Laura Yuen Feature Archive

Minneapolis City Council members are fighting back against a likely solution to an impasse regarding the Southwest light-rail line. The planned route angers several city council members, including Betsy Hodges who said the planning process for the project is "almost scandalously flawed." (10/01/2013)
An advisory committee for the Southwest light rail project will recommend Wednesday a way to resolve a longstanding dispute that is threatening the future of the line. (09/30/2013)
There has been no official confirmation connecting the attackers to Minnesota, where U.S. authorities say al-Shabab has recruited about two dozen fighters to the Horn of Africa. Even so, imams in the Twin Cities say they have a responsibility to speak up. (09/27/2013)
Since 2007, at least 23 young Twin Cities men have left for the Horn of Africa, allegedly to take up arms in Somalia's civil war. Authorities believe the men joined al-Shabab, a ruthless and radical Islamic militia group vying to topple Somalia's weak transitional government. Here is what we know about these men. (09/25/2013)
With the intense glare of news outlets on Minnesota, where the nation's largest Somali-American population resides, many members of that community try to repair its image and raise awareness about the challenges they face. (09/25/2013)
Somali-American community leaders are responding to reports that two of the alleged attackers on a shopping center in Nairobi were from Minnesota. (09/23/2013)
Operation Blue Wave was the the St. Paul Police Department's response to the deadly shooting in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood of a teen boy and a group beating of a young man that nearly killed him. Extra patrols are beginning to recede as summer ends, and that has some residents worried. (09/20/2013)
A spate of youth violence sparks the topic for discussion at a gathering St. Paul's Payne-Phalen neighborhood. (09/18/2013)
City Council member Cheryl Youakim said her city is reluctant to take the operation and maintenance facility, or OMF, because it would push several businesses out of the area and cost about 200 jobs. (09/11/2013)
The fate of what would be the state's most expensive public-works project -- the Southwest Light Rail -- now teeters on uncertainty, with much of the debate centering on one question: Did the city of St. Louis Park ever agree to accept freight rail? The quandary goes back nearly two decades. (09/11/2013)
Why is the Southwest Light Rail Transit project in such a mess? Transit planners are weighing what many consider to be two bad options. (09/11/2013)
Hussein Samatar became the first Somali-American elected to public office in Minnesota when he won a seat on the school board three years ago, providing a strong voice for immigrant families and children. The 45-year-old died last week of complications from leukemia. (09/03/2013)
From 2000 to 2010, Minnesota's median income fell by 18 percent after figures were adjusted for inflation -- the steepest decline in the nation, according to an economic justice group. (09/01/2013)
Some Minnesota farmers, Christians and business leaders are lending their voices to the fight for immigration reform. (08/29/2013)
Saynab Hussein, pleaded guilty to perjury today in federal court in Minneapolis. Hussein told a grand jury in 2009 that she did not know anyone who raised money for the Minnesota men who went to fight Ethiopian troops in Somalia. (08/29/2013)