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New land, new life

July 16, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

By 2009, there were 868,361 self-described Norwegians in Minnesota. That number is equal to that of the combined populations of Minneapolis, St. Paul, Bloomington, Duluth and St. Cloud, according to the 2009 U.S. census.
With such a strong Norwegian influence, Judy Burkey, president of the Alexandria Sons of Norway Runic Vennskap Lodge, said that Norway had a vital impact in shaping Minnesota’s history. Continue Reading

Minnesota senators pass immigrant education bill

May 1, 2013 in Worthington Daily Globe

ST. PAUL Minnesota senators approved a plan that supporters say would bring the dream of attending college closer to reality for students like Deisy Rivera. Continue Reading

Guatemalan man arrested for hiding identity from police during traffic stop

May 17, 2012 in The Daily Republic

A Guatemalan man was arrested May 7 on Interstate 90 in Mitchell for allegedly attempting to hide his identity from law enforcement.
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Crime scene photos shown in murder trial

February 8, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

JAMESTOWN (AP) Prosecutors presented crime scene photos in the murder trial of a Jamestown woman charged with beating and stabbing to death a Somali immigrant.
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Explaining an immigrants’ experience

January 21, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

After nine years, the question is still the same.
“‘What are you doing here?’ That’s where it always starts,” said Reggie Tarr, one of the first refugees from Liberia to settle in Grand Forks in 2003. Continue Reading