Karen Nau showed off a colorful collection of egg cups gifted to her through decades of welcoming exchange students into her Prior Lake home. The expe

Minnesota families welcome the world into their home, one student at a time

By throwing open their homes — and hearts — these Twin Cities women have learned that the best way to expand their world is by welcoming young people from around the globe into it.
St. Thomas senior Fatoumata Jaiteh, left, took action after seeing shocking inequities in maternal care in her parents’ homeland.
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St. Thomas student brings supplies and support to new Gambian mothers

November 16
Fatoumata Jaiteh founded a nonprofit called "From Mother To You," which helps Gambian mothers get supplies and resources they need after they have a child.
Several groups gathered at the workstation tables inside Feed My Starving Children in Coon Rapids on Give to the Max Day. FMSC received an additional
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On record Give to the Max Day, Minnesota charities reap millions in donations

November 16
Organizers of the 24-hour online giving marathon aim to beat last year's total of $20.6 million.
Marcia Alexander is going to help parents survive the holidays by teaching their kids the value of money. She is holding a blue piggy bank that helps
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Struggling with setting holiday expectations for your kids? Here's help

November 16
Marcia Alexander, a Thrivent financial adviser and mother of three boys, says this isn't just prime shopping season, it's prime teaching season.
A classmate at Central Middle School in Evergreen Park, Ill., talks with Max Castillo in his sixth-grade social studies class.
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Laptop-controlled robot keeps ill 6th-grader learning with his peers

November 16
In September, a 40-pound Beam robot appeared on the scene at Central Middle School in Evergreen Park, Ill. Now 11-year-old Max Castillo can be part of classroom discussions from his home, and see and hear what teachers and his peers are doing.
A digital "Doodle a Day" by Nancy Carlson.
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Caregivers find solace, relief in creative escapes

November 9
Thousands of fans and followers of Minnesota picture book author Nancy Carlson check out her digital Doodle a Day on her website and on Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter.
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Kayaks, ukuleles, neckties: The weird but useful things you can check out from libraries

November 16
Some libraries provide access to courses on computers or graphic design. Many will let you borrow passes to local attractions such as zoos and museums. Others provide seeds and cuttings.
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Diabetes advocate shares personal journey to inspire hope

November 9
Quinn Nystrom of Baxter, Minn., is a national diabetes advocate who travels the country sharing lessons from her own battle with Type 1 diabetes and empowering others to conquer the disease.
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