The Global/Local section focuses on connections between Minnesotans and the world.

New Minnesota State Fair vendors reflect broader demographic changes

(Photos by Megan Nash) La Loma Tamales employee Maria Garcia, putting tahini spice on the mango-on-a-stick; below, Holy Land's Kushari rice and tabouleh.

When you think of Minnesota State Fair food, you may think of cheese curds, corn dogs and gooey cookies. But over the years, that narrative has been changing, and Minnesotans have been seeing more culturally diverse foods popping up on the fair grounds.

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Minnesota’s first Korean immersion school may benefit adoptees

(Photos by Susie Voss)

Korean adoptees in Minnesota will soon have a way to better get in touch with their heritage.

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Aiming at the Moon (and hitting ourselves): Redefining how we relate to the world

Early Wednesday morning, August 21, I was heading out for coffee from my motel in LaMoure ND, and a sight begging to be photographed appeared a few steps to my left, and I couldn’t pass on it. Here’s the snapshot. The waning moon appeared to be in the “bullseye”.

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Sad the World Cup is over? Support your local FOOTBALL!!

Despite the evils of FIFA, there is nothing like the World Cup. It is and always will be the greatest and most popular sporting event in the world. Nobody should have to wait another four years to get their football/soccer fix, and the good news is there is no wait. With footy now more available in the U.S. than ever before between the Premier League broadcasts on NBC, MLS (Major League Soccer) on ESPN, Liga Mexicana on Univision, the Bundesliga on Fox coming in 2015, not to mention accessing whatever league you want online, you can fill your plate easily. While it’s great to watch on TV, nothing beats singing and screaming your heart out at a live professional match. So come support your Loons, The Minnesota United.

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Twin Cities Saudi woman bridges gap between Islamic and Western worlds through art

(Courtesy of Hend Al-Mansour) Twin Cities artists Hend Al-Mansour and Michal Sagar collaborated in creating “Shadow Sisters."

Have you seen the tree trunk standing before a corner house where Hague Avenue intersects with Pierce Street north in St. Paul?

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Minnesota state officials scramble to calm Ebola fears

As fear grips West Africa with an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus wreaking havoc in unprepared countries — Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leona and Nigeria — the Minnesota Department of Health is in a race to calm fears of a possible Ebola outbreak in the Twin Cities.

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Salif Keita to grace Dakota Jazz Club stage September 1

When Salif Keita stepped on stage as an 18 year old in Mali, West Africa, it was 1967. World headlines looked much the same as they do now: Israeli and Arab forces were at battle; racial violence in the United States troubled the population; and blacks were logging first-time statuses with Thurgood Marshall swearing in as first black US Supreme Court justice.

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Oromo Sports Federation puts on a successful #OromoWeek

The 18th annual soccer tournament organized by Oromo Sports Federation in North America (OSFNA) held from Aug. 2-9 in Minnesota wrapped up last weekend after what has been described as the most successful event in years.

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Reflections of New Minnesotans: The Ebola outbreak and its implications, for Liberia and Minnesota

(Photograph by Francisco Javier Argel published under Creative Commons License)

In this episode, Wynfred Russell joins Julia to talk about the current Ebola outbreak. Russell is a public health advocate, and the executive director of African Career, Education & Resource, Inc., in Brooklyn Park. Russell explains the outbreak, and delves into its implications for the Liberian diaspora, including Liberians in Minnesota. [Audio below]

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