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Minnesotan Hanad Musse pleads guilty to conspiring to join Islamic State

Plus: New anti-terror-recruitment program announced; U official resigned to train for triathlon; gun club upset over Facebook rules; Scott Walker gets deep; and more.

Hanad Musse
Sherburne County Jail
Hanad Musse

Well, that answers that. In the Star Tribune, Abby Simmons writes, “Hanad Musse, one of seven defendants charged with conspiring to leave the United States to fight alongside terrorists in Syria, pleaded guilty in federal court in Minneapolis Wednesday. … ‘I committed a terrorist act, and I’m guilty of it,’ Musse told U.S. District Judge Michael Davis at the end of the hearing. … Musse, 19, pleaded guilty in federal court in Minneapolis to one count of conspiracy to provide material support and resources to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. (ISIL.) He faces up to 15 years in prison, but his attorneys could argue for supervised release of less time. A sentencing date has not been set.”

With that in mind, this seems timely. At MPR, Mukhtar Ibrahim reports, “Federal officials and Somali-American community members will announce Wednesday a slew of new programs intended to make Somali youth more resilient to recruitment and radicalization by overseas extremist groups. … The announcement about the community partnerships follows months of meetings held by U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger with Somali community members, foundations and corporations about a new federal pilot program launched in Minneapolis. … The Building Community Resilience pilot project, which was initially called Countering Violent Extremism, was launched last year and has since generated intense debates in the Somali community.

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“[Training] for an upcoming Ironman triathlon” is the explanation Angus Loten gives in the Wall Street Journal for a recent high-level departure from the U: “R. Scott Studham kept the University of Minnesota’s IT network up and running for more than three years. Now, the school’s 41-year-old chief information officer says it’s time he was up and running, too. … Mr. Studham stepped down as vice president and CIO on Friday, in part to train for an upcoming Ironman triathlon in Louisville, Ky., he says. … After that, he and his wife plan to launch an education-technology startup, he said.”

There’s no Second Amendment to the Facebook Terms of Use. So it’s probably tough luck for Osseo Gun Club owner Chris Williamson, who, as the Star Tribune’s Kelly Smith reports, “… is upset that Facebook refuses to advertise a ‘family night’ shooting range promotion, fresh criticism of the social media website that finds itself at the center of the gun-rights issue nationally. … Facebook shut down the Osseo Gun Club���s advertising account after the club promoted its Thursday ‘family nights.’ The website cited its policy against ads that encourage the sale of guns and other weapons, or draw customers to ‘destinations’ where a ­business sells weapons.

Scott Walker for president? Scott Walker for philosopher king: “ ‘I’m not president today and I can’t be president today,’ Walker said when asked by ABC News about how he would address the [Syrian] refugee crisis. ‘Everybody wants to talk about hypotheticals; there is no such thing as a hypothetical.’  Whoa. [Talking Points Memo]

In other news…

Want to be a district judge in Minnesota? You’ve got to live in the judicial district. [KSTP]

“Minneapolis teen who killed toddler will stand trial as adult” [MPR]

Heidi Heitkamp won’t run for governor of North Dakota in 2016. [Inforum]

Congrats to incoming St. Jude Medical CEO Mike Rousseau. [Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal]

Get your Lynx playoff tickets. [WCCO]