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To President Joseph R. Biden Jr., and perhaps most of the African leaders who traveled to Washington D.C. in December for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, the meeting was a major success. The gathering presented Biden with an opportunity to spell out a foreign policy on Africa that’s forward-looking. It was a much-needed summit to engage Africa and begin repairing relations,...
The swearing in of three Black women at the Minnesota state senate on Jan. 3 was indeed historic, but it might have taken the spotlight away from another remarkable achievement for people of color in general. In addition to Clare Oumou Verbeten, Zaynab Mohamed, and Erin Maye Quade, who jointly made history as the first Black women ever elected to...
The 2023 swearing in of lawmakers who were elected to Minnesota’s state legislature was like no other before. The ceremony, which was held on Jan. 3, saw the swearing in of a Black woman for the state senate for the first time since Minnesota joined the United States 164 years ago. Make that three Black women sworn in. Zaynab Mohamed...
The Minnesota state Senate convenes today at noon and for the first time will have Black women among its ranks and will have a Black man as its president, also for the first time as Bobby Joe Champion becomes the first Black person to do so. Watch live above and read about the women at this link and about...
Gov. Walz and other constitutional officers will take the oath of office today. You can watch it live here.
Minnesota health officials have closed their COVID-19 vaccination site at the Mall of America. Gov. Walz visited the Mall of America the same day it was to close. The site was the largest vaccination spot in the state. More than 236,000 doses of vaccine were administered there since it opened in February 2021. Nurse Cathy Dichter said the first days of...
Prominent Minnesota businessman Tashitaa Tufaa has allegedly been detained by Ethiopian authorities, according to his brother Gebi Tufaa and members of the Ethiopian community in Minnesota. The circumstances of why and when he was taken into custody remain unclear. Postings on social media indicate Tufaa was in his native Ethiopia to attend the funeral of an aunt and was arrested...
Forty-seven. That’s how many days of child care Kathryn Anne Edwards’ 3-year-old son has missed in the past year. RSV, COVID-19 and two bouts of the dreaded preschool scourge of hand, foot and mouth disease struck one after another. The illnesses were so disruptive that the labor economist quit her full-time job at the Rand Corp., a think tank. She...
Many of us will be gathering with family and friends during the upcoming holidays. With many respiratory diseases spreading right now, including flu, RSV, and COVID-19, it is important to take steps to help everyone celebrate safer! Here are some things you can do: Make sure you and your family are up to date on your COVID-19 vaccines and have received...
After a grueling election season, Minnesota Democrats are indulging in the fruits of their labor. Minneapolis residents gathered on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at Bauhaus Brew Labs on one of the coldest days this year to celebrate an unprecedented victory in Minnesota’s legislative history. A happy hour mixer hosted by Pro-Choice Minnesota, an organization that advocates for reproductive rights, honored the...
The U.S. announced new COVID-19 testing requirements Wednesday for all travelers from China, joining other nations imposing restrictions because of a surge of infections. The increase in cases across China follows the rollback of the nation’s strict anti-virus controls. China’s “zero COVID” policies had kept the country’s infection rate low but fueled public frustration and crushed economic growth. The new U.S....
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