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REGION ROUNDUP: Linton paper is 125 ... Ironworld's new name ... Legal aid for veterans ... more

Linton, N.D., paper marks 125th The oldest business in Emmons County, N.D., is marking 125 years. The Emmons County Record in Linton, N.D., first hit the stands June 10, 1884, and sold 75 copies. Today, the paper makes its way into the hands of 3...

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Linton, N.D., paper marks 125th

The oldest business in Emmons County, N.D., is marking 125 years.

The Emmons County Record in Linton, N.D., first hit the stands June 10, 1884, and sold 75 copies. Today, the paper makes its way into the hands of 3,000 readers.

Darwin Reed Streeter started the Record. His great-grandson lives in California and reads the paper every week.

George Whitmore said he's never met anyone in Linton, but he feels like he knows the people there.

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Ironworld's new name

Ironworld has a new name.

The 660-acre museum complex on the Iron Range in Chisholm, Minn., is now known as Minnesota Discovery Center.

Officials said the center, which showcases northeastern Minnesota's history and future, needed a name that offers a broader definition. The complex features a museum, entertainment venue, research library and park.

Ironworld Development Corp. announced the name change. The IDC manages the property in mutual agreement with Iron Range Resources.

The facility opened in 1977 as the Iron Range Interpretive Center with 34 exhibits. In 1984, it was renamed Ironworld USA.

On the Net:

Minnesota Discovery Center: http://mndiscoverycenter.com

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Legal aid for veterans

A Detroit law school is bringing a mobile law office to the Twin Cities so low-income veterans can get free legal advice.

The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law's Project Salute program helps veterans apply for federal disability and pension benefits. The program has helped more than 2,000 veterans in 11 states since it was founded last year.

The program is run out of a converted recreational vehicle donated by General Motors. The 31-foot vehicle includes built-in work stations and a wheelchair lift.

Project director Tammy Kudialis said many veterans are confused by benefits application forms or don't know if they are eligible.

Project Salute will stop Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hennepin County's Southdale Library in Edina, Minn. The program will be at the Minneapolis Central Library on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

World Refugee Day

Refugees from around the world who now make Minnesota their home will celebrate their cultures next weekend.

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Twin Cities World Refugee Day will be held Saturday in Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is open to the public. Admission is free.

Refugee musicians, dancers and poets will perform that afternoon. The event also features children's activities, food and crafts, and an immigrant resource fair.

More than 90,000 refugees have resettled in Minnesota since 1979. That includes large Somali and Hmong populations.

The United Nations created World Refugee Day. It's celebrated around the world each year on June 20.

On the Net

Twin Cities World Refugee Day: www.tcworldrefugeeday.org

Parents guilty of tax crime

A husband and wife from Minneapolis have both pleaded guilty in federal court to filing a false tax return.

Nghia Trong Dao and Thu Nguyet Le are the parents of Kalin Thanh Dao, a 32-year-old woman who pleaded guilty last month in a fraud scheme that bilked investors out of millions of dollars.

Dao admitted in court that he claimed business losses on his taxes for companies over which he had no ownership or control. They were his daughter's companies.

And Le admitted she falsely claimed her daughter as an exemption, which reduced the tax she owed.

Kalin Dao admitted last month to selling sham investment programs and spending investors' money on gambling in Las Vegas.

Sentencing dates for the three have not yet been set.

Gang force still on hold

The Metro Gang Strike Force remains suspended indefinitely after a review panel found the unit had poor internal controls to keep track of seized and forfeited property, officials said Friday.

The review panel's preliminary report said the panel received information from a variety of sources "raising allegations about the Strike Force dating back a number of years."

"The future of the Metro Gang Strike Force appears more in doubt today than it did a few weeks ago," Public Safety Commissioner Michael Campion said.

The force was shut down May 20 after some officers shredded documents and disconnected computers hours after an unfavorable report by the Minnesota Legislative Auditor came out.

Campion said a temporary unit will be created to combat gang violence in the Twin Cities during the strike force's suspension. The unit, which will include eight to 12 law enforcement officers from multiple jurisdictions, is expected to start operations within 10 days, he said.

The review panel, which former federal prosecutor Andy Luger is helping lead, was expected to release its final report June 30. On Friday, officials said it would take the panel until later this summer to complete the report.

Kin protest Muslim group

Relatives and friends of a Minneapolis teen killed in Somalia said a Muslim civil rights group is hampering an FBI investigation into the disappearances of some Twin Cities Somali men.

About 50 people protested Thursday outside the Brian Coyle Community Center in Minneapolis, where the Council on American-Islamic Relations' Minnesota chapter held an ice cream social.

Abdirizak Bihi is an uncle of 18-year-old Burhan Hassan, whom relatives said was killed recently in Somalia. Bihi and others said CAIR is discouraging Somalis from coming forward.

CAIR Minnesota has encouraged anyone interviewed by the FBI to have a lawyer present. A CAIR spokeswoman said the effort isn't to discourage cooperation, but rather to ensure that civil rights are protected.

The FBI investigation into the missing men is ongoing. Authorities believe they went to Somalia to fight for terror groups.

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