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.
Somalis In Minnesota: Things To KnowWhile a motive for Saturday night's attack isn't clear and it isn't clear whether the attacker was radicalized, authorities in Minnesota have struggled for years to stem recruiting of young Somali men by the Islamic State and east Africa-based militant group al-Shabab. Here are things to know about Somalis in Minnesota:
Home Grown: The Somali-American Struggle – Heartland Democracy“Home Grown: The Somali-American Struggle” looks into the lives of the Somali population in Minnesota. In the second part of this series, WCCO’s Susie Jones takes a look at a program called "Heartland Democracy."
Home Grown: The Somali-American Struggle – How Young Men Are Recruited To Terror "Home Grown: The Somali-American Struggle" looks into the lives of the Somali population in Minnesota. In the second part of this series, WCCO's Edgar Linares takes a look at how young men are being recruited.
Home Grown: The Somali Struggle – How Somalis Are Integrating Into American CultureWhen Somali migration began in the 1990s, there were three places they went: The United Arab Emirates, South Africa and the United States. Cawo Abdi, a Somali sociology professor at the University of Minnesota, says the U.S. is the most coveted of all the places.
Twin Cities Somalis Say They're Unfairly Affected By Anti-Terror EffortsSome 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.
Man Charged With Lying In Minnesota Al-Shabab CaseA man who allegedly contacted a terror suspect who's wanted in Minnesota for his ties to al-Shabab has been charged with lying to the FBI. Mahdi Hussein Furreh is indicted in federal court in Minnesota on one count of making a false statement. According to the indictment, Furreh lied to the FBI in January when he denied knowing anyone by the name of "Adaway."
Minneapolis Community Fights Recruiters For JihadThe nation's largest community of Somalis is on a mission to stamp out recruiting for Syrian extremist groups in Minneapolis after a handful of people left to join militants. Community leaders and law-enforcement agencies fear the extremists are looking for more recruits. The anti-jihad work is not unlike efforts to keep young people out of gangs in any number of other U.S. cities.
Mpls. City Council Expected To Swear In More Diverse MembersVoters in Minneapolis have sent a Somali-American to their city council for the first time, a sign of the immigrant community's growing strength in the city. Abdi Warsame took 64 percent of the vote in Tuesday's election, well ahead of incumbent Robert Lilligren.
Terrorists' Twitter Feed Targeting Mpls. Men & WomenAn international terror group is once again targeting young Somali men and women in the Twin Cities. This time the group is using social media to get them to travel to Somalia to fight.
Police: Joggers Attacked At Random In FridleyPolice are looking for as many as six or seven Somali men after two joggers were randomly attacked in Fridley. Authorities said two joggers were the victims of what are being labeled as random attacks on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and 3:50 p.m.
Minneapolis Firefighters Connecting With Local SomalisFire Captain Tracy Moore applied for a $20,000 grant geared towards connecting communities and won it. Her goal is to improve the fire department's relationship with the Somali community