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  • Young Somali men escape homeland, but not violence
    Since December 2007, eight Somali men, all 30 and under, have been killed in the Twin Cities. The deaths represent a tragic irony for a community that escaped the bloodshed and clan warfare of its home country.May 29, 2009
  • FBI, Twin Cities Somalis hope to rebuild relationship
    The head of the Minneapolis FBI office is asking for the Somali community's trust as investigators continue to look into the disappearances of a number of young Twin Cities men who are believed to be fighting along with hard-line Islamists in Somalia's civil war.May 19, 2009
  • 30 arrested during Minn. immigration office protest
    About 30 people were arrested for disorderly conduct during a protest outside the office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Bloomington.May 6, 2009
  • Centro Legal closes its doors
    A nonprofit community law office in St. Paul has become one of the latest victims of the struggling economy. Centro Legal, which provided legal services to Minnesota's Latino community for the last 28 years, shut down for good Monday.April 27, 2009
  • Film explores the lives of Dominican baseball players
    The Dominican Republic is famous for the large number of major league baseball players it produces. A new movie, "Sugar," follows the story of one man who tries to make that leap. MPR's Jim Bickal talked to the filmmakers.April 24, 2009
  • Minn. lawmaker: No funds to 'pirate lovers'
    A Minnesota lawmaker said he wants to ensure that no state money goes to groups supporting pirates, after a Twin Cities-based Somali advocate said he helped get an attorney for the Somali teen facing piracy charges.April 22, 2009
  • Revisiting immigration reform during the recession
    The Obama administration is considering bringing out immigration reform proposals, perhaps even before the economy begins to improve.Midmorning, April 20, 2009
  • Somalis assess their life in Minnesota
    Two Somali men who are longtime Minnesota residents discuss the major concerns of Somalis living in Minnesota, including whether young men are being recruited to fight with terrorists.Midday, April 15, 2009
  • Children of the deported
    It's a story that's made headlines for years -- immigrants who are living in the U.S. illegally are detained and sent back to their home countries. A lot of times, they leave families behind, including U.S.-born kids.April 14, 2009
  • Earlier Somali money transfer case went nowhere
    Searches by federal agents at three money-transfer businesses in Minneapolis that cater to the Somali community last week recall another time similar businesses came under scrutiny here, a major international investigation that produced few results.April 13, 2009
  • Somalis in Minnesota react to barrage of bad news
    Somalia has been dominating the headlines in recent weeks, with various news stories in Minnesota and around the world focusing on events related to that African country. Somalis in Minnesota are reacting in various ways to the avalanche of publicity about their homeland.April 10, 2009
  • FBI raids Minn. money transfer businesses
    Federal agents searched three money-transfer businesses in Minneapolis on Wednesday, carrying away boxes of documents and copying computer hard drives for details of transactions between the U.S. and several African nations.April 8, 2009
  • Joseph Boyden writes about native dichotomy
    Joseph Boyden just won Canada's top literary prize for his book "Through Black Spruce." It's the story of a Cree family in Northern Ontario, but it demonstrates how modern native life includes many worlds.April 3, 2009
  • Report : Higher rate of Somali kids in Mpls autism programs
    Somali parents in Minnesota have been anguishing over the unusually high number of their children who are in special education classes for autism in the Minneapolis schools. Today the Minnesota Department of Health confirmed those observations, and said it would try to determine why it's happening.March 31, 2009
  • Minneapolis mosque reacts to terrorist allegations
    A leader of a metro-area mosque is responding to a U.S. Senate committee after testimony yesterday linked two Twin Cities mosques with alleged terrorist recruitment.March 12, 2009

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