he estimate includes both people born in Somalia and their descendants. Other states that have large Somali populations include Ohio with 12,300, Washington with 9,300 and California with 7,500, according to the latest estimates.
The Sherburne County Jail in Elk River, Minn., forbid the covering despite a judge's assurances to the Somali woman last week in a Minneapolis courtroom that her religious customs would be accommodated. The woman was convicted last Thursday of conspiracy to provide material support to al-Shabaab, a Somali group the U.S. has designated as a foreign terrorist organization.
If the immigrants intend to stay here and adopt this country, then they need to do more than understand this culture. They need to adopt it.
Forget being “the Somali community in Grand Forks.” Grand Forks is its own community. Join it.
Longtime American Indian residents in a poor Minneapolis neighborhood and some of their new neighbors from Somalia are struggling to get along. A handful of alleged attacks against women and elders by young people from both communities haven’t helped.
The men, aged 19 to 48, were detained Friday on a tip from the intelligence services that they were planning an attack shortly in the Netherlands. There was no immediate information on the alleged target, but Rotterdam is Europe's biggest port and a hub of maritime commerce, with huge oil and gas storage facilities and dozens of massive docks.
Heather Weyker is a St. Paul police officer who investigates human trafficking, but she's also a mom. "The girls that are 10 and 9 that have their moms pimp them out, or the teenagers -- you just want to give them a big hug and take them home with you," Weyker said.
Two centers have opened in Grand Forks for recent immigrants - most of them refugees from war and the breakdown of civil authority in Somalia. Many spent years in crowded camps in neighboring Kenya before winning permission to come to America. Some came to Grand Forks as refugees from violence in Minneapolis and other large American cities. But even here, divisions seem to hamper the Somali people.
Police Sgt. William Palmer said no suspects are in custody for the homicides at Seward Market and Halal Meats during an apparent robbery Wednesday night. The store is in a middle-class area south of downtown with a significant population of Somali immigrants.
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