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Mpls. Somali Youth Group Fights Al-Shabab With Documentary

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.

03/03/2014

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St. Paul Police Welcomes 1st Female Somali Officer

St. Paul Police welcomed the first Somali female officer to the department on Saturday. Kadra Mohamed joined the department as part of its community liaison program. Kenyan-born Mohamed graduated from Central High School in 2010. She will graduate from St. Cloud State with a criminal justice degree in May, but she got her badge Saturday and spoke some words of wisdom to future recruits.

03/01/2014

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Barkhad Abdi Wins British Academy Award

Barkhad Abdi, the Somali immigrant who was a Twin Cities limo driver before playing a pirate in “Captain Phillips,” won an award at the British Academy Awards over the weekend. Abdi was named best supporting actor, edging Michael Fassbender in “12 Years a Slave” and Bradley Cooper in “American Hustle.”

02/17/2014

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‘U’ Study: Autism High In Mpls. Somali Children

For years, parents in the Somali community in Minneapolis have said autism is unusually common in their kids. Now, a University of Minnesota study confirms those claims. The study used data from 2010 to determine if more Somali kids, ages seven to nine, had autism than other kids in the state’s largest city. Idil Abdul has a son with autism. “I knew what they said today in 2008,” Abdul said.

12/16/2013

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Twin Cities Museum Showcases Somali Art, Culture

A new Twin Cities museum is showcasing Somali art and culture. The Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum opened Saturday and features paintings of nomadic life and photos of Mogadishu along with traditional rugs, ancient writing tablets and lots of items made from animal skins.

10/20/2013

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Minn. To Host ‘Captain Phillips’ Red Carpet Event

Some of the Minnesota Somali actors who made their debut in “Captain Phillips” will appear at a red-carpet screening of the movie in St. Paul.

10/13/2013

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Local Actor Talks About Role In ‘Capt. Phillips’

A newly discovered actor from Minneapolis is already getting some Oscar buzz, even though his movie hasn’t opened in local theaters yet. Captain Phillips tells the true-life story about a band of Somali pirates who overtook an American cargo ship in 2009.

10/06/2013

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Rookie Mpls. Actor Now An Oscar Contender In ‘Captain Phillips’

A rookie actor from the Twin Cities — who is relatively unknown right now — is about to become very famous starting next week.

10/02/2013

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Esme’s Blog: Stereotyping Minnesota’s Somali Community

This week, as network television crews descended on the Twin Cities to report on the still unconfirmed Minnesota connection to the Kenyan mall attack, young Somalis, most of them American citizens, felt they were being seen, just because of their ethnicity, as supporters of the terror group al-Shabaab.

09/28/2013

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Mpls. Group Combats Al-Shabaab’s Recruiting Early On

The FBI is investigating to see if Minnesotans and Americans were involved in the terrorist attack at a Kenya mall. But so far FBI Agent Kyle Loven said there is no specific evidence that Minnesotans were part of the attack.

09/25/2013

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Doubts Remain Among MN’s Somali Community

It’s been two days since reports surfaced that al-Shabaab released the names of the Nairobi mall attackers on Twitter. Two of the names listed were from Minnesota, but questions still remain.

09/24/2013

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Minn. Somali Leaders Condemn Kenya Mall Attack

The Twin Cities Somali community is wondering whether two of its own are involved in the Kenyan mall attack that killed 62 people. There have been reports that two of the attackers are from the Twin Cities.

09/23/2013

GQ Demographics

Good Question: How Diverse Is Minnesota?

In the land of lutefisk and Uff-da, it appears there are fewer Sven and Oles. According to new data released by the U.S. Census, the faces of Minnesota are changing.

09/19/2013

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Somali Man Can Withdraw Appeal In Terror Case

A man sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in a pipeline that funneled young men from Minnesota to a terrorist group in Somalia is being allowed to withdraw his appeal.

09/03/2013

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Somali Community Leaders Respond To Terror Recruitment Video

The Somali community in Minnesota is doing everything it can to stop terror groups from recruiting men from the Twin Cities.

08/09/2013

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