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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.
Twin Cities business executives Nancy O'Brien and Linda Saggau founded it after years of observing clients grow increasingly unhappy.
The Northside Circulator is part of a mission to provide access to basic amenities.
This is her last column for the Star Tribune. Beginning Aug. 4, she will take over editing the Inspired section.
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…
Thriviesta's interactive games, led by professional coaches and trainers, aim to bring people together "in a way that is fun and playful."
The struggle for work-life balance begins with baby's first breath, and is exacerbated by divorce.
Woodbury mom stresses importance of screenings and urges paying attention to symptoms.
Administrative officer says he has "one of the best jobs in the Veterans Administration."
His daughter is helping him sell them: "We're spreading joy and happiness, and we didn't even know it."
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…
Family-friendly exhibit doesn't just make it OK to talk about mental illness — it shows us how.
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.…
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…
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…
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 is being ordained as a priest of the liberal St. Theresa's Catholic Apostolic Church in North America.
Northfield's TORCH program offers low-income and first-generation students encouragement — and cookies.
The strapless gown once considered "risqué" fit perfectly, and offered "the bonus of sentimental value."
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…
See a show featuring an artistically athletic mashup at the Ordway.
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…
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.
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 Wilderness (BWCA) as winner of the first ever essay…
I Am Not Invisible asks military women to share stories of challenges and contributions.
Peer pressure to have a cellphone is reaching younger and younger consumers.
It's hard not to get carried away when you're excited to see a show, but please don't.
Volunteer facilitators help members become better men.
Bill Seabloom, who died in January, provided a rare voice of compassion in the debate.
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…
Maybe an occasional break — to look right at a real person — is a solution to our universal happiness drought.
The show benefited the Women's Foundation of Minnesota and featured about 40 wives of coaches and current and former NFL players.
January is "divorce month." While the usual suspects play a key role, another is right up there: kids.
Special delivery by kind employee warms the heart of sender still missing his folks.
Honesty and humility fill new book with people's stories about criminality.
A "failure résumé" sounds like a great idea.
Gift wrap from weeks of celebrations has been tossed. Our house is in relatively good order. Traffic to work remains temporarily (and blessedly) light. It’s…
Yes, the Postal Service does deliver on Sundays — including Christmas Eve — which this year brought cheer, and surprise, to those on the receiving end.
The Ordway and Ampersand Families are teaming up to reach caring adults.
A highly unscientific poll reveals that we're deeply divided on this issue.
House Republicans pushing a tax overhaul have managed to do something that's extremely difficult to pull off.They've found a way to make the searing pain…
The trend is alarming doctors, substance abuse specialists, family members and some boomers themselves.
Quaint? Absolutely. A powerful modern marketing tool? Oh, yes.
It’s office party time! If reading that string of words causes dread, you’re in good company. Office festivities, while well-intentioned, are fraught for most people.…
Others want to see the game, but this guy doesn't care.
While we Americans are rock stars with post-Thanksgiving turkey, we refuse to tap our culinary creativity any other time of the year.
Janene laughed. Hers was a high-pitched and rapid-fire giggle. She made me laugh, too.So when she told me, through hysterical tears, what had happened to…
Pushback was swift and loud when a school district learned in October that folks must report sexually active teens to law enforcement.
Nearly 25 years ago, Constance Ahrons put two words together that rocked legions of couples: “Good” and “divorce.” After the San Diego-based psychologist wrote “The…
Want to raise kind kids? Then model kind behavior.
Operating on a $185,000 annual budget, the Skyway Senior Center relied on private funding and in-kind support from the city of Minneapolis. Despite repeated attempts to keep it open, supporters were unable to find an ongoing sponsor.
Eden Prairie-based social justice theater company hopes to raise awareness of issue.
Domestic abuse shelter asks people to post personal experiences.
Many families — due to grief or exhaustion or simple confusion about what's legal — don't discuss the long-term ramifications of a loved one's cremated remains.
Like so many of us, Jean O’Keefe avidly reads the obituaries. But she does more than just read. She guards memories. Since 2010, O’Keefe has…
Cleaning up after other people means seeing some pretty weird things. A group of housekeepers gathered their collective advice on what we should and shouldn’t…
Worker bees are struggling to preserve work-life balance and, increasingly, their mental health.
Mark Greene has to dig deep to recall the memory. Nearly 50 years deep, and not even a real event. Greene’s singular recollection of a…
Michael Friedman died Sept. 9, just days before "The Abominables" opened at Minneapolis' Children's Theatre Company.
A restorative justice project has brought together University of Minnesota students and Sandstone prisoners to help sick kids.
A provocative discussion of what it means to be a healthy and respectful man begins Thursday when the Twin Cities plays host to the 2017 national conference of a violence prevention organization.
Diana Smith challenged her eighth- and ninth-grade students to put down their tech devices for the 11 Tuesdays of summer.
From December 2016 to May 2017, Anita White documented her family's sometimes harrowing medical experiences, and the quiet heroes who pulled them through, by creating dozens of pen and watercolor sketches.
What two factors vastly increase the likelihood of a healthy and happy future for kids after divorce? Mom — and Dad. With the important exception…
The warmhearted executive director of Minneapolis nonprofit C2i sees young adults with infinite potential.
Topics at a Star Tribune "Dateline Minnesota" event touched on mining and water quality, diversity and job creation, as well as politics.
When was the last time you saw a hitchhiker in the United States? What might push us out of our cars again, to hitch a ride?
"There doesn't need to be all this stigma," says project lead. "It gets in the way of us responding."
Doris Rubenstein wanted respect for her kosher dills. She got it, in the form of a play.
Lecturer on how we might all learn to argue well, instead of just loudly.
The case is a reminder that grandparents are essential to a growing number of families.
Grandparents provide much needed care to a growing number of grandchildren. Approximately 2.7 million children nationwide are being raised by their grandparents and other relatives,…
A new nonprofit has breathed life into the sand castles and the beloved, goofy milk carton boat races once part of the Aquatennial.
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