Ambar Espinoza Feature Archive

The St. Cloud school board turned to former Superintendent Bruce Watkins to help during a period of ups and downs and an unexpected departure of the superintendent. (09/14/2010)
Don Goeden has seen dry summers and harsh winters. But he's never seen anything like he saw this past June when a tornado ravaged 36 miles of farmland. (09/09/2010)
Lutheran Social Services plans to resettle 300 refugees over the next three years in St. Cloud. Refugee populations, mostly from Somalia, have had a growing presence in St. Cloud for the past decade. (08/18/2010)
About a century ago, the founders of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud prayed and sang in their first language: Norwegian. But today a different foreign language emanates from the church. (08/17/2010)
St. Cloud residents will vote in two elections Tuesday to narrow down candidates for school board seats, and both elections have Somali candidates for the first time ever. (08/09/2010)
Electrolux has settled a religious accommodation complaint filed against the freezer manufacturer's St. Cloud plant. (08/06/2010)
Many people who have moved to St. Cloud say fitting in isn't easy -- regardless of one's race, ethnicity, or religion. Given their different appearance, culture and faith, Somalis and Muslims have had a particularly difficult time. (07/30/2010)
Disk-drive components maker Hutchinson Technology says it is cutting costs by $25 million. The company said it expects to cut 80 jobs in Minnesota. (07/27/2010)
The freezer manufacturer Electrolux is adjusting its meal schedule to accommodate Muslim employees during Ramadan. (07/23/2010)
Two Muslim workers at the Electrolux plant in St. Cloud have filed complaints with the Employee Equal Opportunity Commission over issues regarding the Muslim employees' observance of Ramadan. (07/21/2010)
St. Cloud Somali residents have endured a number of racist and anti-Muslim acts in recent months. Above, a broken window in the city's only mosque, which police believe was caused by a thrown rock. (07/14/2010)
A Muslim civil rights group is asking the FBI to investigate Thursday's vandalism at a Somali-owned grocery store in St. Cloud. (07/09/2010)
Police say someone spray-painted "Go Home" in large red letters on the windows of Hormud Meat and Grocery. (07/08/2010)
Stearns County sheriff's officials said Friday they seized a number of items during a two-day search of a St. Joseph farm near the site of 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling's abduction 21 years ago. (07/02/2010)
Law enforcement officials continued searching Thursday at a farm near where 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling was abducted more than 20 years ago, but his mother said she doesn't think the search signals a break in the case. (07/01/2010)