Laura Yuen Feature Archive

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)
A 50-acre wildfire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area near Ely is about 40 percent contained, but crews now have their hands full battling three new small fires in the area. (09/05/2012)
Today's refugees settling in Minnesota tend to have more complex health problems than before, according to the Minnesota Department of Health's Refugee Health Program. (09/04/2012)
As college students head back to school this week, a small incoming class at Augsburg College is trying to do it -- sober. The two dozen new students in the school's StepUP program have all struggled with substance abuse. (09/04/2012)
Light rail planners say students heading back to class at the University of Minnesota this week should be able to get around campus despite ongoing construction on the Central Corridor project. (09/03/2012)
After much time thinking, university professor Ahmed Samatar has decided to act, leaving his ivory tower for an unusual assignment: He's running for president of Somalia. (08/29/2012)