Category Archives: Minnesota

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Abdulrahman Adem, respected Twin Cities Somali leader and longtime MPS staff member, dies at 58

The Twin Cities Somali community has lost an esteemed leader and a passionate advocate for Somali families. Abdulrahman Adem, a cultural facilitator at Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), died Sunday of a heart attack. He was 58. Adem was known for … read more »

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Minnesota: Criminal immigrants sent back to the streets if homelands won’t take them

Omar Kalmio was never supposed to get to North Dakota. The Somali national from Eagan was supposed to be deported because of his violent criminal record in Minnesota. Instead, he was released from custody when federal officials could not send … read more »

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Interview with Prof. Ahmed Samatar about the new Somali Ambassador to the US

MPR interviewed Prof. Ahmed Samatar about the new Somali Ambassador to the US. Somalia’s first ambassador to the US in 20 years LISTEN THE INTERVIEW (Click the link) [MPR RADIO MINNESOTA] Omar Abdirashin Ali Sharmarke served as Somalia’s Prime Minister in 2009 and … read more »

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Minneapolis: Court sides with Kahn in election judge dispute

The Minnesota Supreme Court sided with Rep. Phyllis Kahn’s campaign today in a dispute that led to the reassignment of a Minneapolis election judge last week to keep her away from voters until a city investigation is completed. The case … read more »

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Tighten the screen on voter addresses in Minnesota

How hot is the DFL primary contest inMinneapolis House District 60B between state Rep. Phyllis Kahn and school board member Mohamud Noor? So hot that reports of voter registration irregularities in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood have become a talking point in a … read more »

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After a rocky start, Somali and African Americans finding common ground

Fourteen years ago, longtime community activist Abdirizak Bihi received a call informing him of an after-school fight that broke out between Somali-American and African-American students at Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis. Bihi was among a group of parents and community … read more »

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Four Sullivan educators raising funds for Somali trip

Two days after the end of school in June, four Minneapolis educators plan to head off to a different kind of summer school. Three teachers and a Somali-born bilingual aide from Anne Sullivan Communication Center plan to fly to Somalia in a quest to … read more »

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2 Charged With Beating, Robbing Man At Life Time Fitness

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Two men were charged Tuesday after police say they beat and robbed a man in the locker room of a Life Time Fitness in Eden Prairie, according to the Hennepin County Attorney. Dalal Bayle Idd, 18, and Kamal Elyas Maqadin, … read more »

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MN GOP endorses Somali-American for Minneapolis state House seat

The Republican Party of Minnesota says it is endorsing a Somali-American for a seat in the state Legislature for the first time. On Wednesday, the party said it was supporting Abdimalik Askar. Askar will carry the Republican Party’s endorsement in … read more »

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VIDEO: Family seeks answers in boy’s drowning at St. Louis Park school

A 12-year-old boy who drowned in a St. Louis Park school swimming pool was part of a class of about 30 children being supervised by a teacher who was not a certified lifeguard, the family’s attorney said Monday. The boy, Abdullahi Charif, … read more »

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Somalis in Minnesota: Still misunderstood

Twenty years have passed since Somalis started arriving in Minnesota to establish their largest community in America. Yet a large gap in understanding prevents integration of this burgeoning subcommunity in the North Star state. Popular culture provides Exhibit A. Barkhad … read more »

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St. Paul P.D.’s 1st Somali Female Cop Graduates

In Somali culture, women don’t strive to become police officers, Kadra Mohamed said. On Saturday morning, Mohamed was recognized as the first Somali-American woman to join the St. Paul Police Department, a move made possible by the department’s announcement that … read more »

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Youth to graduate from first St. Paul East African Junior Police Academy

Though the Twin Cities is known to have the largest Somali population in the United States, there is only one Somali officer working in the St. Paul Police Department. But now, as part of a push to diversify its ranks and improve … read more »

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Amid more controversy, Somali-dominated DFL caucus rescheduled

A Somali-dominated DFL caucus that broke into chaos last week will be reconvened later this month at a new location with neutral conveners, including former Mayor R.T. Rybak. The fracas at the Brian Coyle Center, which became briefly violent, was fueled … read more »

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Cedar, Augsburg get $200K grant to promote Somali music

The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art has given the Cedar Cultural Center and Augsburg College $200,000 to bring internationally known Somali musicians to Minneapolis over the next two years. The grant, one of only six given nationwide, is intended … read more »

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WATCH: Fight abruptly ends Cedar-Riverside caucus

A heavily attended caucus in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood ended abruptly Tuesday night after an altercation between activists. About 300 people, nearly all of them Somali-American, attended the event at the Brian Coyle Center. Most of them were there to support … read more »

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Mohamud Noor is taking on 21-term Rep. Phyllis Kahn for the DFL spot

Noor challenges U-area standby Tuesday’s precinct caucuses mark the beginning of the 2014 election process in Minnesota. There, political parties will choose candidates to endorse and establish their respective platforms. State representative hopeful Mohamud Noor, 36, is challenging longstanding Rep. … read more »

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Family remembers former Somali Prime Minister

MINNEAPOLIS – A quick search online for Abdirizak Haji Hussein tells the story of a former Prime Minister of Somalia. He served a Prime Minister from 1964-1967, but to his family, the former Somali leader was so much more “It … read more »

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Somali-Minnesotans wield clout from Minneapolis to Mogadishu

When Somali-Minnesotans receive media attention, it’s often due to controversy, from homegrown suicide bombers to teetotaling cabdrivers refusing to transport alcohol. Last October, when unfounded rumors circulated that Somali perpetrators of the Kenya mall massacre were from Minnesota, national media … read more »

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Faribault police film ‘historic’ video with Somali-American police to help bridge cultural gap

Two Minneapolis police officers came down to Faribault Thursday to film a dual-language video addressing Somali-American community relations, public safety concerns and quality of life issues in Faribault. Officers Mohamed Abdullahi and Abdiwahab Ali – the first Somali officers in … read more »

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