Sasha Aslanian Feature Archive

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is hitting the road to persuade same-sex couples from other states to come get married -- and spend money -- in his city. (09/03/2013)
If you're tired of the same old corporate team-building golf outings, you might want to consider taking up a sledge hammer, spray paint and driving a 19-ton excavator. That's the idea behind Extreme Sandbox, a company that lets you do just that. (08/14/2013)
Religious leaders and activists from Minneapolis' black community gathered outside City Hall today to call for an independent investigation of racially charged incidents involving Minneapolis police officers. (08/07/2013)
The largest midnight same-sex marriage celebration happened at Minneapolis City Hall, where Mayor R.T. Rybak officiated more than three dozen weddings. (08/01/2013)
Couples who are lining up to wed when same-sex marriage becomes reality in Minnesota early Thursday are getting some help from Betty Crocker. (07/29/2013)
Parts of Minnesota are seeing the worst armyworm infestation in decades. The worms are damaging crops from the southeastern part of the state up through west central Minnesota and into North Dakota. (07/28/2013)
Smokers will now have to use designated areas, rather than smoking as they walk around the fair. Smoking is already banned in the fair's buildings and entertainment venues, like the bandshell and the grandstand. (07/25/2013)
Minnesota's new marriage law goes into effect Aug. 1, creating new urgency for many faith communities about whether they will perform such weddings, particularly those that have been wrestling with how to address sexual orientation for decades. Among those torn over the issue are Methodists, who have a unique history on the matter in Minnesota. (07/22/2013)
Same-sex couples can legally wed in Minnesota on Aug. 1. Marriage in the eyes of the state's many faith communities, however, is a different matter. Reactions from Minnesota religious organizations -- and sometimes from within those organizations -- vary widely. (07/22/2013)
A debate on the nation's immigration policies was sparked when an immigration audit of a Spanish immersion child care operator in the Twin Cities found a number of employees whose employment eligibility in the United States is in question. (07/18/2013)
Former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez told a gathering of business and immigration leaders today that if the United States doesn't welcome talent from abroad by changing its immigration policies, its global competitors will. (07/15/2013)
No doubt about it, the mosquitoes are bad this year after a very wet spring. But exactly how bad are they? This week, the mosquito population is three-times as high as the 10-year average. (07/12/2013)
African-American kids between the ages of 5 and 14 years old are three times more likely to drown than their white peers. The YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, which runs 22 pools, has been trying to change that. (07/05/2013)
Residents in St. Cloud are warned that three rabid skunks have been found in the south side of the city in the past three weeks. (06/28/2013)
Maria De La Cruz screamed with joy after her colleagues at OutFront Minnesota told her that the U.S. Supreme Court had struck down a provision in the federal Defense of Marriage Act. (06/26/2013)