Laura Yuen Feature Archive

The federal trial of Mahamud Said Omar, the Twin Cities man accused of sending money and Twin Cities recruits to the terrorist group al-Shabab in Somalia, resumes today. (10/09/2012)
Testimony from two witnesses at a Minneapolis terror trial provides a firsthand glimpse into how young Minnesota men were encouraged to wage a holy war in the Horn of Africa. Authorities believe more than 20 from the state joined al-Shabab. About nine are believed dead. (10/05/2012)
If it weren't for a skin rash, two Twin Cities men who traveled to Somalia to join radical insurgents might still be there today. Instead, the young men are cooperating witnesses for the federal government in the trial of a 46-year-old former janitor from Minneapolis. (10/05/2012)
A Minnesota man who pleaded guilty to providing material support to terrorists testified Wednesday afternoon in the terror trial of a man charged with facilitating a pipeline of fighters to Somalia. (10/04/2012)
The mother of a Minneapolis men killed in Somalia while fighting for a terrorist group said her son wouldn't have been able to travel back to his homeland in 2008 without help. (10/03/2012)
Was Mahamud Said Omar an al-Shabab facilitator who steered two waves of American men into the arms of a terrorist organization? Or was he too incompetent to facilitate a jihadist movement? (10/02/2012)
Since 2007, at least 20 young Twin Cities men have left for the Horn of Africa, allegedly to take up arms in Somalia's civil war. Authorities believe the men joined al-Shabab, a ruthless and radical Islamic militia group vying to topple Somalia's weak transitional government. The FBI has confirmed that two of the recruits became suicide bombers, and seven others are believed to have been killed in the fighting. A mix of nationalism and religious extremism motivated the men to join the fighting. Here is what we know about these men. (10/02/2012)
Opening statements begin today in the trial of a Minneapolis man accused of helping send young Twin Cities men to fight with the Somali terror group al-Shabab. (10/02/2012)
Mahamud Said Omar, a former janitor at a Minneapolis mosque, is charged with facilitating a second wave of young Twin Cities men who traveled to Somalia in 2008 to join the extremist group. (10/01/2012)
University Avenue is getting a mini-makeover, and not just the billion-dollar light-rail project that's currently under construction. The subtler transformations are taking shape inside some of the small businesses along this dense urban street in St. Paul. (09/26/2012)
The Hennepin County Attorney's Office has decided not to file any charges against officers involved in a now-suspended drug training program run by the State Patrol. (09/21/2012)
After several years of recessionary declines, Minnesota's economy began to stabilize last year, according to new survey data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. (09/20/2012)
The Minnesota State Patrol sergeant at the helm of a suspended drug training program has a documented track record of unprofessionalism. (09/19/2012)
Gopher fans will be able to drink beer and wine at the first home football game of the year at TCF Bank Stadium this weekend. (09/06/2012)
The Metropolitan Council is kicking off a series of community listening sessions this month as it creates a 10-year regional plan. The agency is taking resident input on how it can address changing economic, transit and housing needs of the region. (The Daily Circuit, 09/06/2012)