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A new home, a fresh start: Bhutanese refugees see ND as a place to build a future

February 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

FARGO — A year ago, Harka Rai left behind the confines of a refugee camp and came to Fargo, where she, along with her parents and 13-year-old son, moved into an apartment in a public housing complex.
Soon after arriving, Rai’s elderly mother sli…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

A new home, a fresh start: Bhutanese refugees see ND as a place to build a future

February 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

FARGO — A year ago, Harka Rai left behind the confines of a refugee camp and came to Fargo, where she, along with her parents and 13-year-old son, moved into an apartment in a public housing complex.
Soon after arriving, Rai’s elderly mother sli…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

After years as refugees, Bhutanese family reaches another piece of the American dream: a home of their own

August 3, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

GRAND FORKS – Shyam Rai is proud of the yard his young nieces play in, swatting at a hockey puck with tree-branch sticks on a sidewalk rink out front or splashing in an inflatable backyard swimming pool. Continue Reading

N.D. social workers discuss work with combat vets, refugees

September 28, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

You’re a social worker assigned to help a combat veteran reintegrate into life in America and a “new normal” with family, friends and a job. Continue Reading

Grand Forks schools have influx from overseas, many English learners

September 23, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Nearly 100 new immigrant and refugee students entered the Grand Forks School District this fall, up 43 from the previous year, according to district documents. Continue Reading

Refugees celebrate culture at Grand Forks Farmers Market

June 15, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Saturday is World Refugee Day in Grand Forks and around the world, and dozens of new Grand Forks residents will be at the Town Square Farmers Market to sing, dance, offer distinctive foods and introduce themselves. Continue Reading

Grand Forks agency aiding refugees gets renewed support from Otto Bremer

May 30, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Grand Forks’ Global Friends Coalition, which works with international refugees resettled in the city, has received a new grant of $42,850 from the Otto Bremer Foundation. “This is very important for us, and we are grateful to the Otto Bremer Foundation for all they do for the city,” said Cynthia Shabb, program director at Global Friends. Continue Reading

A global picnic in Grand Forks

May 2, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Refugee advocates plan another ‘meet and greet’Feeling the urge to wander? You can travel the world on Sunday, from central Africa to the Middle East to the Himalayas. No passport required. And you’ll have to remove your shoes only if you want to feel the grass beneath your feet or wade in the pool. For the sixth year running, the Global Friends Coalition and UND’s Honors Program will host a community-refugee picnic at University Park from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday. The picnic is open to all, and there is no admission charge. Continue Reading

A global picnic in Grand Forks

May 2, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Refugee advocates plan another ‘meet and greet’Feeling the urge to wander? You can travel the world on Sunday, from central Africa to the Middle East to the Himalayas. No passport required. And you’ll have to remove your shoes only if you want to feel the grass beneath your feet or wade in the pool. For the sixth year running, the Global Friends Coalition and UND’s Honors Program will host a community-refugee picnic at University Park from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday. The picnic is open to all, and there is no admission charge. Continue Reading

Girl goes from refugee camp to Miss Minesota

February 13, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

One measure of the American Dream: After your parents dodge soldiers in the Laotian countryside, and your father builds a bamboo raft to escape across the Mekong River, and your family settles in a prosperous neighborhood in Savage, Minn., you are crowned Miss Minnesota USA, and the thing that makes you shake your head in wonder is butt glue. The Miss Minnesota USA pageant is the only such contest that Panemalaythong ever entered. Not only that, but she’s 26, the oldest a competitor can be. She’s also the first Asian-American to be named Miss Minnesota USA. Continue Reading