A wrap-up of police, fire and court related news reported in the west metro for the week of Jan. 6-12, 2013, including a crime alert.
The following is a collection of articles that recently appeared on Patch sites in Eden Prairie, Edina, Fridley, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Lake Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Richfield, Southwest Minneapolis, St. Louis Park and St. Michael for the week of Jan. 6-12, 2013 Click on the headline to read the full story.
USAID head announces $23 million in new aid for Horn of Africa relief.
A Minneapolis forum on famine in Africa that U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (DFL-MN) hosted Wednesday included an announcement of $23 million in new foreign aid to meet the humanitarian crisis. Dr. Raj Shah, administrator of United States Agency for International Development (USAID), said more than $10 million of the grants and other support would go to people in hard-to-reach, drought-stricken parts of Somalia. The United States has sent more than $600 million in humanitarian aid to the Horn of Africa this year, according a statement from Ellison's office. The announcement provided one answer to the question Ellison posed to the forum: "What we can do as a community …. to improve the lives of people who are suffering in the Horn of Africa?" …