Police Say Kevin Elberg May Have Been Drunk When He Beat Up Elderly Hmong Hunter

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Elberg says he was acting in self-defense after Sao Lue Vang pointed a .22-caliber rifle at him

The police officer who first responded to a November 5 trespassing dispute in the woods of Wisconsin noted Kevin Elberg's breath had a "distinct odor of intoxicants" in a statement included in felony battery charges filed against Elberg.

Elberg, 43, denied drinking prior to the incident, in which Sao Lue Vang received internal injuries an emergency room doctor called "life-threatening," according to the Pepin County sheriff.

Last week Elberg, who is 21 years younger and about 70 pounds heavier than Vang, was charged with battery with intent to injure and false imprisonment by the Pepin County attorney. Both charges are felonies carrying a maximum sentence of six years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.

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Family Demands Answers After Sao Lue Vang Beat Unconscious in Woods of Wisconsin

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Vang's family says a brutal beating has left the military veteran unable to care for himself

Sao Lue Vang's family wants to know why charges have not been filed nearly a month after Vang, a 120-pound, 64-year-old man, was hospitalized following a trespassing dispute when Vang was out hunting with friends.

Kevin Elberg was arrested on suspicion of substantial battery and recklessly endangering safety by the Pepin County Sheriff on November 8, three days after the assault allegedly occurred. Elberg was released without bond and last week the Pepin County Attorney's Office said it was still investigating the case.

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Activitists petition NPR over Radiolab's "complete lack of racial sensitivity"

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This week's cover story, "The Yellow Rain Makers," opens with the backlash against the popular show Radiolab, following an episode that, as locally-based author Kao Kalia Yang describes it, "dismissed the Hmong experience" and discounted contrasting accounts.

The episode immediately sparked an outpouring of debate on Radiolab's website. Now, the Asian American activism group 18 Million Rising is trying to channel some of that conversation to spark change.

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McDonald's advertises to St. Paul's Hmong speakers, but misses on the translation

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McDonald's has two new billboards in St. Paul that are targeting a specific customer: Hmong speakers. For the first time in the U.S., the fast food giant is pitching the community directly in Hmong, with a tagline that translates to, "Coffee gets you up, breakfast gets you going."

Or at least, that's what the ads are supposed to say. Hmong speakers report that the slogan is stilted, and tough to read because of missing spaces between the words.

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Forced repatriation of ethnic Hmong raises state senator's ire

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News of the forced repatriation of 4,000 ethnic Hmong from Thailand to their native Laos on Monday sent shockwaves throughout the Hmong community and prompted a stern, last-minute denouncement from Minnesota state Sen. Mee Moua, who spent three years of her childhood in a similar camp before moving to the U.S. with her parents.

"International law could not be clearer that the involuntary return of persons entitled to protection is inconsistent with precedents and international agreements established in the wake of World War II," she said in a statement. "This long-established principle states that refugees and asylum-seekers cannot be forcibly returned to countries where they could face persecution and death."

DFLer Moua, of St. Paul, was first elected to the state Senate in 2002, and is the highest-ranking elected official of Hmong background in the United States. She told Minneapolis-St. Paul magazine that her father was a medic in the Vietnam War, and fled with her family to a refugee camp in Thailand when she was five years old. In 1978 her family, along with other Hmong refugees, moved to the United States. In St. Paul, she's part of one of the largest concentrations of Hmong Americans in the country.

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Gran Torino is racist and insensitive, says Hmong writer

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A New York writer of Hmong heritage who has been published by Minnesota Historical Society Press is alleging that local screenwriter Nick Shenk got the portrayal of the Hmong wrong in the new mega-buzzed-about Clint Eastwood drama, Gran Torino

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