It has been nearly three weeks since the last reported case of the bird flu in Minnesota. But the state has been hit hard since the outbreak began in March. About nine million turkeys and more than 100 farms have been lost.
Community members came together tonight for a town hall meeting focusing on issues important to Minnesota’s Somali-Americans. WCCO Radio’s John Williams moderated the event.
“Home Grown, the Somali-American Struggle,” looks into the lives of the Somali population in Minnesota. In the first part of this series, WCCO’s Al Schoch tells us who these people are and what they left behind in their homeland.
Late Thursday afternoon, members of the Somali community in Minneapolis announced a new effort to try to stop the recruitment of terrorists.
About 40 mosques and Muslim organizations in Minnesota are raising concerns about a federal program designed to fight terror recruiting.
The situation was tense Thursday as four of the six Minnesotans accused of trying to leave the country and join the group ISIS appeared in federal court. There were angry outbursts and cries for justice as the suspects were ordered jailed until trial.
Minnesota’s East African leaders are calling for a $15 an hour minimum wage at the airport. That’s nearly double the state’s current minimum wage of $8 an hour. A new employment report shows thousands of East Africans working at the airport are earning poverty-level wages.
This weekend, the New York Times is profiling a young Twin Cities man who joined a terror group last spring. The article is titled, “From Minneapolis to ISIS: An American’s Path to Jihad.” It focuses on Abdi Nur — the son of Somali immigrants in Minnesota — and how active he’s been on social media, even after traveling to Syria.
More than 100 Somali students and adults gathered outside St. Cloud Technical High School Wednesday afternoon in protest of recent administration decisions, according to the St. Cloud Times.
The second part of that international summit held at the White House last week will take place here in Minneapolis on May 12 and 13.
An expert on Somalian culture says the al-Shabaab video naming the Mall of America as a target is simply a recruiting pitch by terror group that needs new members.
The latest terror video from al-Shabaab comes days after the White House convened a terror summit that focused on combating recruiting here in the Twin Cities and the rest of the country.
Officials believe terror groups are still here, recruiting in Minnesota. A delegation from the state will travel to Washington next week to be part of a summit on countering violent extremism. The goal is to find ways to engage at-risk communities and to stop extremists from recruiting for terror groups.
Outside the State Office Building in St. Paul, a group of young men were snapping group selfies and smiling broadly. It was pure excitement as the Somali-Americans took a big step into American civics. They are with the group Ka Joog, and they had come to the Capitol to seek state funding for a vital cause — keeping the tug of foreign terror groups out of reach.
U.S. Attorney Andy Luger is releasing some details of a plan aimed at preventing the radicalization of Minnesota Somali youth. Luger met Monday with local law enforcement and Somali community leaders to discuss the outlines of the project.
For the sizable African population in the Twin Cities, Ebola fears are never far out of mind. Abdi Bihi, with the Brian Coyle Center, said they have formed a partnership with the Liberian community and are working with them to bring awareness to how the Ebola virus is spread.
For several months, U.S. Attorney Andy Luger has been meeting with members of Minnesota’s large Somali community, and listening to their concerns.
Some members of Minnesota’s large Somali community are excited that the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area will participate in a federal pilot program to stop terror recruiting.
Issues of poverty and hunger in the Somali-American Community has many searching for a food shelf that provides non-pork products. Many say there are no food shelves that provide healthy products that do not compromise their religious beliefs. Food shelves can be a life line for people dealing with poverty and hunger.
The cities of Minneapolis and St. Cloud will be the sites of Somali independence day celebrations over the weekend. Local Somalis have planned the festivals to celebrate their homeland’s independence, and to pay homage to the United States — the country that has given refugees the opportunity to start a new life.
In the three years that government and rebel forces have been battling in Syria, more than 100,000 people have been killed. Many of the deceased are innocent civilians who are cut down by crossfire or suicide bombings.
The FBI in Minneapolis said Tuesday it is seeking the public’s help in tracking down anyone who may have left Minnesota to fight in Syria, and it is reaching out to the state’s large Somali population to try to stop the potential travels of youth who are most vulnerable to terror recruiting.
This Sunday, thousands will take part in the Minneapolis Marathon in both the full and half versions. One participant, Fadumo Mohamed, will be running to inspire others and change the perception of the typical runner.
In Minneapolis, four teachers are going way beyond what is expected in order to close a cultural gap. The teachers work at Anne Sullivan Communication Center, an elementary and middle school on East 28th Street in Minneapolis. There, 60 percent of the students are Somali.
Al-Shabab uses Internet videos to convince Minnesota men to come back to Somalia. But now, a Somali youth group is fighting back with a documentary of their own.