Somali Youth Group Ka Joog Turns Down $500K Grant, Cites TrumpA Somali youth development organization in Minnesota announced that it has declined a nearly $500,000 federal counter-extremism grant, citing the political climate under President Donald Trump.
Rep. Ilhan Omar Sworn In After Trip To SomaliaIlhan Omar took the oath as the nation's first Somali-American lawmaker this week, just days after an 8,500-mile journey that retraced her path from her war-torn homeland to Kenya to the Minnesota Capitol.
Twin Cities Terror Suspect Changes Plea To GuiltyA Twin Cities man charged with leading a conspiracy to send several men to join ISIS changed his plea Thursday. Abdirizak Warsame, 20, is now pleading guilty to providing material support to the ISIS, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. He was originally arrested in December in Eagan.
Minnesota Part Of Anti-Extremism Pilot ProjectA community advocate who spends his days helping Somali families and a youth soccer coach who works to keep kids off the street are among those who have applied for funding through a Department of Justice program designed to combat terrorism recruiting.
Man Charged With Setting Fire At Somali Eatery Makes Court AppearanceA Minnesota man accused of setting a fire that heavily damaged a Somali restaurant in Grand Forks has made his first appearance on a federal complaint. Twenty-five-year-old Matthew Gust, of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, is facing charges of malicious use of an explosive device and use of a destructive device during a crime of violence.
Finding Minnesota: Karmel PlazaMany in the Somali community turn to the Karmel Plaza in Minneapolis for traditional clothing, food and other goods. Known as the Somali mall, most of the customers and business owners are of east African descent but all are welcome.
East Grand Forks Man Charged In Somali Restaurant FireFederal prosecutors in North Dakota have filed charges against a man accused of torching a Somali restaurant in Grand Forks. A criminal complaint charges 25-year-old Matthew Gust, of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, with malicious use of an explosive device and use of a destructive device during a crime of violence.
Warrant Issued For Minn. Man Suspected In Somali Restaurant ArsonAn arrest warrant has been issued in North Dakota for a Minnesota man suspected of throwing a Molotov cocktail inside a Somali restaurant.
Mpls. Officials: Men Tried To Kidnap Woman Outside Of StoreMinneapolis city officials say several men tried to kidnap a woman in broad daylight as she walked up to a store Thursday afternoon. The woman says she was about to go into a business on the 300 block of Lake Street West at about 3 p.m.
White House Backing Program To Curb ISIS Recruiting In MinnesotaA quarter of ISIS recruits from the United States have come from Minnesota, as the state's large Somali community is often targeted by terrorist recruiters.
Gov. Dayton Leads Discussion On St. Cloud Race RelationsPeople gathered in St. Cloud Tuesday to have an honest conversation about race. About 150 people -- including Gov. Mark Dayton, the mayor of St. Cloud and the city's police chief -- were on hand at the Great River Regional Library to help lead the conversation.
Minnesota Businesses Join Fight Against Extremist RecruitingAt dinners with imams, meetings with youth and even large community forums, Minnesota's U.S. attorney kept asking members of the state's Somali community the same question: What could he do to stop terrorist recruiting that had already lured dozens of young men and women overseas?