Sasha Aslanian Feature Archive

Early on, Susan Allen learned from her father that American Indian people could help change institutions by participating in them. (12/28/2011)
In the 16 years since Eileen Scallen called to say she was bringing a girlfriend home for a school reunion, her five brothers and sisters have become accustomed to having a gay sibling. What do those family ties mean now that there's a vote set on whether to ban gay marriage in the Minnesota Constitution? (12/23/2011)
Eileen Scallen worries that her siblings' loyalty to her may only go so far. She fears they won't understand her opposition to a proposed constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between one man and one woman. Listen as each of them talks about their position. (12/23/2011)
Organizers of Bike Walk Twin Cities say efforts to get Twin Cities residents out of their cars are paying off. (12/17/2011)
A new vision for downtown in 2025 unveiled by the Minneapolis Downtown Council includes doubling the number of urban residents, increasing green spaces and mass transit, and a sports district that includes a new Vikings Stadium. (12/14/2011)
The complaint against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis was over a DVD mailed to 400,000 Catholics before the 2010 election which urged them to call for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. (12/09/2011)
The Slip Trip and Fall Prevention Campaign is coming soon to a state government building near you. (12/09/2011)
A federal judge gave final approval Thursday to a settlement reached between the State of Minnesota and 300 developmentally disabled former residents of a state-run institution. (12/01/2011)
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)