The Years Blew By

The Years Blew By

In wave after wave, the Class of 2010 is marching off into the future.

A mission of learning

March 20, 2011
A mission of learning
In a living room in Cottage Grove, faith unites people from different cultures. Three young Mormons left their homes in the western United States to come to Minnesota, learn to speak Hmong and serve the Twin Cities Hmong community.

Soon, a field of their own

March 20, 2011
Soon, a field of their own
Rites of passage • a weekly photo journal
April 5, 2011
Jake Spano grew up watching University of Kansas basketball games afte...

The thrill? of victory

The Tiffany Sports Lounge in Highland Village in St. Paul is the go-to bar for fans of the University of Kansas basketball team during March Madness.
March 20, 2011

Hearing opens 'whole 'nother world'

Caesar Marino of Little Canada had been mostly deaf since age 7 and longed to hear birds chirp again
March 20, 2011
The Debutantes Ball is an annual event hosted by the Filipino Minnesot...

Almost All Grown Up

The Filipino Minnesota Association hosts the Debutantes Ball to celebrate the accomplishments of Filipino youths
March 20, 2011

A deity dances from his memory

An artist and sculptor has spent the past two years at the Hindu Temple of Minnesota in Maple Grove
March 20, 2011

Baby’s first haircut

Her mom felt a twinge as the soft curls hit the floor, but 8-month-old Maggie Lund met the scissors with a smile. “She was born with a whole head of hair,” said her mother, Sarah. But now it was time to trim back.
March 20, 2011
Merila watches as Arkman digs for the gopher tunnel before setting a g...

GREAT BIG GOBS ...

Rites of passage • A weekly photo journal
March 20, 2011

Starry symphony

It makes you feel so small. You look up into night sky, 20 miles from the nearest town, 10 miles from the nearest power line and the view is stunning
March 20, 2011
When Tessa Vigoren,21, decided to finally get a tattoo, she did not j...

A GARDEN OF INK

Tessa Vigoren started thinking about getting a tattoo when she was 12. At age 21, when the time was right, she did not just choose a small butterfly tattoo on her ankle. She decided on a tree branch with flowers, leaves and birds that covers half her back and wraps around her waist. "He drew up something that I really liked," said Vigoren of the design by tattoo artist Matt (Poohki) Ward. Total tattooing time is expected to be nearly 10 hours. "It hurt as much as I expected," the University of Minnesota music student said. "Pain I think is psychological and if it's to ends that I want, it's a whole lot different than if I was getting injured." She has to go back for a final session for two birds and some details. "I am happy about how it turned out," she said.
March 20, 2011

Rhythm and light

Celebrating the solstice
March 20, 2011

A Fresh Start

On an infant mattress in a barren bedroom, Brittni Jones, 18, and her daughter Alissa, 21 months, seemed to marvel at their good fortune. They were no longer homeless.
March 20, 2011
Christian Kunau, 11, sipped hot chocolate while working at the Troop 1...

Visions of Camp

Every Christmas season, Boy Scout Troop 103 sells trees to pay for their activities.
March 20, 2011

Light of Lucia shines

Lucia, aka Linnea Cederberg, led attendant Nicole Ellis and head star boy Rutger Van Huber through the American Swedish Institute mansion Sunday in Minneapolis. In Scandinavian countries, Lucia is celebrated Dec. 13 in a ceremony where a girl is elected to portray its namesake -- an Italian saint who was adopted by the Swedes. Wearing a white gown with a red sash and a crown of candles, Lucia walks at the head of a procession of girls, each holding a candle. The candles symbolize light in winter's darkness and the fire that refused to take St. Lucia's life when she was sentenced to be burned.
March 20, 2011
Sandra White put her hand on her hip as she turned toward a crowd boo-...

Everybody's Irish

For the past 47 years, the musically challenged have been given their chance to shine.
March 20, 2011
Last Fourth of July Skyler Ingram of Minneapolis was sitting on a boa...

A First on the Fourth

Thousands gathered to witness fireworks light up the sky for about 15 minutes during "Minneapolis Red, White and Boom," a celebration Sunday along the Mississippi River.
March 20, 2011
John Wehrly, 27, with hands clasped, walked up to receive the "Blood o...

So I Say Yes

John Wehrly, above center, joined the growing ranks at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity for the opening mass of the school year last weekend. His class of 33 is the largest since 1981 at the seminary, located at the University of St. Thomas. "I've had this desire towards the priesthood and towards the life of single service to God's people and God since I was an undergrad," said Wehrly, 27. Still, he wavered about making the commitment. On April 1, he said, he prayed to God for an open heart and got his answer. "You've got me," he said. "At least for this next year, and if this is what you want of me, I know it is going to fulfill me. So I say yes."
March 20, 2011
Madelin Beckwith, 6, warmed up on her violin while she waited to walk...

Fingers don't fail me now

Six-year-old Madelin Beckwith of Big Lake waited in the wings for her big moment on the Leinenkugel Stage at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.
March 20, 2011
Valentin Solakhau the performing Arts teacher at the Twin Cities Germa...

International appeal of tango

Valentin Solakhau, the performing arts teacher at the Twin Cities German Immersion School in St. Paul, helped fifth graders Nele Roth left, Matu Mueller and Ingrid Sampson with their tango moves. Valentin is a native of Belarus is preparing the k-6 students for their Friday night performance of Carnival of Cultures, a celebration of song and dance from around the world . The event will take place on Friday 11; at St. Thomas More Catholic Community and school starting at 6pm. Valentin has a masters degree in German Literature and has been a teacher at the school for the past two years.
March 20, 2011

Primping for Prom X 4

The Durst quadruplets have huddled around a single bathroom sink in their Buffalo home for the past 17 years, but Saturday required extra coordination. It was prom night, the biggest formal event of their lives.
March 20, 2011
At Kid's Hair, a salon that specializes in cutting children's hair, Fr...

First haircut

At the age of 14 months, Frank Nameny V. was ready for his first haircut. "He's got all this craziness going on (with his hair). It's time," said dad Frank Nameny IV.
March 20, 2011
Curtina Wilson, 9, has a hero in her dad KG Wilson.

Following in father's footsteps

Curtina Wilson is only 9, a little young to be a soldier.
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