Willie Lloyd says he accepted his sentence for murder, did his time, and rebuilt his life. But until recently, he couldn’t vote. Under a new Minnesota law, convicted felons still on parole or probation can register.
Sahan Journal answers some questions frequently asked by Minnesota State Fair visitors.
Experience the Japanese Obon festival, a Latinx art exhibition, and a rooftop drag brunch.
To bus, bike, drive, or walk? Options for getting to and from the Minnesota State Fair.
The rising junior at Rosemount High School says Talent Garden showed her the wealth of specializations she might choose in medical school.
The Richfield High graduate said Talent Garden opened her eyes to new possibilities as she prepares to major in biology at Augsburg University this fall.
The Maple Grove High graduate will study pre-med or pre-nursing this fall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Soon-to-be-senior at Champlin High says Talent Garden gave her priceless hands-on experience.
Park Center graduate is studying psychology and computer science at the University of Minnesota.
Future surgeon is a rising senior at Minnetonka High School.
The Rogers High School graduate said Talent Garden helped crystallize her desire to be a pediatric nurse. She’ll enter Winona State this fall.
Hennepin Healthcare’s Talent Garden program aims to nurture young health care providers of color.
Council votes narrowly in favor of ordinance after a letter from Mayor Jacob Frey saying that it needed more time.
Henna and Hijabs partnered with the retail giant to give the company’s SMN1 facility Amazon-branded hijabs to wear to work.
Nonprofit’s voter engagement efforts praised as carrying on a long Minnesota tradition.
Eating produce from home can be comforting for immigrants. Researchers and master gardeners are working to understand what can grow in Minnesota.
Uber and Lyft sent letters to the Minneapolis City Council threatening to leave the city if a proposed ordinance is approved. A city committee passed the measure last week, sending it to the full council for a vote Thursday.
In a region where communities of color are most impacted by flooding, RainReady is bringing together community members to create flood mitigation plans.
$46.99 for a bottle of Sriracha? A shortage of chili peppers is crimping production for the California producer, squeezing supplies and driving up prices. Some consumers are looking to alternatives.
Lenin Tamayo mixes Spanish and Quechua lyrics with K-pop beats. He’s amassed more than 4.4 million likes on TikTok and released the digital album “Amaru” this month.
Newly passed legislation evens the playing field between landlords and tenants, housing advocates say.
After two years in power, the Taliban face no significant opposition in ruling Afghanistan. Girls and women are paying the price, with the Taliban barring them from jobs, education, and virtually every aspect of public life.
Wild rice is an aquatic grass that thrives in shallow waters, and serves as a sacred “mashkiki,” or medicine, to the Ojibwe.
Lao American playwright Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay features a young woman who’s destined to become a shaman. “The Kung Fu Zombies Saga: Shaman Warrior & Cannibals” runs, on stage and online, through Sunday, August 13.
JJ Legacy School says it stopped paying rent in a last-ditch effort to force its landlord, Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, to make repairs. Instead, the church won an eviction order in court. The rental dispute reveals holes in state law.
The festival will be held Saturday at the State Capitol grounds in St. Paul.
In Detroit’s Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood, climate gentrification could mean that those with the resources to manage the risks and expense of living in a floodplain may replace those without them.
Experience IndiaFest, a street art festival, and a play exploring an apocalyptic world with zombies.
Two extra highway lanes will add 29 acres of asphalt next to Near West Side Milwaukee neighborhoods that already face flood risks.
Miranda Pacheco lost her right to vote years ago because of a drug conviction, and voted for the first time in the Duluth primary after it was restored.
Recent years have seen high lake levels flood parking garages and apartments, wash out beaches, and even cause massive sinkholes.
People of color and low-income folks are less likely to receive help, and to survive, when their hearts stop. Getting trained in CPR could help change that.
A city committee passed the measure Tuesday, sending it to the full City Council for a vote next week.
Two Richfield mothers say their sons were not involved in a shooting at a homecoming game, but faced discriminatory discipline from the district afterwards.
The study found that Hmong stroke patients are on average 11 years younger than their white counterparts, and are twice more likely to suffer from the more serious type of stroke.
This six-part collaboration will highlight cities throughout the Great Lakes region that face archaic wastewater systems, crumbling infrastructure, segregated housing, and climate change.
Tou Thao held bystanders back as they pleaded with him and three other Minneapolis police officers to get up off George Floyd’s back and to check his pulse.
Against medical advice, some of Minnesota’s neediest patients check themselves out of the hospital before they’re better. Who’s to blame?
Food prices are still rising in many developing countries because their currencies have weakened against the dollar, which is used to buy grain and vegetable oil.
The former officers assaulted the men with a sex toy, stun guns, and other objects over a roughly 90-minute period.
Climate activist Jothsna Harris and labor organizer Abdirahman Muse are part of the first cohort of the Obama Foundation’s Leaders USA program.
Minnesota’s new recreational marijuana allows residents to grow marijuana at home, but other parts of the law can make that a tricky endeavor, advocates say.
Immigrant Connection Mosaic can help with naturalization cases, family reunification, and other needs.
This weekend’s events include a performing arts festival, an art fair, and a George Floyd art exhibition.
Trees can play a critical part in helping manage stormwater in cities. University of Minnesota researchers are helping build understanding that could help planners and foresters make better decisions.
Cluster bombs were dropped across Laos and Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. Many didn’t explode, and remain a danger nearly 50 years after the war ended.
Recreational marijuana became legal in Minnesota on August 1.
Shakopee residents feared the Prairie Pointe development would harm their community. The project is being developed by Beacon, whose clientele is 90 percent people of color.
At about its halfway point, the record-breaking hot and extreme summer of 2023 is both unprecedented and unsurprising. Killer heat. Deadly floods. Smoke from wildfires that chokes.
West African nations have given Niger’s coup leaders one week to reinstate the country’s democratically elected president and have threatened to use force if the demands aren’t met.
Crews have mostly dismantled the first of four dams along the Klamath River near the California-Oregon border.
Starting August 1, growing, possessing, and using weed will be legal for people 21 and older.
About 100 people attended the ceremony, including St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. The sculpture was created by an art teacher at The Blake School.
Lifeworks Services and WeNetworkNow are partnering to advance disability inclusion in the African community.
Inmates who are undocumented or who are green card holders are prohibited from accessing substance abuse treatment and workplace training once federal authorities place an immigration detainer on them.
Artika Tyner, the founding director of St. Thomas School of Law’s Center on Race, Leadership, and Social Justice, announced that her position was eliminated. The university cited fundraising challenges in shuttering the program.
This summer, Teach Minnesota is training nearly 50 teachers who will be in classrooms in the fall. Program leaders say this model can train the diverse teachers that Minnesota needs. But they say they’ll need more funding to bring the program to scale.
Olson Memorial Highway tore through a hub of Black and Jewish community life in the 1940s to give suburban commuters access to downtown Minneapolis. Organizers want to see the state go big on a new project to redevelop the road.
This weekend’s events include a mosaic art celebration, a pop-up spotlighting Black-owned and women-led businesses, a historical art exhibition, and a Black yoga experience.
A court granted the Beltrami County Historical Society Museum permission to return sacred Indigenous artifacts to Indigenous communities where they originated.
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Medical experts warn that Minnesotans are typically less prepared for heat waves than they are for winter conditions.
A city committee will decide whether to set a public hearing for August 8 for a proposed ordinance to increase wages for rideshare drivers.
A Whirlwind of Lit Delights Took Place July 8, 2023
About 1.5 million Minnesotans, half of them people of color, will have to reapply for the government health insurance in order to continue receiving healthcare.
The award celebrates members and organizations for their leadership, mentoring, civic engagement, and impact.
Queen Bey serenaded the audience with soulful ballads before taking them on a futuristic journey through the underground ballroom scene of the 1990s.
The bureau’s current classification of the Hmong, Lahu, Tai Dam, and Urdu ignores their experiences and could harm them in terms of policies and resources, critics say.
After a year on the job, Cedric Alexander is stepping down September 1. His appointment was lauded as a ‘seminal’ moment in the city’s history.
Beyoncé fans lined up early Thursday outside Huntington Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus.
Beyoncé’s seventh studio album, “Renaissance,” pays homage to Black culture and Black queer music.
A Minneapolis-based refugee advocacy group said some of the family reunification cases it’s working on date as far back as 2011.
The city will begin researching adding 3rd Precinct officers to the Century Plaza building in Minneapolis.
No tickets? No problem. Hit up a Beyoncé dance party, live music pre-party, and karaoke night. And enter to win a free ticket.
The state presented 10 different plans for the possible redevelopment of the interstate between Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Under a new federal corrective-action plan, Minnesota will take steps to limit how long special education teachers can work without formal training. The move should help the state preserve $219 million in federal funds. But critics say it still leaves teachers ill prepared to serve some of the state’s highest-needs students.
“Hate Stings” is a graphic novel written by James Curry, and drawn by Tom Nguyen, a renowned comics artist.
If she wins office, Miranda Pacheco would become the only Native American on the Duluth City Council. She’s hoping her own experiences recovering from addiction can help her address the city’s housing and mental health needs.
Afro Deli, MomoDosa, and Churros & Aguas Fresca are three new ethnic food vendors joining the 2023 fair.
The “Alive. True Stories of Love” art therapy project is helping a group of women cope with the loss of their partners who died in the war.
Hollywood actors are joining screenwriters in the first dual strike from the two unions in more than six decades, with huge consequences for the film and television industry.
As more than 900 fires burn in a Canadian fire season, one province — British Columbia — relies on smokejumpers to help fight the blazes. Its history dates back to 1998.
Southeast Asian foreign ministers have renewed their alarm over and condemnation of the deadly air strikes and artillery shelling in Myanmar. But they failed to reach an agreement Friday on how they should deal with the two-year-old crisis.
Grassroots police watchdog and government accountability groups had asked the court not to approve the settlement agreement.
The singer-songwriter’s Congolese-influenced pop will come at the end of 12 hours of music and dance celebrating many cultures.
This weekend’s events include an Afrolatinx food and arts event, a film series about Black music in cinema, and a day-long celebration of international music.
Following a ProPublica-Sahan Journal report on fast-tracked home financing deals that left Somali families in Minnesota financially devastated, federal lawmakers met to discuss what could be done to shield buyers.
Sahan Journal spoke with five comedians of color about the local comedy scene, and how their background and life experiences impact their stand-up.
Gabby OK finds a home in the Twin Cities comedy scene and strives to forge a path of opportunity and empowerment for emerging female comedians.
Ethiopian comedian Abenezer Merdassa bridges cultures through stories that delve into his experiences in both Ethiopia and America.