Inspired
March 15
Ellad Tadmor, a University of Minnesota professor who runs a program called “Science Court.”

Aerospace engineer takes civility to court at University of Minnesota

Ellad Tadmor believes that strengthening our democracy isn't rocket science.
Inspired
March 15
Tom Anderson, 67, right, a student in the senior citizen education program who retired from 3M after a career in sales, sat in his nonfiction writing

More than 500 retirees taking classes at U — but not to earn a degree

Minnesotans 62-plus are heading to class through U's Senior Citizen Education Program
Inspired
March 15
Nygel Witherspoon plays cello.

At 17, this award-winning Minneapolis musician is soaring on the cello

Nygel Witherspoon is already a familiar name among Minnesota music aficionados.
March 15
Melinda Jackson with some of her show pigeons, including a gold collar Lucerne perched on her shoulder, a copper black wing archangel on her head and

Parlor rollers, pouters and mookees: Fancy pigeons strut their stuff

Tom Jackson cradles a pigeon in his hand and releases it on the ground. But instead of blasting off into the sky, the bird rolls…
Inspired
March 15

Tiny prosthetics company gives India's poorest amputees a renewed, and free, chance to walk

Prosthetics company puts India's poorest amputees back on their feet.
Inspired
March 15
Dennis Scollard, 60, carried his cot and sleeping bag into the church.

This homeless shelter offers food, showers, beds — and nursing care

Medication assistance and referrals offered as part of California program called Winter Sanctuary.
Inspired
March 9
Goldy Gopher gave Leslie Marin a high five after her dental appointment . ] COURTNEY DEUTZ • courtney.deutz@startribune.com on Saturday, Feb. 9, 201

U takes bite out of cavities by giving kids free dental care for a year

About 50 low-income Twin Cities children are receiving free dental care for a year as part of U's cutting edge outreach.
Inspired
March 8
Prayer scarf carriers have committed to sobriety to honor Marissa Joline Blacklance, killed by a drunk driver in 2018.

In Mpls., young American Indian woman's death inspired yearlong oath to stay sober

The "prayer scarf carriers," as they call themselves, have become models of sobriety and resilience in local Native communities.
Inspired
March 8
Jungohk (Theresa) Cho, who restored Betsy Ross's family Bible, flips through its pages in the lab at the Conservation Center for Arts and Historic Art

Preserved Betsy Ross Bible soon to be on display in Philadelphia

The $11,000 preservation project came of a partnership between Historic Philadelphia, the private nonprofit that operates the Betsy Ross House, and the American Bible Society (ABS), an organization that has been promoting the Good Book for the past two centuries.
Inspired
March 8
Anna Peterson, director of Step Up, a youth employment program poses for a portrait in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis youth are eager for you to 'Step Up' for mock interview assistance

You'll help our future workforce practice firm handshakes, eye-contact and other terrifying interactions with adults before they move into summer jobs and beyond.
Inspired
March 1
Minnetonka High School senior Lily Hohag volunteered to help teach young girls to play lacrosse on a Saturday morning in February.

At Minnetonka High School, students make the grade by lettering in kindness

Minnetonka High School is among several Twin Cities schools that honor community service with a varsity letter.
Inspired
March 1
Jasmyn Green has an extensive history working with youth and is the program manager for Oasis for Youth. She has quickly become a leader in the outrea

Oasis For Youth's Jasmyn Green celebrates small victories for at-risk young people she serves

Her work builds trust — and futures.
Inspired
March 1
Jordan Buckellew.

This Minnesotan fights to keep offensive 'R' word from making comeback

She uses kindness and humor to encourage people to rethink how they treat people with disabilities.
Inspired
March 1
A Japanese-American family patiently awaited their fate, dressed in their Sunday best.

Famed photographer Dorothea Lang captures sadness, resilience of Japanese-Americans in 1940s

She captured grim truth for Japanese-Americans.
March 1
Dana Marlowe, 42, posed on top of bags filled with hundreds of bras and sanitary items collected for homeless women. A new bra, she said, “can signi

Maryland 'bra fairy' found a need among homeless women and filled it

Business exec provides bras and hygiene items to poor women, and now federal workers.
Inspired
March 1
Shawn McLaughlin, left, and Ilana Stern play "Ungame," a board game used to create a positive environment and discuss personal life between students,

College students flock to course on happiness

After three years at the University of Pennsylvania, Brielle Weiner has perfected the one-sentence introduction she gives in every new class: She’s “a 21-year-old senior…
February 25
Martin Quezada refurbishes a 1940s Underwood typewriter that he bought at a yard sale, inside his International Office Machines shop in San Gabriel, C

On tap: Trusty typewriters enjoying surprising rebirth

Young people are taking a new interest in antique typewriters.
February 22
One cause of the loss of coral is coral bleaching.

Key West bans popular sunscreens to help keep coral areas alive

"To me, this is a pretty black-and-white issue," Mayor Teri Johnston said.
Inspired
February 22
Labrador retriever Millie nosed in on the action at MSP Airport.

MSP Airport's hard-working TSA dogs don't get a spring break

Spring break might be coming for you, but not for these highly trained four-legged workers.
Inspired
February 22
Ophthalmologist Dr. Richard Freeman encouraged his former patient, Laura Olson, to study orthoptics. Then he hired her.

In Minnetonka, former eye patient now works alongside her former doctor

Laura Olson was born with a condition in her left eye called persistent fetal vasculature.
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