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Anti-vaccine groups step up outreach to Minn. Somalis

Anti-vaccine groups step up outreach to Minn. Somalis

The groups' message for a meeting planned for Sunday at the Brian Coyle Community Center in Minneapolis: "The epidemic is autism, not measles."
Park Board to begin repairs on flood-damaged Meadowbrook Golf Club

Park Board to begin repairs on flood-damaged Meadowbrook Golf Club

The Hopkins course is expected to reopen late this summer.
Misconception over vaccine helps fuel Minn. measles outbreak

Misconception over vaccine helps fuel Minn. measles outbreak

Misinformation about the measles shot raised fear in many Somali families. Now health officials are reaching out and redoubling their efforts.
Effort to rename Lake Calhoun picks up steam with vote

Effort to rename Lake Calhoun picks up steam with vote

The Minneapolis Park Board's planning committee voted Wednesday to push for Bde Maka Ska, its original Dakota name.
Mpls. Muslims protest 'sharia' vigilante in Cedar-Riverside area

Mpls. Muslims protest 'sharia' vigilante in Cedar-Riverside area

Man "patrolling" to impose what he calls "the civil part of the sharia law" has community leaders, police on watch.
Missing Minneapolis woman found safe, police say

Missing Minneapolis woman found safe, police say

Hani Jama, 27, hadn't been seen since March 24.
Twin Cities diners dig in to benefit Somalia hunger relief

Twin Cities diners dig in to benefit Somalia hunger relief

More than 45 local restaurants participated in the fundraiser.
Worst crisis in 70 years stirs Minnesotans to fight African famine

Worst crisis in 70 years stirs Minnesotans to fight African famine

Local agencies and individuals are moving quickly to feed the starving before the crisis in Africa becomes a large-scale catastrophe.
Minneapolis Park Board breaks ground on $7 million Phillips Aquatics Center

Minneapolis Park Board breaks ground on $7 million Phillips Aquatics Center

The pool is expected to open in early 2018.
Why a mild winter is creating problems for local parks

Why a mild winter is creating problems for local parks

Revenue falls when temps rise, so creativity is crucial.
Federal government asks Minneapolis Park Board to repay $5.3 million

Federal government asks Minneapolis Park Board to repay $5.3 million

The federal government says the agency didn't follow standards for disaster aid.
Food enthusiasts pitch plan for edible forest at Hiawatha Golf Course

Food enthusiasts pitch plan for edible forest at Hiawatha Golf Course

The Park Board is still weighing options for the flood-prone Hiawatha Golf Course.
Obituary: Gary Mazzone shared love of books, dogs and nurturing others

Obituary: Gary Mazzone shared love of books, dogs and nurturing others

Gary Mazzone seemed to know everyone, friends said. And everyone who knew him also knew his dogs. The dogs he rescued, fostered and sometimes adopted…
After 28 years, Minneapolis Park Board's Annie Young says 'it's time to hang it up'

After 28 years, Minneapolis Park Board's Annie Young says 'it's time to hang it up'

She says that "28 years seems like it's time to hang it up."
Mpls. considers blocking use of tire rubber on playgrounds, athletic fields

Mpls. considers blocking use of tire rubber on playgrounds, athletic fields

The Park Board has asked the City Council to delay action for 30 days.
Amaiya Zafar's hijab keeps her out of USA Boxing matches, so she focuses on fighting for others

Amaiya Zafar's hijab keeps her out of USA Boxing matches, so she focuses on fighting for others

The Oakdale teenager gets encouragement and support from community.
Yale's split with Calhoun prompts more discussion of Minneapolis lake name

Yale's split with Calhoun prompts more discussion of Minneapolis lake name

After university's action over slavery supporter, Park Board might revisit lake's dual label.
Minneapolis Park Board may act as developer for former Scherer Bros. site

Minneapolis Park Board may act as developer for former Scherer Bros. site

Commissioners trying to work out a new approach for former Scherer Bros. Lumber site.
Omar navigates rising political celebrity as she adjusts to life in Minn. Legislature

Omar navigates rising political celebrity as she adjusts to life in Minn. Legislature

First Somali-American state legislator finding her way at the Capitol.
New president of Somalia inspires optimism among Somali community in Minnesota

New president of Somalia inspires optimism among Somali community in Minnesota

Members of the local Somali community praised the peaceful transition of power.
Record $25M gift to U will fund immigration law center's work

Record $25M gift to U will fund immigration law center's work

The University of Minnesota Law School's Center for New Americans has filed lawsuits on behalf of immigrant families and dispatched attorneys and law students to the airport in the wake of efforts to bar some immigrants.
Girl, 4, joins family in Minnesota after refugee hold lifted

Girl, 4, joins family in Minnesota after refugee hold lifted

"Mommy, don't ever leave me," Mushkaad Abdi said after the reunion stalled by executive order.
4-year-old Somali refugee reunited with family in Minnesota

4-year-old Somali refugee reunited with family in Minnesota

Mushkaad Abdi arrived after the reunion with her mother and sisters was threatened by President Trump's order on immigration and travel.
Lack of snow forces Loppet to move ski events to Theodore Wirth Park

Lack of snow forces Loppet to move ski events to Theodore Wirth Park

"Our weather has become a little bit more unpredictable," said John Munger of the Loppet Foundation. "You just have to be a very flexible organization to deal with winters in Minnesota now."
Minnesota residents caught in confusion over travel ban

Minnesota residents caught in confusion over travel ban

The executive order on immigration and refugee resettlement that President Donald Trump signed Friday has cast into uncertainty the lives of a cross-section of local residents and would-be Minnesotans.
Muslim group CAIR finds new home at Bethany Lutheran Church in Mpls.

Muslim group CAIR finds new home at Bethany Lutheran Church in Mpls.

The Seward neighborhood location offers more space, is closer to clients and, CAIR staff members hope, serves as a sanctuary.
Trump's move on refugees stirs praise, worry in Minnesota

Trump's move on refugees stirs praise, worry in Minnesota

In remarks from the Pentagon on Friday, the president said the moves were necessary to prevent terrorists from entering the nation.
Park Board seeks public input on north Minneapolis park plans

Park Board seeks public input on north Minneapolis park plans

Park Board seeks committee members for north Mpls. park updates in coming years.
Plans call for art to honor Dakota history at Lake Calhoun

Plans call for art to honor Dakota history at Lake Calhoun

Public art at Calhoun will note Bde Maka Ska was a village led by Cloud Man 150 years ago.
St. Paul residents start using new lidded carts for recycling this week

St. Paul residents start using new lidded carts for recycling this week

The city expects big increases in participation and material collected.

Minneapolis Park Board re-elects Anita Tabb as president

Tabb said she wants to prioritize financial transparency and racial equity in park services.
Plan to redevelop Mpls. port, add amphitheater moves forward

Plan to redevelop Mpls. port, add amphitheater moves forward

"Although we have an unanswered questions about sound, people are excited about an entertainment venue on the river in north Minneapolis," City Council President Barb Johnson said.
Beloved Minneapolis educator and mentor Stephen Ashcroft dies at 37

Beloved Minneapolis educator and mentor Stephen Ashcroft dies at 37

Stephen Ashcroft was busy with the birth of his daughter, who arrived six weeks early, when he started to feel ill and frail just 18 months ago.
Minorities are joining the rush to buy guns in Minnesota

Minorities are joining the rush to buy guns in Minnesota

Fearing for their safety, minorities have increased applications since the election in November.
Blind Somali math teacher adding to his legacy in Minneapolis

Blind Somali math teacher adding to his legacy in Minneapolis

Since October, the man known as "Macalin Xiito" (Skinny Teacher) has thrown himself into tutoring children, adapting to his new life and inspiring those around him.
Teen is first fully covered Muslim Miss Minnesota USA contestant

Teen is first fully covered Muslim Miss Minnesota USA contestant

Halima Aden aims to defy stereotypes without compromising her religious beliefs.
Hindsight haunts Mpls. mother of two sentenced in ISIL case

Hindsight haunts Mpls. mother of two sentenced in ISIL case

2 sons "were always happy," Ayan Farah recalls.
Decades in prison for final 3 sentenced in Minnesota ISIL conspiracy case

Decades in prison for final 3 sentenced in Minnesota ISIL conspiracy case

Prosecutors doubt remorse, and the judge warns of terror cell.
With tears and confessions, 3 more get prison in MN ISIL case

With tears and confessions, 3 more get prison in MN ISIL case

"Your children lied to you," Judge Davis told parents. The judge closed the day's longest hearing by telling Adnan Farah's parents: "I would never want to be in your place."
Two ISIL defendants get modest sentences; third gets 10 years

Two ISIL defendants get modest sentences; third gets 10 years

The nation's largest ISIL recruitment case reached the sentencing phase in a Minneapolis courtroom Monday morning, with two defendants receiving relatively light penalties that reflected their cooperation with government prosecutors.
Trump's victory triggers anxiety among Minnesota Somalis, other immigrants

Trump's victory triggers anxiety among Minnesota Somalis, other immigrants

Trump had an especially strong showing in places like Stearns County, which have experienced recent demographic changes and tensions over the issue of new arrivals.
Ilhan Omar will be nation's first Somali-American legislator

Ilhan Omar will be nation's first Somali-American legislator

"It's the beginning of something new," said Omar, who faced only nominal Republican opposition in a heavily DFL Minneapolis district.
Somali-American outreach workers bridge gulf between community, government

Somali-American outreach workers bridge gulf between community, government

They are among a growing number of Somali-Americans recruited as bridge-builders to overcome mistrust and misunderstanding.
Soomaalida ka shaqeysa gacansaarka isku-xiriridda ka dhex maqan bulshada iyo dowladda

Soomaalida ka shaqeysa gacansaarka isku-xiriridda ka dhex maqan bulshada iyo dowladda

Hay'adaha dowliga ah ee Magaalooyinka Mataanaha iyo iskuullada, shaqaalaha gacansaarka ee Soomaalida ah ayaa u adeega si ay uga turjumaan arrimaha dhaqanka.
St. Cloud mall attacker before stabbings: 'You won't be seeing me again'

St. Cloud mall attacker before stabbings: 'You won't be seeing me again'

The off-duty police officer who shot and killed a man who stabbed 10 people last month at a St. Cloud mall was justified in shooting the man, who may have been inspired by Islamic terror groups, authorities said Thursday.
St. Cloud crowd rallies after mall stabbings as a show of unity

St. Cloud crowd rallies after mall stabbings as a show of unity

As FBI takes over investigation, the rally at St. Cloud State seeks to show the city's tolerance of diversity.
Family, friends stunned by Dahir Adan's attack in St. Cloud mall

Family, friends stunned by Dahir Adan's attack in St. Cloud mall

St. Cloud investigation finding no terror ties in mall attack. Suspect's family calls for unity.
'Mogadishu, Minnesota' HBO series stokes hopes and fears in Minneapolis

'Mogadishu, Minnesota' HBO series stokes hopes and fears in Minneapolis

Heated debate over a TV pilot for the series reached a boiling point at the West Bank Block Party, when a protest ended with arrests and police pepper-spraying the crowd.
Twin Cities Muslims on guard as 9/11, holiday both approach

Twin Cities Muslims on guard as 9/11, holiday both approach

This year, a major holiday falls the day after Sept. 11. Local leaders are tightening security.
Somali Independence Day festivities provoke lawsuit

Somali Independence Day festivities provoke lawsuit

Two organizations vied to host Independence Day celebrations along Lake Street last weekend.
East African businesses recruited to Open Streets event in Minneapolis

East African businesses recruited to Open Streets event in Minneapolis

Seward business group works to involve East African businesses in street event.
Departure of spokesman Sadik Warfa a challenge for mothers of three convicted men

Departure of spokesman Sadik Warfa a challenge for mothers of three convicted men

Unofficial family representative Sadik Warfa plans to run for political office in Somali.
For Somali-Americans, verdicts are discouraging

For Somali-Americans, verdicts are discouraging

Some say trial was rushed, while others worry other young people will be entrapped.

ISIL case trial triggers fear in a community

Local ISIL recruit trial has friends and family feeling isolated, afraid of government scrutiny.

Concerns slow Big Brothers Big Sisters' Somali mentoring

Fears include surveillance by the government as well as the nonprofit's lack of experience with the Somali community.
Obituary: Abia Ali is remembered for her tireless work for Somali community

Obituary: Abia Ali is remembered for her tireless work for Somali community

Mother’s Day celebrations were saddened in the Twin Cities Somali community by news of the death of Abia Ali at age 54. The community organizer…
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