New Minnesota State Fair vendors reflect broader demographic changes

(Photos by Megan Nash) La Loma Tamales employee Maria Garcia, putting tahini spice on the mango-on-a-stick; below, Holy Land's Kushari rice and tabouleh.

When you think of Minnesota State Fair food, you may think of cheese curds, corn dogs and gooey cookies. But over the years, that narrative has been changing, and Minnesotans have been seeing more culturally diverse foods popping up on the fair grounds.


Minneapolis farmers market photos capture transactions and diversity

(Photos by Mark Allan Peterson)

Twin Cities photographer Mark Peterson is at it again. And this time, he wanted to document one of summer’s fleeting moments — the Minneapolis Farmers Market.

The prolific local photographer shot over 50 photographs of customer’s transactions with vendors at the Minneapolis Farmers Market on North Lyndale earlier this month. And the results are surprisingly entertaining.


Minnesota’s first Korean immersion school may benefit adoptees

(Photos by Susie Voss)

Korean adoptees in Minnesota will soon have a way to better get in touch with their heritage.


Tong Thao: Hmong Men respond to sexual assault within their community through 'Man Forward'

Sexual assault is a personal violation. When the perpetrator is someone you know, it violates your sense of trust in the deepest way. So when we heard about this most recent incident of a 21 year old Hmong man who has admitted to molesting a 6 year old and other girls in his church, we were appalled and saddened to see continued victim blaming and the lack of accountability. As a group of men who are against gender-based violence, we say men must take a stand and participate in creating community accountability when sexual assault happens in our communities.


Finding new keys to land ownership, careers in farming

At a creative farm south of St. Paul near the town of Coates, two things about fruit, vegetable and horticultural growing are immediately clear. You cannot plant and raise perennial crops when renting land on a year-to-year lease. You cannot even think about having an orchard unless you own the land.


Video: Exploring a Hmong land cooperative

Minnesota is home to a large Hmong community of which many farm. One complication is that many do not have access to land that is affordable and near their homes. One group has committed to making a difference. The Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) was awarded a Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant which will allow the nonprofit organization to explore organizing a land cooperative.


From crocodiles to refugee camps, Habibo Haji's incredible journey

(Images courtesy of Habibo Haji)

The Twin Cities is well known for its strong Somali community, but soon it may be known for their authors as well.


Noticias sobre el Centro de Desarrollo Económico Latino

¡Felicidades a los graduados recientes del curso de micro-empresa dado por la organización del vecindario Corcoran! En colaboración con Marisa Hernández y su equipo de entrenadores del Centro para Desarrollo Económico Latino (, este curso duró cinco semanas y fue enfocado en informar y empoderar residentes locales interesados en empezar su propio empresa local. Catorce participantes fueron capacitados en planeación y administración de empresas, contabilidad, proceso de préstamos, servicio al cliente, mercadotecnia y publicidad. Con esta nueva información, estos individuales están preparados a ayudar aumentar su economía local con sus ideas de negocios.


Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) update

Congratulations to the graduates of the recent small business training held at the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization with the Mujeres en Acción y Poder. In collaboration with Marisa Hernandez and her group of trainers from the Latino Economic Development Center (, this five-week course focused on informing and empowering local residents interested in starting their local businesses. Fourteen participants were trained on business planning and administration, accounting, loan procedures, customer service, marketing and publicity. With this new information, these individuals are now prepared to help boost the local economy with their business ideas.


Latino vote matters in Minnesota's 2014 elections

“Your right to vote is one of the most basic rights you have as an American,” -American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

The focus of the current article is the history of the Latino Vote in the United States and Minnesota, its impact, and the necessity for Latinos to vote in the 2014 Midterm Elections.

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