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MDH: Minnesota Traveler Tests Positive For Lassa Fever

Minnesota Department of Health officials have confirmed that a traveler returning to Minnesota from West Africa tested positive for the Lassa fever. The man, who flew in to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on March 31, went to a doctor soon after arriving, complaining of a fever. Due to his travel history, his blood samples were sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and he tested positive for the viral disease on April 3.

04/04/2014

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Researchers Confirm New Fruit Fly In Minn.

University of Minnesota researchers have confirmed a new invasive fruit fly in Minnesota. A single adult female known as the African fig fly was discovered in a bait trap in September. The trap was located in Hastings and was being used for annual monitoring of another invasive fruit fly, the spotted wing Drosophila. The university says the new fly specimen was officially identified this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

01/30/2014

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The World’s Biggest Ship Graveyard

Nouadhibou is an African sea town, whose shores serve as the final resting place for more than 300 ships. The rusted hulks that litter its coastal waters are considered an eyesore by many (go figure), but they’ve brought some unexpected benefits to the local community as well.

12/26/2013

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Mandela Memorial Held At St. Paul Cathedral

Nelson Mandela’s casket made the nearly 6,000-mile trip from the nation’s capital of Pretoria to his home village Saturday, where the country’s first black president will be laid to rest on Sunday. A memorial service to honor the African leader was held at the Cathedral in St. Paul Saturday. Political and community leaders spoke at the event, which was closed to cameras.

12/14/2013

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5-Year-Old Forgoes Birthday Gifts For Global Altruism

A 5-year-old St. Paul boy named Liam March-Schmalstieg didn’t want the typical birthday gifts. Instead, the pre-schooler wanted his party guests to give to an orphanage in Africa. And now the boy’s gesture unexpectedly have come full circle.

09/05/2013

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African Farmer Delegation Touring US Midwest

A dozen farmers and business owners from Africa are visiting farm equipment factories in the Midwest to study technology that might help them produce more soybeans and corn back home.

08/23/2013

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Brooklyn Park Firefighters Give Big, Red Gift To Liberian Counterparts

After years of war and destruction, the African country of Liberia is getting back on its feet.

07/19/2013

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Safari Trophies On Display At Minneapolis Barber Shop

“Lions and leopards and buffalo, OH MY!” That’s what you might hear people saying as they walk into Lowry Avenue Barbers. OK, the odds are that no one would actually say that, but they would still be surprised by what they see.

05/28/2013

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New Zoo Exhibits Feature Giraffes & Pterosaurs

They roamed the earth millions of years ago, now they’re on display at the Minnesota Zoo. But that’s not all that’s happening — families can also get an up close look at Africa.

05/25/2013

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State Dept. Sends Minn. Hip-Hop Artist To Africa

The U.S. State Department is sending a Minnesota hip-hop artist to Africa as part of a cultural exchange program.

05/04/2013

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Build Your Dream Bike At Handsome Cycles

A new store in Minneapolis is giving cyclists a chance to take part in the process of building their dream bike.

03/13/2013

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Books For Africa To Send Libraries To Africa

St. Paul-based Books For Africa is teaming up with another nonprofit to send more than 2,500 Little Free Libraries to Africa over the next several years.

01/19/2013

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Hundreds Gather For Mpls. Kwanzaa Celebration

Hundreds of people are gathered at the Midtown Global Market on Lake Street in Minneapolis to celebrate Kwanzaa.

12/29/2012

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North Dakota Farmer Extends Operations To Africa

A farmer has done so well growing corn, soybeans and grains in North Dakota’s Red River Valley that he’s extending operations to Africa.

12/28/2012

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Blaine Father, Son Set Up Shoe Drive For African School Children

For children in the poorest regions of Africa, not only do they walk miles for an education, they do it barefoot. That’s why a father and son in Blaine are putting together a shoe drive they hope will generate hundreds of pairs of shoes and socks for kids in the Congo, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

09/24/2012

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