Refugees

‘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…

Local man raises money for Kurdish refugees stranded in Europe

Kurdish Refugees remain stranded in a forest between the Poland and Belarus boarder.

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) – Kurdish Refugees remain stranded in a forest between the Poland and Belarus border. A local man born in the middle east has started a GoFundMe page to aid the Kurdish Refugees. “What happens is these folks are actually leaving their home in Kurdistan because there is a lack of jobs. So, when people’s lives aren’t as…

“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…

Local siblings seek help in getting their family out of Afghanistan

"When I hear their voice I don't even want to hang up the phone because every time I feel like what if this is the last time."

UPDATE: North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum’s office tells KVRR the governor has reached out to the State Department and North Dakota Senator John Hoeven’s Office on their behalf. KABUL, Afghanistan (KVRR) — Thursday marks Afghan Independence Day, but as the Taliban continues to take over the country, those once celebrating their independence are now fleeing for their lives. Three Afghanistan…

No plans to resettle Afghans in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. – State officials say there are no current plans to bring any of the people fleeing the violence in Afghanistan to North Dakota. The North Dakota Department of Human Services says there is no resettlement plan and that the process is actually quite extensive. The state’s refugee coordinator says the people being transported to the U.S. are classified…

The Chamber Continues Conversations about Refugees in North Dakota

The event looked at the current state of refugees in the state of North Dakota since Lutheran Social Services closed its doors

NORTH DAKOTA (KVRR) — The Chamber’s Eggs and Issues for April focused on the status of refugees in the state. “To be honest, who doesn’t have a funky name. We all have funky names and yes at the end of the day we do need to realize that we’re all working together to fulfill the greater goal,” Assistant Commissioner for…

Fargo South teacher selected as one of top 10 teachers in the world for Global Teacher Prize

Helps set up scholarship fund for local refugee and immigrant students through earnings

FARGO, ND– A Fargo high school teacher is one of the top 10 educators in the world. Leah Juelke was a top ten finalist for the Global Teacher Prize. The $55,000 she won will go to refugee and immigrant students. “So, my initiative is I really want them to have some type of individual scholarship that they can apply for…

Clay County Commission votes to accept refugees

Courtesy: KFGOMOORHEAD, Minn. – The Clay County Commission votes unanimously to continue accepting refugees. The resolution was made necessary by President Trump’s executive order requiring local consent before immigrants can be accepted. Commissioner Kevin Campbell says having refugees “comes with challenges,” but in our community, we work together.” He says, “I think it’s a proud day here in Clay County…