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A Region That Sees Racism as a Threat to Its Economy

Minnesota’s Twin Cities, one of the most prosperous areas in the nation, is reckoning with its inequities.

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When Refugees Can't Find Work

Earning a living in the U.S. is proving difficult for Minneapolis’s large Somali community.

Alexia Fernández Campbell

How America's Past Shapes Native Americans' Present

A Minneapolis community seeks to counteract centuries of federal policies that have put its people at a disadvantage.

Alexia Fernández Campbell

Inequality in American Public Parks

A civil rights movement unfolds in Minneapolis, the city with the most celebrated urban green spaces in the country.

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Segregation Holds On in the Twin Cities

Once known for their inclusiveness, Minneapolis and St. Paul have become more divided in recent decades.


Extreme Heat Buckles Highways, Sends Vehicles Flying

Minnesota highways have gotten a lot more interesting with the addition of launch-ramps.

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When Integrating the Suburbs Isn't Enough

In Minnesota’s Twin Cities region, fair housing advocates are engaged in a fierce debate over just how much race matters.

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The Problem of Resegregation in Suburbia

A Minnesota law professor says racial integration is the key to stable and prosperous suburbs.

City of Brooklyn Park

Why Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, Is the New Face of Suburbia

After a period of rapid diversification, the town outside the Twin Cities faces rising poverty and housing challenges.

City of Columbia Heights, Minnesota

A Minneapolis Suburb Bans Car Businesses to Spark Walkability

The “emergency” moratorium will give planners a chance to design a more pedestrian-friendly place.

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5 Black Lives Matter Protestors Were Shot in Minneapolis on Monday

Police are searching for three white suspects, and say that none of the injuries are life-threatening.

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Bike-Share, Meet Canoe-Share

A pilot program in Minnesota will combine bike-share with canoes and kayaks to encourage multimodal travel around the Mississippi River.

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

How the Chemical-Free Public Pool Came to the U.S.

“Natural” swimming pools are common in Europe, but the U.S. has its first public version at Webber Park in Minneapolis.

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Trees Can Make Waiting for the Bus Feel Shorter

In the Twin Cities they made a 10-minute wait feel like a breezy 7 minutes.

Minnesota DOT

How Lindström Got Its Dots Back

Thanks to some sweeping government action, umlauts have returned to highway signs for this Minnesota town.


How the Twin Cities Are Closing Their Big Workforce Diversity Gap

Local leaders are using a "do-test-learn" approach that other cities can emulate.

University of Minnesota

Don't Expect to Ride in Driverless Buses Anytime Soon

But partial autonomous technology can still improve transit systems.

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Why the Justice Department Chose These 6 Cities for Its Police-Community Relations Pilot

The government hopes they can serve as a blueprint for others across the country.