Sasha Aslanian Feature Archive

In 2011, China banned Minnesota poultry due to an outbreak of avian flu in two flocks in Wright County. (12/24/2012)
Immigrations and Customs Enforcement released numbers Friday reporting a record number of people deported from the U.S. in 2012. However, numbers dropped slightly for the region that includes Minnesota. (12/21/2012)
Minnesota Appeals Court rules that the state's attempt to pay personal care attendants who care for relatives 20 percent less than other PCAs is unconstitutional. (12/17/2012)
More than a month after Minnesota became the first state to defeat a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, some Catholics say it's time to acknowledge the division it caused, so parishes can begin to heal. Catholic Bishops put significant financial and spiritual resources behind the amendment, alienating some parishioners. The biggest cost may be Catholics who walked away from the church and haven't returned. (12/14/2012)
Immigration reform is likely to be in the national spotlight early next year, as the Obama administration and Congress seek to fix a system that's widely viewed as broken. The people at the center of the debate -- some who have been living and working in the U.S. without legal permission for years -- are increasingly making their voices heard. One is a widely known former journalist who will be speaking in Minneapolis tonight. (12/12/2012)
Let's face it, with a snow dump like we just had, it's tough to keep our sidewalks properly cleared. (12/10/2012)
Advocates for children revealed their top legislative priority at an annual children and youth issues briefing Tuesday. (12/05/2012)
Minnesota teenagers and young adults have stronger employment numbers than most of their peers across the country, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which tracks youth and work. (12/03/2012)
Minnesotans with Norwegian ancestry have a chance to compete on a Norwegian reality show, which is holding a casting call at the Mall of America on Saturday. (12/01/2012)
Minnesotans will get a close look at the top American figure skaters likely to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics. (11/28/2012)
An east side apartment complex notorious for being unsanitary and even unsafe has been renovated and is opening its doors again. Community leaders are hopeful for the new chapter, but it was painful getting here. (11/28/2012)
The Metropolitan Council has announced $5.7 million in community development grants to six cities including Minneapolis, Champlin and Maple Plain. (11/25/2012)
The University of Maryland joined the Big 10 Conference Monday, bringing the number of teams in the Minnesota Gophers' athletic conference to 13. (11/19/2012)
Launched a year and a half ago amid disappointment at the Legislature, the effort to defeat Minnesota's marriage amendment succeeded this week after amassing millions of dollars, a broad spectrum of backers and a focus on religious faith and personal conversations. (11/09/2012)
Minnesota voters rejected two proposed amendments to the state constitution on Election Day, turning back measures placed on the ballot by a Republican-controlled Legislature that voters also sent packing. (11/07/2012)