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The pursuit of happiness is one of the great human pursuits. This project is not an attempt to define what happiness means. It is an exploration of the unique path each individual takes in pursuit of his or her own happiness, and the many struggles and triumphs encountered along the way.
Brad Johnson knew that his son, Noah, was musically gifted. That buoyed Brad and his wife, Melissa, as they sought to give their son — born 15 weeks premature and legally blind — every opportunity.
Minnesota has civilly committed 554 men and one woman to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP), designed to treat paroled sex offenders until they are no longer dangerous. The 2003 killing of Dru Sjodin triggered a surge of commitments. But the system's spiraling cost and lack of measurable success are causing growing unease.
“Duets” is an occasional feature that celebrates unique relationships between two people -- in words by Gail Rosenblum and pictures by Jim Gehrz.
Ann Hinrichs, 47, reconnects with the teacher who made everything come alive for her in sixth grade, Bob Dalton, 87.
Jil Ocel and Marthe Herbert are founders of Animal Ambassadors, which introduces exotic animals to clients at senior centers and group homes.
His job hunt leads to a loyal coach: Brian Walsh is building his résumé. Nancy Cohen is building his confidence.
About a nanosecond after receiving her fourth-grade teacher assignment in August, Ella Albrecht was on the phone with a breathless question for Bella Andrade: "Whose…
Vern Sweeney, 82, and Lilly Cronberg, 77, travel nearly 23,000 miles annually, stopping in sunny spots like Mesa, Ariz., and Oxnard, Calif. Snowbirds? Hardly. Vern and Lilly are amateur boxing's power team.
When Janet Graber had to go to England for a month, she wasn't sure what to do with her beagle, Blossom. Enter neighbor Marilyn Jenkins, who has become Blossom's second mom.
Duo team up to make greeting cards for fellow residents
A former student has joined the teacher who inspired her in the classroom.
Fredda Scobey, executive director of the Riverside Plaza Tenants' Association, helped Genet Habtemicael reunite with family in Eritrea -- and found a friend.
Laughter is not what one expects to hear at a gathering of a dozen women seated around a conference table at St. John's Hospital in Maplewood. They've been brought together by a shared diagnosis of Stage IV cancer.
Katie and Brooke were friends. Then they were sisters. And then the honeymoon was over -- until the Twin Cities girls took a groundbreaking trip to India together.
Cathy Bratter finds an escape from her hearing-impaired world through the Dancing Hands Music drumming classes of ex-lawyer Alan Dworsky.
Dick Kramer, 64, and Gene Tuftin, 58, are traditional guys, which means you won't find them on Facebook or Twitter. Their social network is called good old-fashioned, customer-is-always-right service at their Edina barbershop.
Yes, she is too old to have a nanny. But Amanda Ling, whose 16th birthday falls on Leap Day, isn't ready to leap into independence just yet. Neither is Cori Linehan.
Angie Andresen was leaving Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis nine years ago when she saw a woman step slowly out of her car. In Susan, she recognized that familiar brand of grief, fresh and raw.
Mike and Dave Gair have walked around Lake Harriet every Sunday for two decades.
Lane Christianson, 44, was at his childhood elementary school in Maplewood when he saw a name on a classroom door: Mrs. Bell. He wondered, THE Mrs. Bell? He wrote an impromptu note: “I don’t know if you remember me …”
For 3 1/2 years, Kristina has special-ordered yellow roses for Bill, who comes into the grocery store and picks out his favorite to place on his late wife's grave.
When Quentin Moore's mom died of cancer, Judy Blaseg moved into his life. The two have developed a surprising, and especially sweet bond.
Muzamil Yahya fell out of a tree at 13 and with that fall his dreams tumbled, too. Enter Sharon Monthei.
Hunter Knettel, 6, had the usual back-to-school jitters in early September, but his fears were eased by a special secret. Hunter's first-grade teacher, Julie Clemons, also taught his father, Chris.
Jazz musicians Eric Giere and John Sutherland live in the past. You should visit them there.
The Titanic had not yet made its fateful maiden voyage when Dorothy Adams was born in Jordan into a close-knit family of seven sisters and a brother.
Even a spinal trauma couldn’t get between 8-year-old Joe Lang and a hockey puck. Joe, a second-grader at Delano Elementary School, has been playing hockey since he was 3.
After the I-35W bridge crumbled beneath the Coulter family's car, the family was plucked from the wreckage and scattered, one by one. All four were hurt, with Paula Coulter one of the most critically injured of all the victims. It's been nearly five months, but for them, normalcy is still a long way off.
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