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Nora G. HertelSt. Cloud Times MINNEAPOLIS — Suud Olat has been the target of online abuse and anti-Muslim posts since he announced his candidacy for Minneapolis City Council earlier this year. Olat, a 29-year-old Somali refugee, is one of 12 candidates running in a special election for City Council in Minneapolis’ Ward 6. He’s not the only East...

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Riham Feshir St. Paul Suud Olat was trying to do a good deed when he started a GoFundMe fundraiser for a Somali woman suffering from a rare tumor. The 27-year-old St. Cloud State University student has connections in the community and thought that with the site’s social media reach, he could help the woman raise...

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Diane M. Duncan Springfield, Ohio I would like to show my support for Suud Olat for Minneapolis City Council for Ward 6, and ask for your consideration as well. (“St. Cloud State grad faces anti-Muslim backlash in bid for Minneapolis seat,” July 17 SC Times.) You may ask yourself why a Midwestern farm girl from...

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MINNEAPOLIS — As a child in Somalia, Ali Yusuf dreamed of joining the United States Air Force. That dream, nourished by Hollywood movies like “Top Gun,” featuring indomitable American heroes representing freedom and justice, motivated him to flee his home in a tattered, war-torn failed state where violence and abuses of power were part of...