Missing Twin Cities Somali youth feared to have joined ISIS

MinnPost photo by Peter Callaghan

Not good. At MPR, Laura Yuen and Mukhtar Ibrahim report, “More Somali-American young people have disappeared from the Twin Cities, and community leaders fear the missing have joined the terrorist group ISIS. … Talk of the mysterious departures has circulated in the Somali community for weeks. The news comes just months after the April arrests of six men charged with conspiring to enlist with the ruthless militants in Syria.”

I regret my IPO. For City Pages, Mecca Bos writes, “With over a million dollars in annual revenues, “Famous Dave” Anderson’s [barbecue restaurants] were no longer shacks. It was time to go public. The mid-’90s was a time when the stock market was booming and everybody was going public. For a little context, Rick’s Cabaret, the strip club, was publicly traded. Anderson says his attorneys pushed him to do it.  … ‘It was the worst decision I ever made. They said I should get street-savvy casual dining experts to run my company. I should have never went public and I should have stayed running my company.’ ”

The Waukesha Slender Man trial is beginning. For the AP, Greg Moore reports, “Two 13-year-old Wisconsin girls accused of luring their friend into some woods to repeatedly stab her as a sacrifice to a fictitious horror character pleaded not guilty Friday. … Investigators have said the two plotted for months to lure their friend Payton Leutner into the woods after a sleepover. They intended to kill her, police say, to win the favor of Slender Man, described as an unnaturally tall and thin man who wears a dark suit and has no visible facial features. Slender Man stories have proliferated online in recent years.”

Congratulations to WCCO’s Jamie Yuccas. According to Amy Carlson Gustafson at the Pioneer Press, “…Yuccas is leaving the station for a job with CBS Newspath, where she’ll be reporting national news for CBS affiliates and network newscasts. … Yuccas, who grew up in Maple Grove, will be relocating to New York for her new job. She’s been with WCCO, a CBS-owned station, since 2011 and in 2013 became a morning anchor.”

In other news…

Tuj lub courts to open at Keller Regional Park. [Star Tribune] What’s tuj lub? Check out Joe Kimball’s explainer from last year.

Grand Old Day to become Grand Old Days. [KSTP] 

The FAA is concerned about drones near the airport. [MPR’s NewsCut]

Meet Minnesota’s newest city: It’s called Rice Lake. [Duluth News Tribune]

More like state UNfair. “State Fair’s All the Milk You Can Drink booth raises prices” [Pioneer Press]

USA Today readers call Minneapolis-St. Paul best local food scene. For what that’s worth. 

Can’t wait to get a look inside the new Vikings People’s U.S. Bank Stadium? Pick up a copy of Madden NFL 16. [Sporting News]

Lakeville’s “stick man” is just a man waving a stick. [SUN Thisweek]

The Onion with a Duluth dateline: “It Impossible To Tell What Sounds Will Freak Out Cat”

“Wild Assistant Coach Charged with DWI” , smirks in mugshot. [KSTP]

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