• Vibrant music scenes an important draw for cities
    One of the most overlooked and under-valued reasons new college grads and young professionals move to the Twin Cities is its vibrant local music scene.July 3, 2009
  • The changing faces of small towns
    Minnesota Public Radio News' Jeff Horwich hosted a forum in Willmar recently, to talk with residents about the challenges and benefits that immigrants have brought to the area.Midday, June 25, 2009
  • New life challenging for some, rewarding for other Hmong immigrants
    The latest wave of Hmong refugees to the Twin Cities began five years ago this week. Since then about 5,000 new Hmong residents have made their homes here.June 22, 2009
  • Freeborn County jail to house immigration violators
    A southern Minnesota county jail has become the latest facility in the region to house federal inmates who are waiting to be deported from the U.S.June 16, 2009
  • Audit: Minnesota loosely enforces E-Verify rule
    A Minnesota government order requiring state agencies and certain vendors to check the immigration status of new hires is being loosely enforced, an audit released Tuesday found.June 10, 2009
  • Young Somali men escape homeland, but not violence
    Since December 2007, eight Somali men, all 30 and under, have been killed in the Twin Cities. The deaths represent a tragic irony for a community that escaped the bloodshed and clan warfare of its home country.May 29, 2009
  • FBI, Twin Cities Somalis hope to rebuild relationship
    The head of the Minneapolis FBI office is asking for the Somali community's trust as investigators continue to look into the disappearances of a number of young Twin Cities men who are believed to be fighting along with hard-line Islamists in Somalia's civil war.May 19, 2009
  • 30 arrested during Minn. immigration office protest
    About 30 people were arrested for disorderly conduct during a protest outside the office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Bloomington.May 6, 2009
  • Centro Legal closes its doors
    A nonprofit community law office in St. Paul has become one of the latest victims of the struggling economy. Centro Legal, which provided legal services to Minnesota's Latino community for the last 28 years, shut down for good Monday.April 27, 2009
  • Film explores the lives of Dominican baseball players
    The Dominican Republic is famous for the large number of major league baseball players it produces. A new movie, "Sugar," follows the story of one man who tries to make that leap. MPR's Jim Bickal talked to the filmmakers.April 24, 2009
  • Minn. lawmaker: No funds to 'pirate lovers'
    A Minnesota lawmaker said he wants to ensure that no state money goes to groups supporting pirates, after a Twin Cities-based Somali advocate said he helped get an attorney for the Somali teen facing piracy charges.April 22, 2009
  • Revisiting immigration reform during the recession
    The Obama administration is considering bringing out immigration reform proposals, perhaps even before the economy begins to improve.Midmorning, April 20, 2009
  • Somalis assess their life in Minnesota
    Two Somali men who are longtime Minnesota residents discuss the major concerns of Somalis living in Minnesota, including whether young men are being recruited to fight with terrorists.Midday, April 15, 2009
  • Children of the deported
    It's a story that's made headlines for years -- immigrants who are living in the U.S. illegally are detained and sent back to their home countries. A lot of times, they leave families behind, including U.S.-born kids.April 14, 2009
  • Earlier Somali money transfer case went nowhere
    Searches by federal agents at three money-transfer businesses in Minneapolis that cater to the Somali community last week recall another time similar businesses came under scrutiny here, a major international investigation that produced few results.April 13, 2009

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