Inspired
January 13
A remembrance ceremony by the Front Line Foundation honored the fallen on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack.

Minnesota foundation expands to give grants to first responders, military members

The Front Line Foundation, formerly Friends of SWAT Minnesota, renamed and expanded in 2018.
Inspired
January 10
Colleen Tusa runs the adaptive recreation program for St. Paul Parks and Recreation.

St. Paul Adaptive Recreation specialist champions winter activities for everybody

Local park and recreation centers have many affordable indoor and outdoor options, Colleen Tusa says.
Inspired
January 10
Dr. Dairon Elisondo Rojas, a doctor from Cuba, treats patients in a migrant camp in Matamoros, Mexico, Dec. 6, 2019. Rojas, waiting for asylum in the

On the Texas border, migrant children tell their stories through art

On the Mexican border, migrant children flock to the plaza to learn.
Inspired
January 10
Hayden Meyers, 4, and Edward Wheat decorate a tiny pumpkin during an activity at Hearts & Minds Activity Center in San Jose, Calif., on Thursday, Oct.

At California's Hearts & Minds Activity Center, old and young teach each other

Activity center brings together children and people with dementia.
Inspired
January 10
Christine and Forrest Bray adopted Opal, left, who is blind and deaf. Opal has keen sense of smell and touch, and she became an internet star in 2018

Though blind and deaf, Opal the Australian mix is no underdog to her family or fans

Though blind and deaf, Opal is no underdog to her family or fans.
Inspired
January 10
Anoka hockey player Sam Hanks, 15, met Jake LaFerriere, right, after he healed from severe burns.

Anoka teen burn victim makes sure other kids have same positive camp experience he did

The 15-year-old is about to age out of Camp RED, but he's sending other kids there thanks to $5,000 from a fundraising event he organized.
Inspired
January 6
Hilal Ibrahim’s hijab creations are attractive and durable for hospital workers.

Minnetonka hijab designer, 24, fills a need fashionably

The demand only intensified for her while volunteering at St. Louis Park's Methodist Hospital, where she saw a market for both employees and patients.
Inspired
January 3
Dr. Helen Kim.

Director of Hennepin Healthcare's Mother-Baby Program focuses on the 'Fourth Trimester'

Dr. Helen Kim's work addresses the need for more people to focus on a mothers' health after birth.
Inspired
January 3
Ceola McClure-Lazo helped grandson Vail, 21 months, test out toys at the Toy Library.

A 'toy library' in Minneapolis adds to playtime with environmentally conscious twist

Minneapolis Toy Library responds to a growing desire for affordable and environmentally conscious ways for kids to play.
January 3
Clothing swap hosts Linda Alboher, second from left, and Marci Alboher, far right, with Clara Villarosa, far left, a retired bookstore owner, and Eliz

Clothing swap features name-brand fashions, opportunity for women of all ages to forge friendships

Event features name-brand fashions, but women of all ages forge friendships, too.
Inspired
January 3

Once piling up in storage, lost or forgotten bikes now rehabbed for kids

In this Pennsylvania city, police pluck anywhere from 100 to 200 lost and forgotten bikes from public parks and private properties in a year's time.
January 3
Alexandria Country Day School sixth-graders, from left, Brady Comey, Chloe Tate, Olivia Cushman, Liana Gomez and Inaya Usman use a pool noodle to conn

Ocean trash inspires tweens to design underwater remotely operated vehicles

Sixth-graders design underwater vehicles to tackle ocean plastics.
Inspired
December 27, 2019
Judy Nelson rubbed Rocket’s head as he visited her son, A.J. Nelson, 17, of Superior, Wis., in his hospital room. Rocket is trained to comfort and c

U's Rocket on the front lines of service dog revolution in hospital care

The pooch is part of a wave of support animals for individuals and medical facilities.
Inspired
December 27, 2019
Certified financial planner reveals true meaning of 'life planning'

Certified financial planner reveals true meaning of 'life planning'

Amber Miller hopes we'll take the final days of 2019 to ponder a big question: What do we want to do with the rest of our lives?
Inspired
December 27, 2019
Co-founder Jeff Hegna pretended to wear a halo as he goofed around with Susan Jelinski, right, during the Rock Star Book Club at Fraser in Apple Valle

Lakeville couple create enduring book club for people with autism

Rock Star Book Club was started eight years ago by volunteers to create community for a dozen or so adult residents with autism spectrum disorder.
Inspired
December 27, 2019
Upper Nazareth resident John Pequeno started an online fundraiser after his house burned down on Sept. 10, but instead of raising money for himself, P

Grateful homeowner launches fundraiser for volunteer firefighters who tried to save his home

Although the department receives some taxpayer dollars, most of their money comes from donations that go toward purchasing fire equipment and even fuel for the trucks.
Inspired
December 27, 2019
The Lowe brothers, from left, Glen, Don and Cal pose with Cal's daughter Gennifer Wright at Cal's Barber Shop Friday, November 22, 2019 in Jacksonvill

Family of barbers has been cutting hair for a total of more than 200 years

From flat-tops to shags to flat-tops again, this family has been cutting hair for a long time.
Inspired
December 27, 2019
Wyatt Haas, 5, of Montana rides a horse decorated to look like a unicorn.

Boy with cancer gets his wish to ride on a 'unicorn'

5-year-old Wyatt Haas of Fallon, Mont., had his dream fulfilled.
Inspired
December 23, 2019
Leo Treadway in the Santa Claus and Joulupukki costume he donated to the Minnesota Historical Society.

Brooks: Latest donation to the Minnesota Historical Society is a Yuletide treasure

Archivists will probably build a mannequin especially for the suit. That's something they've done only one other time, with Prince's "Purple Rain" costume.
Inspired
December 20, 2019
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6 Minnesotans who were voices of inspiration in 2019

As the year draws to a close, let's be inspired by people who aspire to connect, heal and support their communities.
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