Less than a year has passed and Stephen Cross has gone from hopelessness to getting an apartment at Hope Harbor, a long-term residence for formerly homeless people.
Updated: December 28, 2010, - 05:06 PM
Lucia, aka Linnea Cederberg, led attendant Nicole Ellis and head star boy Rutger Van Huber through the American Swedish Institute mansion Sunday in Minneapolis. In Scandinavian countries, Lucia is celebrated Dec. 13 in a ceremony where a girl is elected to portray its namesake -- an Italian saint who was adopted by the Swedes. Wearing a white gown with a red sash and a crown of candles, Lucia walks at the head of a procession of girls, each holding a candle. The candles symbolize light in winter's darkness and the fire that refused to take St. Lucia's life when she was sentenced to be burned.
Updated: December 14, 2010, - 06:52 AM
Native American girls learn about growing into strong women at the Nawayee Center School in Minneapolis. A women's health class at the alternative school offers lessons in self-esteem and respect, and how and when to walk away from unhealthy relationships. A culture class helps them find their voices through drumming and singing -- a tradition usually reserved for males. In a recent class, girls sang a ballad, "You Should Be My Man," written by classmate Jodi Vermillion, second from left. "If you sit around the drum, it just like brings joy to you," said one student.
Updated: November 16, 2010, - 09:49 AM
Native American girls learn how to grow into strong women at the Nawayee Center School. A women’s health class offers lessons in self-esteem and respect, and how and when to walk away from unhealthy relationships. A culture class helps them find their voices through drumming and singing . In a recent class girls sang a ballad “You Should Be My Man," written by senior Jodi Vermillion.
Updated: November 16, 2010, - 09:12 AM
Blue-eyed Marly Melsh grew up in Iowa with loving parents who believed in a higher power and encouraged her to be open-minded and seek out the truth. Melsh attended a Christian college in Iowa before landing a job in Minneapolis with CommonBond Communities, a nonprofit that provides affordable housing. After arriving here, Melsh began meeting Muslims.
Updated: November 09, 2010, - 06:08 PM
It took a life-threatening stroke for Jim Baker, 64, of Edina, to fulfill his dream of building a wooden boat.
Updated: August 24, 2010, - 12:16 PM
It took a life-threatening stroke for Jim Baker, 64, of Edina, to fulfill his dream of building a wooden boat. With the encouragement of his family, and the help of his caregiver Greg Schaffner, he built the small-kit boat. Baker and Schaffner recently launched the boat in Lake Harriet on its maiden voyage. More than 30 friends and family were there to witness the launch.
Updated: August 24, 2010, - 10:08 AM
Curtina Wilson is only 9, a little young to be a soldier.
Updated: August 17, 2010, - 12:15 PM
Curtina Wilson, 9, has a hero in her dad K.G. Wilson. Together, they often visit city homicide sites to honor the dead and remind those passing of deaths too soon, like the one on July 28 near Lake St. and 5th Ave. S. The day after, Curtina and K.G. were there with signs for Minneapolis' 31st homicide victim. He turned out to be Carl Antoine Miller, 47. "She's a brave little girl," K.G., says.
Updated: August 17, 2010, - 09:56 AM