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Everyone is welcome at Good Grocer, a new kind of food marketplace

Everyone is welcome at Good Grocer, a new kind of food marketplace

The small chartreuse and white building on the corner of East Lake Street and Stevens Avenue might be easy to miss, but what goes on inside might well become a…

Lolla Mohammed Nur: From journalism to poetry

Lolla Mohammed Nur: From journalism to poetry

Lolla Mohammed Nur is moving on up! After a year as community engagement editor at the TC Daily Planet, she’s now working on another kind of writing as a Givens…

Minnesota rolls out online voter registration

Minnesota rolls out online voter registration

When my husband moved to Minnesota from Maine 17 years ago, he was met at the curb by our friend Tim, who handed him a voter registration card. As most…

From East Africa to Minnesota: Connecting hunger, poverty, and climate change

From East Africa to Minnesota: Connecting hunger, poverty, and climate change

Solar-powered lanterns and cookstoves are among the practical approaches to expanding access to energy and decreasing reliance on fossil fuels in East Africa. They were among the topics in a…

Somali-Americans send estimated annual $215 million in remittances

Somali-Americans send estimated annual $215 million in remittances

Since the civil war erupted in Somalia more than two decades ago, thousands of families have flocked to the United States and left some of their loved ones in the…

Shabelle Grocery’s secret Ethiopian restaurant now offers a lunch buffet

Shabelle Grocery’s secret Ethiopian restaurant now offers a lunch buffet

The exterior of Shabelle. Photo: Jeremy Iggers/TC Daily Planet The little Ethiopian restaurant hidden away inside the Shabelle Grocery used to be one of the best-kept secrets in the Seward…

Minneapolis men face deportation to Somalia

Minneapolis men face deportation to Somalia

When Hassan was recently asked to come to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services center in Bloomington, he thought immigration authorities needed the usual updates he had often given since…

Somalia to Minnesota: One immigrant’s perilous journey by land and sea

Somalia to Minnesota: One immigrant’s perilous journey by land and sea

Abdullahi Elmi recently sat quietly at a Minneapolis coffee shop with a bright smile on his face. His eyes ran over the chatty young Somalis around him. It was a…

Sharing a newfound passion for bicycling with Twin Cities East African community

Sharing a newfound passion for bicycling with Twin Cities East African community

By Bruce Johansen & TC Daily Planet Until Abdiasis (Abdi) Hirsi was hired as community outreach coordinator for SPOKES Bike Walk Connect last August, he had never ridden a bicycle.…

More Somali-Americans return home for job opportunities and nation building

More Somali-Americans return home for job opportunities and nation building

When the civil war erupted in Somalia more than two decades ago, Abdi Daud left everything he had known and loved about the country for the unknown lifestyle and culture…