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Samatar, first Somali elected to Minn. office, dead at age 45

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hussein Samatar, a Minneapolis school board member and the first Somali elected to public office in Minnesota, has died of complications from leukemia. He was 45.

Samatar played a prominent role in the city’s business and education communities. He was elected to the Minneapolis Board of Education in 2010, and he also founded the African Development Center, a nonprofit group that helps members of the African community start and sustain businesses.

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