Laura Yuen Feature Archive

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)
Minnesota becomes the 12th state in the nation where same-sex marriage is legal starting at midnight. (07/31/2013)
Planners are trying to figure out how to fit light rail, freight rail, and biking trails all along pinch points between Minneapolis and St. Louis Park. (07/25/2013)
Minneapolis police are investigating an incident that left a 5-year-old boy in critical condition after he fell out of a fourth-floor window of an apartment complex Tuesday morning on the city's north side. (07/23/2013)
Minneapolis mayoral candidate Mark Andrew wants to double the number of trees planted in the city every year, in an effort to thwart the effects of an emerald ash borer epidemic. (07/22/2013)
Reporter Laura Yuen talked to Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson about the district's school suspension racial gap and what the district is doing to reduce overall suspensions. (04/11/2013)
The Minneapolis Public School District is making a concerted effort to tackle what it considers a pervasive problem. (04/11/2013)
A new national report is shedding light on the high suspension rates among students of color and special-needs children in Minnesota's largest school district. (04/10/2013)