A collection of stories exploring the lives, culture and issues of the Somali-American community in the Twin Cities and across Minnesota.
Mohamed has felt many eyes on him on this journey. He knows the story line: An immigrant kid forges a path to the good life. But he also feels under a new scrutiny as a newcomer.
No matter how incongruous the notion of a model moonlighting as a housekeeper may seem, to Minnesota's Halima Aden, 19, there's nothing at all unusual about it. Both are part of who she is.
The Cedar-Riverside area has long been a magnet for new arrivals. Today, it's mainly East Africans breathing new life into it.
Former refugees currently living in the Twin Cities share their thoughts on President Trump's controversial executive order.
Mohamed Mohamud's Somali American Parent Association (SAPA) has grown into one of the largest East African nonprofits in Minnesota.
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.
Blind mathematician tutors children while relearning how to read and write.
Halima Aden aims to defy stereotypes without compromising her religious beliefs.
Halima Aden, a Somali-American from St. Cloud, was the first to wear a hijab and burkini as a contestant for the Miss Minnesota pageant.
"It's the beginning of something new," said Omar, who faced only nominal Republican opposition in a heavily DFL Minneapolis district.
Ilhan Omar became the first Somali-American elected to a state legislature representing Minneapolis' district 60B.
2 sons "were always happy," Ayan Farah recalls.
Ayan Farah spoke of her sons, Adnan and Mohamed, who were sentenced recently for trying to join ISIL.
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.
They are among a growing number of Somali-Americans recruited as bridge-builders to overcome mistrust and misunderstanding.
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.
Hodan Hassan has become a central player in the fight to eradicate homegrown extremism in Minnesota. But she has discovered that the project faces daunting obstacles.
Thousands of refugees are navigating hurdles of a new life. And front-line workers in Minnesota, one of the country's resettlement hubs, are poised to take in 2,530 refugees, more than during any year in the past decade.
Denmark counsels budding radicals, finds jobs for returning foreign fighters and coaches family members. Authorities there say this soft approach works. The exodus of young people has slowed to a trickle.
Denmark's unique approach to deradicalization relies on inclusion and religious freedom.
Amid controversy over the U.K.'s counterextremism approach, nonprofits rethink their relationship with the government.
London's Active Change Foundation is focused on open communication in the battle against radicalization.
Local artist paints scenes of Somali life and struggle in his vibrant works.
A Minneapolis grant funds the Cedar-Riverside area club.
Minnesota Muslims face backlash from terror incidents, campaign rhetoric.
A Muslim-led nonprofit's effort to reach people before radical recruiters do is held up as a model for the nation.
Mondale, other leaders address strategies to confront misinformed fear.
No state in the country has provided more fresh young recruits to violent jihadist groups like Al-Shabab and the Islamic State than Minnesota.
An all-white jury in the Minneapolis ISIL trial raises questions, even among the jurors themselves, but the much-studied answers are complex.
$300,000 will be used to help kids at-risk of recruitment by terroristic organizations.
Four young Twin Cities men facing federal terrorism charges have been chosen for a first-of-its kind deradicalization program under the supervision of a Minneapolis judge and a German expert on Islamic extremism.
Projects in Minneapolis and two other cities butt up against mistrust and resentment.
Hudda Ibrahim started at St. Cloud Technical and Community College in 2007, six months after arriving in the United States.A refugee from Somalia, she felt…
Federal officials consider probation, counseling to steer recruits from militancy.
Minneapolis is one of three cities in anti-recruitment pilot program.
A major push is underway to improve quality at Somali-American day cares and child-care centers, which have mushroomed across the metro area and the state.
The program still received pushback from some Islamic organizations.
The women who run the shops cover their heads, and many of them believe it is a man's responsibility to pay bills for the family. Yet they prize entrepreneurship.
Nationwide, more than 40 people have been charged with providing support to terrorist groups in Syria. Almost a quarter of them are from Minnesota.
Some Somalis are touting the opportunities of military service — both for young recruits and a community that doesn't want to be defined by the recent departures of youths to join radical Islamist militants.
"I think I'm still in that state of disbelief," said Mounds Park Academy senior Munira Khalif, who was also accepted at Stanford, Georgetown and the U.
Somali-American imams have gathered monthly to learn how to spot the signs of mental illness and steer mosque members to professional help.
Minneapolis' exchange program with Toronto authorities aims to improve relations
Sahra Noor, who became CEO of People's Center Health Services in the summer, is among those finding their way into community leadership positions.