After a year of distance learning, masks, and pandemic disruptions, summer school programs in Minneapolis and St. Paul welcomed kids back. The state-funded programs focus on reading and science, while also reconnecting kids to classroom routines and friendship.
Since COVID-19 kept Sunisa’s family from attending the 2020 Olympics in Japan, they organized a watch party for nearly 300 people in Oakdale. Together, the crowd watched their hometown champion make history.
At an Olympic watch party in Oakdale, Minnesota, the 18-year-old gymnast’s supporters watched the first Hmong American ever to win a gold medal.
Is it time to mask up again? Here’s what you need to know about the Delta variant. Currently, the new indoor masking guidelines apply to 14 of Minnesota’s 87 counties—though in the Twin Cities metro, only Scott County is affected. To date, fully vaccinated people make up less than 1 percent of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state.
It’s not medicine, and it’s not the only reason Lor got healthier. But he says drinking Nom Xyooj Vang’s buckwheat tea was a building block for a better lifestyle. Now, he’ll be selling it to others.
Parts of Northern Minnesota recorded their worst air quality on record, as metro skies filled with smoke. Now that the haze is gone, the temperature is rising.
Publishing company founders say a better selection of books can help end misconceptions about Islam, and also encourage Muslim students who see themselves in their books.
Phaengdara Potter arrived as a refugee when she was 3 years old. She says living in a diverse Minneapolis neighborhood with a “village mentality” was key to her upbringing.
The killing of George Floyd and COVID-19 upended politics in Minneapolis. This summer is the start of what might be the most eventful election in recent memory. We talked to candidates and community members about where the city is heading—and the choices voters will have.
A traffic stop has led to waves of allegations against the DFL representative from St. Paul. Activists see a double standard in the media coverage and the calls for Thompson’s resignation. Approached by Sahan Journal, all 21 legislators in the POCI caucus—progressive legislators of color—offered no comment.
On July 16, a judge in Texas undercut the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. But it doesn’t threaten all DACA recipients—yet. We spoke to an immigration expert at the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota about who the ruling affects and what to do next.
Even without intentional gerrymandering, how districts are redrawn every 10 years can marginalize some groups. Once again, the courts are likely to make the final decision.
The federal government finds that Somalia remains too dangerous, and says that others lacking protected status may apply to remain in the United States, as well.
Minneapolis is the capital of halwa, and businesses here ship the dessert across the United States. Cooked from sugar, ghee or oil, cornstarch, cardamom, and nutmeg, halwa reminds many eaters of childhood—and home.
An alternative to conventional teacher training, “Grow Your Own” programs remove financial barriers for educators of color
The limited response to postal workers’ repeated appeals for help provides a window into the failures of two federal agencies: the Postal Service, which is one of the country’s largest employers, and OSHA, which is supposed to protect workers.
What passed: new bus rapid transit lines, reforestation, solar job training, and a ban on “forever chemicals.” What stalled: efforts to reclassify trash-to-energy facilities and a proposal to boost regulatory protections for low-income areas.
Over the next five weeks, Teto Wilson’s north Minneapolis barbershop, Wilson’s Image Barbers and Stylists, will double as a vaccination clinic for customers and community members.
The Disability Law Center is using a hotline, email address and personal appearances to find people who need access to the vaccine. Immigrant communities are a priority.
‘Suni represents so much more than the athletics and the competition’: The St. Paul–based gymnast becomes the first Hmong American to compete in the Olympics.
Metro Transit has equipped a mini-fleet of six buses to bring the COVID vaccine to shopping centers, events, farms, and more. Vaccination rates have started to jump among some Minnesota communities.
When pediatrician Nathan Chomilo is not caring for children, he leads the state’s COVID-19 vaccine equity strategy and works as medical director for Medicaid.
Family and friends from Minnesota and Texas gathered to remember Ricardo Torres at the site of his death. Mourners remembered Torres as a fun-loving jokester who loved whistling and fishing. Later, a truck convoy rolled up, responding to a flier on social media that predicted a “riot.”
‘I could make better chai’: Brothers Azhar and Mayzer Muhammad, and a friend, Mowafag Mohamed, turn to Oromo family recipes for their simple menu.
Demand for Hilal’s collection of hospital-grade hijabs exploded last year after the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Partnering with the retail giant is her next big step.
The 32-year-old father was part of a Mexican American community that moved from Texas to Olivia, Minnesota, for farm work. A cousin remembered Torres as “always happy, always joking and playing around.”
Abdulaziz sometimes felt lost growing up between between two worlds: the Muslim community in Minneapolis and the mostly white schools in Stillwater. He found his voice in student government, he says, helping “people who have also struggled early in life.”
Professor Khaldoun Ahmad saw the impact of climate change in his native Iraq. Now he’s trying to empower working-class students to prevent the worst impacts in Minnesota.
Police almost always have a presence at a large Minneapolis street festival. This time, organizers came up with their own plan, and turned to the nonprofit Nonviolent Peaceforce. It worked out fine.
St. Anthony-based Feeding our Future and the state help nonprofits access federal money. A judge says the state is taking far too long to decide on applications for new meal sites.
In numerous places, groups of parents are combating efforts to fix longstanding disparities.
Some congregants struggled with isolation during the pandemic, according to imams at Masjid Al-Rawdah in Minneapolis; others dropped out. Women have yet to return to some Islamic centers, though they’ve also embraced online offerings.
Activists aim to ease mental stress of being queer and Desi. One says Pride events make it easier for children to grow up and be themselves.
June is typically the wettest month of the year in Minnesota. This year, most of the state is suffering from a drought. Adapting to a changing climate is key to surviving.
For the past year, COVID-19 rattled the job market across Minnesota. Latinos, more than any other racial or ethnic group, remained in the state workforce. But many found themselves on divergent paths. Pandemic shutdowns cost restaurant owners and staff their livelihoods. Meanwhile, construction workers and contractors booked more jobs than they could handle. In a collaborative reporting project, MinnPost and Sahan Journal asked more than a dozen Latino workers and business owners to talk about how they survived the pandemic—and what they learned.
Jason Chavez, Mickey Moore, and Haji Yussuf spoke to Sahan Journal about their policy ideas, their personal experiences—and why they deserve your vote.
To charter school advocates, the closures are a sign of success. But some Democrats and teachers union leaders say they’re harmful to children, and want a stop to charter school growth.
Some are skilled workers. Some hold essential jobs. Some are entrepreneurs. All of them are consumers.
More than a year after he pinned George Floyd to the pavement, knelt on his neck and deprived him of the ability to breathe, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin will be sentenced Friday for Floyd’s murder.
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Aeon seeks to provide affordable housing across the Twin Cities, but East Village residents say management has failed to provide acceptable living conditions. The landlord acknowledges it has work to do.
Minnesota’s new approach to COVID-19 vaccination was on display last Wednesday: Offer shots at a small venue with ties to the community. Free gift cards don’t hurt, either.
Parent involvement was once considered the secret to the charter school’s success. But more recently, many parents say they didn’t feel valued and grew concerned about whether their kids were learning, fueling an enrollment decline.
Burnsville event on June 19 features 16 writers and is kid friendly. There will be a children’s tent and readings by children’s authors.
Canvassers say the vast majority of residents support major changes to law enforcement. Results of the caucuses suggest it might not be so clear cut.
Rain gardens, a parklet, and plenty of shrubs and plants are in store for an area adjacent to the nearly 50-year-old complex, which is home to many Somali families.
Seven mayoral candidates, including incumbent Jacob Frey, are vying for this week’s DFL endorsement
Nonprofit rushed to create a helpline, helped find oxygen concentrators, developed home care kits, and even funded a hospital. As this COVID-19 wave subsidies, it’s starting to think about the next one.
2021 graduates of color from Minnesota’s colleges and high schools faced the loss of loved ones, racism, and isolation. Now they’re looking forward to a bright future.
Immigrant-owned businesses can apply for rebates from Minnesota energy companies. Expanded energy-efficiency programs are helping them build back greener.
State investigators said last week that Winston Smith shot from inside his vehicle, and that Hennepin and Ramsey County deputies fired their guns. It’s not clear who fired first.
The closed-door budget process, the state Senator from Minneapolis says, leaves activists in the dark about “whether the legislation they’ve fought for will be horse-traded for something else.”
Immigrants carry the burdens of both their old and new worlds. But when things are going badly in one place, they often can find comfort in the small joys of their other culture.
The run of 90-degree days has driven people in the Twin Cities to emergency rooms.
Artistic director on working with other BIPOC groups, community elders, Theater Mu artists and staff, and on her own artistic path
Teachers and students reported building temps in the high 90s. COVID-19 restrictions meant stuffy masks and limited water fountains. Climate change seems likely to cause more problems for Minnesota schools without working air conditioning.
As a teenager, Lue Thao bounced from friends’ basements to rec centers in search of a place to practice and perform. With his new school, Cypher Side, Thao has created a place to teach the next generation of students.
Nurse Jeanette Rupert says for the first time in these long, grueling months of the pandemic, things seem to be slowing down a bit.
After months of conflict between the city and local organizers, public work crews removed memorials to George Floyd, flanked by members of Agape Movement.
Three party leaders say the endorsement process for city offices has disenfranchised some elderly voters, people of color, immigrants, and those with disabilities. Party officials reply that participation is higher than ever.
After Bolé burned down on University Avenue in St. Paul, community support helped Rekik Abineh and Solomon Hailie relaunch in a bigger space with a broader customer base.
The city says it wants to improve areas where people of color live with high levels of pollution, health problems, and poverty. But the initiative lacks enforcement power.
‘I think I’m one of the very few people of color in these positions’: Serving as a policy director at a state agency has given Khan, a longtime nonprofit leader, the opportunity to advocate for change.
Last week, we collaborated with Somali TV Minnesota for our first live event. The experience made us reflect on what it means to really engage the communities we serve, and what we can learn from community media.
Mario Hernandez started biking to get outdoors and boost his health. When he saw the beauty of Minnesota, he wanted others to be able to enjoy it as well, especially recently arrived Latinos to the state who might not have had the chance to explore.
Yusra Arab, a Ward 2 candidate, alleges an opponent, Tom Anderson, targeted East African delegates with deceptive phone calls and emails about their registration. The Anderson campaign cites irregularities and recorded calls with unwitting delegates.
Islamic loans can be hard to understand and even harder to access. We created this explainer on how Islamic loans work, who offers them in Minnesota, and which real estate agents are familiar with the process.
Minnesota still experiences some of the nation’s worst racial disparities in unemployment, graduation rates, and homeownership. Police reform remains undone.
A rare bipartisan bill should help lower emissions while offering households rebates to update old appliances and furnaces.
‘Being Hmong means you invite people in’: As he prepares to open his new restaurant, Vinai, Yia Vang reflects on the values that shape his cooking. This is the fifth installment of ChangeMakers, a collaboration between Sahan Journal and MPR News in celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
Blackwell steered his career away from criminal justice, but felt compelled to volunteer for the prosecution. “There are fundamental rights and wrongs. They still do exist. There are injustices, they exist. It’s a fact.”
After the murder of George Floyd, many people took to the streets and called for dramatic changes to a racist police system. We talked to five people about how their lives unfolded in the months that followed. Some changed jobs, some got sick, some kept going to George Floyd Square. Here are their reflections on a most consequential year.
Eugenia Popa lived through hard times in Romania. That shines through to her students, who nominated her for Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year.
Vaccine safety, side effects, medical myths, and facts: In the second installment of our video series, we’re making COVID-19 vaccine information more accessible for people in Minnesota’s immigrant communities.
Closing the county’s electricity-producing trash incinerator is a longtime goal for environmental justice advocates. But a new climate-action plan offers no concrete path to shut it down.
Reckoning with a year of death, loss, and isolation.
Statewide, 57 percent of white Minnesotans have received a vaccine dose, versus just 40 percent of Black, Hispanic, and American Indian adults. Dr. Nathan Chomilo talks about why vaccination gaps persist and what the state is doing to fix them—from grocery vouchers to town hall forums (with shots at the end!).
George Floyd killing spurred Twin Cities artists to confront the question: What is Blackness? Virtual event held in partnership with the Guthrie offers some answers.
In celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, MPR News and Sahan Journal are featuring Asian Minnesotans making history. Bo Thao-Urabe, executive director of the Coalition of Asian American Leaders, talks about what she learned from Martin Luther King Jr.—and from her mother.
Her’s huge legacy includes cultural festivals, leadership programs for Asian young women, and a groundbreaking post as a University of Minnesota Regent. Friends and family recall a woman who made her own path as a community leader.
Minnesota groups help hospitals in India provide supplemental oxygen: “I don’t really know how we can help from here, other than what we’re doing right now,” nonprofit leader says.
After an unprecedented year, more students need to make up credits during summer school. Their teachers have a plan to make it happen—but the superintendent needs to sign on.
Keeping an arts organization afloat is a constant struggle. Foundations are granting $12.6 million to groups in Minnesota and the Dakotas, providing some badly needed financial stability.
The 2011 storm killed two men, uprooted thousands of trees, and damaged buildings. In the limited federal response, some see evidence of environmental racism.
On Thursday, Pillsbury United Communities announced its final decision to shutter Cedar Riverside Community School. Termination letter cites “cultural deficiencies” and “long term dysfunction” in school governance.
While the Minnesota Department of Education and the nonprofit Feeding Our Future battle in court over allegations of poor management, Mekfira ran out of money and laid off staff.
After a recording of an educator’s explanation of looting went viral, parents questioned the purpose of equity specialists, frank racial discussions, and the social justice club. Students wish adults would spend less time on Facebook.
In celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, MPR News and Sahan Journal are featuring Asian Minnesotans making history.