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Calling all kiddo superheroes: Say Cheese!

If Minnesota kids think they have a superpower, it's often the ability to endure harsh cold. Put on a cap! Wear your mittens! But they walk out the door to the bus, smiling to themselves: If only you knew my secret identity. The Gloveless Wonder! Updated Feb. 16, 2013

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  • 50-year flashback to friend who died too soon

    Publish February 10, 2013 2:00 AM / Update February 9, 2013 4:28 PM

    The Feb. 13, 1963, front page featured photos of six of the eight Minneapolis-based crew members who died when their plane crashed 42 miles southwest of Miami's airport, breaking apart as it flew into a storm over the Everglades.

    The black and white image of 25-year-old flight attendant Virginia Lee Younkin didn't reflect her cobalt-blue eyes. But 50 years later, those eyes still haunt Bodem.


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Peter Geye

Gene and Shannon Bahr found each other on Facebook nearly 30 years after their first engagement broke up.

Deb Larson

Dave Herzig

Reina del Cid

Minnesota's ornament

Gary Brueggemann

Trent Johnson

Danny Klecko

Jane McCure

Geri Pehrson

Bruce Gordon, director of communications for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety,

Stacey Dinner-Levin

Luke Thompson

Frank Vavreck shows a map of Minnesota

Deborah Bushinski

Esther Porter

Lucky Phousirith spent his summer operating a bike cab in Minneapolis...

Matt Fugate

Doug Carlson

Stephen Bruning

Angie Gustafson, founder of the Mill City Cyclomaniacs

Chris Hill, in full 80s retro mode.

Every Sunday about 12:30 p.m., Nancy Aarsvold waters the pink petunias cascading from a basket that she placed here on Memorial Day. It hangs alongside Lyle’s gravestone.

Dennis Nguyen

Tim Seekon

Lyle Scribner

Bob Brandt

Jessica Kohen

Leya Hale

Susan Vass

Sgt. Kevin Vacura of the State Patrol

Jake Rudh

Mike Vedder

Rob Miller across the street Wednesday evening, November 2, 2011 from...

Kim Crisler, Minneapolis and David Grandall, Minneapolis

Cutline: Dr. Christine Lim, a veterinary ophthalmologist at the U, sho...

Patricia Boyd

Sara Hanlon

Manny Laureano

Retired Lt. Col. Carl Colwell is the mayor of Morton and the head of t...

Cindy Olson

Jennifer Shea Hedberg

Andy Mattern

Dan Smith

Ray Harris.

Natalie Ayers of St. Paul

Chank Diesel

Doug Knutson

Kurt Gough

Katherine (Kitty) Taute overcame an aneurysm and is back selling lutef...

Kristen Brown

Kristen Brown

Jordan Wiklund

Marshall Morehead

Bill Rose

Shirley Berdie

Bette Revoir, left, was the first customer and remains a regular at Ann Polachek's coffee shop, Polly's Coffee Cove, at 1382 Payne Avenue on St. Paul's East Side.

Guy Blessing

Cutline 1 : Biology professor Alan Hooper has lived in an old, transpl...

Jeff Forester

  • An advocate for the forests, the land and the lakes

    Publish September 11, 2011 2:00 AM / Update September 19, 2011 1:14 PM

    This installment is brought to you by the word "aptronym," which means a name that uniquely suits its owner. You know, like Howie Yankem, Dentist, or Mary Flower, horticulturist. Meet a tree expert named Jeff ... Forester. He lives in Uptown with his wife, a dancer and teacher. Jeff is the executive director of the Minnesota Seasonal Recreational Property Owners, and he advocates for careful stewardship of the land and the lakes. "It's the people who own forest land and lake shore," Jeff says. "Forty-three percent of the forest in this state is privately held. What they do on their land has more impact than the DNR and the timber industry."  There's also the impact of Bambi, but we'll get to that. So: native, or Minnesota by the grace of fate?

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Tim Schweitzer and the found-object artwork that both ended up behind the bar at the Wise Acre Eatery in south Minneapolis.

Shelley Dugan and Bob Malos

Dale Howey

Tim Chapdelaine

Sarah Harris.

Dave Selbo, a longtime Ford Motor Co. worker, plans to retire this yea...

Julia Nekessa Opoti launched a new radio show earlier this year, ampli...

Mira LaCous

St. Paul artist Jay Wittenberg spent three years painting 76 portraits of the First Minnesota Regiment 150 years after they went off to fight in the Civil War.

Timon Bondo emigrated from a hardscrabble Kenyan village to Minnesota...

Patrick Coyle

Dale Findlay, 48 ys, Bloomington, MN

Jon Greer is selling his Acme Deli in St. Paul after 18 years to stay...

Fifth-graders Aimi Dickel and Adam Kotula flank Minnesota art teacher...

Dale Findlay, 48 ys, Bloomington, MN

Chris Bahn

Matt Burgess

Kevin Murphy

Emily Koch and her mom, Carla Koch

Ryan Beamer, Duluth bridge tender

Gail Weber

Kao Kalia Yang

Tom Christiansen

Bill Corbett

International Falls pilot John Smuda

Mike Augustyniak

Jonathon Cody

Chad Korby

Molly Priesmeyer and Scoobi

Mari Lecours and Metric Giles

Esther Ouray

The Rev. Sarah Campbell, 50

Andy McNamara

Tony Sanneh

  • State's obscure soccer celebrity comes home

    Article By: CURT BROWN , Star Tribune Publish December 12, 2010 2:00 AM / Update December 11, 2010 11:20 PM

    Now recently retired from the game, Tony Sanneh has returned to Minnesota to run a multi-pronged nonprofit organization that aims to use his sport's popularity to unite diverse communities and help poor kids find success on and off the field

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