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Maya Rao covers race and immigration for the Star Tribune.

Rao wrote for The Press of Atlantic City and The Philadelphia Inquirer before moving to Minnesota in January 2012. She previously covered the federal government for the Star Tribune.

'I will contribute something to America': State's refugees fear their path is closing to others

As Trump restricts entry, those already settled think something is being lost.

Twin Cities Somali American community is focus of new anti-smoking campaign

The program estimates that smoking prevalence for Somali American adults in Minnesota is 24%, much higher than that for adults overall.

Bahamian students come together at St. John's, St. Ben's

Amid their studies in Minnesota, their thoughts are with loved ones at home in the Bahamas.

Advocates from Somali community push for more discussion of addiction

Cultural stigma adds challenge to addressing growing health crisis.

How Minnesotans can help those affected by Hurricane Dorian

Minnesota groups also are mobilizing to get aid in the hands of those hurting because of the massive storm.

As Minnesota grows more diverse, what about the State Fair?

There's no measure of how much diversity is represented among the event's vendors.

Sharon Chapman, a leader in business and community service, dies at 69

Friends and family members described her as passionate about public service in her business positions, volunteer work and the sorority she was a member of for 50 years.

Planned Parenthood exit to have outsized effect in Minnesota

The organization's withdrawal from federal family planning program will have a disproportionate effect in Minnesota, where 90% of Title X patients are served by Planned Parenthood; that figure is 40% nationwide.

Jewish activists prepare to protest immigration policies Tuesday

Holocaust comparison remains controversial.

A dozen Twin Cities museums receive diversity funding

The push for inclusion is part of a national effort.