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  • Feds claim accused ISIL recruit from Minneapolis threatened to kill FBI agents

    05/21/2015 6:56:53 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 6 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 5/21/15 | Paul McEnroe
    One of the Twin Cities men charged with supporting terrorism planned to kill FBI agents who were investigating their activities over the last 10-months, according to federal authorities who’ve reviewed a confidential informant’s secret recordings of conversations in early April that detailed the threats. “If there’s no way out, I’m saying. If our backs are against the wall, I’m gonna go kill the one who punks me,” said Mohamed Farah, one of seven men from the Twin Cities who is charged with supporting terrorists in the Middle East. “You know the one. Everybody has that one Fed that you know....
  • Minneapolis Group Wants Officers to Pay for Own Liability Insurance

    05/21/2015 6:16:53 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 21 replies
    KSTP ^ | 5-21-15 | Joe Augustine
    Before Officer Michael Griffin was indicted on federal charges for using excessive force and lying under oath, he cost the city of Minneapolis $411,864.78. The city paid $140,000 in 2014 to settle a lawsuit filed by Ibrahim Regai, who Griffin allegedly knocked unconscious at a Minneapolis night club in 2010, while he was off duty. That same year, a federal jury in a civil trial ruled the city must pay Jeremy Axel, Michael Mitchell and their attorneys $271,864.78. Griffin allegedly kicked Mitchell in the chest and punched Axel in the back of the head, knocking him unconscious outside a club...
  • Mark Dayton keeping veto promise on education bill

    05/21/2015 5:59:20 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-21-15 | Christopher Megan
    Hours after a chaotic end to the 2015 legislative session, Gov. Mark Dayton said he wants to summon lawmakers back to the Capitol to fix an "insufficient" education funding bill. Dayton renewed his promise Tuesday to veto the $17 billion spending bill that had yet to cross his desk, noting it left out his top priority of universal preschool. That means lawmakers, who came within $25 million of a deal that didn't materialize before the end of the legislative session Monday, will have to come back to St. Paul in the coming weeks for a special session held somewhere other...
  • Mpls. Officer Indicted on 9 Federal Counts of Excessive Force, Lying

    05/21/2015 5:45:54 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    KSTP ^ | 5-20-15 | Beth McDonough
    The U.S. Attorney's office said Griffin was involved in an incident May 29, 2010. That night, he was outside of Aqua Nightclub and Lounge on First Avenue. He was off-duty and in plain clothes. Griffin's friend began to argue with a third person. Griffin displayed his badge and identified himself as a police officer. The man tried to walk to Envy Nightclub about a half of a block away. Griffin followed and punched him in the face, knocking him unconscious, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Griffin then approached two on-duty Minneapolis police officers nearby, identified himself as an officer and...
  • Facing child support, Minneapolis man joins the jihad

    05/20/2015 7:22:28 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies
    AP on SFGate.com ^ | 5/20/15 | Amy Fortili
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Abdifatah Ahmed struggled for years to make ends meet. After losing his $15-an-hour job fueling airliners in Minneapolis, the Somali-American father of nine survived on low-wage jobs and public assistance. He complained about working hard, but never having enough money. His circumstances worsened when he was ordered to pay more than $700 a month to support three of his children — including one less than a year old. Months later, he surfaced in Syria, where he went to fight for the Islamic State.
  • St. Paul SWAT Commander Explains Use of High-Powered Weapons

    05/20/2015 6:12:10 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 34 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 5/20/15 | Jay Kohls
    The St. Paul Police Department SWAT Team Commander, Tim Flynn, says the military weapons they use only come out when they face high-risk, dangerous situations. "These weapons are critical to protecting the safety of the public and police officers," Flynn said. The SPPD has 99 AR-15 rifles on loan from the federal government, and they did receive a federal grant to obtain an armored vehicle used in potentially violent cases such as last year's arrest of cop killer, Brian Fitch. In October we reported on how four police departments returned military issued equipment obtained at no cost through a government...
  • Minnesota Gov. Dayton vetoes education bill, ready to call special session

    05/19/2015 6:27:12 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    NNCNOW.com ^ | 5-19-15 | Kevin Jacobsen
    14 hours after the 2015 session wrapped up, Governor Mark Dayton addressed the media and confirmed what most of us already knew; he is going to send the education bill back to lawmakers. The biggest sticking point is the measure didn't include his request for $171 million in additional funding for universal prekindergarten which he says will help 47,000 four-year- olds get a head start on education. The House and Senate passed the bill on Monday, despite an earlier warning from the Governor. The Governor says it's astonishing with a $1.9 billion surplus the legislature didn't include his request and...
  • 2 Minn. Men Accused of Trying to Join ISIS also Charged with Fraud

    05/19/2015 1:08:52 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 10 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 5/19/15 | Jennie Lissarrague
    A total of seven Minnesota men have been indicted after prosecutors say they tried to fly to Syria to join the Islamic State. An indictment filed back in February charging 21-year-old Hamza Naj Ahmed of Savage has added 19-year-old Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman of Columbia Heights, 19-year-old Adnan Farah of Minneapolis, 19-year-old Hanad Mustafe Musse of Minneapolis, 20-year-old Guled Ali Omar of Minneapolis, 21-year-old Abdirahman Yasin Daud of Minneapolis, and 21-year-old Mohamed Abdihamid Farah of Minneapolis. They have all been charged with conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. Additionally, Omar, Mohamed Abdihamid Farah, Abdurahman, Musse and...
  • Target Is Going To Start Promoting Fresh Food Over Kraft, Campbell, & Other Packaged Foods

    05/18/2015 11:48:50 AM PDT · by drewh · 24 replies
    Business Insider ^ | MAY 17, 2015, 7:32 PM | Reuters
    (Reuters) - Retailer Target Corp has informed top suppliers of packaged foods, such at Kraft Foods Group Inc, that it plans to put less money into promoting their products in favor of fresher, healthier foods, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. Citing people familiar with the matter, the Journal said the Minneapolis-based department store chain informed several suppliers, including Kraft, General Mills Inc, Campbell Soup Co, Kellogg Co and others of the plan earlier this year. That means canned soup, cornflakes, boxed macaroni and cheese and other packaged, processed foods will get less optimal shelf space and promotional signage...
  • Man Accused of Credit Card Fraud at Eagan Outlet Mall

    05/17/2015 6:20:10 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 18 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 5/15/15 | Jennie Lissarrague
    A St. Paul man has been charged after police say he was caught making fraudulent purchases at the Eagan Outlet Mall with credit cards stolen from the Eagan YMCA. Eagan police were called to the mall at 8:31 p.m. Monday on a report of credit card fraud. The caller said the suspect was a Somali man wearing a teal hoodie who was carrying three bags. He was with three other men. Officers say the man dropped two credit cards onto the sidewalk when he saw them approaching, which were later found to be stolen. One of the credit cards had...
  • Shoplifting arrests at Eagan Outlet Mall raise question of bias

    05/17/2015 6:20:01 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 34 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 5/17/15 | Stephen Montemayor
    Nearly 85 percent of those arrested or cited in connection with shoplifting calls at Eagan’s new outlet mall were people of color, according to a Star Tribune analysis of nearly 1,000 calls to police in the first eight months the center was open. The percentage of blacks and other minorities arrested or charged with shoplifting offenses at Eagan’s Twin Cities Premium Outlet was higher than at nearby Burnsville Center, in all of Minneapolis or at a similar outlet mall in Albertville. Eagan police say the mall has attracted organized and sophisticated shoplifting rings, but say they typically rely on the...
  • Minneapolis cop is under investigation by federal authorities

    05/15/2015 6:14:47 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 7 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 5/15/15 | Matt McKinney
    Federal authorities are investigating a Minneapolis police officer who has been the target of two brutality lawsuits that have cost the city $410,000. The investigation focuses on Michael Griffin, a patrol officer in north Minneapolis, who joined the police force in 2007. Griffin has been the subject of 22 police internal affairs investigations, a total that may include both public complaints and internal department issues. Most of the claims against him were not upheld. The U.S. attorney’s office declined to comment. However, a number of sources told the Star Tribune that the FBI has been making inquiries that include questions...
  • Twin Cities minorities face longer commute times, report notes

    05/14/2015 5:21:00 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 46 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-13-15 | Fredrick Melo
    The Twin Cities have long been considered one of the best places in the country to live when it comes to health, happiness and job opportunities, but the disparities for racial minorities are striking. A new report looks at yet another area where the experiences of whites and non-whites generally diverge: commute times. The 12-page study finds that black and Asian transit users in the Twin Cities spend 138 and 146 more hours each year, respectively, getting to and from work than white drivers do. For Latinos, the "transit time penalty" increased to 173 hours -- the equivalent of losing...
  • FBI, State Won't Say Why They Searched Minneapolis Child Care Center

    05/13/2015 6:45:48 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 22 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 5/13/15 | Joe Augustine
    As a state investigator escorted several small children out of a child care center in Minneapolis Wednesday, federal investigators were inside searching files and computers. An FBI spokesman would not comment on the extent of the investigation but confirmed a search warrant was executed at the Salama Child Care Center, 1411 Nicollet Ave. S. Investigators with the Minnesota Department of Human Services were also seen entering and exiting the building but directed all questions to the FBI. Parents trying to drop off their children for daycare were turned away at the door. Investigators were later seen carrying files and computers...
  • Stolen Bible Leads to Charges in Death of 'Wonderful and Loving' Carver Co. Man

    05/13/2015 3:26:52 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 38 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 5/13/15 | Jennie Lissarrague
    A stolen Bible with two $1,000 savings bonds issued to a 90-year-old Carver County man who was murdered led police to arrest two suspects in his death. Earl Olander was found beaten and robbed inside his home on the 16000 block of Homestead Road back on April 11. Police say his hands and ankles were bound with duct tape and that he was found lying face-down on the floor of his living room. According to the criminal complaint, Olander had multiple injuries to his head, face and body. Police also say his entire home was ransacked, with drawers pulled out...
  • St. Cloud, MN Mosque Vandalism Called Hate Crime; Muslim Arrested This Week

    05/12/2015 3:53:04 AM PDT · by lbryce · 15 replies
    Refugee Resettlement Watch ^ | May 8, 2015 | Ann Corocoran
    Back in December the St. Cloud Islamic community was all in a rage over several incidents of vandalism that had occurred at a local mosque. The local ‘interfaith’ community rallied and the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American Relations (CAIR) arrived on the scene and even called in the feds in hopes of proving that a “hate crime” had occurred. Here is CAIR’s commentary—making sure that everyone is notified that Muslims are victims of hate crimes in America! Lori Saroya ‘Our biggest concern is that it will escalate.’ Lori Saroya, [former] executive director of CAIR-MN, said the biggest concern...
  • 2 arrested in murder of 90-year-old farmer

    05/12/2015 5:55:20 PM PDT · by MNDude · 44 replies
    Two men have been arrested in connection with the murder of Earl Olander. The 90-year-old was found dead, bound and beaten inside his home on April 11. Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said Tuesday that deputies received a tip that property stolen from Olander's residence had been recovered. Recovery of the stolen property led to the arrest of two adult males
  • Dems press Obama to 'ban the box' (convictions)

    05/11/2015 12:10:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 11, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Twenty-seven senators want President Obama to block federal agencies and contractors from asking job applicants about prior criminal convictions. The senators, including 26 Democrats and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), want Obama to take executive action to "ban the box," referring to a question on job applications that asks if an applicant has any convictions. "We ask you to require federal contractors and agencies to refrain from asking job applicants about prior convictions until later in the hiring process," they said in a letter to Obama on Monday. "This policy would eliminate unnecessary barriers to employment for all job...
  • I have a better idea than light rail - oil pipelines

    05/11/2015 6:50:35 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-9-15 | Joe Soucheray
    The Metropolitan Council continues to struggle with a marketing problem that just won't go away. The projected cost of extending light rail from Minneapolis to Eden Prairie has ballooned to $2 billion, which would make it the largest public infrastructure project in state history. That certainly would be a lot of bridges repaired and lanes of freeway added. Mark Fuhrmann, the project director for Metro Transit, said the other day that delaying the project could jeopardize federal funding. In other words, if we don't act now, we could lose the government's contribution needed to build the line. The government's share?...
  • Elk River police officer, son shot dead; another son arrested

    05/11/2015 6:28:11 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-10-15 | Kristi Belcamino
    An off-duty Elk River police officer and his son were shot dead Saturday night in St. Michael, Minn., and another of the officer's sons was arrested after he called 911 saying he wanted to turn himself in, authorities say. Police say that at 7:06 p.m. Saturday, a man called 911 from a house in the 4500 block of Mayfield Avenue saying he had been shot. According to radio traffic posted on the MN Police Clips, a male caller told a 911 dispatcher that his brother shot him in the chest. "Sounds like the phone dropped," the dispatcher said. "I can...
  • Michele Bachmann: Clinton Foundation is “An International Money Laundering Ring”

    05/09/2015 4:46:03 PM PDT · by HomerBohn · 23 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 5/8/2015 | Tim Brown
    The Clinton Foundation has come under scrutiny over the past few months with the scandal concerning Hillary Clinton's personal email server being used for State Department business. This week, Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann said the Clinton Foundation was nothing more than an international money laundering ring. In speaking with Newsmax TV, Bachmann said, "This is the most transparent family in the United States, right? The woman who won't hand over her server, who wasn't supposed to do her government work on that server in the first place, who violated department rules… who, in all likelihood, probably violated US federal rules,...
  • Minnesota felons should finish full sentences before being allowed to vote

    05/07/2015 5:40:08 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 39 replies
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | 5-3-15 | Andrew Cilek
    There is a good reason liberal lawmakers and governors across the country are eager to pass laws allowing felons to vote. A recent study conducted by the Academy of Political and Social Sciences indicates that seven out of 10 convicts register as Democrats.The DFL-controlled Senate in Minnesota is leading the way with its recent passage of a bill allowing felons to vote while still on parole or probation. Proponents of changing the law are focused almost entirely on what they view as good for the felon rather than being concerned with the rights of law-abiding citizens. Proponents claim that allowing...
  • Minn. Terror Suspect Returns To Twitter, Posts False Information

    05/06/2015 6:06:44 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 1 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 5/6/15 | Esme Murphy
    A fugitive Minnesota terror suspect was back on Twitter Tuesday, spreading false information about a Texas attack to ISIS sympathizers. WCCO reported Monday how the Minnesotan known as Mujahid Miski encouraged one of two gunmen involved in an attempted attack on a Texas event. Elton Simpson was one of two gunmen who tried to storm into a cartoon contest Sunday night in Garland, Texas — where images of the Prophet Muhammed were drawn. Simpson and the other gunman were shot and killed immediately. Two different anti-terror groups say Mujahid Miski is one of the best-known online promoters for ISIS. He...
  • The Texas Terror Connection To Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison’s Minneapolis District

    05/05/2015 9:08:29 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 5 May 2015 | Lee Stranahan
    An Islamist radical recruited to Somalia from Minneapolis inspired the would-be “Texas Terror” killers, who were gunned down in Garland, Texas Sunday night by a sharp-shooting law enforcement officer before they could carry out their mass-murder plot at an art exhibit sponsored by First Amendment heroine Pamela Geller. It’s just the latest example of how and why Minneapolis—and specifically the congressional district of Muslim Democrat Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) —has become ground zero for the threat to the United States from Islamist terror groups such as ISIS and Al-Shabaab. ... The terrorist threat emanates from the Minneapolis neighborhood known as...
  • No small potatoes: Muslim refugees Idaho-bound … by the thousands?

    05/04/2015 10:58:33 AM PDT · by PROCON · 72 replies
    onenewsnow.com ^ | May 3, 2015 | Michael F. Haverluck
    Potatoes aren’t the only thing growing in Idaho, as its Muslim population continues to rise following the Obama administration’s program calling for thousands of Islamic refugees to relocate to cities across the Gem State.Fearing the outcome of Idaho becoming the next major haven and breeding ground for home-grown terrorists — similar to Minnesota (see OneNewsNow story “Obama orders America to ‘welcome’ millions of illegals, migrants”), criticism has fallen on Democratic Boise Mayor David H. Bieter, who is welcoming them all with open arms — despite the known security risks. “Diversity isn't a buzz word,” Bieter declared. “It's our birthright.”
  • New DHS-Sponsored Study Reveals ISIS Recruitment in Minnesota

    05/04/2015 1:04:57 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 12 replies
    Security Debrief ^ | 27 April 2015 | Erroll Southers and Justin Hienz
    The threat of foreign fighter recruitment is greater today than it has ever been. The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is proving lethally effective in drawing extremists from around the world to their ranks, and in the United States, ISIL is targeting the Somali-American community in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. There are more than 40,000 Somali-Americans and immigrants in Minnesota. This growing immigrant community is facing substantial challenges, including weak family structures, lack of education, racism and violent crime. In this mix of chronic community challenges, young people can be unsure of their personal identity, leaving them vulnerable...
  • Plenty of ideas would trump that $2 billion train

    05/04/2015 6:29:56 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-28-15 | Joe Soucheray
    As recently as 2010, the estimated cost for the Southwest Light Rail Transit line was estimated to be $1.2 billion, or about the cost of a new football stadium. Then the cost jumped to $1.7 billion because somebody spun the magic wheel. Now the cost is projected to be $2 billion. OK, $1.994 billion, but if they find an endangered earthworm or an especially exotic cattail, all bets are off and the project will shoot over $2 billion in a European minute, for the Metropolitan Council loves to keep playing Europe. The train stops are called Royalston, West Lake, Blake...
  • Minnesota mosques, Muslim orgs complain about anti-terror program

    05/01/2015 8:17:16 PM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Complete Fox News article Atlas Shrugs ^ | 5/1/2015 | Pamela Geller
    Muslim agitation, attrition, the litigation jihad accompanies all counter terror programs in these United States. We are constantly being told, scolded, admonished and clubbed with the now well worn meme that “only a tiny minority” “a radical few” Muslims engage in jihad. And yet we never see Muslim organizations supporting, encouraging cooperation and applauding any counter terror efforts.Why is that? Based on everything we are constantly being told about moderate Muslims – this is an impossibility. And yet this impossibility is our constant companion.Is it any wonder there is a stream of young Muslims from these communities and mosques flocking...
  • Minnesota mosques, Muslim orgs raise concerns with anti-terror recruitment pilot

    05/01/2015 5:35:50 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 25 replies
    MyFoxTwinCities.com ^ | 5/1/15 | Mike Durkin
    Nearly 50 mosques, Muslim organizations and student groups have signed a statement that highlights concerns with a federal pilot program to combat radicalization and terror recruitment in Minnesota. “While we support the right of all Americans to live in democratic communities free of violence, we cannot in good conscience condone or help refine programs that are fundamentally discriminatory and are likely to further subject our community members to additional civil rights abuses,” said the statement released by the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The statement lists 44 Muslim organizations as undersigned supporters, as well as the National...
  • # Black Lives Matter Protesters March Through Downtown Mpls.

    04/29/2015 5:29:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 34 replies
    WCCO ^ | 4/29/15
    On Facebook, Twin Cities organizers called on people who stand for social, economic and racial justice to peacefully rally with them. “It’s imperative to understand when we lose a life to police, it affects all of us,” organizer Mica Grimm said. “Police are out to protect every single citizen, not just certain ones.” This isn’t the first time this group has rallied together. “Black Lives Matter” is the same organization that demonstrated inside Mall of America on Dec. 20, 2014 to protest the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in New York. The protesters briefly shut down...
  • Minnesota pro wrestling legend Verne Gagne dies at 89

    04/28/2015 5:05:03 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 34 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-28-16 | Jaime DeLage
    In this from 1998, Vern Gagne is shown in his Edina home with his championship belt, circa 1960. Gagne, who died Monday, April 27, 2015, fostered the business of entertainment wrestling in Minnesota through his American Wrestling Association. (File photo) Minnesota pro wrestling legend Verne Gagne has died, the WWE announced Monday night. He was 89. Gagne, of Robbinsdale, was a University of Minnesota wrestler and competed in the 1948 Olympics before turning to pro wrestling in 1950. He joined the America Wrestling Association in 1960 and eventually became sole owner of the Minneapolis-based association. "Sad to hear my longtime...
  • 'Role model' Wadena teacher charged with sexually assaulting student

    04/27/2015 6:38:54 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-24-15 | Anna Erickson
    WADENA, Minn. -- A Wadena-Deer Creek social studies teacher and coach is charged with molesting a student at his Henning home last week after paying her to clean cabins. Brian Kenneth Maki, 58, of Henning, was charged with fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct -- position of authority -- on Tuesday and remained in jail. According to a complaint filed by the Otter Tail County attorney, a student said Maki was her teacher and "role model" and she arranged to meet him after he offered her a job cleaning cabins. She met the defendant last Thursday and he gave her gas money...
  • Officer Involved Shooting at MSP International Airport, 2 Hospitalized

    04/26/2015 5:07:50 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 38 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 4/26/15 | Morgan Wolfe
    An officer and one other person were hospitalized following a shooting at Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport Saturday night. There was a report of suspicious individuals at the Terminal 1 rental car ramp on the second floor around 9:30 p.m., according to airport police. Once officers arrived and began investigating, police said a vehicle intentionally drove at them, resulting in the officers opening fire on the vehicle. Abdulkadir Sheikh Mahmoud, 36, was the driver of the vehicle and faces aggravated assault charges. Mahmoud was hospitalized, along with one officer who reportedly had non-life threatening injuries. The rental car ramp was reopened at...
  • Former Senator fuels speculation over Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder: 'He's running' for president

    04/26/2015 2:19:03 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 37 replies
    Mlive ^ | 4-25-2015 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder "is running" for president, according to a former U.S. Senator, whose comments at a Republican confab were quickly contradicted by a spokesman for the governor, who said he has not made any decisions of that kind. "I met with Rick Snyder yesterday," former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman told reporters on Saturday morning at the Republican Jewish Coalition's spring meeting, according to the Guardian and other publications. "He's running. He's running." Snyder was in Las Vegas this weekend to attend the RJC meeting as part of what his advisors are calling an economic tour....
  • License the undocumented, if only for safety's sake

    04/26/2015 1:59:04 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 44 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-25-15 | Rubén Rosario
    Natalie Lopez summoned the courage to show up. This was several months ago in front of the Chaska City Council. Lopez, a hard-working mother of a preschool child, did not want to be there. She's an undocumented immigrant. In the minds of some individuals in this state and nation, her ilk is as much a pariah of society as, say, violent sex offenders. "What part of illegal don't you understand?" is the slogan with these folks. When I hear this, I'm reminded of a poster of an American Indian siding with this view and then imploring all who broke numerous...
  • They chose evil. 'Outreach' programs can't change that.

    04/26/2015 1:49:35 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-25-15 | Joe Soucheray
    Six Minnesota men of Somali descent have been charged with terrorism-related offenses in a criminal complaint unsealed last week. The fellows were allegedly trying to get to Syria to fight for ISIS, or as we sometimes more charitably name them in newspaper headlines, Islamic militants. Our local six are just the latest Westerners accused of traveling or trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group, which beheads people, throws homosexuals off roofs of buildings, destroys historical wonders of the world, marries off girls at about 9 years old, stones to death adulterers and shoots children. Other than...
  • Somali Families Rally At State Capitol Over Terror Arrests

    04/26/2015 9:53:36 AM PDT · by PROCON · 20 replies
    minnesota.cbslocal.com ^ | April 25, 2015 | Nina Moini
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Dozens of local Somali families gathered at the State Capitol Saturday afternoon, calling for the release of six terror suspects. They’re calling for the government to stop what they see as attacks against them, and say the suspects were set up. Six local Somalis were charged this week with trying to leave the country to join the terrorist group. These four men were taken into custody in Minneapolis a week ago. Two others were arrested in San Diego. Federal agents also arrested Mahamed Said for allegedly making threats on Twitter in response to the arrests....
  • Mpls. Man Charged with Making Threats in Islamic State Group Case

    04/24/2015 5:40:06 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 16 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 4/24/15 | AP
    A Minneapolis man has been charged with threatening law enforcement officials after authorities charged six men earlier this week with trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group. Mahamed Abukar Said appeared in federal court in St. Paul on Friday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy Perzel says Said tweeted threats. He's accused of tweeting one threat that said if the men weren't freed, there would be a "massacre." He is also accused of tweeting a picture of the FBI informant in the case.
  • Sierra Club ads chide Minnesota utilities over coal plants

    04/24/2015 6:13:29 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 19 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-23-15 | John Myers
    The Sierra Club is turning up the heat on Minnesota's largest utilities with another advertising campaign aimed at coal-fired power plants. The ads target Minnesota Power and Xcel Energy and come, not by chance, as the utilities are developing updates to their 15-year energy plan that go to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission later this year. The television ads started Thursday and will run on cable channels in northern Minnesota and in Xcel's coverage area. As part of its "Energy Forward'' plan to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, Minnesota Power already has stopped burning coal at its Laskin plant in...
  • Gun-weary Senate makes surprise turn to legalize silencers

    04/24/2015 5:53:18 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 18 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-23-15 | Harry Potter
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's Senate added language to a bill Thursday that would legalize gun silencers — a surprise development as majority Democrats had shown little interest in changing the state's gun laws and a direct challenge to Gov. Mark Dayton's promise that such a measure would meet his veto pen. The silencer language was added to a grab bag of policy changes that would also mandate external investigations for officer-involved deaths, set ground rules for law enforcement's use of drones and restore voting rights to felons after they're released from prison. The full bill passed 39-22, with...
  • Judge orders Minnesota terror suspects held until trial

    04/23/2015 1:22:13 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 2 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 4/23/15 | ERIN GOLDEN, MILA KOUMPILOVA and LIBOR JANY
    A federal judge ruled Thursday that the four Minnesota men arrested this week will be held until they can be tried on charges that they planned to leave the Twin Cities to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIL, overseas. In the morning, after nearly three hours of testimony from an FBI agent, U.S. Magistrate Judge Becky Thorson said officials have gathered substantial evidence against the men. Attorneys for the men argued that officials had built a thin case primarily on the testimony of another man who eventually served as a paid confidential informant. They had asked...
  • Terror Suspect’s Sister: ‘I Feel Like My Brother Got Set Up’

    04/23/2015 11:42:45 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 19 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 4/22/15 | Esme Murphy
    We are learning more about one of the six Minnesota men accused of trying to join ISIS. The sister of 20-year-old Guled Omar spoke to WCCO Wednesday evening. “I believe that my brother is innocent and that he didn’t do anything wrong,” Shukri Omar said. Omar gathered with Somali community members at the Brian Coyle Center Wednesday to support the four men arrested in Minnesota. Two other Minnesotans were arrested on Sunday in San Diego. Guled Omar was active on social media. In his Twitter feed, we found Omar threatened to sue the U.S. government after federal agents kept him...
  • Minnesota Mother Shocked that 2 Sons Face Terror Charges

    04/23/2015 9:01:49 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 17 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 4/22/15 | Cassie Hart
    Adnan Abdihamid Farah's parents took his passport away last year when it came in the mail, and his mother would later tell authorities she feared her son would "disappear." She also stopped the 19-year-old from traveling with his brother, Mohamed Abdihamid Farah, when the siblings told her they were going to Chicago. Mohamed - who was older and given more freedom - made the trip and instead ended up in San Diego, where authorities say he was bound for Mexico and ultimately the Islamic State group in Syria. "I cry all day," their mother, Ayan Farah, said Wednesday. "I don't...
  • 'Miracle on Ice' hockey doctor mugged at wife's graveside

    04/21/2015 7:11:14 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 26 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 4-21-15 | ap
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 94-year-old physician who served as team doctor for five U.S. men's Olympic hockey squads has suffered serious injuries in an attack while visiting his wife's grave. KMSP-TV reported that George Nagobads was mugged Sunday afternoon at the Crystal Lake Cemetery and left bleeding from the head. A witness says Nagobads managed to get back in his car and drive away. The unidentified witness says he saw a young man looking through a wallet near the mausoleum before fleeing. Nagobads was the University of Minnesota men's hockey team physician for 34 years until his retirement in 1992....
  • ‘They Destroyed Our Home,’ Terror Suspect’s Family Says

    04/21/2015 3:06:31 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 18 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 4/21/15 | Ali Lucia
    More details are emerging about the six Minnesotans who are accused of trying to join ISIS, and were arrested Sunday both in Minneapolis and in San Diego. The U.S Attorney’s Office in Minnesota said for ten months they monitored the men as they tried to get to Syria to join ISIS fighters. They are Mohamed Abdihamid Farah, 21; Adnan Abdihamid Farah, 19; Abdurahman Yasin Daud, 21; Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman, 19; Hanad Mustafe Musse, 19; and Guled Ali Omar, 20. Omar was among the suspects arrested in the Twin Cities. His mother, Fudamo Hussein, said she does not believe her son...
  • Minnesota's youth exodus spells trouble ahead for labor force

    04/21/2015 5:52:24 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 19 replies
    Start Tribune ^ | 4-18-15 | Jackie Crosby
    Every year since 2002, Minnesota has been losing residents to other states. What’s worse: Young adults are leaving in the greatest numbers. Casey Sperzel is Minnesotan through and through. She grew up in Maple Grove, went to college at the University of Minnesota, and lived in both St. Paul and Minneapolis. But when the 27-year-old met with a job recruiter last year, she was set on the Pacific Northwest. “I don’t think I’ll be back,” said Sperzel, now with a Seattle ad agency. States are scrambling for young professionals like Sperzel to help offset the wave of baby boomer retirements....
  • Michigan Lawmakers Want Homeschooled Children Registered Like Dogs and Inspected by Social Workers

    04/21/2015 4:47:07 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 49 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04-20-2015 | Paula Bolyard
    In the wake of the tragic murders of two Michigan children whose mother tortured them before stuffing them into the family’s freezer, lawmakers are calling for more stringent regulation of homeschooling in the state. The proposed legislation from state Rep. Stephanie Chang, a Detroit Democrat, would require homeschooled children to be inspected twice per year by a licensed social worker or law enforcement officer. The bill would also require homeschooling parents to register their children — like dogs or sex offenders — with the superintendent of the school district in which they reside. Michigan is one of eleven states that...
  • US Attorney: Minnesota Has Terror Recruiting Problem

    04/20/2015 6:39:02 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 19 replies
    KSTP ^ | 4-20-15 | Dave Aeikens
    "They never stopped plotting another way to get to Syria. These men are focused men who were intent on joining a terrorist organization by any means possible," Luger said. Luger said the six men are not part of an organized recruiting group but were friends who worked to recruit and help each other get to Syria to support ISIL. There is not one master ISIL recruiting organizer in Minnesota, Luger said; that makes it more difficult to stop. "I will work and help anyone who in good faith wants to break the cycle of terror recruiting in Minnesota," Luger said....
  • US Attorney: Minnesota has Terror Recruiting Problem (YA THINK?)

    04/20/2015 2:44:47 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 42 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 4/20/15 | Dave Aeikens
    Six Minnesota appeared in federal court Monday are charged with providing support to a terrorism organization, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. The men were arrested in Minnesota and California on Sunday. Nineteen-year-old Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman, 19-year-old Adnan Farah, 19-year-old Hanad Mustafe Musse and 20-year-old Guled Ali Omar were arrested in Minneapolis. Twenty-one-year-old Adirahman Yasin Daud and 21-year-old Mohamed Abdihamid Farah were arrested in San Diego. All six are Somali-American, the FBI said. The charges and arrests are tied to the efforts of the six men to try to get to Syria to join the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq...
  • Minnesota bar busted for illegally serving Wisconsin-only beer

    04/20/2015 12:24:11 PM PDT · by SJackson · 99 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 4-20-15 | Meg Wagner
    Police said a bar in Maple Grove, Minn. was caught selling Spotted Cow, a beer that's only legal in Wisconsin. A Minnesota bar was busted for illegally pouring a Wisconsin exclusive. The owners of Maple Grove’s Maple Tavern could face felony resale charges for selling pints of Spotted Cow, a farmhouse beer brewed in Wisconsin and distributed only in-state, police said. The Minneapolis-area bartenders drove across the border and loaded up on kegs of the coveted New Glarus Brewing Co. ale before they were busted during a sting last week, KMSP reported. Undercover officers went to the Maple Tavern on...