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Lutunji's Palate is built with purpose, fortified with love

Lutunji Abram finally has her own kitchen after years of selling her famous cobblers at local markets. She took us inside her new cafe to share her secrets for the perfect cobbler and how she hopes to help others find their purpose. → Read More

'It means everything': Somali community creates word for autism

The Somali language has a new word to describe autism thanks to the efforts of a group of Minnesota medical professionals, people with autism, and parents. One of those parents is Anisa Hagi-Mohamed, an artist and advocate from St. Cloud who has two children with autism. She joined host Tom Crann to talk about how this came about and why it's needed. → Read More

Mall of America exhibit celebrates stories of failure

A new pop-up exhibit at the Mall of America is celebrating failure and its place in society. → Read More

Appetites: Warm up with this fall-inspired soup from chef and food writer Beth Dooley

The ginger squash and apple soup combines Dooley's favorite flavors of fall and is the perfect meal to warm you up on a cool autumn night. → Read More

How will First Avenue enforce its new COVID policy?

The venue announced Tuesday it would require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to see shows there. → Read More

An unexpected pandemic side effect: a surge in trading card popularity

One of the unexpected effects of the pandemic? A surge in demand for trading cards. → Read More

Now better trained and resourced, Minneapolis violence interrupters to hit streets next month

The Minneapolis Office of Violence Prevention piloted its violence interrupter model late last year. Now, after investing additional training and resources into the initiative, seven teams of interrupters will begin working in the coming weeks to reduce violence. → Read More

In Focus: Stopping anti-Asian American hate in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights has been tracking an uptick in anti-Asian incidents since the start of the pandemic. But this community has endured the effects of racism since long before COVID-19. What’s being done in Minnesota to stop it? What more needs to be done? Join host Tom Crann in conversation with community leaders at 12 p.m. April 28. Register now to reserve your spot. → Read More

Your 2020 tax questions, answered

Yes, we have an extra month to file our taxes. But don’t procrastinate — 2020 threw some financial curve balls that could make filing a little more complicated this year. → Read More

3 things to know about immigrants' contributions to Minnesota's economy

A new report from the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce analyzed immigrants’ contributions to the state economy. From health care to agriculture, Minnesota industries wouldn’t be as robust without immigrants, the numbers show. → Read More

As gaps emerge, state hires head of vaccine equity

The Health Department’s new head of vaccine equity is looking to other states for ideas to help vulnerable communities get to the front of the vaccine line. That could include special vaccine allotments and sign-up periods for people who have struggled to get vaccinated. → Read More

Little Free Sled libraries provide the slides for winter rides

The idea behind the Little Free Library is pretty common throughout the country. If you need a book, pick a book. That idea has bloomed into a new cold weather version, the "Little Free Sled Library." MPR News host Tom Crann had a chance to speak to Tim Hereid of Minneapolis, the originator of this new twist on the idea. → Read More

Leading medical journal says U.S. 'failed at almost every step' in pandemic response

Our regular medical analyst, Dr. Jon Hallberg, said he’s “never read anything quite like this in a medical journal.” → Read More

Appetites: On a quest for the best frozen pizza

At most grocery stores, you’ll find a huge variety of products in the frozen pizza aisle. Brianna Bierschbach made it her mission to try out as many frozen pizzas as she could. Here’s how she ranks them. What do you think? → Read More

DEED commissioner: Other aid, jobs available to Minnesotans if $600 unemployment boost expires

Commissioner Steve Grove also says unemployment insurance remains available to parents who have to reduce their hours or stop working if schools don’t reopen in the fall. → Read More

After Floyd killing, Twin Cities Pride celebration to take on new meaning this year

Twin Cities Pride organizers canceled their virtual event this year after the killing of George Floyd, and encouraged people to instead attend an alternate event, Taking Back Pride, meant to elevate the visibility of Black transgender people and protest the involvement of police departments in Pride celebrations. → Read More

The activist roots of Minnesota’s food co-ops

A new book chronicles the rise of grocery co-ops in the state and the dueling visions for their mission. → Read More

Cutting your hair at home? Be easy on the clippers

Cutting your own hair is hard. That’s why there are professionals. With the stay-at-home order, one barber has some tips and tricks to keep you looking your best. → Read More

Round 2: Dr. Hallberg answers your coronavirus questions

With limited testing, how will the state know the full scope of COVID-19? If you’re infected by breathing the virus in, why wash your hands? Can sunlight decontaminate face masks? Dr. Jon Hallberg answers some audience questions about COVID-19. → Read More

Mayo Clinic expects COVID-19 antibody test to be ready Monday

The test shows whether someone had and recovered from COVID-19, and can help public health officials understand the scope of the outbreak and identify people who can safely be in public to help with relief efforts. → Read More