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Gail Rosenblum

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Phone: 612-673-7350
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: French

Gail Rosenblum is editor of the Inspired section. She's also an author, journalism instructor and public speaker who has worked for newspapers and magazines for nearly 40 years. 

Rosenblum has a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in journalism, and has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the American Association of Feature and Sunday Editors, the Associated Press and Parenting Publications of America. She is the mother of three young adult children and the bonus mom of three others.
Recent content from Gail Rosenblum
George Esbensen.

Former Eden Prairie fire chief sparks a new conversation about the safety of his peers

Among their often-unspoken dangers: high rates of cancer and heart disease, as well as mental health challenges
Chris Bentley is a financial advisor who started the nonprofit, Wings for Widows, offering pro bono financial assistance, as well as coaching and emot

St. Louis Park financial adviser lessens money worries for widows with free services

The nonprofit Wings For Widows offers free services, including financial coaching, during this difficult time.
Mia Youth Summit co-chair Ursula Girdwood, 16, posed with her favorite piece of art, Nick Cave’s 2010 Soundsuit.

Teen Youth Summit at Minneapolis museum explores how creativity can lead to societal change

On Oct. 5, the Minneapolis Institute of Art hosts its first "Creative Fuel" youth summit.
Ellen Pillsbury practices what she preaches -- working to get everybody to embrace safe walking to all, or at least most, of their destinations. ] Sha

This Minnesotan is doing her part in the fight to make local communities more walkable

Ellen Pillsbury helps lead the Minnesota Department of Health's Walkable Community Workshops.
Wanda Walker

Minneapolis time-management guru turns procrastinators into goal-setters

For 30 years, the Brooklyn Park-based owner of Uniquely Yours Consulting has been helping people, mostly by getting out of their own way.
Blake Elliott, co-founder of Bridges MN has a new service, Rumi, which pairs people with disabilities with caregivers who live together.

New roommate matchmaker Rumi connects caregivers, people with disabilities

Blake Elliott, vice president of operations for Rumi's parent company, Bridges MN, explains why he feels the timing is right for this service.
Ferd Schlapper is a math tutor with AmeriCorps, a national “Peace Corps” that gives boosts to kids in math and reading. He volunteers at Woodbury

Minnesota is No. 1 in AmeriCorps members: 'I love to see these kids'

AmeriCorps — sometimes called the domestic Peace Corps — is demonstrating measurable success, aided by a robust Minnesota presence.
Josh and Sheree Savage have invested in four spaces in south Minneapolis that they offer to the public for free.

Hero Plumbing owners build community by offering free use of spaces throughout Minneapolis

A local couple have made four intimate spaces available for free to all community members who need a spot to gather.
Tutapona offers emotional healing to victims of war, including Minnesotans

Tutapona offers emotional healing to victims of war, including Minnesotans

More than 50,000 victims of unspeakable trauma have begun to reclaim their lives thanks to this nonprofit's forgiveness model.
“Maybe You Should Talk to Someone” by Lori Gottlieb

Reviews: 'Maybe You Should Talk to Someone,' by Lori Gottlieb, and 'At Briarwood School for Girls,' by Michael Knight

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone By Lori Gottlieb. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 412 pages, $28.)   Few mysteries are more intoxicating than what goes on…
Collaborative attorney and mediator Ron Ousky.

Edina divorce lawyer creates cards to help couples communicate better and maybe stay together

What if couples had a way to proactively practice talking to one another, not about kids or money stresses or in-laws, but about their own needs, vulnerabilities and desires?
Young volunteers participating in a program offered through West Suburban Summer School.

5 Twin Cities tweens find a way to 'make a difference' on summer break

A look at an unusual gifted-and-talented summer school class offered through West Suburban Summer School.
Creators Space founder Melissa Dessart stood for a portrait in the salt room.

A remarkable creative space reopens in St. Paul's Lowertown

The Creators Space is a creativity center and coffeehouse that provides space and tools for creative people to incubate ideas.
Helping Hand Companies is labor of love on Minneapolis' North Side

Helping Hand Companies is labor of love on Minneapolis' North Side

The north Minneapolis business teaches local youths work skills and self-sufficiency, with plenty of fun still included.
Ned Crosby.

Twin Cities philanthropist sees our best hope for common ground in Citizens Juries

For 45 years, Ned Crosby has randomly selected a microcosm of the population to gather and listen to and learn from experts on pressing societal issues before respectfully brainstorming solutions.
New nonprofit Let Grow urges parents to land those helicopters and let kids be kids

New nonprofit Let Grow urges parents to land those helicopters and let kids be kids

How do we let go? Minnesota native Diane Redleaf has a suggestion: Practice.
Kate Hersey, executive director of the Minnesota Tool Library showed off some of the tools available in the St Paul location.

Minnesota Tool Library offers savings by sharing 5,000 tools

The nonprofit, among the Twin Cities' best-kept secrets, offers classes to the public as well.
Headwaters Relief Organization’s Dr. Roshan Khatri.

Golden Valley-based Headwaters offers disaster relief with children's books

Storytelling can be a powerful tool in disaster recovery.
Monica Gail.

Why more millennials should consider a financial planner

Twin Cities financial planner Monica Eckberg shares her philosophy on how young people should save money.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter kissed his father, Melvin Carter Jr., at a prayer service. The elder Carter founded SOS.

Retired St. Paul cop Melvin Carter Jr. helps young black men rewrite their script

Sgt. Carter, father of St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, is the founder and executive director of Save Our Sons.
Nicole M. LaVoi

Colleges courted to increase women head coaches over the next 5 years

The Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport has released its annual report card to document progress, or lack thereof.
Mary Latham, right, was especially moved by the story of Julie Dombo, of Kansas, a shooting victim who received mechanical limbs from a stranger. Domb

A quest to collect stories of kindness has driven her to 39 states (and counting)

Mary Latham's remarkable cross-country road trip collecting stories of kindness in every state, including Minnesota, will be turned into a book.
The Kindness Club with Matt Greenhoe, top left, and Ashley Justen, right.

Elk River fifth-graders combat bullying by adding kindness to the curriculum

Elementary school kids start their own club to stymie bullying and promote kindness.
Kaycee Stanley, founder of the Reel Hope Project, a faith-based nonprofit that makes short videos of children in foster care to help them get placed.

Minnesota project uses video stories to find forever families for kids in foster care

Meet Kaycee Stanley, the woman behind the Robbinsdale-based nonprofit the Reel Hope Project.
Lee Roper is retiring after 18 years at the helm of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. For 18 years, she has championed programs benefitting girls

Retiring Women's Foundation CEO happy to make room for new generation of female leaders

Lee Roper-Batker's leadership has led to changes in laws and police training.
David Weissbrodt.

'You changed my life': Mpls. law professor celebrated for all the lives he impacted over his 40-year career

David Weissbrodt is a pioneer and mentor in human rights.
From left: Cathy ten Broeke, Robert Lilligren and Jonelle Glubke stood on Franklin Avenue, near the former site of a homeless encampment along Hiawath

Should you give money to people on the street? Homelessness experts weigh in

To give or not to give? That's the question many of us struggle with as we see a person holding a cardboard sign at freeway exits or along busy pedestrian malls.
Sasha Cotton

She brings a public health approach to keep Minneapolis youths safe from violence

Sasha Cotton worked for years for state and federal agencies before feeling called to more grass-roots work as youth violence prevention coordinator for the city of Minneapolis.
Casey Sorensen, CEO of PCs for People.

St. Paul's PCs for People readies to expand reach as leveler of digital playing field

The St. Paul-based nonprofit is celebrating 20 years of getting refurbished computers and low-cost internet into homes across the United States.
Luke Nichols, a recent U of M graduate who is a champion of affordable housing, was photographed in his office.

'Cabin Cooperative' idea mixes affordable housing with Minnesota culture

Luke Nichols' passion is housing instability, because "you just never know who" will be caught in its grip.
Vijay Dixit's 19-year-old daughter Shreya Dixit was killed about a decade ago when the driver of the car in which she was riding was involved in a dis

Grieving Eden Prairie father devotes his life to ending the distracted-driving epidemic

"In every teenager on the road, I see my daughter," Vijay Dixit says of his new mission.
Andrew Cameron is the founder and lead trainer at Lions United fitness center, a new nonprofit that aims to bring together athletes of all abilities i

Mendota Heights personal trainer opens gym for athletes with special needs

Andrew Cameron elaborates on his inclusive vision for the soon-to-open Lions United Fitness Center.
Ellad Tadmor, a University of Minnesota professor who runs a program called “Science Court.”

Aerospace engineer takes civility to court at University of Minnesota

Ellad Tadmor believes that strengthening our democracy isn't rocket science.
Anna Peterson, director of Step Up, a youth employment program poses for a portrait in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis youth are eager for you to 'Step Up' for mock interview assistance

You'll help our future workforce practice firm handshakes, eye-contact and other terrifying interactions with adults before they move into summer jobs and beyond.
Jasmyn Green has an extensive history working with youth and is the program manager for Oasis for Youth. She has quickly become a leader in the outrea

Oasis For Youth's Jasmyn Green celebrates small victories for at-risk young people she serves

Her work builds trust — and futures.
Labrador retriever Millie nosed in on the action at MSP Airport.

MSP Airport's hard-working TSA dogs don't get a spring break

Spring break might be coming for you, but not for these highly trained four-legged workers.
John Leland.

New York Times reporter John Leland looks to elders to learn how to live now

Like many baby boomers, John Leland is a front-row observer of aging as the son of a 90-year-old mother. Unlike most boomers, he felt driven…
Sarah Davis poses for a portrait at the Legal Rights Center in Minneapolis.

This passionate Minnesotan is on the frontlines to keep kids out of court

As associate director for Minneapolis' Legal Rights Center, Sarah Davis says the worst place for at-risk youth is in our court system.
Tresa Kreisetter, a Twin Cities neuropsychologist, tests students at KIPP Northstar Academy.

Twin Cities brain expert: Kids aren't trying to be bad (really!)

Tressa Reisetter's new book is called "Getting to Know Your Child's Brain."
The Minneapolis clinic’s residents are schooled in stepping away from computers and listening to their patients’ stories.

Future doctors learning to put down charts, share personal stories

The "narrative health" approach to connecting with patients is gaining national momentum.
Leslie MacKenzie poses for a photo in her backyard with her raised garden beds.

Minneapolis sustainability group's founder has been living the 'sharing economy'

Leslie MacKenzie is co-founder of Transition Longfellow, a neighborhood sustainability group that has operated out of south Minneapolis since 2011.
John Till, senior vice president of strategy and innovation for the Family Partnership.

John Everett Till and the Family Partnership help families help themselves

The nonprofit is the first in Minnesota to test a grant-funded program that sends coaches into at-risk households weekly for up to 18 months.
Rene Coult-Calendine, Fairview Health's vice president of market and product development.

New Fairview program brings mental health professionals to the workplace

Rene Coult-Calendine of Fairview Health shares the program's goals and her hope for a new way to talk about overall well-being.
Chad Ellsworth is a teacher, author and coach who believes we sometimes get in the way of our own happiness.

Career coach Chad Ellsworth helps us get out of our own way

Chad Ellsworth knows that the road to self-improvement is bumpy. Often the biggest roadblock? Look in the mirror. Ellsworth is a career coach at the…
Tuleah Palmer

A leader with a vision to build community in Bemidji

Tuleah Palmer's nonprofit, Northwest Indian Community Development Center, won a $500,000 Bush Prize for community innovation.
Andrew Walser, CEO of Walser Automotive Group, at the group's office in Bloomington.

Walser CEO drives home importance of work-life balance

Beginning Jan. 1, Walser will offer paid parental leave as part of its continuing drive toward family-friendly policies.
Bob Nelson (left) glued the backs of coloring sheets so Robert Fisher (right) could adhere them onto paper bags.

Twin Cities-based movement gives retired men a place to talk, give back and feel valued

The Hopkins-based Men's Shed is part of an international movement to address growing concern about isolation and loneliness, particularly among men post-retirement.
Wy Spano

Leadership means taking care of everyone

Wy Spano has studied, spoken and written about leadership throughout his professional life.
Katie Lauer at the Ann Bancroft Foundation office in Minneapolis.

Ann Bancroft Foundation's new director wants girls to dream big

She's only weeks into her role, but Katie Lauer has been preparing for the job much of her life.
Mister Rogers’ teachings in empathy guide the Children’s Museum exhibit. Above, visitors dip into soothing beads.

Minnesota Children's Museum channels Mister Rogers with exhibit about kindness

The exhibit, which runs through Jan. 6, is "full of activities that help visitors reflect, connect and explore emotions in a positive way."
Marcia Alexander is going to help parents survive the holidays by teaching their kids the value of money. She is holding a blue piggy bank that helps

Struggling with setting holiday expectations for your kids? Here's help

Marcia Alexander, a Thrivent financial adviser and mother of three boys, says this isn't just prime shopping season, it's prime teaching season.
Peace-keeper Yvette Erasmus during a workshop in the Nonviolent Communication model she led at Solomon's Porch Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Minneapolis

A child of South Africa offers guidance for polarized families

Yvette Erasmus of Edina is a psychologist in private practice who also offers free training on the Nonviolent Communication process.
Former U.S. Bancorp CEO Richard Davis

U.S. Bancorp's Richard Davis goes west to fulfill a wish

His decision to become CEO of Phoenix-based nonprofit Make-A-Wish America was perplexing to some. It shouldn't have been.
Rachel Mairose does the intake of pit bull Pixie being given up for adoption because the owner is moving to a trailer park that does not allow the bre

Rachel Mairose's Secondhand Hounds is first-class rescue operation for dogs and cats

In just under a decade, the Twin Cities nonprofit has saved nearly 17,000 at-risk dogs and cats.
Susan Strauss, workplace consultant, at her home with her dog McKenzie, 13, a Westie, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in Burnsville DAVID JOLES ï david.jol

Problem Solvers: Susan Strauss helps companies create a workplace that works for everyone

We who have spent decades in the workplace might be finding things more confusing than usual. In the MeToo and Kavanaugh-Ford era, how much emotion…
Quick thinking by Hagi Galvan, a sixth-grader at Lake Harriet Community School, likely saved a fellow student from harm.

Sixth-grade hero assures safe crossing for fellow students

Hagi Galvan leaps out of his mother’s car, grabs his neon orange safety patrol vest and flag, and walks briskly to his post at the…
Nate Beulah teaches at Northeast Middle School in Minneapolis.

Ethnic studies teacher Nate Beulah creates a no-judgment classroom

Beulah's teaching gifts were recently honored with a 2018 Cultural Jambalaya Diversity Award. He talks about the award, and a classroom built on structure, discipline and love.
Kathy Quinby-Johnson: "Our parents are fiercely independent. We should allow them to help make decisions and remain in control as much as possible."

Some guidelines to having that tough conversation with aging parents about car keys

A new study found that nearly 83 percent of older drivers report never speaking to a relative or doctor about their safe driving ability.
Michael Obsatz photographed in his office in Golden Valley, Minn., on Monday, September 17, 2018.

Macalester author and mentor wants to raise more than a few good men

With the list of men charged with abuse of power so deep and so shocking, how do we guide our sons?
Robin Henrichsen is donations manager for ReStore, a home improvement outlet with two Twin Cities locations.

Problem Solvers: The ReStore's Robin Henrichsen champions thoughtful giving

Here's some guidance on how and why to donate thoughtfully to our neighbors.
Erin Walloch outside her office at DARTS in West St. Paul.

Problem Solvers: Learning Buddies give kids a boost in school

Program manager Erin Walloch, a former teacher with a master's degree in multicultural education, schools us in the program, which matches seniors with struggling students.
Brianna Boone is a staff attorney at Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services and the designated attorney for the health care legal partnership at C

Children's Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota bolsters health of children with on-site attorney

Brianna Boone has long been drawn to work that improves the lives of people living on the margins, but she never imagined where she'd set up shop.
Empty-nest syndrome "speaks to a life development issue — aging," said Eddie Luker, a clinical therapist at the Mayo Clinic Health System in La Cros

Words of wisdom for parents about to face an empty nest

A clinical therapist at the Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, Wis., offers parents guidance to find joy in new possibilities.
Dr. Jillian Peterson poses for a portrait in her office.

Hamline criminology expert says we all can learn skills to defuse a crisis

Jillian Peterson sees in us a mighty, and largely untapped, force to bring down the noise and defuse tensions.
Rick Klun is executive director of the Center City Housing Corporation of Duluth.

Problem Solver: What really works to combat homelessness?

Rick Klun of Duluth, executive director of the Center City Housing Corporation, says it's everyone's job to ensure that all our neighbors enjoy the dignity of a dwelling to call home.
Andrea Siegel is a Minneapolis activist and mom who is trying to get kids and adults to stop one environmentally destructive habit: using straws. She

Minneapolis activist wants us to say 'no thanks' to plastic straws

Andrea Siegel, a 42-year-old social media marketer and mom of two, is a leader of No Straws Please Minneapolis, a grass-roots volunteer effort.
Linda Saggau, left, and Nancy O'Brien are Twin Cities business executives who have developed "The Happiness Practice," which works with individuals al

Q&A: The Happiness Practice gives companies tools for worker well-being

Twin Cities business executives Nancy O'Brien and Linda Saggau founded it after years of observing clients grow increasingly unhappy.
Raymond Robinson and Mattie Henderson, who both live at the senior high rise Rainbow Terrace, use the free Northside Circulator shuttle to run basic e

Free North Side shuttle connects folks to community: 'I love it'

The Northside Circulator is part of a mission to provide access to basic amenities.
Among the hundreds of people who have inspired me as a columnist are blood donor Peter Izmirian, public defender Esther Mulder and bluebird house make

Rosenblum: The Minnesotans who inspired me the most

This is her last column for the Star Tribune. Beginning Aug. 4, she will take over editing the Inspired section.
From left, childhood friends Julia Ruelle and Anna Wander canoeing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area thanks to Ruelle, who won the trip as part of an

Twin Cities teen who won trip to BWCA encounters bugs, a thunderstorm and serenity

Four teenage girls. Two tents. One hundred and thirty hours of nonstop togetherness. No cellphones. Lots of bugs. And one relentless thunderstorm. No reality show…
Jennifer Ally Kern is the creator of Thriviesta, which addresses the “loneliness epidemic” that social scientists warn is chipping away at the emo

Rosenblum: Mpls. gala tackles 'loneliness epidemic'

Thriviesta's interactive games, led by professional coaches and trainers, aim to bring people together "in a way that is fun and playful."

Rosenblum: What does Dad really want? More time with his kids

The struggle for work-life balance begins with baby's first breath, and is exacerbated by divorce.
Pam and Dave Olson, daughters Bridget (graduating from St. Olaf) and Gretchen. A survivor of colon cancer, Pam didn’t think she’d live to see this

Rosenblum: Minn. woman learned the young are not immune to colon cancer

Woodbury mom stresses importance of screenings and urges paying attention to symptoms.
A U.S. flag will be placed at about 178,000 headstones at Fort Snelling National Cemetery on Memorial Day.

Rosenblum: At Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Waconia vet honors those who served

Administrative officer says he has "one of the best jobs in the Veterans Administration."
Ron Rudolph began building bluebird houses to keep his hands busy after his wife, Pat, died.

Minnesota widower rebuilds from grief, one birdhouse at a time

His daughter is helping him sell them: "We're spreading joy and happiness, and we didn't even know it."