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Racial issues involving Somalis heightened after mall attack

The day after a young Somali-American man stabbed 10 people at a central Minnesota mall, pickup trucks were spotted driving through predominantly Somali neighborhoods, honking and waving Confederate flags — highlighting the precarious bond between the thousands of Somalis who live in St. Cloud and other city residents.

Saturday's attack at Crossroads Center Mall is testing city and community leaders' efforts to improve longstanding racial tensions, which flared up a few years ago when Somali-American high school students said they were being harassed and being called terrorists.

It's also spawning backlash against Somalis and other Muslims elsewhere in in the state,...