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‘People are in tears about all the new possibilities’: Ilhan Omar reflects on the historic fight to cancel student loans and what it means for people like her.

As a new immigrant, Omar took on student loans at a for-profit college. Since her first run for office, she’s worked to make sure others don’t fall into the same “traps” she did. “I’d only been in the country for five years when I went to college,” the DFL Congresswoman says. “And so my family didn’t have the literacy, the fluency in the system, to help me navigate it.”

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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.


Minnesota senate subcommittee drops most ethics complaints against Omar Fateh.

State Senator Omar Fateh, a DFL legislator from Minneapolis, had faced ethics complaints related to campaign finance and his campaign’s handling of absentee ballots. Later in the hearing, Omar’s former campaign manager and legislative aide, Dawson Kimyon, took the Fifth Amendment and declined to answer questions about his work on Omar’s 2020 campaign.


Informed by the shadow of war, Amane Badhasso is running to uplift Minnesota’s immigrant voices. She’d become the first Oromo to serve in Congress.

Amane Badhasso wants to get Minnesota immigrants involved in politics by becoming their representative in Congress. Amane is an Oromo refugee from Ethiopia who is running in the August 9 primary to unseat Representative Betty McCollum. The winner of the DFL primary will likely win the general election in the Fourth District, which includes cities like St. Paul, Maplewood, Woodbury, and Oakdale, and other parts of Ramsey and Washington Counties.


Behind the scenes at Suldaan Seeraar’s mega-show in Minneapolis: The huge audience, the ticketing snags, and that booing thing with Ilhan Omar. 

The Somali music star behind YouTube hits like “Axdi Dhowra” and “275” talked to Sahan Journal about his North American debut, opening doors for Somali musicians—and plans for a second Minnesota show. “To the beautiful audience who attended the concert, I want to thank you,” Suldaan said.