The Global/Local section focuses on connections between Minnesotans and the world.

Minneapolis gets new sibling in Somalia

(Photo by Zachary Bielinski) People applaud after the Minneapolis City Council votes to become a sister city with Bosaso, Somalia, on Oct. 17, 2014. It's the first sister city arrangement between the U.S. and Somalia.

Minneapolis became sisters with a Somali counterpart on Friday — becoming the first city in the country to do so — in an effort to strengthen international ties with Somali-American residents.

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Minnesota groups set up Ebola aid, outreach

(Photo by Francisco Javier Argel published under Creative Commons License)

As Ebola rages on, Minnesotans are shipping massive containers filled with hundreds of thousands of meals, facemasks and gloves to areas overseas affected by the deadly virus.

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Q & A with Al Franken: Candidate shares his record on issues affecting East Africans

(Photo: Courtesy Al Franken Campaign) United States Senator Al Franken who is seeking a second term poses with members of the East African community at a past event.

What do you do in your office as a United States Senator?

As one of your two United States Senators, I have been working hard to pass laws that help all Minnesotans do better. My office also works with Minnesotans who need help navigating federal programs and services, including helping Minnesotans who are having trouble with issues such as immigration, social security, and Medicare. It has been an honor to serve Minnesota for the past five years. I’ve worked hard and gotten a lot done, but we can’t stop now. That’s why I’m hoping to be reelected to another term this November.

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OPINION | Ebola: Precautionary measures needed to save families and community

The recent Ebola case of Mr. Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas, Texas raises concern and fear in the West African Community, particularly in the Liberian Community, because of the stigma that Liberians are transporting Ebola to the United States. Today it is Mr. Duncan; tomorrow could be another West African, particularly a Liberian, since the Ebola epidemic is still high in Liberia.

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Twin Cities' West African community confronts misconceptions after first U.S. Ebola case diagnosed

(MinnPost photos by Ibrahim Hirsi) Kellita Whisnant, owner and operator of Mama Ti’s African Kitchen in Brooklyn Park, fights to keep restaurant open despite misconception of her community.

Kellita Whisnant, owner and operator of Mama Ti’s African Kitchen in Brooklyn Park, has been calling her father in the Ebola-battered Liberia several times a week for the past two months — all to no avail.

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English, education and employment: Cleaning the way for African immigrants

Frank Dogbe and his daughters Joyce, Christa and Stella at their North Minneapolis home

Frank Dogbe gives his new employees from West Africa a one-year promise.

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Twin Cities farmers look to Cuba for urban ag infrastructure

(Photos by Susie Voss) Stone's Throw Farm trip delegates met at Gandhi Mahal last Thursday, Oct. 2, to discuss trip details; below, Stone's Throw's urban farm in Minneapolis.

An upcoming trip to Cuba could help teach Minnesotans how to better farm and manage their urban lands.

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Africa Magic Go brings Nollywood to the U.S.

(Photos courtesy of AMGO) L: Ken Onwu; R: Juliet Ibrahim

A video-on-demand (VOD) service “dedicated to African programming made by Africans” now is available in the U.S. Africa Magic Go (AMGO) is a subscription-based, VOD-streaming service, featuring Africa’s largest original film and television programming library for an $8 monthly fee after a one-week free trial period. It is a subsidiary of MultiChoice, which has operated in 48 African countries for over two decades.

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Lebanese Patriarch visits Maronite Catholic Church in Northeast

St. Maron Maronite Church parishioners and their priest, Reverend Monsignor Sharbel Maroun, recently enjoyed a very hectic September at their church, 602 University Ave. NE. On Sept. 13 and 14, they hosted Beshara Peter Rahi, the much-loved Lebanese Patriarch who is one of the Maronite Catholic Church’s highest officials. Celebrations included a Saturday night banquet, Sunday liturgy and brunch in his honor; each event drew more than 400 people.

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Minnesota-based Kofa Foundation supports Ebola survivors

The recent news that a patient at a Dallas hospital has the Ebola virus has caused a stir in the United States. But for many Americans, Ebola has already hit very close to home.

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