Sasha Aslanian Feature Archive

In a state that fosters social isolation, she showed the benefits of doing the opposite. (12/01/2011)
Each year about 1,500 American Indian children in Minnesota spend time in foster care or other out-of-home-care. In Minnesota, American Indian children are 14 times more likely to be placed in out-of-home care than white children - the widest such gap in the nation. That worries tribal officials who say the tribes should be able to determine which of their families need intervention, and what kind. (11/30/2011)
The Department of Homeland Security has begun reviewing cases to speed up deportation of illegal immigrants who are criminals while also clearing the backlog of cases of people in the country illegally who are not criminals. (11/18/2011)
Voters in communities around Minnesota cast ballots in variety of local races in election. Early results indicate most school levies are passing, regardless of whether the issue would result in higher taxes. Dozens of districts only sought renewals, which would keep property taxes at current levels. But even tax increase questions saw success. (11/08/2011)
OccupyMN protestors in downtown Minneapolis are defying Hennepin County's requests to remove signs taped to government property so the county can winterize the plaza. (11/04/2011)
Proponents of the amendment and those who oppose it have a long ground war ahead of them as they try to convince voters that an amendment would either help or hurt families. (11/04/2011)
The University of Minnesota's Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare and the Department of Human Services today announced a new certification program to train social workers and mental health experts who work with adoptive families. (11/01/2011)
A lawsuit that seeks to overturn Minnesota's law prohibiting same-sex marriage is back. (10/27/2011)
The Department of Corrections is experimenting with a new way for family and friends to communicate with inmates at two Minnesota prisons. (10/17/2011)
The merger of several Roman Catholic parishes in the Twin Cities will go forward, despite objections by some members of the congregation. The Vatican has rejected their appeals. (10/12/2011)
The Minnesota Campaign Finance Board put finishing touches on rules affecting disclosure for ballot initiatives, and caught flak from supporters of an amendment to define marriage. (10/04/2011)
State officials are studying how they can keep former inmates from returning to prison after completing their sentences. (10/03/2011)
Thirty-seven people were arrested in Minnesota as part of a nation-wide immigration sweep. (09/28/2011)
Of Minnesota's most populous counties, Scott County saw the steepest drop in median income last year, new data show. (09/22/2011)
Beginning today, gays and lesbians can serve openly in the military. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," a policy that's been on the books since 1993, and nullified by Congress in December 2010, ended at midnight. (09/20/2011)