Inspired
July 12
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
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
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

Senior walkers embrace idea of coming together for a common purpose

The groups drew inspiration from Moai, a tradition that began in Okinawa, Japan.
July 12
Michael Platt whipped up a lemon cake at his home in Bowie, Md., as his mother, Danita Platt, watched. He threw himself into baking after being diagno

For every cupcake he sells, 13-year-old baker Maryland gives one to the homeless

From a young age, Michael C. Platt loved two things: Martin Luther King Jr. and cupcakes.
Inspired
July 12
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
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
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
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.
July 5

Odessa and her human set a new record at the dog mile world championship

Sweet-tempered German shorthaired pointer may also be the world's fastest.
July 5
Louise Griffin, 99, and her White House Volunteer of the Week placard at her home in Washington, D.C.

At 99, she's worked for four presidents and says it's a privilege — no matter who's in office

Meet Louise Griffin, who's volunteered at the executive mansion for 26 years.
Inspired
July 5
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
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.
June 28
Kelly Latimer inside the gutted fuselage of “Cosmic Girl,” the modified 747 plane that is set to launch rockets from beneath its wing.

Female test pilot flies at the cutting edge of aviation and, soon, space

Kelly Latimer flies a giant, twin-fuselage aircraft which carries a smaller spaceship at its belly to an altitude of up to 50,000 feet before the spaceship detaches and blasts off.
Inspired
June 28

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.
June 28
Bagel, a.k.a., Sunglass Cat, was born without eyelids and wears bedazzled sunglasses to protect her eyes from dust and debris.

Meet Sunglass Cat, an Instagram star with an eye-opening message of acceptance

To protect the cat's corneas from scratches, a friend rigged up some special kitty sunglasses.
Inspired
June 27
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
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
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."
June 21
Warren High School student Mehraeel Gouda looks on as her best friend Katerin, right, hugs Mercelena Vasquez-Funk, Warren High School English teacher,

They fled different countries. In Los Angeles, they found a friendship without borders

One from El Salvador, the other from Egypt, they plotted limitless futures.
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