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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.
After I challenged you to come up with ideas for what unites us as humans, you offered gracious, decent, bridge-building sentiments.
After many years of progress to cut prison phone costs, a federal court this past month struck down regulations that cap those costs.
A recent blog post by author and career coach Fiona MacKay Young had me nodding in agreement. Young, best known for her inspiration journals,…
Ellie Krug is a Twin Cities-based lawyer, writer and founder of Human Inspiration Works, which trains organizations locally and nationwide to be more inclusive and welcoming.
Sheryl Sandberg explores how we best face adversity, build resilience and reclaim joy after loss or tragedy.
Teri Walker McLaughlin is the new executive director of one of the state’s most respected sexual-assault prevention organizations. McLaughlin comes to the Minnesota Coalition Against…
When I hear about family rifts big and small, I wonder with weird frequency: Who, then, will be invited to the Thanksgiving table?
Census Bureau data shows that the number of fathers taking paternity leave has soared from 5,800 per month in 1994 to 22,000 per month in 2015.
Trying to get comfortable? There's an app for that.
A new study finds differences in how fathers react to daughters and sons.
Twin Cities Mobile Market, a retrofitted Metro Transit bus loaded with food, expanded in May.
After the election, Planned Parenthood got an affirming boost that, six months out, shows no signs of waning.
Parental burnout is real. Here are some things you can do to fight it.
Anybody wanting proof that motherhood is changing need do only one thing: Shop the greeting card aisles.
Centrist Emmanuel Macron's resounding victory in France's presidential election signals a welcome shift toward saner central ground. But that's not the only union on the minds and lips of the French at the moment.
What better time than a gloriously sunny Minnesota day to think about death?
Books• "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End," Atul Gawande• "Gratitude," Oliver Sacks• "Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way…
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