Minnesota Public Radio features by Mukhtar Ibrahim http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30748 en-us Copyright 2015 Minnesota Public Radio Sat, 28 Nov 2015 18:34:46 -0600 Minnesota Public Radio features by Mukhtar Ibrahim http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 In hunt for Lakeville girls, one warrant led to another, and another The teenagers finally were located on a "faith-based horse ranch." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/19/lakeville-teen-search?refid=0 Thu, 19 Nov 2015 16:56:25 -0600 Minn. environmental leaders, activists prep for Paris summit More than 70 participants from Minnesota are expected to attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as COP21. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/18/minn-environmental-leaders-activists-prep-for-paris-global-climate-change-summit?refid=0 Wed, 18 Nov 2015 15:20:44 -0600 'Terrorism has no religion': MN faith leaders condemn Paris killings Minnesota faith leaders stood side by side Monday to denounce the ISIS terror group for the killings in Paris. They called on Minnesotans to continue building trust and relationships across different faiths. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/16/mn-faith-leaders-condemn-paris-killings?refid=0 Mon, 16 Nov 2015 15:20:21 -0600 App that lets you record police, send video to ACLU debuts in Minn. A mobile phone app released this week allows Minnesotans to send recorded footage of police directly, and immediately, to the American Civil Liberties Union affiliate in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/13/samuelson?refid=0 Fri, 13 Nov 2015 13:00:00 -0600 Superstar, refugee, legend: Singer Maryan Mursal's voice endures Before Somalia descended into chaos, it was easy to hear Maryan Mursal, whose melodious voice could pierce your soul. Chased from her homeland, she continues to perform, including Saturday in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/13/maryan-mursal?refid=0 Fri, 13 Nov 2015 06:00:00 -0600 Anoka County won't prosecute Applebee's attack as hate crime Officials say using a hate crime law to prosecute a restaurant patron who allegedly assaulted a woman for speaking Swahili might lead to conviction on a lesser charge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/12/hate-crime-law?refid=0 Thu, 12 Nov 2015 12:05:00 -0600 Troopers aim to catch distracted drivers with unmarked vehicles In 2014, reckless driving contributed to 61 deaths and more than 7,000 injuries in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/09/distracted-driving-state-patrol?refid=0 Mon, 09 Nov 2015 16:23:11 -0600 Applebee's attack victim: 'I'm scared for my life' "I can speak English," Asma Jama told the woman who berated her for speaking Swahili, "but we choose to speak whatever language we want." Then the woman smashed a glass beer mug across Jama's face. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/06/applebees-attack-victim?refid=0 Fri, 06 Nov 2015 16:33:25 -0600 Five Mpls. men insist in court they did not plot to join ISIS The men pleaded not guilty Monday to new charges of conspiring to commit murder overseas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/02/isis-not-guilty-pleas?refid=0 Mon, 02 Nov 2015 19:28:00 -0600 U.S. Attorney: ISIS suspect tried to contact witness A Minneapolis man who's facing terrorism charges tried to contact a government witness after both ended up in the same jail, Minnesota's U.S. attorney said Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/30/isis-omar-jail-talk?refid=0 Fri, 30 Oct 2015 18:00:31 -0500 Heritage Academy board sues Minneapolis Public Schools The board of a Minneapolis alternative school wracked by internal divisions is suing Minneapolis Public Schools, just days after the district cancelled its contact. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/30/heritage-academy-board-sues-minneapolis-public-schools?refid=0 Fri, 30 Oct 2015 16:44:55 -0500 Muslim leaders decry rejection of cemetery In August last year, the Castle Rock Township board rejected an application from the land owner for a Muslim cemetery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/29/local-muslim-leaders-decry-rejection-of-cemetery?refid=0 Thu, 29 Oct 2015 12:51:40 -0500 Native stereotypes in Party City Halloween costumes draw flak Jamie Becker-Finn took to social media to criticize headdresses and other Halloween costumes at Party City meant to depict Native Americans. She's endured negative and racist replies since posting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/28/party-city-costumes?refid=0 Wed, 28 Oct 2015 17:34:14 -0500 ISIS suspect being held under 'brutal conditions' Guled Omar was transferred from the Anoka County Jail to the Ramsey County Jail in September. Since then, his attorneys say, he has been held in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/23/isis-suspect-being-held-under-brutal-conditions?refid=0 Fri, 23 Oct 2015 18:03:21 -0500 When Muslim controversies boil, Jaylani Hussein gets the call Hussein, the first Somali-born head of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, must navigate issues from name calling to terror recruiting. Raised in Columbia Heights, he sees his role as bridge builder. Lately, he's been busy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/20/when-muslim-controversies-boil-jaylani-hussein-gets-the-call?refid=0 Wed, 21 Oct 2015 03:01:00 -0500 Minnesota attorney general: Car charity had cozy deals The nation's largest vehicle-donation charity is spending the bulk of its revenue on overhead, marketing and payments to a pair of companies, according to Lori Swanson's investigators. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/14/car-charity?refid=0 Wed, 14 Oct 2015 14:05:00 -0500 Court had ordered man accused of rape into psychiatric care The Hennepin County District Court initially ordered Ahmed Abdi to be committed until May of this year, and subsequently extended that order to November. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/08/accused-rapist-mental-illness?refid=0 Thu, 08 Oct 2015 19:06:33 -0500 Mpls. man charged with raping 10-year-old in Riverside Plaza The girl told police the suspect extended his hand to her, but refused to let go after she shook his hand, according to the criminal complaint. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/07/riverside-plaza-charges?refid=0 Wed, 07 Oct 2015 12:47:25 -0500 U of M's human research re-accreditation on hold The decision comes seven months after a critical report found "many weaknesses" in the university's efforts to protect people who participate in research experiments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/05/u-of-m-research-accreditation?refid=0 Mon, 05 Oct 2015 16:27:31 -0500 50-year-old father to defend Twin Cities Marathon title "It's a little hard now. I'm getting older," said Mbarak Hussein, a Kenyan native who lives in New Mexico. Hussein won the men's masters race in the 2014 Twin Cities Marathon, and will compete again Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/03/mbarak-marathon?refid=0 Sat, 03 Oct 2015 11:02:45 -0500 Acres of prairie set aside to save butterfly species The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated tens of thousands of acres of critical habitat to try to save two prairie butterfly species. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/01/butterfly-habitat?refid=0 Thu, 01 Oct 2015 15:25:48 -0500 Protesters stop Mpls. school board meeting over 'racist' books A group of protesters, angry about Minneapolis Public Schools' contract with Utah-based Reading Horizons, disrupted the meeting. Teachers discovered some books contained offensive stereotypes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/30/minneapolis-books?refid=0 Wed, 30 Sep 2015 16:16:01 -0500 Congressional report: Minnesota top U.S. spot for ISIS recruiting American officials are losing the battle to stem the flow of ISIS recruits from Minnesota and other states to the Middle East, the House Homeland Security Committee concludes in a new report. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/29/isis-mn-recruiting?refid=0 Tue, 29 Sep 2015 13:35:00 -0500 Never a Muslim president? Minnesota boy, 12, tells Ben Carson he's wrong "You basically shattered my dream ... but guess what, I'll become president," Yusuf Dayur says in a video to GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson. The politically savvy middle-schooler also thinks President Obama is OK, but "not amazing." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/23/video-response-muslim-president?refid=0 Wed, 23 Sep 2015 08:22:19 -0500 St. Paul man charged with slashing teen The 14-year-old boy was walking through his neighborhood at 4:25 p.m. when Darell Deandray Johnson, 30, emerged from a bush near the boy's home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/21/st-paul-man-charged-with-slashing-teen?refid=0 Mon, 21 Sep 2015 14:51:11 -0500 Amid ISIS terror concerns, a Minnesota man is scrutinized but not charged One man fights suspicions from the government, community members and his own family. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/19/amir-meshal?refid=0 Mon, 21 Sep 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Third ISIS suspect pleads guilty; informant's name surfaces in court Zacharia Abdurahman on Thursday revealed in court for the first time the name of a friend who secretly taped conversations that helped the FBI build its case against several men. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/17/isis-informant?refid=0 Thu, 17 Sep 2015 17:22:38 -0500 Third accused ISIS recruit expected to plead guilty Zacharia Abdurahman was arrested in April at his home in Columbia Heights. He was charged with conspiracy and attempting to provide material support to ISIS. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/16/abdurahman-guilty-plea?refid=0 Wed, 16 Sep 2015 09:43:41 -0500 Prosecutors to disclose identity of ISIS informant in January Defense attorneys for the ISIS suspects have questioned the credibility of the informant, who previously participated in the alleged conspiracy and also lied to agents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/15/prosecutors-to-disclose-identity-of-isis-informant-in-january?refid=0 Tue, 15 Sep 2015 16:31:06 -0500 Canada says it won't deport Somali journalist Liban Dirie, formerly a prominent member of Minnesota's Somali community, had angered al-Shabab, which threatened to kill him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/10/canada-says-it-wont-deport-somali-journalist?refid=0 Thu, 10 Sep 2015 15:43:15 -0500 Minnesota ISIS terror suspect pleads guilty to conspiracy "I committed a terrorist act and I'm guilty of it," Hanad Musse, 19, told a judge Wednesday. Musse said he believed ISIS' propaganda. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/09/hanad-musse?refid=0 Wed, 09 Sep 2015 11:43:41 -0500 New Somali youth programs launched amid terror recruitment concerns The project has received about $1 million in funding from state and federal grants, corporations and foundations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/09/new-programs-announced-luger?refid=0 Wed, 09 Sep 2015 06:15:00 -0500 February trial date set for Minnesota ISIS terror suspects A federal judge on Wednesday set Feb. 16 as the trial date in the cases of seven men accused of conspiring to join the ISIS terror group. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/02/isis-suspects?refid=0 Wed, 02 Sep 2015 12:16:36 -0500 MN ISIS suspects back in court Wednesday as judge weighs next steps A judge will consider pretrial motions ranging from whether the government should disclose informants used in the case to whether the defendants should be given supervised release while they await trial. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/31/isis-suspects?refid=0 Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:40:00 -0500 Somali authorities probe slaying of Minnesota teen Ammar Abdihamid Abdirahman's family attorney alleges the teen was beaten to death in May by a group that included the principal of his northern Somalia boarding school after he questioned the school's teachings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/26/ammar-abdihamid-abdirahman?refid=0 Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:18:55 -0500 New documents: Jailed ISIS suspects were recruited by fellow Minnesotans In court documents filed Friday evening, prosecutors connect the dots among the seven suspects awaiting trial and others who are suspected of leaving Minnesota to join ISIS in the Middle East and Somalia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/21/isis-minnesotans?refid=0 Fri, 21 Aug 2015 21:20:44 -0500 Fears grow that more MN Somali youth have gone to ISIS Members of the Somali community say that more young people have disappeared, despite efforts to prevent terror recruiting here. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/21/somali-youth-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 21 Aug 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Anti-Somali post prompts apology A Facebook user said she was sorry for saying she wanted Somalis "all sent back to Somalia." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/17/racism-st-cloud?refid=0 Mon, 17 Aug 2015 14:23:18 -0500 @MDH has no opinion on #MNhealth The Twitterverse thinks Mark David Hurty knows all about Minnesota's medical condition. He really doesn't. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/01/mark-david-hurty?refid=0 Sat, 01 Aug 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Transit Police Chief Harrington pays visit to Somalia The visit is part of an effort to establish ties between Somali and Minnesota law enforcement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/30/transit-police-chief-harrington-pays-visit-to-somalia?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:40:06 -0500 Who is Cecil? And the big business of big game The practice of big game hunting on the African continent is not new. Many African countries have battled to preserve and conserve endangered animals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/30/cecil-the-lion-big-game-hunting?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:11:42 -0500 St. Cloud police: Body of missing 6-year-old found in river "Our worst nightmare has come to fruition," St. Cloud Police Chief William Blair Anderson told reporters Friday after Hamza Elmi's body was found in the Mississippi River following a search. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/24/hamza-elmi?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jul 2015 13:15:00 -0500 Report: VA's reduction of narcotic painkillers had tragic consequences When the Minneapolis Veterans Medical Center decided to limit the dispensing of narcotic painkillers, some who obtained narcotics from other sources overdosed and died, the Star Tribune reported. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/21/bcst-va-hospital-narcotics?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jul 2015 15:50:17 -0500 Airports commission to address noise complaints Noise complaints from residents have increased this summer due to additional flights to and from the West Coast at night, officials said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/20/airports-commission-to-address-noise-complaints?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:53:08 -0500 Cops tell speeders to get the lead out (of their feet) In 2014, 94 people died in speed-related crashes. An enforcement campaign aims to get fast drivers thinking about the risks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/10/speeding-enforcement?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jul 2015 02:00:00 -0500 Judge rejects release plans for Minnesota terror suspects Judge Michael Davis rejected supervised release for Hamza Ahmed, Zacharia Abdurahman and Hanad Musse but didn't close the door completely. Musse's lawyer said his client is "not the enemy." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/08/terror-suspect?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jul 2015 09:57:56 -0500 Prosecutors argue against release plan for terror suspects The government said it is not satisfied with the "unique and untested" pretrial release plans proposed by attorneys for Hamza Ahmed, Zacharia Abdurahman and Hanad Musse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/07/terror-suspects-release-plan?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jul 2015 14:30:00 -0500 Hidden knife cited in ISIS defendant's return to jail When Abdullahi Yusuf was returned to jail, the reason was left unclear. A document released Monday alleges that Yusuf had a box cutter under his bed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/06/isis-defendant-jail-return?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jul 2015 13:43:53 -0500 2 MN teachers win president's excellence award The award comes with $10,000 that the honorees may use as they decide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/02/2-mn-teachers-win-presidents-excellence-award?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:04:25 -0500 Ex-local Somali journalist faces deportation, death threat When he lived in Minnesota, Liban Dirie worked to stop the recruitment of local Somali youth by al-Shabab. Now he's in danger of being sent to Somalia, where the terrorists have threatened to kill him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/27/somali-journalist-faces-deportation?refid=0 Sat, 27 Jun 2015 06:00:00 -0500 Lawyers offer plans for supervised release of terror suspects Awaiting trial on charges of trying to join ISIS, young Twin Cities men seek permission to reenter the community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/26/terror-suspects-supervised-release?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 17:24:20 -0500 The temptations that lead urban explorers to trespass Practitioners say they're careful, but their treks into old mills and other places can end very badly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/16/urban-explorers?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jun 2015 13:09:32 -0500 In court filings, ISIS recruit details path from Minnesota to Syria For the first time, a man who pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide material support to ISIS is beginning to tell prosecutors who helped facilitate his attempted travel to Syria. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/11/mohamed-farah?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jun 2015 12:00:00 -0500 Judge OKs home release for MN man convicted of threatening FBI agents A judge's decision to release Mohamed Ali Omar as he awaits sentencing was a partial victory for a family with two other sons accused of trying to join terrorist groups overseas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/09/judge-oks-home-release?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jun 2015 11:56:15 -0500 For videographer, a weekend in jail was too high a price Andrew Henderson wanted video of police failing to buckle their seat belts, and got it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/29/henderson-police-video?refid=0 Sat, 30 May 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Young woman sets out to learn the Quran, verse by verse Now that she's finished college, the Eagan woman feels a need to pursue a different subject: deepening her Muslim faith. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/21/faduma-warsame?refid=0 Fri, 22 May 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Minnesota men plead not guilty to terrorism charges Federal prosecutors say the men, all 19 and 20 years old, were conspiring to travel to Syria to fight for ISIS. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/20/terrorism-plea?refid=0 Wed, 20 May 2015 16:59:50 -0500 Seven Minnesotans indicted for planning to join ISIS The grand jury indictments were unsealed Tuesday, revealing new charges of college financial aid fraud against two of the men. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/19/isis-recruits?refid=0 Tue, 19 May 2015 12:47:34 -0500 Victim of Sunday shooting in Minneapolis identified The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office has ruled the death of Abdiaziz Salah Farah, 27, a homicide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/12/mpls-shooting-id?refid=0 Tue, 12 May 2015 17:00:00 -0500 Judge keeps terror suspects in jail but says he's open to ideas A Minneapolis judge offered a flicker of hope Tuesday to the families of five young men accused of trying to join the ISIS terror group. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/12/terror-suspects?refid=0 Tue, 12 May 2015 11:35:07 -0500 Man released to halfway house in ISIS case ordered back to jail Abdullahi Yusuf, 19, appears to have violated halfway house rules, according to a detention order from the court signed by Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Davis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/11/yusuf?refid=0 Mon, 11 May 2015 16:55:18 -0500 Prosecutors to charge man in killings of St. Michael father, brother Christopher Besser will be charged Tuesday with killing Blake Besser and Todd Besser, a 16-year veteran of the Elk River Police Department, authorities said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/10/wright-county-deaths?refid=0 Sun, 10 May 2015 14:14:59 -0500 2 of 3 inmates who escaped from Wisconsin prison captured Kyle John Peterson was arrested in Whitewater this morning. Eight hours later, Andre Lee Vance was arrested in Madison. Police are still searching for Jesse Jamal Fairley. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/08/inmate-captured?refid=0 Fri, 08 May 2015 17:40:13 -0500 Minneapolis police suspend cop who threatened to break suspect's legs The officer's comments during a traffic stop last March were recorded and aired online. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/06/mpls-cop-suspended?refid=0 Wed, 06 May 2015 11:48:09 -0500 Somali militant from Minneapolis urged Texas attack in advance An al-Shabab fighter who left Minnesota in 2008 called for an attack in response to the Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas. Ten days later, an attack happened. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/04/hassan?refid=0 Mon, 04 May 2015 18:33:11 -0500 Muslim groups speak against anti-terror program Local organizations say the effort to steer youth away from radicalization suffers from its connection to law enforcement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/01/muslim-groups-speak-against-antiterror-program?refid=0 Fri, 01 May 2015 16:52:49 -0500 Loretto businesswoman charged with swindle In one case, authorities say, she paid $17 an hour when a worker deserved $58. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/30/loretto-businesswoman-charged-with-swindle?refid=0 Thu, 30 Apr 2015 15:15:00 -0500 Fears of spying intensify after Twin Cities terror arrests Many Somali-Americans are suspicious of outreach programs. That sentiment spilled out at the Capitol last weekend, when family and friends held a protest in support of the six men arrested. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/29/fears-of-spying-intensify-after-twin-cities-terror-arrests?refid=0 Thu, 30 Apr 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Man who allegedly tried to expose FBI informant is ordered held Mahamed Abukar Said was arrested Friday after he sent a series of tweets in response to the arrest of six men charged with trying to join ISIS. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/29/said-held?refid=0 Wed, 29 Apr 2015 17:30:18 -0500 Judge orders terror suspects held pending trial The FBI spelled out the details of its deal with a confidential source who helped make its case against six young men allegedly planning to join ISIS in Syria. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/23/terror-hearing?refid=0 Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:40:28 -0500 For mothers of terrorism suspects, nothing but sorrow The mothers of three men charged with trying to join ISIS depended on their first-born sons to be the bedrock of their families. Instead, the men face years in prison. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/23/for-moms-of-terror-suspects-nothing-but-sorrow?refid=0 Thu, 23 Apr 2015 06:02:41 -0500 Informant's role emerges as key in counterterror sweep As four of the six men made their first court appearances, supporters said it was wrong of the government to use a friend against them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/20/counterterror-informant?refid=0 Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:36:54 -0500 Feds charge six Minnesotans with trying to join ISIS The complaint alleges some of the men were in touch with Abdi Nur, a Twin Cities man who left the country last year and has been presumed fighting with ISIS. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/20/6-charged-with-trying-to-join-isis?refid=0 Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:35:00 -0500 FBI makes arrests in MN, CA in counterterrorism action Two Somali women say their sons were arrested at home Sunday in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/19/fbi-terror-arrests?refid=0 Sun, 19 Apr 2015 19:30:00 -0500 5 things to watch out for when buying Wild tickets With the Wild heading into the playoffs, ticket scammers are heading into the streets. Beware. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/17/wild-ticket-scammers?refid=0 Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:17:03 -0500 Fire chars a block of West Broadway in Minneapolis A three-alarm blaze Wednesday morning torched a block of homes and businesses on West Broadway Avenue in Minneapolis, forcing at least a dozen evacuations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/15/mpls-fire?refid=0 Wed, 15 Apr 2015 09:25:15 -0500 Police arrest father in death of 10-year-old Barway Collins Pierre Collins was arrested for second-degree homicide for the death of his son Barway, whose body was found in the Mississippi River over the weekend. Pierre Collins has said he is innocent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/13/father-arrested?refid=0 Mon, 13 Apr 2015 13:19:10 -0500 Suspect charged, victims named in double homicide Police said they had recovered the gun and matched it to the shootings. They are still seeking a second suspect. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/10/shooting-charges?refid=0 Fri, 10 Apr 2015 15:21:28 -0500 Cops warn Wild fans of fake e-tickets Police have arrested a man they say bought a ticket with a stolen credit card, printed multiple copies and sold them cheap. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/09/fake-wild-tickets?refid=0 Thu, 09 Apr 2015 15:32:55 -0500 Two found dead in Minneapolis; double homicide suspected Police have one suspect in custody. A second subject, described as an adult male, remains at large. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/08/two-dead-minneapolis?refid=0 Wed, 08 Apr 2015 12:17:41 -0500 Minneapolis officer allegedly threatens to break student's leg Police are studying a video of the alleged encounter, and won't comment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/03/minneapolis-officer-allegedly-threatens-student?refid=0 Fri, 03 Apr 2015 15:03:05 -0500 'Frustrated' volunteers search for missing Crystal boy A group of citizens takes up the search for Barway Collins, who's been missing for two weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/02/baryway-collins?refid=0 Thu, 02 Apr 2015 16:08:18 -0500 Five things to know about the bird flu The government compensates farmers for birds euthanized as a precaution, but not for those killed by the virus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/30/avian-flu?refid=0 Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:28:34 -0500 Cedar-Riverside tenants protest lack of parking, discrimination Residents of Riverside Plaza have complained about a lack of parking spaces and broken elevators at the building owned by Sherman Associates. Management is meeting with tenants' and community leaders to address the concerns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/27/cedar-riverside-protest?refid=0 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:56:28 -0500 Star Tribune's move to new digs underway The newspaper's landmark Minneapolis headquarters is being torn down so the land can be used for a park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/26/star-tribune-move?refid=0 Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:00:00 -0500 Photos: Star Tribune staff says goodbye to old building The newspaper's landmark Minneapolis headquarters is being torn down so the land can be used for a park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/26/star-tribune-moves-to-new-building?refid=0 Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:00:00 -0500 Police warn of a new, 'serious' form of marijuana So-called marijuana wax has a much higher THC content than conventional pot, police said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/25/marijuanawax?refid=0 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:39:49 -0500 From MN suburbs, they set out to join ISIS Three young men are among those from Minnesota who apparently tried to join the fight in Syria. Two were stopped; one made it, and lost his life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/25/minnesota-teens-isis?refid=0 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Called to fight: Minnesota's ISIS recruits Roughly 15 young people have left Minnesota to join the militant group ISIS in Syria. Their stories follow similar patterns: The suburban drifter or unassuming student becomes rapidly (and often quietly) radicalized and leaves Minnesota to join the ISIS extremists. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/25/minnesota-isis?refid=0 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 03:59:00 -0500 St. Cloud school leaders respond to Somali student protest Somali students walked out of St. Cloud Technical High School Wednesday after a posting on social media that showed a Somali student in a wheelchair, captioned with a reference to ISIS. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/19/st-cloud-protest?refid=0 Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:50:27 -0500 St. Paul man acquitted in '99 convenience store killing The jury took less than five hours to find 32-year-old Earl Vang not guilty of first and second degree murder. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/25/1999-convenience-store-killing?refid=0 Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:33:05 -0600 Farmington High student pleads guilty in hazing incident A judge ordered a 17-year-old who drove a car with two students locked in the trunk to attend a driving course, write apologies and perform community service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/25/farmington-high-student-pleads-guilty-in-hazing-incident?refid=0 Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:07:04 -0600 Somali-Americans show support for Mall of America By going to the mall and having lunch there, the group of 10 Somalis and two others aimed to show people the mall is safe. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/24/mall-of-america-support?refid=0 Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:56:03 -0600 Minn. man sentenced to 25 years in prison for kidnapping his wife Timothy Glen Caskey pleaded guilty on Feb. 6, 2014, to kidnapping the woman and robbing the Kansas bank. U.S. District Judge John R. Tunheim sentenced the 43-year-old last week to 25 years in prison. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/23/25-years-for-kidnapping-wife?refid=0 Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:57:24 -0600 Minnesota Somalis condemn terrorist video A leading expert on al-Shabab said the video it posted encouraging attacks on the Mall of America could be a ploy to regain international attention. Minnesota's Somali community leaders condemned the call for attacks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/23/mall-of-america-threat?refid=0 Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:10:22 -0600 Science Museum exhibit explores life in space A new exhibit at the Science Museum gives visitors a taste of life in space. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/19/space-science-museum?refid=0 Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:04:41 -0600 Ebola epidemic hits close to home for Minnesota's West African community The Ebola epidemic sweeping across West Africa has hit hard in Minnesota, which has one of the nation's largest West African populations. Some aim to send medical supplies to Liberia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/07/ebola-minnesota?refid=0 Sun, 07 Sep 2014 14:13:42 -0500 Minnesota Somalis: Death of al-Shabab leader a blow against terrorism Many in the Somali community see Ahmed Abdi Godane Godane's killing as a step in the right direction. But they say the war against al-Shabab is not over yet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/05/al-shabab-leaders-death?refid=0 Fri, 05 Sep 2014 19:16:16 -0500 Missing Faribault teen found in Michigan A 17-yeard-old Faribault girl who had been missing since Aug. 25 was found in Michigan Wednesday morning, Faribault police said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/03/missing-teen-found?refid=0 Wed, 03 Sep 2014 12:49:11 -0500 Faribault police search for missing 17-year-old girl Faribault police are asking for the public's help in finding a missing teenager who was last seen on Aug. 25. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/02/missing-faribault-girl?refid=0 Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:47:41 -0500 Coleman requests review of controversial arrest captured on video Mayor Chris Coleman said he plans to meet with the NAACP, the African-American Leadership Council, the Saint Paul Black Ministerial Alliance and police officials to discuss the incident. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/29/st-paul-arrest-review-requested?refid=0 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:10:46 -0500 St. Paul police identify officers involved in Thursday morning shooting Officers Joseph Sandquist, who shot and killed the man, and Mark Grundhauser both have been with the department for nearly two years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/29/st-paul-officers-identified?refid=0 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:32:56 -0500 FBI tries to stem flow of recruits to Syria; 2nd Minnesotan feared dead More Minnesotans are on the way to Syria, the FBI says. Two are now feared to have died fighting with militants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/28/minnesotans-fighting-in-syria?refid=0 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:42:40 -0500 Douglas McAuthur McCain, a man with Minnesota ties, killed in Syria The 33-year-old man was there to fight alongside an extremist militant group, most likely the Islamic State, a U.S. official says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/26/douglas-mccain?refid=0 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:20:06 -0500 Dayton calls for halt to Fargo-Moorhead diversion, wants Minnesota review first In a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Gov. Mark Dayton said agency should not allow the project to proceed until Minnesota can complete an environmental impact statement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/26/dayton-diversion?refid=0 Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:10:49 -0500 Somali president calls on diaspora to denounce al-Shabaab Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud urged Somali-Americans gathered Saturday night in Minneapolis not to raise money for al-Shabaab, and he called on parents to prevent their children from being brainwashed by the militant group. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/10/somali-president-calls-on--diaspora-to-denounce-alshabaab?refid=0 Sun, 10 Aug 2014 09:30:21 -0500 Why Somali presidents come to Minnesota and what it means Mohamud's visit is more than a Minnesota courtesy call. The state is home to the nation's largest Somali-American population, an influential group that helps sustain Somalia's economy through investment and money transfers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/09/why-somali-presidents-come-to-minnesota-and-what-it-means?refid=0 Sat, 09 Aug 2014 07:08:01 -0500 Jihad in Syria lures Somalis from Minnesota Over the past few months, as many as 15 young Somali-American men from the Twin Cities have traveled to Syria to join radical groups trying to overthrow President Bashar Assad's regime, according to the FBI. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/11/somali-americans-syria?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jun 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Interracial marriage still new in Somali community When Idil Mohamed walks down the street with her husband, they often attract stares, and sometimes rude comments, because she is Somali and he is white. Somalis who marry non-Somalis are breaking the social norms of marriage and cultural traditions in their community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/31/somali-interracial-marriage?refid=0 Sun, 31 Jul 2011 17:15:06 -0500 Minneapolis affordable housing organization working to keep people off the streets A Minneapolis nonprofit aims to provide affordable housing to low-income and homeless people, and those it has helped will tell you the program is working. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/02/aeon-housing?refid=0 Wed, 02 Mar 2011 13:25:43 -0600 U of M students rally to support Egypt protesters More than 50 people gathered in front of Coffman Memorial Union at the University of Minnesota Friday to show support and solidarity with the Egyptian people who are protesting against their government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/28/egypt-minn-rally?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jan 2011 15:06:58 -0600 Twenty years after Somali government collapse, Minnesota youth reflect on ongoing war Kids who play soccer in Mogadishu know what to do when a fight breaks out near their playground. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/26/somali-youth?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jan 2011 08:37:32 -0600 Two injured in shooting outside Mpls. community center Two people were injured Monday evening after an apparent drive-by shooting outside the Brian Coyle Community Center in the Cedar-Riverside neighorhood of Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/24/cedar-riverside-shooting?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jan 2011 19:05:56 -0600