Hmong immigrants helped save this prairie town, but now their children are leaving

Members of the Agape Hmong Alliance Church women's choir perform Saturday, July 27, 2019, during the church's open house celebration in Walnut Grove, Minn. The church, which was originally located in Tracy, Minn., currently serves more than 200 members. Christine T. Nguyen | MPR News

Hmong immigrants helped save the prairie town of Walnut Grove, but now their children are leaving

Lured by jobs and housing, Karen refugees spread across Minnesota

Jar "Neenee" Pa, 8, (right) looks at her 4-month-old brother, Mulahser Eh Doh, who is held by their mother, Tar Lah, on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, at the Zion Karen Baptist Church in Albert Lea, Minn. Christine T. Nguyen | MPR News

Lured by jobs and housing, Karen refugees spread across Minnesota: A small but growing number of Karen refugees are migrating from the Twin Cities metro area to put down roots in places like Albert Lea, Austin, Marshall and Willmar in Greater Minnesota.

Man whose family died in Boeing 737 Max crash: Scrap the jet

In this April 29, 2019, file photo, Paul Njoroge, who lost his wife and three young children in the March 10 crash of an Ethiopian Airlines' Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, speaks at a news conference in Chicago. Njoroge believes Boeing should scrap the 737 Max, and he wants the company's top executives to resign and face criminal charges for not grounding the plane after a deadly accident last October. On Wednesday, July 17, Njoroge will be the first relative of any of the 346 passengers who died in those crashes to testify before Congress. Teresa Crawford | AP

A man who lost his wife, mother-in-law and three young children in the crash of a 737 Max in Ethiopia says Boeing should scrap the plane and top executives should resign and face criminal charges.

Hong Kong protests challenge China with no end in sight

In this Sunday, July 14, 2019, photo, protesters wearing protection gear as they prepare to face-off with policemen on a street in Sha Tin District in Hong Kong. What began as a protest against an extradition bill has ballooned into a fundamental challenge to the way Hong Kong is governed, and the role of the Chinese government in the city s affairs. Kin Cheung | AP

What began as a protest against an extradition bill has ballooned into a fundamental challenge to the way Hong Kong is governed -- and the role of the Chinese government in the city's affairs.

Records show Medicare Advantage plans overbill taxpayers by billions annually

The federal government wants to deploy several new tools for catching insurers that have overcharged Medicare $30 billion in last three years alone. But the insurance industry is balking.

Trump taps health care expert as acting top White House economist

President Trump has been expected to nominate Tomas Philipson as permanent chair of his Council of Economic Advisers. Philipson, an expert on health economics, succeeds Kevin Hassett.

Got milk? Squeeze on dairy farmers eases

Dairy farmer Paul Daley, middle, poses with his farming mentors, Jerry and Nancy Gartner. Daley said milk prices are looking good for the first time in years, but says he’s not getting his hopes up that they’ll be sustained. Catharine Richert | MPR News

Minnesota dairy farmers have been hit hard with a long-running series of challenges: low milk prices, trade wars and blizzards to boot. But dairy producers see a glimmer of hope for their industry.

'It's like catching Pokemon': 5 tips for bird-watching in Minnesota

The American goldfinch is widely found across southern Canada and the northern and central United States, including Minnesota. Bob Dunlap | Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Seeking out the diversity of colors and songs in the bird world is a great way to explore Minnesota this summer. And you don't have to travel far: Smartphone apps can teach you what birds are singing in your local park. You can also borrow a field guide from a library to help you decide -- Is that little bird a chickadee or a nuthatch?

Trump-Omar feud intensifies over racism, patriotism

From left, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., respond to remarks by President Trump after his call for the four Democratic congresswomen to go back to their "broken" countries, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, July 15, 2019. All are American citizens and three of the four were born in the U.S. J. Scott Applewhite | AP Photo

Following a day of dueling press conferences and withering accusations of racism on one side and unpatriotic hatred on the other, the Trump-Omar standoff continues.

Amazon's Shakopee workers, unions stage demonstration over conditions

Amazon employee Meg Brady speaks at a rally outside the Amazon fulfillment center warehouse in Shakopee, Minn., on Monday, July 15, 2019, to demand better working conditions and job security. Brady has worked at Amazon since November 2017. Christine T. Nguyen | MPR News

Several hundred people gathered outside Amazon's sprawling fulfillment center in Shakopee Monday to protest what they say are difficult working conditions at the online retailer.

St. Louis Park reinstates Pledge of Allegiance at meetings amid protest

A protester, who did not make it into council chambers, says the Pledge of Allegiance before a St. Louis Park city council meeting on Monday, July 15, 2019. Some of the approximately 100 protesters made it into the council chambers, while the rest filled the lobby and cheered throughout the meeting. Evan Frost | MPR News

At a raucous meeting Monday, council members voted to reinstate saying the pledge before meetings following criticism that overwhelmed city staff.

Klobuchar promotes proposals to help seniors

Minnesota U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar talks about her plans for Medicare and other issues at the AARP forum in Des Moines, Iowa, on Monday, July 15, 2019. Mark Zdechlik | MPR News

Minnesota U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Vice President Joe Biden along with New Jersey Sen. Corey Booker and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper were all in Iowa Monday for separate appearances on stage at AARP-Des Moines Register forum.

More kids are getting placed in foster care because of parents' drug use

With drug use surging in the past decade and a half, many parents are losing custody of their kids. But is foster care the best solution?

With Agate Days, Moose Lake polishes image of the state gem

Sisters Jessica Sander and Jen Majkrzak look for agates in a Carlton County gravel pit. Their dad was an avid agate collector whose home is filled with vases, and even a lamp, of agates. He took Majkrzak, 32, agate-picking throughout her childhood. Now Majkrzak is passing the tradition down to her younger sister and son. Megan Burks | MPR News

An estimated 3,000 people came for the 50th anniversary of the festival.

3-year-old asked to pick parent in attempted family separation, her parents say

A Honduran couple says a Border Patrol agent told them one parent could stay in the U.S. with their three kids. The agent turned to their youngest and asked her which parent she wanted to be with.

Questions abound after leadership changes at Human Services Department

Incoming Dept. of Human Services commissioner, state Sen. Tony Lourey, answers questions from the media, alongside Gov.-elect Tim Walz and Lt. Gov.-elect Peggy Flanagan on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, after Lourey's appointment was announced. Hastings, Minn. Elizabeth Dunbar | MPR News

Word that Commissioner Tony Lourey had resigned came days after news of the departure of two top deputies.

Minnesota hospitals want Blue Cross probed over claim denials

In this Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 photo, the headquarters of Blue Cross and Blue Shield is pictured in Eagan. Jim Mone | AP 2014

The state's hospital association called on the Minnesota attorney general and two state agencies to review what it describes as the insurer's refusal to pay for "medically necessary services."

A Beautiful World: 'Our Symphony with Animals'

Dr. Aysha Akhtar is a neurologist, a public health specialist and a commander in the Public Health Service Commission in the U.S. Department of Health. Her new book is called “Our Symphony With Animals: On Health, Empathy, and Our Shared Destinies.” Courtesy of publisher

"When we save animals, we save ourselves" according to Dr. Aysha Antar and her new book 'Our Symphony With Animals: On Health, Empathy, and Our Shared Destinies.'

Man sentenced to 2nd life term in Charlottesville car attack

This undated file photo provided by the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail shows James Alex Fields Jr., accused of plowing a car into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., killing a woman and injuring dozens more, has been charged with federal hate crimes. HOGP/AP

An avowed white supremacist was sentenced to life plus 419 years on federal hate crime charges Monday for deliberately driving his car into anti-racism protesters during a white nationalist rally in Virginia.

Perspective: She left Canada to tell Somalia's untold stories. Terrorists took her life

Hodan Nalayeh via Twitter: @HodanTV Courtesy photo

Hodan Nalayeh represented the best of the global Somali diaspora, Mukhtar M. Ibrahim writes. She was also the model for a new kind of trailblazing international journalist.

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