Inspired
February 14
Coco Gauff of the U.S. reacts after winning a point against compatriot Sofia Kenin during their fourth round singles match at the Australian Open tenn

Tennis star Coco Gauff is tough like her grandma

Yvonne Lee Odom integrated her Florida high school in 1961.
Inspired
February 14
Sasha Olsen, 10, during a January beach cleanup at Bal Harbour that she organized through the nonprofit she created with her cousin, Iwantmyoceanback.

At age 10, she's already working to clean up the beaches

Polluted oceans spur Florida girl to launch a conservation nonprofit.
Inspired
February 13
Sarah Reasoner working out at Los Campeones gym in northeast Minneapolis.

One of the world's strongest firefighters is recruiting other women to St. Paul

Powerhouse Sarah Reasoner has been tapped to recruit more women to careers as firefighters.
Inspired
February 8
Mark Meier, the founder of the Face It Foundation, which helps men face their mental health problems, posed for a photo in his New Brighton headquarte

Peer support groups show promise in helping men facing mental health problems

Mark Meier knows there's only one thing tougher than getting a man into therapy — and that's keeping him in therapy.
Inspired
February 7
Registered nurse Kathy Bissen said she was called to found SoleCare for Souls, which offers foot care to about 200 people each month.

Crystal woman finds purpose in caring for the feet of those who are homeless

For the average person experiencing homelessness, there is 5 to 10 miles of walking a day, often in a pair of ill-fitting shoes.
Inspired
February 7
Grace Myler and her mother launched Threads for Teens Minnesota in 2016. The store found a permanent space in 2017.

Shakopee student whose nonprofit clothing shop changed teen lives now is getting a national award

At Threads for Teens Minnesota, girls in need can get free clothing.
Inspired
February 7
Winter X Game medalist Mike Schultz teamed up with Protolabs to create a racing prosthetic.

Winter X Games medalist and Maple Plain fabricator team up to make new racing prosthetic

The new prosthetic parts helped "Monster" Mike Schultz take home the gold at the adaptive snow bikecross competition at the 2020 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo.
Inspired
February 7
Corrina Reamer built a personalized library for her 11th-grade English class in Alexandria, Va., by raising money online and applying for grants.

Virginia teacher starts with love letters to reading

She writes to high school juniors and pairs them with just the right books.
Inspired
January 31
Conor O’Meara, who has autism, broadcasts “Conor’s Corner” weekly from a tiny studio in St. Paul, with co-host Scott Applebaum, left.

St. Paul man with autism living the dream with his own radio broadcast

His message to listeners like him: "Go out there, do what you do. A disability doesn't define who you are."
Inspired
January 31
A woman who did not want to be identified by name shared her story of recovery with other women currently residing at the Retreat in Wayzata, which op

Female-focused approaches are big draw for Minn. women seeking help with substance abuse

Experts say women have often waited longer to get mental health treatment since they are usually the primary caregivers in a family and also face a sometimes harsher stigma when seeking help.
Inspired
January 31

New president of Children's Home Society of Minnesota dreams of loving home for every child

It's a time of massive changes in adoption, including a drastic decline in international ones and a huge upswing in the need for families of older children.
Inspired
January 31
Michael Austin, left, and registered veterinarian technician Logan Gonella put a pet jacket on Austin’s dog, Chloe, at a Street Dog Coalition clinic

Pets with homeless owners get care through Street Dog Coalition

Teams find pet care is key because "As long as my dog's OK, I'm fine."
Inspired
January 31
Sharon Gaiptman gave her brother Lenny a smooch at his home in Philadelphia.

Woman connects with the sibling she thought had died at birth

She was told "Lenny" had died soon after birth.
Inspired
January 31
Welder Pa’Trice Frazier, 34, works at Cavo Design in Gloucester City, N.J., on a renovation at the Independence Seaport Museum.

In welding, a trade dominated by white men, she's blazing a path forward

In an industry dominated by white men, "you got to be top" to make it as a black woman, and it helps to be a little fiery, too.
Inspired
January 27
Abdul Omari, a University of Minnesota alum and former regent, who runs a program aimed at drawing and keeping black male students on Minnesota’s pr

Former University of Minnesota regent makes sure black men at private colleges finish and thrive

  When Abdul M. Omari was a teen, his parents made some things clear: “You’re going to college. You’re going to get good grades. And…
January 24
Suzie, a military macaw, left, and Kirby, harlequin macaw, groom each other at TC Feathers Aviary on Jan. 2, 2020. Their offspring may be the first cr

Two species of parrot surprise humans with their soaring love story

In nature, they'd never be together. In this aviary, they're inseparable.
Inspired
January 24

Professor's nonprofit pays it forward using therapy, literature to assist women in need

Pay It For Her playing off the 2000 movie "Pay It Forward," about a young man whose school project to foster acts of kindness unexpectedly bloomed into a national movement.
January 24
Susan Lewis, 61, left, Lori Griffith, 43, center, and CJ Paxinos, 43, all of Connellsville, Pa., join legions of grownups who are turning to Lego-buil

Stressed-out adults turn to Lego to unwind and tune out

Lego sets its sights on a growing market: Stressed-out adults who want to unwind and tune out.
Inspired
January 24
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Golden Valley woman's 'scarf-bombing' starts warm movement in the midst of winter

What is a scarf-bombing? Like a hat- or sock-bombing, these items appear — seemingly overnight — in city parks wrapped around trees and railings or resting at bus stops.
Inspired
January 24
Julia Tyler, right, leans in for a little hug from her job coach, Liv Helgesen, left. Liv and Julia have been together for four years and they work on

Design company does happy dance

Sales soar for tote bags created by young woman with special needs.
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