Inspired
July 12, 2019
Nawal Noor was named one of 24 Bush Foundation fellows this year. She plans to expand her business and pursue national leadership opportunities.

Somali American is trailblazer in a construction field with few women, people of color

As a developer and general contractor, Nawal Noor is leading efforts to diversify the industry.
Inspired
July 12, 2019
Open Eye’s popular “driveway tours” feature free puppet shows for fans young and old in backyards, front yards and parks.

Twin Cities' theater brings magical, free, puppet shows to backyards and parks

For 17 summers, the driveway tour has been roving through the Twin Cities to perform.
Inspired
July 12, 2019
New nonprofit Let Grow urges parents to land those helicopters and let kids be kids

New nonprofit Let Grow urges parents to land those helicopters and let kids be kids

How do we let go? Minnesota native Diane Redleaf has a suggestion: Practice.
Inspired
July 12, 2019

Senior walkers embrace idea of coming together for a common purpose

The groups drew inspiration from Moai, a tradition that began in Okinawa, Japan.
Inspired
July 12, 2019
World War II veteran Dan Rankin, 95, shares a laugh with Maria Baker.

Diner patrons treat WWII veteran to hearty breakfast every day

Patrons have been regularly paying for the 95-year-old's meal to thank him for his service.
Inspired
July 5, 2019
Sally Brown, 83, has volunteered with Road to Recovery since 1985.

Minn. volunteer hits the road to get cancer patients where they need to be

Road to Recovery's Sally Brown has been a driving force for more than two decades
Inspired
July 5, 2019
Lisa Mer leads the Twin Cities chapter of Sidewalk Talk, which offers free listening sessions.

Something on your mind? Volunteer Twin Cities group will listen without judgment

Sidewalk Talk Twin Cities brings a nonjudgmental ear to public spaces.
Inspired
July 5, 2019
Kate Hersey, executive director of the Minnesota Tool Library showed off some of the tools available in the St Paul location.

Minnesota Tool Library offers savings by sharing 5,000 tools

The nonprofit, among the Twin Cities' best-kept secrets, offers classes to the public as well.
Inspired
July 5, 2019
Ana Garcia Cowan, 45, fought off nerves and won first in the novice division in her first competition.

It took her 22 years, but soldier-turned-body builder finally reached her goal

It all started with an old journal entry.
Inspired
June 28, 2019
Cassie Bonstrom holds a picture of her grandmother, Nancy Jack, who died in 1989.

Two nursing students' lives are linked by controversial death 30 years ago in Edina

The two students discovered that their families are connected through an alleged "mercy killing" from decades ago.
Inspired
June 28, 2019

After years raising her dead sister's five disabled sons, she's gifted with a new minivan

Sixteen years after taking in sister's five disabled sons, she's given new ride.
Inspired
June 27, 2019
Headwaters Relief Organization’s Dr. Roshan Khatri.

Golden Valley-based Headwaters offers disaster relief with children's books

Storytelling can be a powerful tool in disaster recovery.
Inspired
June 21, 2019
Susan Gethin hugged Norman Irving as they arrived in the visitation area of Red Wing prison. Said Irving about Gethin: “It helps you to know you hav

Once homeless and now in prison, this Minnesotan still has his mentor from years ago in his corner

After landing in prison for aggravated robbery, Norman Irving is trying to turn his life around with the help of an old friend.
Inspired
June 21, 2019
Pianists Noah Johnson, left, and Brandon Leu practiced for an upcoming recital as their teacher Diana Bearmon watched and listened.

MacPhail musicians, one who is blind and one with autism, hit just the right note as a duo

They play off each other, creating "electricity between them."
Inspired
June 21, 2019

When 90-year-old's house caught fire, teens rushed in to save her

Homeowner couldn't find door through three-foot-high flames and smoke.
Inspired
June 17, 2019
Residents of Pelican Rapids, Minn., rallied around a newspaper after it published a column defending the local immigrant community from a racist Faceb

Small-town Minnesota newspaper praised for defending immigrant community

A racist Facebook comment left on a photo of young graduates prompted an outpouring of support for Pelican Rapids' immigrant population.
Inspired
June 17, 2019
Rose Talbot and Caleb Brumley.

On world's largest private hospital ship, a Minn. filmmaker finds his calling — and future spouse

For 40 years, faith-based Mercy Ships has provided safe, free surgical care in West and Central Africa.
Inspired
June 14, 2019
Suzelle Poole received a lifetime achievement award in 2018 at a "Love of Dance" convention in Dallas.

At 78, this ballerina is still going strong: 'It's never too late to do something you love'

At 78, ballet instructor still laces up pointe shoes to teach classical ballet.
Inspired
June 14, 2019
Registered nurse Claudia Lopez, left, reunites with Jacob Roman, 2, center, held by his mother, Vicelis Negron, as his father, Alexander Roman, looks

Mother reunited with 'angel' nurse who saved her baby's life

A grateful mother uses social media to find and thank the nurse.
Inspired
June 14, 2019
Kiski Area High School students and their teachers were recognized in May with the Governor’s Civic Engagement Award for their effort to get at leas

Students champion voter registration in the halls of their own high schools

The outreach program encourages teens to vote.
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