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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.


Helped by others decades ago, Minnesotan now rescues Ukrainian refugees

Aswar Rahman, 28, started a nonprofit to bring Ukrainian refugees to the state and connect them with locals who sponsor them.


After fighting federal charges, man faces FBI allegations he took $5.9 million in meal fraud case

Haji Salad spent four years in jail on discredited FBI sex trafficking charges before he was federally indicted again this year in a massive meal fraud case.


Mpls. areas hit by crime want say with candidates, not slogans

Some leaders in the areas hit hardest by violence say they wish candidates would spend more time engaging them and residents instead of using public safety as a flashpoint in campaign ads.


Ukrainian mom keeps daughter safe in Minneapolis as husband fights Russians at home

Nataliia Kuchma, a doctor in her home country, landed in Minnesota with just two suitcases for her and her 5-year-old girl.


In Morris, regent's comments on diversity at the University of Minnesota sting students, faculty

MORRIS, Minn. – The students came to Room 5 of the humanities building Thursday to discuss literature in their senior seminar. But first, they reflected…


'You don't really win': Don Samuels reflects on suing Minneapolis for more police

With the lawsuit finished, Samuels vowed to continue speaking on public safety.


One Minnesota interpreter's tumultuous year: Facing a tsunami of need after Afghan evacuation

Roman Khan settled in Minnesota years ago after serving the U.S. military as an interpreter. Now he helps evacuees start over here, while trying to get his family out of Afghanistan.


Efforts underway in Minnesota to raise money to help Pakistani flood victims

Local organizers are encouraging donations to Helping Hand for Relief and Development, Islamic Relief USA and the Pakistan-based Edhi Foundation.


Still awaiting citizenship, Minnesota's frustrated 'Dreamers' push forward

Ten years after the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program began, residents are mentally exhausted by uncertainty.


Minnesota barbers, hairstylists get training to support clients' mental health needs

The Confess Project held a training session on Monday in Minneapolis, in hopes of expanding outreach to the Black community.