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December 2
Hennepin County social worker helps at-risk parents thrive

Hennepin County social worker helps at-risk parents thrive

Danielle Monsrud has a personal connection to Hennepin County's Parent Support Outreach Program.
Inspired
November 29
Adam Borgen, chairman of of Serving Those Serving tends bar at Burger Dive in Roseville.

In Twin Cities, a push to get restaurant workers mental health benefits they need

Serving Those Serving connects food service workers with help for addiction, depression and other job-related troubles.
Inspired
November 29
Rick Brimacomb of St. Louis Park has kept his family’s cherished Christmas cookie fest alive since 2005, with “fierce competition” for the best.

How a St. Louis Park family's holiday cookie tradition got so big it moved to Mel-O-Glaze

A father of four preserves cherished family tradition by skipping right to the fun part.
Inspired
November 29

Teen elected to school board said he won by gaining voters' trust

Elected to school board at 18, he said he won by gaining voters' trust.
Inspired
November 29
Angela Dugan, 43, and Brad Andrews, 42, reveled in a dream wedding last December, provided by Wish Upon A Wedding, a nonprofit that grants weddings an

Wedding experts make dreams come true for 150 couples facing serious illness

Wedding pros make dreams come true for 150 couples facing illness.
Inspired
November 29

Gutsy 8-year-old with alopecia is a brave role model for struggling kids

Gutsy 8-year-old with alopecia is a brave role model for struggling kids.
Inspired
November 25
Nur Mood is Hamline’s coordinator of social justice initiatives and a champion of getting youth to vote. Hamline has the highest percentage of stude

Hamline University's social justice leader is a winner at getting out the youth vote

Nur Mood looks into the future every day — in the form of the bright young people walking across his St. Paul campus.
Inspired
November 22
More than 50 adults and children threw up their hands and cheered as they prepared to make their surprise entrance at a benefit for Cheri Ventrucci, w

These Minnesota party crashers are invited to stir up fun

BenefitCrashers pop in on fundraising gatherings to buoy people facing tough times.
Inspired
November 22
The tribally owned Poeh Cultural Center near Santa Fe, N.M., preserves the culture of the Pueblo communities of the northern Rio Grande Valley.

After a century away, Tewa pots return to their native lands near Santa Fe

Their return is due to a historic two-year collaboration between leaders at the Poeh Cultural Center and representatives of the Smithsonian Institution.
Inspired
November 22
Addison Ditto is covered by his classmates who were trying to keep him warm after a falling tree broke his leg in North Idaho.

When their classmate was pinned by a falling tree, teen hikers knew just what to do

For 13 boys, a three-day camping trip suddenly turned into a harrowing experience.
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November 22
Members of the Castellers Joves Xiquets de Valls form a human tower or “Castellers” during the Saint Merce celebrations in San Jaime square in Bar

In Catalonia, human towers thrill crowds in a long-standing tradition

Human towers, or castells in Catalan, have been a pivotal part of Catalonian culture for more than 200 years.
Inspired
November 22
Coon Rapids-based "Don’t Cry ... I’m Here" has welcomed more than 500 refugee and asylum-seeking children with dolls tailored to their ethnicity.

'Don't Cry ... I'm Here' dolls welcome newly arrived refugee children to Minnesota

A Twin Cities nonprofit has, for the past 2 ½ years, provided more than 500 newly arrived refugee and asylum-seeking children with dolls and bears that look and dress like them.
Inspired
November 22
Zinnia flowers grow in the Southside Blooms urban flower farm Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. The program exposes ki

Businessman transforms vacant lots into farms with help from at-risk young men

Nonprofit turns vacant lots into buds of beauty, and jobs bloom, too.
Inspired
November 18
Molly Baeverstad, marketing manager for Eastside Food Co-op which just launched FARE: Food Access to Restore Equity

Minneapolis' Eastside Food Co-op makes food access 'FARE'

People of limited means are often denied the health benefits and simple pleasures of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Inspired
November 15
Mary Myers Corwin, with veteran Roberto Oviedo, uses art to offer hope.

Minnesota artist's portraits salute four-legged lifesavers for vets

A new exhibit highlights the stories of American veterans and their struggles after returning home from war.
Inspired
November 15
Chris Pangle, left, helped resort chef Brian Chaffee load food and supplies into Chaffee’s van at Loaves & Fishes in Minneapolis before a 360-mile r

Twin Cities nonprofits boost deliveries of free food to people in need in greater Minn.

While poverty and homelessness may be more visible in the Twin Cities, it's not a problem confined to urban areas.
November 14
Author Gina Mulligan, founder of Girls Love Mail, at her dining room table beside a basket filled with the letters she received during her treatment.

A breast cancer support campaign shows the power of handwritten letters

Girls Love Mail sends handwritten cards and letters of support to breast cancer patients across the United States.
November 14
Muriel Klein and comedian Michael Piper-Younie in July 2019.

Comedians are being hired by the hour to help dementia patients

When humor truly is the best medicine.
November 14
From left, Tanush Apte, 11; Mihir Ganguli, 14; Shiv Nair, 13; and Govind Mohandas, 13, during a break at cricket practice in Sterling, Va.

Crickets! These American Gen Zers passionate about the sport of their immigrant parents

U.S.-born kids are wild about cricket, a sport with deep immigrant roots.
Inspired
November 8
Rabbi Ted Falcon, Pastor Don Mackenzie and Imam Jamal Rahman, who call themselves the Interfaith Amigos, spoke recently at Plymouth Congregational Chu

A rabbi, a pastor and an imam walk into a … dialogue about shared values

The "Interfaith Amigos" are serious about their mission to reject the idea of "otherization."
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