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Everything you need to know about whether to send your kids back to the classroom during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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?

Posted inImmigration

Karen couple get rare, private naturalization ceremony in their St. Paul home.

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.


Police raided the home of an older Somali couple, bound their wrists, and yelled at their small children. Then the police told them their son was shot dead.

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.

Posted inELECTION 2020

Nausheena Hussain cast one of Minnesota’s presidential votes for Biden. As she performed her electoral duty, she brought a special Qur’an and inspired her community.

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


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Posted inProfiles

‘So many stories I didn’t know’: Kao Kalia Yang started out writing her family’s refugee memoir. Now she’s sharing the journeys of others.

The Minnesota author’s new book, “Somewhere in the Unknown World,” began when she collected her uncle’s story about fleeing Laos. Then she spoke to a Liberian hospital worker, a Karen parent from school, a Jewish singer from Ukraine—and created “a collective refugee memoir.”