St. Cloud Hate Crimes Forum Postponed Due To Safety ConcernsOfficials have postponed a forum on hate crimes in St. Cloud over safety concerns.
What Is The History Behind Minnesota's Somali-American Community?Our state has the country's largest Somali-American population – 69,000 people. That's about 40% of everyone reporting Somali ancestry in the United States and more than four times the Somali-American population of the next largest state, Ohio.
Think Cloud Official Suspended For Somali-American Comments In NYT ArticleKim Crockett has been placed on an unpaid 30-day disciplinary suspension and the center said in a statement that her comments do not reflect its "views and values."
Amazon Partners With Somali Community To Shuttle Cedar-Riverside WorkersAmazon sends daily shuttles for hundreds of employees in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood to help them make the day and evening shifts.
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.
Terror Recruitment Video Highlights 'Minnesota Martyrs'A new video, aimed at recruiting jihad fighters, highlights Minnesotans who have left to fight with terrorists. Al-Shabaab released the 50-minute video Friday which was similar to past propaganda videos, featuring high-quality graphics and video editing to glorify fighting overseas.
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.
Attorneys For Terror Defendants Ask For ID Of InformantNew court documents show an informant who gave authorities information about seven men who face trial for plotting to join the Islamic State group was paid nearly $42,000 over less than five months of work. The documents were filed Thursday by attorneys for six of the men charged with conspiracy to provide support to a foreign terror group.
Celebrate Somali Independence In MinneapolisSaturday is Minneapolis' Somali Independence Day celebration, promoting diversity and intercultural appreciation. There will be live music, food, animals and art gallery exhibits.
Somali Leaders Look To Strengthen Community, Stop Terror RecruitingLocal Somali leaders met in Minneapolis Saturday evening, saying they have to find a way together to strengthen their community and stop terror recruiting.
Minn. East African Leaders Call For MSP Airport Wage IncreaseMinnesota'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.
Talking Points: Klobuchar On Al-Shabaab Threat VideoThe 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.
Somali Group Pushes For Non-Pork Food ShelfIssues 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.
Local Muslim Leader Offers Insight Into Reality Of Religious ExtremistsImam Hassan Mohamud oversees 11 mosques in the Twin Cities, and resides at the Islamic Dawah Center in St Paul. He says when he talks about ISIS and the recruiting of young Minnesota men to fight, he wants to talk about fairness.
Mpls. Working To Make Sure Kahn-Noor Race Goes SmoothlyOn Primary Election Day, there's a Minneapolis race for the statehouse that's had shoving matches, fist fights and claims of voter intimidation. That's why the city is doing something it has never done before. Sergeants-at-arms have been assigned at polling places in key precincts to make sure there are no problems.