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Gail Rosenblum

Inspired Editor | Newsroom
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
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."
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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."
The doll's disappearance sparked a conversation about race.

At Art Institute, doll's disappearance sparked conversation about race; now, she's back

She was removed quietly from an elaborate, three-story dollhouse at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. But the mysterious disappearance of the tiny doll — a…
Noah Song, 10, spun the wheel of the “What Am I Feeling” station at the “Mental Health: Mind Matters” exhibit at the Science Museum of Minneso

Minnesotans share stories in powerful St. Paul exhibit on mental health

Family-friendly exhibit doesn't just make it OK to talk about mental illness — it shows us how.

When it comes to mental health, words matter

Certain words and phrases we use to describe mental health are so entrenched in our lexicon that we are unaware of how hurtful they sound.…
Take finanical advice from these teens (clockise, from top): Diana Zhu, Iam Lim, Brandon Arneson and Therence Niyonkuru.

What Twin Cities teens can teach us about being smart with money

You don’t need me to tell you we’re generally lousy role models for our kids, at least when it comes to fiscal responsibility. Nearly a…
“Mind Matters” is a hands-on multimedia exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota.

St. Paul exhibit tackles mental health: 'People don't realize how hard it is'

A man sits alone in his living room, immersed in an inner dialogue about his depression. In a dark forest, foreboding creatures approach, only their…
After Katie Pivec graduated from college, she became a lawyer, and later started teaching, like her dad Jay Pivec.

Minneapolis dad took his daughter to work and now she works there, too

Attorney Katie Pivec of Mounds View has vivid memories of Take Our Daughters to Work Day, held annually on the fourth Thursday of April. One…
Harry Hartigan has been ministering all his life, starting as an altar boy. But being ordained a priest is “a major milestone.”

At 70, Minnesota man joins the priesthood, capping a life of ministering to others

Harry Hartigan is being ordained as a priest of the liberal St. Theresa's Catholic Apostolic Church in North America.
Students (from left) Maggie Lindenfelser, Stephanie Garcia and Odalis Andrade are first-generation college students who have benefited from Northfield

Care packages let disadvantaged students know 'someone is rooting for them'

Northfield's TORCH program offers low-income and first-generation students encouragement — and cookies.
Judy Kinsey attended Albert Lea High School Senior Prom in 1958 wearing a red dress made by her mother. Sixty years later, her granddaughter Annie Bur

Rosenblum: A new generation says yes to Minnesota grandma's red prom dress

The strapless gown once considered "risqué" fit perfectly, and offered "the bonus of sentimental value."
Author Lenore Skenazy and her “subway savvy” son Izzy back in 2009.

Free-range parents now have a law protecting their approach to child-rearing

Kids, run along now. Parents, let them run along now. They’ve got the law on their side. In one state, at least. In news that…
"The Art of Boxing, the Sport of Ballet" will be at the Ordway.

Pirouettes and punches: St. Paul gym combines ballet and boxing

See a show featuring an artistically athletic mashup at the Ordway.
Author Maya Dusenbery

Doctors urged to heal misperceptions about treating women

Maya Dusenbery didn’t think much about the American health care system — until she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at age 27. Research into her…
Andrea Pierre and her daughters Millicent and Josephine Anderson viewed the dollhouse at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

At Minneapolis museum, a tiny doll provokes a big conversation around race

The doll's disappearance two years ago became a flash point around race and history, which led to important introspection by many and even a short film.
Matzo ball soup

Sinkers vs. floaters: a matzo ball taste-off for Passover

Two colleagues put their matzo ball recipes to the test.
Julia Ruelle is ecstatic to be heading this summer to the serene Boundary Waters Canoe Area as winner of an essay contest sponsored by the founder of

Minnetonka student and cancer survivor wins trip to BWCA

Julia Ruelle is ecstatic to be heading this summer to the serene Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA) as winner of the first ever essay…
Betty Jeanne Mahaffey, an ob/gyn nurse practitioner, served in the Navy from 1969 to 1992, including a tour in Vietnam on a hospital ship in 1971. Amo

Minnesota campaign honors female vets: 'You are respected'

I Am Not Invisible asks military women to share stories of challenges and contributions.
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Minnesota parents team up to put kids' smartphone use on hold

Peer pressure to have a cellphone is reaching younger and younger consumers.
Blame Lin-Manuel Miranda for the catchy lyrics in “Hamilton.” He wrote the musical and originated the title role on Broadway. The smash hit makes

Rosenblum: Going to see 'Hamilton'? Don't be 'Hamil-tone deaf' and sing along

It's hard not to get carried away when you're excited to see a show, but please don't.
Tommy Jones is a volunteer facilitator for Choosing Healthy Sexual Boundaries.

Rosenblum: Twin Cities support group helps men overcome 'bad choices'

Volunteer facilitators help members become better men.
Bill Seabloom founded a pioneering program for young sexual offenders in 1977.

Rosenblum: Minnesota therapist believed sex offenders were 'very treatable'

Bill Seabloom, who died in January, provided a rare voice of compassion in the debate.
Jason Zabokrtsky, founder of Ely Outfitting Co., is eager for kids to be kids in the great outdoors.

Essay contest can win you a parent-free trip to Minnesota's BWCA

Hey, high schoolers: Want to give up your cellphone and laptop? Want to get wet and dirty? OK, want to get away from your parents…
You can learn a lot about other people while riding the train if you're not looking at your phone.

In seven minutes on the train, a memorable connection

Maybe an occasional break — to look right at a real person — is a solution to our universal happiness drought.
Everson and Tiffany Griffen sealed their introduction with a kiss.

At fashion show, NFL players' wives styling for a cause

The show benefited the Women's Foundation of Minnesota and featured about 40 wives of coaches and current and former NFL players.
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