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It's natural to want to help those affected by major disasters. But some forms of help are better than others.
Todd Prafke had been city administrator of St. Peter, Minn., for four months on March 29, 1998, when the tornado struck. As emergency sirens…
Casual age bias is so pervasive that most of us don't even realize we're doing it. The first step to fighting it, experts say, is to simply be aware of it.
The traveling Great Big Wheel will take Minnesotans for a spin 156 feet above the State Fairgrounds.
FICTION: A woman and her only son struggle to adjust to their new freedoms when the son leaves for college.
Employees gave these companies top marks in 12 Special Award categories. The employers shared their secrets to success.
Unconventional outdoor activities can be found everywhere in Minnesota.
Minnesotans who provide caregiving for loved ones may face real financial hardships of their own.
NONFICTION: In this collection of essays, writers discuss the delicate matter of getting paid.
More than 250,000 Minnesotans over 60 live alone. How can we fight off loneliness?
An "intentional community" in St. Louis Park encourages multigenerational bonds.
Depending on your field, it's a job-seeker's market. Career counselors say good old-fashioned strategies can help you land your dream position.
You want to give. But how do you decide what cause to donate your money to — and to whom?
Why taking on daunting new challenges in midlife is essential for growth and happiness.
Working past the traditional retirement age is good for your mind, your body and the economy.
The more the Minnesota State Fair has changed over the last century, the more it has stayed the same.
In the 1880s, when the State Fair settled into its permanent location, modern carnival rides were 50 years away and the area where the Midway now stands was marshland.
Four individuals who reinvigorated their lives with new careers after retirement.
With a tightening labor pool and below-average unemployment, Minnesota companies are offering unusual incentives to attract and retain qualified workers.
Employees gave 10 companies top recognition in these Special Award categories. The companies shared their secrets to success on our questionnaire.
Minnesota's abundant community fests have more in common than not.
NONFICTION: A new memoir/history follows a Minnesota county's "tremendous" change from wetlands to cornfields.
In Minnesota, 670,000 people act as unpaid caregivers to loved ones — a challenging trend that's only expected to grow.
New safety and convenience technologies take center stage at the Twin Cities Auto Show.
In a special series of songs, a California composer captures the people and places coursing through Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon lore.
OK, so this is a great place to live and work. But what are we doing to recruit and retain top talent?
Review: 'Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction,' edited by Judith Kitchen and Dinah Lenney
NONFICTION: This collection of essays edited by the late Judith Kitchen includes pieces that are thoughtful, quiet and subtle — small pieces that address big topics.
Some you'll know, some you won't, but Minnesota's foundations make outstanding contributions to our community.
As 76 million baby boomers near the end of their working lives, the nation is hurtling toward a retirement financial crisis.
There are plenty of interesting and eclectic new things to look out for at this year's Minnesota State Fair.
Artists often spend years struggling before they achieve success. Soul singer Sonny Knight spent half a century. “I guess inside of us all we’ve got…
One big room was full of people banging on inverted buckets on chairs, simulating the experience of playing the taiko drum, a large traditional Japanese…
Three of the biggest turning points in Lucy Rose Fischer’s career involved encounters with aging. Twice, she was influenced by other people’s aging — the…
“One’s destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things.” Henry Miller wrote. Mary Bergs happened to be in India…
Jim Denomie wasn’t exactly a model student when he attended South High School in Minneapolis around 1970; he recalls his activities included “goofing off, getting…
Among the 10,000 athletes from around the country who competed in the 2015 National Senior Games, held July 3-16 in the Twin Cities, were…
A Burnsville man goes for an authentic look with his airport-minded birdhouse for wrens.
In a survey by WorkplaceDynamics, Minnesota ranked first among 45 regions surveyed on workplace satisfaction. The survey focused on components of well-being, like relationships, positive feelings and a sense of meaning.
Who cleans the polar bear? Behind the scenes, a host of museum workers are the MVPs of TLC at Minnesota museums.
Museum shops aren't just a place for cool postcards. They serve an educational mission, too.
With her family cheering her on, Jackie Cogan shot from novice to gold in a matter of months.
Randy Hall was on the pickleball court when he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. “I was pretty much dead,” said Hall, 64, a retired teacher…
Sherwood Sagedahl got a late start in the race, but he has more than made up for it.
She’s had water balloons thrown at her (they missed) and been the target of squirt guns. As a racewalker, Anita Macias-Howard has learned to take…
Tom Rohman is not in it for the health — he likes competing against himself.
How YouTube helped one competitor learn the art of the javelin.
If you're not much of an athlete right now, here are some ideas to help you get in shape.
A new Somali museum is the latest ethnic collection preserving traditional ways for future Minnesotans.
10th-grader is already compiling an impressive list of volunteer work.
With plenty of work to do, Arc welcomes young volunteers.
Student spreads the message of 'love and joy.'
World Citizen aims to settle global conflicts by starting locally, with the children.
Yazmin LaFleur-Donaby understands why, at 17, she can be an effective tutor and mentor — as good as, if not better than, many adults.Yazmin volunteers…
In CommonBond Communities' Study Buddy program, young people can share their knowledge.
The benefits of starting young can be far reaching.
Youth Farm program offers opportunities for kids to learn, socialize.
What's the first thing you should do when checking out a potential car purchase? Kick the tires? Look under the hood? Sit behind the wheel and imagine yourself speeding down the Autobahn at 90 miles per hour? No on all three.
You may think you're a fast driver, but you've got nothing on Ky Michaelson.
NONFICTION: Jon Ronson examines the harsh, never-ending punishment of vilification on the Internet – which, he says, seldom fits the crime.
Four-time Top Workplace winners share secrets for satisfied employees.
If you've ever walked into a secondhand shop with a big box of items,you already know this: Sometimes selling secondhand stuff barely covers the gas to get to the store.
Time to weed through the stuff stashed in your closets and drawers and the cobwebby corners of your basement, to decide which items to keep and which to give away or toss.
Rescued and presented in second-hand stores, the merchandise becomes often lovely, surprisingly useful, and fully functional.
You've probably had the experience of walking into a room -- maybe even one in your own home! -- and instantly feeling relaxed and cozy. In other rooms, you've noticed feeling restless and on edge. Annoyed. Bored. Overwhelmed.
How to get through this winter without burst pipes, broken furnaces, heat loss and other problems that can plague the Minnesota homeowner.
The choice is overwhelming, so how do you pick the right paint for your decor?
An interior designer offers 10 tips for better furniture arrangements.
Some of the most vexing organizational problems are the ones you don't often see addressed. We asked a professional organizer to offer solutions.
When Gary Anderson took up playing the guitar again after 30 years, he realized he wanted to be able to sing along with it, so…
Many people find midlife to be a great time to tackle new challenges: a job, a hobby, a sport, or a cause. That's because people in their 50s and 60s are often experiencing life changes that can serve as motivations to try something new.
Testing for Alzheimer's risk is possible, but some experts say the tests carry risks of their own.
After 36 years in marketing, Jerry Mevissen now writes, farms, raises animals and enjoys his small-town neighbors.
What happens when you retire and have all that time on your hands?
Minnesota's climate, human physiology and social media come together this time of year to produce a phenomenon we're calling "frozen face." A select group of hardy Minnesotans were happy to show off their frozen face selfies on Instagram.
With Theodore Wirth Park at its center, the Loppet Foundation uses its focus on outdoor activities to reach people who might miss out.
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