepa Bar offers a taste of Venezuela in the Midtown Global Market. Besides the food, Ramirez wants it to showcase the culture of the country she had to flee.
Data show fewer Asian students are returning to in-person schooling, echoing numbers from St. Paul and around the country.
Osman Hassan came to the U.S. 30 years ago as a child fleeing civil war in Somalia. His modest nest egg is worth a lot more in East Africa, and he doesn’t think he’ll need to work again.
Minneapolis schools are installing plexiglass barriers and air filtration systems to reopen elementary buildings next week. Will the precautions be enough to keep students and staff safe?
Starting October 1, Biden sets a target of 125,000 refugee admissions, boosting chances for some long-awaited family reunions.
Federally qualified health centers didn’t know when they’d be able to offer COVID-19 vaccines. Many of their immigrant and new American patients express hesitancy. Here’s how they’re getting patients vaccinated.
Media startup plans slate of youth-focused talk shows, comedy, and politics—produced from new studios in downtown Minneapolis.
Coming-of-age novel puts spotlight on racism, family, identity.
“If I go back, my mind is not going to be on teaching”: Teachers are struggling to balance what’s best for their students with concerns about their health.
After decades of temporary fixes, the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act could help some of the state’s 30,000 Liberians to become American citizens. So far, applications are lagging behind.
While no one died, a doctor who reviewed medical records says detainees received substandard care. Critics are pushing for increased state oversight.
‘Undo the systemic racism in education’: Teenagers tell legislators they need teachers who look like them.
Leo Escobar was known for socializing and cracking jokes at church, where he first met his wife.
Should you call your health provider or will your clinic call you? Who’s in category 1A and who’s in 1B? Are there vaccines going to waste that you could get today? You have questions about getting the vaccine in Minnesota and we have (some) answers.
After just a few days of training, in a new language, the Somali “stowers” at MSP1 sort packages 10 hours a day. A computer tracks and rates your every move. The pressure to perform is physically and mentally exhausting.
The successful candidate for this job will have demonstrated experience in digital sales, experience with digital publishing platforms, and the ability to help create our back office traffic management systems.
Esther Agbaje, from Minneapolis, just started her first term at the state House of Representatives. Kaohly Her, from St. Paul, just became majority whip in her second term. They’re both figuring out how to wield political power—and how to share it.
With insurrection as one bookend and Biden inauguration as the other, teachers’ lessons are no longer just in books. They’re live on TV – and students have a lot to say about them
New Americans look for new administration to help overcome COVID-19, end the Muslim ban, and control guns.
Among the new president’s first acts are a series of actions taking direct aim at the harsh policies of his predecessor
Women of color and immigrants make up a large share of the home care workforce.
As a doctor, I was skeptical about the speed with which COVID-19 vaccines were developed, and how they were politicized. Here’s how I worked through my doubts.
Minneapolis and St. Paul Public Schools plan to bring elementary students back for in-person instruction in February. Meanwhile, Minnesota confronts high infection rates and a frightening new virus variant. What does the science say about family health risks and academic progress with remote learning—especially for people of color?
With the country still reeling from an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and on edge ahead of a precarious transition of power, many are reflecting on what it means to be American. Against that backdrop, many immigrants and refugees remain clear-eyed about the country’s promise, including a St. Paul couple who became citizens Friday, under unusual circumstances.
Business owners report challenges securing COVID-19 aid in new state economy study. “If you’re not a citizen, you don’t qualify for a number of the programs that are out there,” says the president of the Latino Chamber of Commerce.
They may be singled out by white nationalists, but don’t feel they can fully trust local law enforcement to keep them safe. And they need to work alongside colleagues who’ve supported the extremists.
Even though a number of programs were exempt from limitations imposed by President Trump, immigrants worried about exposing themselves to deportation or other penalties.
The sixth-grade teacher and children’s author describes the challenges of moving school online: “The word that comes into my head when I think about this year—with COVID and teaching—is ‘struggle.’”
Employees who assist passengers and drive carts started as low as $7.25 a dozen years ago; 1,000 workers, including many immigrants, will receive new pay scale.
As a teenager, Gustavo Romero crossed the border to the United States and started his journey in restaurants. With his own restaurant, Nixta, in Northeast Minneapolis, he’s looking back home.
‘We’re seen as the real threats to this nation’: Activists say being Black, Somali, and Muslim leads to hostile police response; white Trumpists don’t need to worry.
Trump has accused her of corruption and ‘hating’ America. But others in Congress are joining her in declaring that the president is the real danger to the country.
If you still believed in American exceptionalism, the assault on the U.S. Capitol was a jarring wakeup call. But as other divided nations learned long ago, this is what happens when politicians and media feed citizens a steady diet of lies.
They saw wars and coups in their home countries. America was supposed to be better than this, but immigrants see worrying similarities.
Blois Olson, prominent local public relations strategist, later apologizes over gas station flag-protocol fuss.
Though 150,000 people are enrolled with the state as PCAs, only about 43,000 work in the field. A new state union contract could make the job competitive: ‘If McDonald’s is going to pay $15, they’re going to leave me,’ one caregiver/employer says.
Somali Americans live at the intersection of two criminalized identities, Black and Muslim, that often define their interactions with police.
John Castillo, most known for inventing a loud cheering device used at Timberwolves games, died of COVID-19 in September.
Activists and legal experts question police conduct in the police stop and the late-night home raid that followed.
March is led by young people, who insist they will stay engaged in the issue because far too many young men and women are dying.
After watching footage of the 2 a.m. raid in Eden Prairie, State Representative Hodan Hassan says, “I don’t see professionalism. I don’t see any respect for the family. I don’t see cultural sensitivity. And I don’t see compassion.”
Bayle Adod Gelle, a father of 11, described a harrowing police raid at the family home in Eden Prairie. It ended when officers informed him his 23-year-old son, Dolal Idd, had been fatally shot by police at a gas station in south Minneapolis.
From COVID-19 to the killing of George Floyd, Sahan Journal’s reporters chronicled some of the biggest stories of 2020.
Launched by the Refugee Resettlement Network, the hotline offers guidance on health care, vaccines, food assistance, housing support. The new service joins other Minnesota COVID-19 hotlines for Latino, Karen, and African communities.
The refugee emergency in the Tigray region is the latest crisis on the road to reform. Ethiopians in Minnesota have a role to play in changing the country’s direction.
Skeptical? Concerned about side effects? Prefer to wait a little longer? That’s how these doctors felt, too. Here’s why they got the vaccine anyway.
Pastor and men’s health specialist Albasha Hume was remembered for destigmatizing men’s health issues.
The new naturalization application doubles the test and raises the cost from $640 to $1,160. Two out of three lifelong Americans couldn’t pass the older, easier test.
More than 40 percent of grades registered for Hispanic, Black, and American Indian secondary students in the first quarter were F’s. Minneapolis data show a similar, but less extreme, trend.
Larrydean Goodridge served as a mother figure to children other than her own—despite being separated from her daughter for almost six years.
Last year, Congress quietly passed a bill allowing thousands of Liberian immigrants to apply for green cards. But the Trump administration hardly made it easy, and now the application window is closing.
The officer’s words—described as volatile, prejudiced, and horrific—remained a secret for five years. They highlight the Minneapolis Police Department’s troubled relationship with people of color, and especially the Somali community.
Elie Farhat grew up as an orphan in Lebanon. In Northeast Minneapolis, family came first.
Door-knocking campaign organized by Horn of Africa Community of USA leads to three days of testing this month at a neighborhood school.
State officials see the program passed Monday as a stopgap measure until a new federal aid package is approved.
Nausheena Hussain never really thought about the Electoral College, one of the stranger aspects of the American presidential elections, until 2016. This year, when the opportunity opened up, she decided to pursue it to learn more about the process—and show others how it works
Many immigrants and refugees are likely to be skeptical. Experts say listening closely, relying on community leaders, and maybe incentives will help.
Three friends from St. Paul have their eyes set on the University of Minnesota. But navigating the application process—college counseling, savings, and all those financial aid forms—is harder than ever.
New venture is testing entrepreneur Sagal Abdi’s business skills. So far, it’s okay.
African Economic Development Solutions conference will focus on leadership, empowerment and community resilience.
Advocates worry about quickening spread of COVID-19 in a Minnesota ICE facility.
Moheb Soliman’s video short will stream as one of 60 films in this week’s Arab Film Fest Collab
The state’s highest-ranking Somali American official wants to tackle systemic disparities that are holding back communities of color. But first, there’s a pandemic to get through.
The National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants will draw funds from a CDC grant. Goals include studying best practices for vaccine communication and medical training.
The Queer Armenian Library collects literature, film, music, and art—and breaks a long cultural silence
Multi-day ceremonies can draw hundreds for traditional rituals filled with feasting and song. To prevent coronavirus spread, community leaders and Minnesota health authorities have adopted streamlined funeral rites.
Tou-Fu Vang is remembered not only for his wartime service but in helping refugees resettle the United States.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program narrowly survived Donald Trump. But Joe Biden’s pledge to shore up the program won’t satisfy immigrants who want a wider pathway to citizenship for undocumented Minnesotans.
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With Yemeni-born Ali Sultan as a role model and mentor, immigrant comedians are making names for themselves in the local stand-up scene. The key to being funny, they say, is being true to yourself.
There will be no public pageantry, no costumes and no vendors at the end of this year of pandemic. Hmong families look back at what they’ll miss most about the annual celebration, and explain how they’ll mark the event at home.
We Nurish, the Minneapolis food nonprofit, will prepare 1,000 free meals for hospital workers. Over the river and through the woods, to Abbott Northwestern we go!
When Sheeso Moua met Mai Thao, he thought she might help develop his line of men’s apparel. But she challenged him to think bigger, and they ended up launching the Hmong Men Talk Podcast.
Emilia Gonzalez Avalos, executive director of Unidos MN, spends her days watching her father in his ICU bed through an iPad. “During the weekend we thought he wasn’t going to make it,” she said.