The trial of two Minnesota women accused of funneling money to a terror group is being closely watched by members of the state's Somali community, with many saying it is breeding mistrust in an immigrant population already fearful of government.
One of two Minnesota women accused of funneling money to a terrorist group in Somalia allegedly told potential donors to ignore charities and focus on “the jihad” and helped finance local Somali men’s travel to their war-torn homeland to fight, prosecutors alleged in court filings.
Health experts spent nearly two hours at a Somali community forum in Minneapolis, trying to persuade people that the measles vaccine is safe and necessary. But there’s little evidence that Saturday night’s event changed anyone’s mind.
A federal indictment has shocked members of Minnesota’s Somali community, the largest in the U.S. And it suggests that Somali gangs known in recent years for armed robberies, burglaries and even killings of fellow East Africans have evolved into more lucrative activity, and are taking their crimes from Minneapolis to other parts of the country.
U.S. Census Bureau: Populations also large in Ohio, Washington and California Nearly one in three people with Somali ancestry in the United States now live in the Minnesota, which has the largest concentration in the country, according to government data released Tuesday.
On a typical weekday morning at the Sabrie household, Lul Omar, 32, scrambles eggs and pours cereal into little plastic bowls. Her three Somali-American daughters — all under the age of 7 — are in the living room watching cartoons. Three older children have already left for high school. As Omar rushes the little ones to the table, a battle over breakfast begins.
A man accused of helping in a 1985 murder has pleaded guilty to new charges in an agreement with prosecutors in Winona County. James Raymond Bolstad, 63, entered the pleas to three counts of aiding an offender in the murder of Ada Senenfelder. Bolstad admitted that he lied to police about the murder.
A Minnesota man hosted a gathering for several young Somalis days before they left Minneapolis to fight with a terrorist group in their war-torn homeland, according to court documents unsealed Tuesday in a sweeping federal investigation.
A Minneapolis man has been indicted on animal terrorism charges in Iowa, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday. The indictment charges Scott Ryan DeMuth with one count of conspiring to commit animal enterprise terrorism and cause economic damage exceeding $10,000. It said the acts DeMuth is accused of committing occurred between Nov. 9, 2004, and Nov. 20, 2004.
Forum Communications/Associated Press
, November 20, 2009
View your ad here! Cost effective targeted advertising. Contextual advertising starting as low as $79/month. This includes targeted ad delivery and search results! Add your business to the Marketplace »