Being Muslim in Minnesota

December 28, 2017


As the number of refugees and immigrants from the Middle East and Africa grows, so, it seems, does the fear of Muslims.  In Minnesota, followers of Islam are establishing their place within the state's communities — as leaders and entrepreneurs and innovators — even amid growing tensions from neighbors struggling to adjust to a state whose demographics continue to evolve. Hanadi Chehabeddine understands the worries that many Americans harbor about terrorism and national security.  She urges us to fight fear and ask questions.  Being Muslim in Minnesota will be held Thursday, January 18, 7:00PM at the Steele County History Center.


Hanadi Chehabeddine, a Lebanese‐born journalist, public speaker, wife and mother of three, has lived in the U.S. since 2008. She is Muslim and now an American citizen. She feels compelled to reach out to her fellow Americans to help bridge an understanding of her religion and way of life. 

She is a branding expert fluent in Arabic, English, and French who has been published in Cosmopolitan magazine, The Washington Times, the Huffington Post, MinnPost, the American Diversity Report, and on her own blog, She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in International Leadership at the University of St. Thomas while changing the perception of Muslims in the corporate world as a diversity trainer.

This event is sponsored by the United Way of Steele County through the generous support of a Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant and is free to the public.

The History Center, located at 1700 Austin Road, Owatonna, is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 am until 4 pm, Thursdays from 10 am until 8 pm, and Saturdays from 10 am until 3 pm. For more information, please call our office at 507-451-1420.


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