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'Muslim in Minnesota' panel calls for conversation
by Ben Rodgers
Four local Somali residents took part in a community discussion about living in Minnesota as a Muslim, challenges they face and what the next steps are to bring together community.
The forum labeled "Muslim in Minnesota" was hosted by Minnesota Public Radio at St. Cloud Public Library with Tom Weber serving as a moderator. The panelists included Haji Yusuf, a community advocate and founder of Orange Oak Advertising and St. Cloud Somali Radio; Hafsa Abdi, a senior at Technical High School; Lul Hersi, a community advocate who works as an interpreter; and Hassan Yussuf, who recently ran for a seat on the St. Cloud school board and owns a tax business in St. Cloud.
MPR expected over 200 people in attendance to hear the four panelists speak about their experience as Muslims in Minnesota and what needs to be done next to answer issues in St. Cloud.
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