Sasha Aslanian Feature Archive

The faces in stained glass that inspire worshippers at the Pilgrim Baptist Church aren't those of a white Jesus and the saints. Instead, they're the faces of the black ministers who led the church, and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (06/13/2013)
A Minnesota law enforcement training program mired in controversy last year has been overhauled and relaunched. (06/07/2013)
Three metro counties began taking applications for marriage licenses from same-sex couples on Thursday, marking another milestone for Minnesota. (06/06/2013)
The Hopkins School District and an attorney for two students who were suspended and charged with misdemeanors this spring have reached an agreement. (06/05/2013)
Same-sex couples can apply for marriage licenses in Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington counties starting June 6. (05/30/2013)
A year and a half into its five-year federal grant, the Northside Achievement Zone has 300 families participating with their 800 children. By the end of next year, the goal is to have 1,200 families and 5,000 children enrolled. (05/30/2013)
Minnesota's two U.S. senators have formed a committee to search for the state's next U.S. Attorney. (05/27/2013)
Advocates for children who have been victims of sex trafficking say the Legislature handed them an "incomplete and underfunded victory." (05/25/2013)
Richard Carlbom led Minnesotans United for All Families to two historic victories: the defeat of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage last November, and the recent passage of the same-sex marriage bill. (05/22/2013)
Jack Baker and Michael McConnell, two Minneapolis men who first fought for marriage equality in the 1970s, have kept a low profile this week. But decades ago on TV, they predicted this moment would come. (05/16/2013)
Minnesota's law allowing same-sex marriage goes into effect Aug. 1. On that day, same-sex couples can apply for a marriage license in Minnesota. (05/14/2013)
Same sex-marriage, an issue that's dominated Minnesota politics for two years, may soon become a reality after a state House vote on Thursday. And as lawmakers debated the issue, thousands of people representing opposing views filled the Capitol rotunda, hoping to influence the historic moment. (05/10/2013)
A bill to legalize same-sex marriage has been scheduled for a floor vote in the Minnesota House on Thursday. MPR News asked Minnesotans if they feel the state has engaged in enough of a conversation about marriage. We asked members of our Public Insight Network about their views on same-sex marriage and received more than 150 responses. Here is a sampling of their views. (05/07/2013)
A St. Paul City Council member is leaving the council to lead a state office. (05/06/2013)
Buried deep in the Senate transportation policy bill is a dead horse -- actually, a rail line named after him. The Dan Patch line, named for a famous early 20th century race horse, carries freight between the Twin Cities and Northfield. The idea of bringing back passenger service along that route is so controversial that lawmakers passed a special law to halt discussion of it more than a decade ago. This year, lawmakers are considering whether to lift the "Dan Patch moratorium." (04/29/2013)