Listen: Refugee Remembrance Day party in Minneapolis
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MPR’s Tom Meersman reports on Refugee Remembrance Day, where former refugees gathered to participate in community event. The majority were Southeast Asians: Vietnamese, Cambodians, Hmong and Laotians.

In addition to leaders from their own community and from several church-based advocacy groups, the crowd heard from several officials, including State Human Services Commissioner Sandra Gardebring; Congressman Bill Frenzel; and Senator Rudy Boschwitz - who was himself a refugee to this country at the age of five.

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