Robin Hensel is a 58-year-old mother, grandmother and foster mom whose family has a distinguished military history. Her father, two brothers and two uncles all served. One uncle, a pilot, even died in the military. One of the reasons they all served, she believes, was to protect her right to free speech.
Updated: February 06, 2012, - 08:57 PM
Cue the Beach Boys music and wax the surfboard, Minnesota is taking on a bit of California color, and it's not just because of the February thaw.
Updated: January 31, 2012, - 09:33 PM
The patient was late. So John Shannon waited, and waited, outside Hennepin County Medical Center for his next client, a woman who had a voucher to pay for her ride to the far northern corner of Brooklyn Park. The voucher was paid for by a health provider or social service agency that negotiated a flat fee with the cab company because the client had no other way to get to the hospital.
Updated: January 28, 2012, - 06:46 PM
Released in June after 23 years in prison, Willie Earl Lloyd Jr. is an instructor for Summit Academy OIC and part of a new partnership helping ex-offenders become positive influences.
Updated: January 24, 2012, - 11:53 PM
While legislators were trying to figure out where and how to build a stadium for the Minnesota Vikings on Friday, I spent time with Charles Van Heuveln, a man born with cerebral palsy who cried as he talked about the very real possibility that he will lose his St. Paul condo in a few months because none of the 201 legislators he wrote to has responded to his plight.
Updated: January 23, 2012, - 07:37 PM
The man who slid in next to me in the church pew looked a little rough around the edges. Maybe it was the headband he wore to hold back shoulder-length hair. He stood out among the business haircuts and chinos at Pax Christi Catholic Community Church in Eden Prairie.
Updated: January 17, 2012, - 10:58 PM
GRANITE FALLS, MINN. - He moved slowly, awkwardly, down the hall of his simple ranch home, pushing a walker as his wife of 42 years watched anxiously. His brain, sharp as ever, knew where he wanted to go. But his arms and legs were making the short trip difficult.
Updated: January 14, 2012, - 11:56 PM
It's just after 5 p.m. when Gary Eichten saunters into his favorite joint, Mancini's Char House on West 7th in St. Paul. Spiffed up for the interview in a sport coat and tie, Eichten sits down and orders a Grain Belt Premium.
Updated: January 11, 2012, - 09:10 AM
Suzanne Koepplinger sees a lot of battered women come through the door, only to watch them go back to the men who hurt them. It's frustrating and heartbreaking, but she gets it. After all, she's been there.
Updated: January 03, 2012, - 10:46 PM