Inspired
September 11
This eagle made an unannounced visit to the Andover Fire Department’s 9/11 memorial ceremony staged on a freeway overpass.

Bald eagle swoops in to join firefighters' 9/11 tribute in Minnesota

Viral video shows the majestic American symbol atop a fire truck in Coon Rapids.
Inspired
September 10
Brianna Boone is a staff attorney at Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services and the designated attorney for the health care legal partnership at C

Children's Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota bolsters health of children with on-site attorney

Brianna Boone has long been drawn to work that improves the lives of people living on the margins, but she never imagined where she'd set up shop.
Inspired
September 7
Students at Minnesota State University, Mankato, grab free produce at the university’s Free Farmers Market in August.

Campus food shelves in Minnesota fight growing food insecurity, stigma

Food insecurity on a college campus can be anything from missing a few meals to forgoing meals several dozen times in a semester.
September 7
Crystal, a four-year-old Australian Shepherd, had become lethargic. Her gums were pale. Veterinarian Larry Cowgill explains the dog’s immune system

Pioneering therapies are savings lives — of dogs and cats

The University of California, Davis, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital is a showcase of pioneering therapies, advanced technologies and elite researchers.
Inspired
September 7
Robert White smiles after he was presented with a Bronze Star Tuesday afternoon at the Hampton VA Medical Center Aug. 21, 2018 in Hampton, Va. Private

He saw the worst of the Nazi war machine; after 70 years, he saw his Bronze Star

The tough-it-out attitude in the armed forces can discourage some people from coming forward.
Inspired
September 7
From a single bicycle saved from scrap, Michael and Benita Warns now oversee 10 garages with donated bikes and parts.

St. Paul couple restore and give away hundreds of bicycles a year

For the hundreds of people each year who receive free bicycles from Mr. Michael Recycles Bicycles, it feels pretty magical.
The Good Life
September 4
Empty-nest syndrome "speaks to a life development issue — aging," said Eddie Luker, a clinical therapist at the Mayo Clinic Health System in La Cros

Words of wisdom for parents about to face an empty nest

A clinical therapist at the Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, Wis., offers parents guidance to find joy in new possibilities.
Inspired
September 1
Assistant Chief Kathy Wuorinen congratulates Officer Alexander Graham, right, for earning two Lifesaving Awards on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018.

St. Paul police officer honored with two lifesaving awards

St. Paul's Alexander Graham kept two victims from bleeding to death.
Inspired
September 1
Inspired
September 1
In this self-portrait, Pat Benincasa held her Joan of Arc medal under a map showing its global reach to offer comfort.

St. Paul artist's tiny talisman lifts morale of deployed troops and their families

For a dozen years, Pat Benincasa's medal of Joan of Arc has been worn on dog tags by thousands of American servicemen and servicewomen, as well as clutched by those in crisis.
Inspired
August 31
Diane and Jim Cook after renewing their wedding vows in the parking lot of a Pilgrim Dry Cleaners location in Robbinsdale on their 60th anniversary.

After 60 years, couple renew vows in Robbinsdale dry cleaner parking lot

Children hold surprise renewal of vows for parents — married 60 years — on site where their church once stood.
Inspired
August 31
Harsha Amin-Thom and her husband, Alex Thom, pose in their rain garden. Alex helped Harsha dig out the slope and build the retaining wall

Minnesota's Master Water Stewards tackle pollution with grassroots approach

Master Water Stewards protect Minnesota's pristine resource — by the yard.
Inspired
August 31

National youth poet laureate explores a changing childhood landscape

CHICAGO – National Youth Poet Laureate Patricia Frazier said the written word — particularly that of fellow black female Chicago writers and activists —…
August 31

He rescued her from communism after they survived the Holocaust; now reunited.

Frank Shatz could not believe it was Erika Fabian walking toward him in the Virginia airport. He bounded toward the woman he’d rescued from a…
Inspired
August 27
Dr. Jillian Peterson poses for a portrait in her office.

Hamline criminology expert says we all can learn skills to defuse a crisis

Jillian Peterson sees in us a mighty, and largely untapped, force to bring down the noise and defuse tensions.
Inspired
August 24
The iconic Happy Chef statue in Mankato will soon be talking to visitors again, just as it did in the old days.

Mankato's iconic Happy Chef statue will speak again

The chef will join the 21st century with an electronics update shortly after Labor Day.
Inspired
August 24
Jack Morrow, 95, sat with a few of the 500 blankets he’s made for the charity Bundles of Love over the past seven years.

95-year-old quilter hits major milestone: 500 blankets for needy newborns

Jack Morrow's journey started seven years ago, and the past few months it meant 10-hour days, missed meals and sleeping at his machine.
Inspired
August 24
Marybeth Lonnee weeded the memorial garden she planted with donated perennials and help from other Merriam Station Community Garden volunteers.

A grandmother turns her grief into a St. Paul community garden

The memorial garden to little Alan Geisenkoetter will be dedicated Sunday with singers, pipers and balloons.
Inspired
August 24
Cannan Huey-You, 12, is a sophomore at TCU. This summer he joined the cast of “MythBusters Jr.,” which airs later this year on the Science Channel

12-year-old science prodigy prepares to bust myths on the Science Channel

This Texas Christian University sophomore is double majoring in physics and astronomy/engineering with plans to be an astronaut. And, he's 12.
Inspired
August 24
Working to distract her opponent Peter Pandemonium, played by Rebekah Outman, RahRahBoom!, played by Rachel Melton, licks their clinched hands as they

Delightfully outrageous St. Louis Lady Arm Wrestlers flex muscles for charity

For the uninitiated, they are a collection of women who, by day, work as clinical researchers, college professors and welders, but channel alter-egos in arm-wrestling tournaments about three nights a year to raise money for charity.
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