Category Archives: Minnesota

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‘It was overdue’: Governor celebrates appointment of first Somali-American airports commissioner

MinnPost – Last month’s appointment of the first Somali-American, Ibrahim Mohamed, to the Metropolitan Airports Commission has attracted volumes of plaudits and media attention across Minnesota — and other parts of the world.But on Tuesday night, it brought Gov. Mark Dayton, … read more »

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Growing Somali mall in Minneapolis now boasts one of the state’s largest mosques

Star Tribune – Construction of the metro area’s newest mosque involved a shopping trip to the Middle East, some back-and-forth with the city of Minneapolis and a reported $3 million investment.But developer Basim Sabri says setting out to build one of … read more »

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With grit and girded by College Possible, young immigrant makes his way

MINNPOST — When Walid Abubakar began thinking about paying for college, he budgeted for textbooks, transportation, living expenses — all of the usual stuff. And then he thought long and hard about the $300 to $400 a month he has … read more »

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Al Franken Joins 52 Other Democrats Who Will Skip Netanyahu Speech

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) has joined eleven more Democrats in announcing that they won’t be attending Netanyahu’s speech to Congress. The total of Democrats who are not attending the speech has jumped to 53. In a statement, Sen. Franken said, … read more »

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Twin Cities Somalis Say They’re Unfairly Affected By Anti-Terror Efforts

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Some local immigrants say they, and their families, are being unfairly affected by an anti-terrorism effort.Most banks that have helped east African immigrants wire money home are no longer doing that.  Some are afraid the money could … read more »

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Stalemate continues on helping Somali-Americans wire money

Star Tribune (WASHINGTON) – It’s been exceedingly hard lately for Somali-Americans to wire cash back to families in their homeland after the main California-based bank that facilitated the bulk of the business halted Somalia transfers Feb. 7. The bank stopped doing … read more »

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Somali-Americans in Minneapolis condemn terror threats, promote positivity

  KMSP (MINNEAPOLIS) – The East African community of Minneapolis is coming together at the Brian Coyle Community Center to discuss how threats of terrorism and recruitment by al-Shabaab and ISIS are overshadowing the positive work of Somali-Americans and Muslim-Americans.Community … read more »

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Video: Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office shares community engagement video for Somali-Americans

Insight News – The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office released a new video aimed at strengthening relationships between law enforcement and the Somali community. The video discusses the public safety responsibilities of the Sheriff’s Office, opportunities for community members to connect with … read more »

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Arrested at MSP Airport with one-way ticket to Somalia, fake passport

KMSP-TV ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) – He had a one-way ticket to Somalia, but he never made it past the security checkpoint at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Zaki Mohammed Sugule was arrested at the airport on Presidents’ Day, acting suspiciously. … read more »

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Video: Rep. Ellison Discusses Violent Extremism on MSNBC

Youtube — Keith Ellison, U.S. Representative for Minnesota’s 5th congressional district discusses Violent Extremism on MSNBC’s NOW With Alex Wagner

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Government’s anti-extremism initiative divides Twin Cities’ Somali community

MinnPost — The Twin Cities’ Somali-American community and religious leaders are divided over an anti-terrorism initiative that aims to deter young Muslims from enlisting with the Islamic State and other violent extremist groups. Even while a delegation of local officials … read more »

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Minn. politicians seek time with Obama on money transfers to Somalia

(MPR NEWS) Members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation are among those calling for a meeting with Obama administration officials to discuss an emergency plan to restore money transfers to Somalia.Lawmakers sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry to address … read more »

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Cultures beat: Two Minnesotans find fulfillment teaching in Somalia

Star Tribune When Ava Ramberg and Kelly Heller arrived in the autonomous Somaliland region of Somalia in 2011, they planned to teach for a year. Within weeks, the Twin Cities natives knew they’d stay longer. The pair helped shape a … read more »

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VIDEO: Another Minnesotan possibly killed fighting for ISIS

MyFox9 MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – Reports on social media indicate another Minnesotan may have died fighting for ISIS in Syria.A Twitter user who is known to have connections to al-Shabaab in Somalia, claims the man was killed during a recent U.S.-backed … read more »

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Unlikely duo works to grow transportation company

St Cloud Times Synergy can happen in business when two people work together and the result is greater than if either had the same plans on their own.It happens in many circumstances, but it’s rare — if not unique — … read more »

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Court gives suspended sentences to 4 for financing Somali militants; Finland’s 1st terror case

Star Tribune HELSINKI — In Finland’s first court case where terror charges have been filed, three men and one woman have been given suspended sentences for collecting a small amount of money for an al-Qaida-linked militant group in Somalia The … read more »

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Minnesota: 4 Charged In $4 Million Gov’t Benefits Scam

CBS Minnesota MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) –A former daycare operator is in jail while police search for her husband as part of a multimillion-dollar fraud investigation. Yasmin Ali of Fridley and her husband, Ahmed Mohammed, are charged with felonies along with two … read more »

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In images of Somali life, photographer captures Minnesota stories

MPR News Years ago, Mohamed Barre began snapping pictures of Somali life in Minnesota just so his kids could see what it was like for the first refugees. But as he photographed everything from mosques to halal markets, Barre found … read more »

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America Here I Come: Book explores Somali immigrant experience

MINNPOST The story of Hamse Warfa begins in a place not unfamiliar to many immigrants in Minnesota: Mogadishu, the capital city of Somalia. But where that story culminates (at least for now), is quite unique: with a memoir Warfa released … read more »

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Sisterhood is powerful: Young Somali women find experience, community in startup boutique

MinnPost At first glance, the new Sisterhood Boutique on Riverside Avenue next door to Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota’s West Bank campus looks like many other spunky startups around town.It’s packed with racks of blouses, jackets, dresses, slacks … read more »

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