The year’s most-read stories were dominated by coverage of Feeding Our Future, which began with an FBI raid in January and continued throughout the year.
More than half of the top-read stories of the year involved the federal investigation into Feeding Our Future, a non-profit that received millions of government dollars earmarked to feed underprivileged children. The Minnesota U.S. Attorney’s Office charged dozens of suspects, including Feeding Our Future’s former executive director Aimee Bock, in September for allegedly misappropriating those funds for personal use. Prosecutors allege that the defendants defrauded the government of more than $250 million.
Two COVID-related stories made the list—one about applying for “hero pay” the state made available for frontline workers, and another about the Omicron variant’s impact on schools.
The top 10 most-read stories were rounded out by coverage of a study about medical students and a profile of Minnesota’s 2020 Teacher of the Year, Qorsho Hassan, quitting after 10 years in the classroom.
4. Confused about the alleged fraud at Feeding Our Future? The shell companies, the Las Vegas junket, the $500,000 apartment in Kenya? Here’s everything you need to know about the FBI raid and investigation so far.