Laura Yuen Feature Archive

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)
The Twin Cities and southern Minnesota suffered under scorching heat and humidity Monday, creating misery from the Minnesota State Fair to Minneapolis public schools. (08/26/2013)
Minneapolis school board member Hussein Samatar died Sunday of complications from leukemia. The civil war refugee was the first Somali-American in Minnesota, and most likely the country, to be elected to public office. He was 45. (08/25/2013)
Humanitarian groups are urging more banks to take on accounts with money-transfer companies that send cash to Somalia. (08/25/2013)
The escalating costs of the proposed Southwest Corridor light-rail system are alienating officials in five Twin Cities area counties. (08/21/2013)
Light-rail planners and railroad officials are trying to find a better way to reroute freight traffic for the proposed Southwest Corridor project. (08/21/2013)
Transit planners are toiling over how to resolve a dispute over the proposed southwest light-rail route. (08/15/2013)
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi plans to use a civil statute used to protect children from neglect to file no-contact orders against alleged sex traffickers. (08/09/2013)
Questions over how to make room for both light-rail and freight traffic along the proposed Southwest Corridor project could delay a key decision. (08/07/2013)
When many people think of adoption, they tend to focus on the adoptive parents and the baby they bring home. But less attention is paid to what becomes of those babies. Starting Monday, a new online magazine called Gazillion Voices aims to provide a voice for adult adoptees around the country. (08/05/2013)