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Why do some little Somali girls in schools wear head coverings and some don’t?

It's not so much an issue of propriety, like it is for adults, but more an issue of identity.  Somalis (and Muslims in general) living in the United States are living within a larger society that does not share all of our customs.  The motivation for having little girls wear head coverings isn't so much to cover their heads, which isn't required of children, but to have them dress as adult Muslims with the hope of instilling a sense of Muslim identity in them.


Sermons on the tractor: Robin Raudabaugh finds spiritual connections in her church and in her farm fields

"Sometimes when I am weeding or driving the tractor, I am rolling a sermon around in my head."

Robin Raudabaugh is one of those few fortunate people who can look at her career and say she cannot imagine anything else she would rather do.


Religious right lawyers defend Anoka-Hennepin schools’ LGBT policy

Lawyers for the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), a national conservative Christian legal organization, sent a letter to the Anoka-Hennepin School District this week urging i


DFL launches campaign focusing on gay and lesbian families

As a battle over a ballot initiative that would place a ban on same-sex marriage in the Minnesota Constitution continues, the DFL is launching a campaign Friday to highlight why marriage is importa


GOP pressed for abortion, stem cell research bans during budget negotiations

During budget negotiations the week before Friday’s government shutdown, Republican leaders pressed Gov.


Hennepin County holding accused transgender murderer in solitary confinement

A transgender woman charged with murder in Hennepin County is currently being held in solitary confinement in the county jail, local LGBT rights activists say.


Twin Cities Pride kicks off "Just Say No" campaign to defeat anti-gay marriage amendment

Thousands flocked to Minneapolis for the annual Pride Parade and Loring Park Festival this past weekend.


Pride Parade 2011

Photos from the 2011 Pride Parade, Sunday, June 26th 2011 through downtown Minneapolis.


'Cultivate 2012': Pivotal year ahead for increasing women's leadership and voice around food issues

Photo courtesy of The White House Project

Cultivate 2012, a groundbreaking summit of women leaders of the healthy food and farming movement, was held in May in Racine, Wis.

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