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Election Results: Siad Ali wins Minneapolis School Board seat but other African immigrant candidates...

Siad Ali, running unopposed in the East District clinched a spot in the Minneapolis School Board election on Tuesday. 10,018 people (96%) cast their...

ARC sells Microfinance Bank to Liberian Diaspora

The American Refugee Committee, based in Minneapolis, has sold its Liberian Microfinance Bank, Liberty Finance, LLC to DCRB Investments. DCRB is a company registered...

Liberia’s Finance Minister speech draws mixed reactions in Minnesota

After weeks of contentions and bickering surrounding the decision of the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota – OLM – the lead community organization, to...

Hennepin County Board of Commissioners appoints Liberian-American to County Library Board

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners has appointed Wynfred Russell of Brooklyn Park to the Hennepin County Library Board. Russell, originally from Liberia, will...

Congressman Keith Ellison exhorts African immigrant community to vote against voter ID and gay...

Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison last night exhorted the African immigrant community in Minnesota to vote against the voter ID law and gay marriage ban...

Competitive Liberian-American forces recount in Brooklyn Park

With all 7 precincts in the West District of Brooklyn Park reporting last night, Liberian born Wynfred Russell, came within 5 votes of being...

Liberian film “Murder in the Cassava Patch” makes debut in the U.S. with screening...

A special screening of the film, Murder in the Cassava Patch, will take place at North Hennepin Community College Fine Arts Theater on friday,...

Commissioner Mike Opat kicks off African Community engagement on Bottineau Transit

Over 50 people gathered on February 21 for the African Career, Education & Resource, Inc.‘s (ACER) Community Leader Forum to learn details of the Bottineau Transitway project and discuss how to become engaged in the process.

Brooklyn Park Council race attracts another African immigrant

When voters go to the polls in next Tuesday's primary races in Minnesota, the slate of candidates to choose from will have expanded from the last elections to include the burgeoning African immigrant community in the state.

Liberian-Americans in Minnesota Want Option to Stay


Robbinsdale, Minnesota--Their faces somber they milled into a church in Robbinsdale, a few miles from Brooklyn Park where many Liberians live. There was tension and fear in their voices as they chat among themselves.

These approximately three hundred Liberians were gathered on a chilly Sunday evening to learn how they could petition US legislators, to extend the temporary immigration status (TPS) for about 1000 Liberians in Minnesota. They hope that they will eventually be granted US residency. With about two months before the TPS expiration, an immediate extension is preferred as it would take immigration officials longer to process the paperwork needed for residency.

Why are African Immigrants Settling in Minnesota?


Over the years Minnesota has been home to immigrant communities from different countries all over the world. In the last ten years, Minnesota has seen the exponential growth of immigrants, especially refugees from Liberia, Somalia and Ethiopia.

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