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Fartun Osman is a winner of the Virginia McKnight Binger Award in Human Services for her counseling and leadership work with young Somali girls. Submitted photo

Nurturing young Somali girls: Woodbury, Minn., woman wins McKnight award

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After Fartun Osman fled her civil war-torn country of Somalia, she didn't quit trying to help others overcome destructive social and cultural norms.


The Woodbury single mother of four continued volunteering for nonprofit organizations in the Twin Cities to try and get young Somali girls to achieve their dreams of becoming something their ancestors never thought they'd be.

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Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.