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This story comes to you from Sahan Journal, a nonprofit newsroom dedicated to covering Minnesota’s immigrants and communities of color. Sign up for their free newsletter to receive stories in your inbox. It was produced in collaboration with ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. For many Somali families in Minnesota, the barriers to homeownership have long seemed insurmountable: reluctant lenders, low incomes, short work histories, and little credit. Members of the East African Muslim community encounter an additional, unique challenge: Because of the principles of their faith, many avoid paying or profiting from interest. This means they typically won’t apply for…

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Experts estimate that only 10 percent of Minnesota Somali families own their home. A contract for deed has offered a pathway out of overcrowded apartments and subsidized housing. Credit: Drew Arrieta | Sahan Journal This story comes to you from Sahan Journal, a nonprofit newsroom dedicated to covering Minnesota’s immigrants and communities of color. Sign up for their free newsletter to receive stories in your inbox. If you are struggling to pay off your home through a contract for deed, Sahan Journal and ProPublica would like to hear about your experience. Email the authors at jpeters@sahanjournal.com and jessica.lussenhop@propublica.org. If you bought your home through a contract for…

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Hennepin County attorney candidates Mary Moriarty and Martha Holton Dimick. Credit: Jaida Grey Eagle | Sahan Journal This story comes to you from Sahan Journal, a nonprofit newsroom dedicated to covering Minnesota’s immigrants and communities of color. Sign up for their free newsletter to receive stories in your inbox. A lifelong public defender and a retired judge vying to become the next Hennepin County attorney both call for criminal justice reform, but disagree about how much power the office has over police accountability. Mary Moriarty and Martha Holton Dimick bested five other candidates in the August primary to advance to the Nov. 8 general election. Voters in Hennepin…

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This story comes to you from Sahan Journal, a nonprofit newsroom dedicated to covering Minnesota’s immigrants and communities of color. Sign up for their free newsletter to receive stories in your inbox. Hennepin County voters will make history at the polls in November when they elect their next sheriff. Dawanna Witt or Joseph Banks will become the first Black sheriff and sheriff of color in Hennepin County. If Witt wins, she’ll become the first Black woman sheriff in the state, according to the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association. Both candidates said representation in law enforcement leadership is important but is only part of the picture.…

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Former Feeding Our Future employee Hadith Yusuf Ahmed, right, of Eden Prairie, leaves the federal courthouse in downtown Minneapolis on Oct. 13 with his attorney, Richard Dansoh, left. Hadith pleaded guilty to food-aid fraud. Photos by Joey Peters of the Sahan Journal This story comes to you from Sahan Journal, a nonprofit newsroom dedicated to covering Minnesota’s immigrants and communities of color. Sign up for their free newsletter to receive stories in your inbox. Three defendants, including an Eden Prairie man, pleaded guilty Thursday in a massive food-aid fraud investigation, admitting that they inflated or completely lied about the number of meals they…

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This story comes to you from Sahan Journal, a nonprofit newsroom dedicated to covering Minnesota’s immigrants and communities of color. Sign up for their free newsletter to receive stories in your inbox. President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans had long been waiting for: a plan to forgive some federal student loans. In a speech from the White House, Biden noted how the cost of college had risen in recent decades. “An entire generation is now saddled with unsustainable debt,” he said. “The burden is so heavy that even if you graduate, you may not have access to the…

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Marshall Nguyen is the lead agent of a team of people developing the Asia Mall in Eden Prairie. Photo by Jaida Grey Eagle | Sahan Journal This story comes to you from Sahan Journal, a nonprofit newsroom dedicated to covering Minnesota’s immigrants and communities of color. Sign up for their free newsletter to receive stories in your inbox. Whenever Marshall Nguyen’s family got together, they’d dash to grocery stores across Minneapolis, St. Paul, Brooklyn Park, and Brooklyn Center to purchase Asian food for their feasts. Not having a centralized location for Asian groceries inspired Nguyen to open the Twin Cities’ first pan-Asian mall…

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