Somali Minnesotans, through the eyes of three generations

May 3, 2013 Full story: KARE-TV Minneapolis 8

KARE 11 set out to help the greater Minnesota community understand better the Somalis within, most of whom started arriving in this state just a couple decades ago.

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CRASSUS

Green Bay, WI

#1 May 4, 2013
At this point, it is difficult to determine the exact number of Somalis who call Minnesota "home." Official estimates range from 35,000 to well over 100,000 people.

"The census says one thing, and we Somalis say something else. The number is at least 60,000," said Ahmed Ismail Yusuf

"What brought them here first was jobs, actually, that were not available anywhere else," Yusuf said, adding that a poultry plant in Marshall, Minn. was among the first companies to hire Somalis.

"When the first group was hired, and they cashed their checks and just realized it was money, they were intoxicated with that itself. Then the word got out," Yusuf said.

Before long, droves of Somalis came to Minnesota for jobs, a strong non-profit network that helped the new arrivals settle in the state and the opportunity to unite with relatives.
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#2 May 4, 2013
Just want to provide for their families, unlike some useless Mn "natives".
CRASSUS

Green Bay, WI

#3 May 4, 2013
CRASSUS wrote:
At this point, it is difficult to determine the exact number of Somalis who call Minnesota "home." Official estimates range from 35,000 to well over 100,000 people.
"The census says one thing, and we Somalis say something else. The number is at least 60,000," said Ahmed Ismail Yusuf
"What brought them here first was jobs, actually, that were not available anywhere else," Yusuf said, adding that a poultry plant in Marshall, Minn. was among the first companies to hire Somalis.
"When the first group was hired, and they cashed their checks and just realized it was money, they were intoxicated with that itself. Then the word got out," Yusuf said.
Before long, droves of Somalis came to Minnesota for jobs, a strong non-profit network that helped the new arrivals settle in the state and the opportunity to unite with relatives.
This is a fine example of how America became a piece of sheet country.
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#4 May 4, 2013
Your moniker, right ?
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#6 May 4, 2013
Your moniker, right ? Pretty sad, this is the new topix "mentality" ?

Child.........
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#8 May 4, 2013
Fool....
Schmahl Theme Song

Minneapolis, MN

#9 May 4, 2013
SeattleMyAzz wrote:
Fake!
Another Saturday night and I ain't got nobody
I've got some money 'cause I just got paid
Now, how I wish I had someone to talk to
I'm in an awful way

I got in town a month ago
I seen a lot of girls since then
If I could meet 'em I could get 'em
But as yet I haven't met 'em
That's how I'm in the state I'm in

Oh,
Another Saturday night and I ain't got nobody
I've got some money 'cause I just got paid
Now, how I wish I had someone to talk to
I'm in an awful way

Another fella told me
He had a sister who looked just fine
Instead of bein' my deliv'rance
She had a strange resemblance
To a cat named Frankenstein

Ooh, la,
Another Saturday night and I ain't got nobody
I've got some money 'cause I just got paid
Now, how I wish I had someone to talk to
I'm in an awful way

It's hard on a fella
When he don't know his way around
If I don't find me a honey
To help me spend my money
I'm gonna have to blow this town

Oh, no
Another Saturday night and I ain't got nobody
I've got some money 'cause I just got paid
Now, how I wish I had someone to talk to
I'm in an awful way
Call a Cab

Saint Paul, MN

#12 May 5, 2013
It appears they have a monopoly in that business. Of course if they don't like the passenger for some reason, your out. I'm sure they pay their fair share in taxes though.

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