AFGHANISTAN

‘They become our family:’ Fergus Falls area couple rescues Afghans

Ihsanullah Patan, left, a horticulturist and refugee from Afghanistan, sits for a portrait with Caroline Clarin, right, whom he worked with in Afghanistan, and her wife, Sheril Raymond, at his home in Fergus Falls, Minn., Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. (AP Photo/David Goldman)FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) – The U.S. soldiers called them “Caroline’s guys.” They transformed farms in a war zone…

North Dakota employers ready to hire Afghan refugees

FARGO (KVRR/KFGO) – Some North Dakota employers are jumping at the opportunity to partner with Afghan refugees to fill thousands of job openings in the state. Dan Hannaher, Field Director for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service North Dakota, says North Dakota is expected to settle 49 Afghan refugees. He says the Afghan Placement and Assistance program has the attention of…

Afghan refugee reunited with her husband in ND

NORTH DAKOTA (KVRR) – As Afghanistan continues to experience chaos and turmoil people are still fleeing from the Taliban’s reign. North Dakota in partnership with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service have partnered together in an effort to admit a group of Afghan refugees to the Peace Garden State. One has already been admitted in an effort to reunite a wife…

“Their lives are at risk” Organization relocating Afghan refugees in ND describes process

NORTH DAKOTA (KVRR) – Forty-nine Afghan refugees are set to come to North Dakota as part of the federal government’s Afghan Placement and Assistance Program. “It’s in our national security interest. We have allies that have been working with our troops for 20 years in Afghanistan and now they are under threat. Their lives are at risk,” Lutheran Immigration and…

North Dakota will receive 49 Afghan evacuees later this month

The majority of the 49 evacuees will resettle in Fargo.

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – The North Dakota Department of Human Services announced today that it has been notified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that North Dakota will receive 49 legal and fully vetted Afghan evacuees starting later this month through the Afghan Placement and Assistance (APA) program. The federally funded APA program is a part of…

North Dakota Air National Guard helping mission to support Afghan nationals

FARGO (KVRR) – Fourteen members of the North Dakota Air National Guard were recently mobilized as part of a mission to support the relocations of Afghan nationals. The Fargo-based Happy Hooligans are serving at Volk Field, Wisconsin and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. The Hooligans are providing base operational and other supplementary services in support. They were deployed Aug. 26. …

Cramer calls Afghanistan withdrawal ‘complete failure’, Biden’s actions ‘unfitting’

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – Calling President Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan a “complete failure,” Sen. Kevin Cramer on Tuesday said Biden’s actions are “unfitting for the office he holds and are embarrassing our country on the world stage.” “Instead of showing remorse or taking proper action, the President is misleading the American people while his Administration focuses on getting credit for…

Stauber: Minnesota National Guard members safe in Afghanistan

KABUL, AF – The more than 1,100 Minnesota National Guard members in Kabul, Afghanistan are reportedly safe. Eighth District Congressman Pete Stauber says he spoke with National Guard leaders shortly after the ISIS terrorist attacks and was relieved to learned Minnesota soldiers were not among those killed. The troops with Task Force 1-194 were at the Kabul airport at the…