Kera LaSure played with her daughter Thalia Mims, 2, in their Maplewood split-level, which LaSure was able to buy through Habitat for Humanity’s ope

Habitat for Humanity's new Open Market buying program gives families more choice

Habitat for Humanity finds success in helping families buy homes.
Kate and Chris Shermach use music to process life’s challenges and changes and hope that it will also offer comfort to others.
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Music is Wisconsin singer/songwriter's key to coping

May 25
With challenges over the past couple of years, music has become an even more crucial part of the family dynamics for Kate Shermach.
North High student Maryama Yusuf said“I don’t really like to talk in front of people,” but spoke with power as she presented research she did on
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In Ms. Bell's North High classroom, sociology is a way to break stereotypes

May 18
Her students examined topics including domestic abuse, poverty, the mistreatment of immigrants and gang violence.
U volunteers run Camp Kesem, which helps children affected by a parent’s cancer. Many of the volunteers were once campers.
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What University of Minnesota students did at summer camp: help kids dealing with cancer

May 18
Camp Kesem, which is organized and run by 65 student volunteers, is for kids who have been affected by a parent's cancer.
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Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity CEO Sue Haigh retires after 13 years

May 25
Her tenure included helping 681 families buy homes, opening two Habitat Restores, and repairing and painting nearly 1,500 homes through its national trailblazing Brush With Kindness program.
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Missouri firefighters rescue dog stuck for days in underground pipe

May 25
A dog named Jack got stuck in an underground pipe in southwest Missouri and was there for days — as many as eight — before he was rescued by firefighters.
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First he stopped a Tennessee gunman, then he set up fund for victims

May 18
People across the country have hailed James Shaw's courage, calling him a hero and writing notes of admiration on the GoFundMe page he started hours after the shooting.
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Man struggling to figure out math to teach his son turns to stranger on subway

May 25
The moment was captured by Denise Wilson, who was heading home from her retail job and saw the pair doing homework. She posted the photo on Facebook.
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