2015 year marks the 40th anniversary of the Hmong arrival in Minnesota. Take a tour through the MPR archives to look back at the story of Hmong resettlement in the state.
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February 5, 2007 — The current issue of the nation's Hmong newspaper, "Hmong Today" asks in bold headline whether a Wisconsin hunter's death was an accident or a hate crime. Prosecutors in northeastern Wisconsin have charged James Nichols, who is white, with killing Cha Vang, who's Hmong. Nichols has claimed self-defense. But what really is a hate crime? Minnesota Public Radio's Elizabeth Stawicki reports.
February 5, 2007 — This morning, we have another installment in our series, "the Bookshelf," in which we ask notable Minnesotans to tell us about a book that has been meaningful in their lives. Today, we'll hear from State Senator Mee Moua, a Democrat who represents the East Side of St. Paul. She made history when she became the first Hmong-American legislator in the country in 2002. Senator Moua came to the United States as a Hmong refugee when she was nine years old , and she said that even though she never read books when she was young, stories were a big part of her childhood, particularly when she lived in a refugee camp in Thailand.
January 17, 2007 — A Wisconsin man now faces a murder charge in connection with the killing of a Hmong hunter who was found shot and stabbed to death in a wildlife area near Green Bay earlier this month. The complaint against James Nichols also alleges that he made disparaging remarks about Hmong people to the investigators who questioned him. Relatives of the man who was killed have speculated that the killing was racially motivated and may have come in retaliation for the 2004 slaying of six white hunters at the hands of a Hmong hunter. Minnesota Public Radio's William Wilcoxen has more.
January 12, 2007 — Armed forces recruiters have started visiting high schools, looking for enlistees to join the army.
December 29, 2006 — In 2006, twenty members of the armed forces from our region died in hostilities in Iraq and Afghanistan. On this our final broadcast of the year, we take a brief look back at who they were. The names of 20 members of the U.S. military from our region killed this year in the war in Iraq.
December 11, 2006 — There's an open position in Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources. Gene Merriam says he is voluntarily leaving his position as DNR Commissioner. Although he says it's not a retirement, he has no other full-time job lined up. His replacement has not yet been named. It can be difficult to navigate competing interests as DNR Commissioner must do. Here to talk about the challenges of the position and how Gene Merriam performed during his tenure is Star Tribune columnist Dennis Anderson.
November 17, 2006 — The Hmong have been a presence in Minnesota for three decades. The first arrivals came in the mid-70s. Now the community is more than 50-thousand strong. And the arrival of one of the first Hmong families to the state will be marked this weekend by a St. Paul church. Minnesota Public Radio's Toni Randolph reports.
November 14, 2006 — A new census report shows that while some minority groups are struggling economically, the Hmong community in Minnesota has made significant gains. Their per capita income jumped up fifty percent over the last five years. Joining us this morning is Ilean Her. She's the executive director of the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans.
November 1, 2006 — In less than a week, voters in Minnesota's 5th district will elect a new representative to congress for the first time in nearly three decades. Candidates from four political parties are stepping up their efforts this week to win over voters in Minnesota's most Democrat-friendly district. DFL endorsed candidate Keith Ellison hopes voters who sent retiring congressman Martin Sabo to Washington for 14 terms, will turn out for him next Tuesday. But Ellison is facing vigorous challenges from Tammy Lee, the Independence Party candidate and Republican candidate Alan Fine. Jay Pond of the Green Party is courting voters who might not favor the three major party candidates. Minnesota Public Radio's Brandt Williams checked out all four campaigns this week and prepared this report.