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Forget Netflix-and-takeout dates. With vaccinated grandparents eager to babysit, mom and dad are starting to venture out.
Whether they took epic road trips or drove across town, these readers went for their COVID-19 vaccinations and came away with a dose of gratitude.
These Twin Cities residents discovered their homes were once in "Caucasians only" enclaves. They're confronting history in an effort to fight the homeownership gap.
So far, animal babies born at the zoo's farm this spring include 11 piglets, three lambs, two goat kids, and a number of chicks.
Many are flocking to local llama farms to get a warm, comforting hug.
Despite the swings in temperatures, we got outside, tried everything from ice climbing to ice yoga and embraced a Minnesota winter.
One person died after being taken to a hospital.
'Way too much trauma and way too much hurt,' his sister posted.
When the Minnesota Vikings honored Alvin Donahoo with a standing ovation as a "Hometown Hero" a day after his 100th birthday, the U.S. Navy veteran…
Enjoy these two slower, quieter ways to experience winter.
Working out outside and switching up your activities offers surprising benefits.
For the next 30 days, we'll spend 30 minutes a day outside to reduce stress, improve our immune systems and see Minnesota's "other" season in a whole new light.
Company pivots from producing parachutes for sky divers to live-saving masks.
A big-hearted priest with a "constant grin and twinkle in his eye," the Rev. Patrick Griffin believed it was a privilege to serve poor people."His…
Ready, set, puzzle!This winter, jigsaw enthusiasts by the dozens can gather virtually to spend a few hours puzzling together.There are prizes for putting the puzzle…
Virtual visits with Mr. Claus can create real magic if parents do a little prep.
From online holiday markets to virtual personal shoppers, here's how to shop locally for gifts this year.
A Minneapolis mom and mindfulness educator has strategies to keep calm and carry on.
Long-running family camp continues to help kids facing loss despite pandemic challenges.
Even before the skulls and ghosts from Halloween came down, Christmas lovers across Minnesota were pulling out the ornaments and twinkly lights.
It's possible to limit the risks of a large gathering and still keep some of the magic.
Photographers are hosting shoots outside or in garages: Even in an age when parents' phones are filled with images of their children, the humble school picture still carries meaning.
Seena Hodges works to set her clients on the path to create a more anti-racist, inclusive world.
Piccard organized the country's first hot-air balloon race, launching from a frozen White Bear Lake as part of the 1962 St. Paul Winter Carnival.
As colder weather sends us indoors, many Minnesotans are shrinking their social circles.
Many activities — from concerts to church to doctor visits — can now be experienced from the safe bubble of our vehicles. But car-first culture comes at a cost.
From portable hand sanitizer to stylus pens for tablets, school supplies have been altered by the pandemic.
Loden got a post-convention bump, thanks to Michelle Obama's fashion sense.
A retired IT consultant from Chaska will join six other women to celebrate suffragists and their movement.
Minnesota museums, nonprofits and stores are packaging up activity kits for home use. We tested some on real kids.
Cartoon characters, local nurses and pediatricians help parents get their kids to wear the face coverings.
The Raptor Center offers "Raptor Zoomies" with a bird of prey.
More Minnesotans are venturing out, but still avoiding public restrooms. Is the worry warranted?
Parenting coach Meghan Leahy offers tips on how to help kids coming out of quarantine and other COVID-19 struggles.
Lakes, pools and splash pads offer a way to beat the heat. But safety precautions vary widely.
Many pools, water parks and beaches have been closed because of the pandemic, but a growing number have recently reopened or are scheduled to do…
Many camp organizers and parents are still gauging the safety of this mainstay of Minnesota summers.
With trips canceled and some playgrounds, beaches and splash pads closed, Minnesotans aren't going far in pursuit of summer fun.
Trudine “Trudy” Stringer was “the epitome of a neighborhood mom” who welcomed everyone into her north Minneapolis home and would make sure they didn’t leave…
Cathy Guisewite has been capturing our collective pandemic anxieties and ack-worthy quarantine moments.
Technology and distance failed to dampen the enthusiasm or dry the happy tears.
Twin Cities group supports women and girls through mother loss with "healing, joy and gratitude."
We may be snacking more, but home cooking can keep our scales steady.
There are plenty of workouts that don't require equipment at all, but for those who love to lift weights, higher rep sets using household items can provide a great workout.
NONFICTION: A New York journalist documents a year in the life of a homeless mother and the system that failed her.
The shutdowns for the coronavirus pandemic have made the skies clearer, but many of us have ditched eco-friendly practices at home.
She wants people to relearn how to appreciate leisure and rethink relationship with work.
Many folks are going without makeup and other grooming products or breaking out the hair clippers and drugstore hair dye.
You can only watch so much Netflix.Taking up a new craft (or two) is fun and offers proven benefits.
Using support systems and humor, Minnesota parents are finding ways to tackle two full-time jobs at once.
Michael Osterholm is a frequent flier, often racking up more than 200,000 miles a year. But as the number of U.S. coronavirus cases climbs, the…
Many of us have come to learn about our sleep rhythms and make small, doable changes that improved the quality and quantity of our rest.
Downsizing is still happening, but later, studies suggest.
Power naps — whether at your desk or in a fancy pod — are just one of the most popular sleep hacks that local experts suggest.
Making a few simple changes in your routine can have a profound effect on how you sleep.
You can use information from your sleep diary to help pinpoint adjustments to try in the weeks ahead.
Better mood, sharper thinking, improved cardiovascular health: Turns out, getting more sleep can have a profound impact on your quality of life.
Our 30-day Sleep Challenge begins with understanding that sleep is essential to our health.
Furniture and home goods subscription services aim to give millennials flexibility and sustainability.
She took all five kids and her husband on study-abroad adventures while she worked as an adviser to the Student Project for Amity Among Nations program.
An online movement to embrace gray hair is helping inspire many women to ditch the hair dye.
Matriarch Digital Media's stable of shows aim to offer a place women can go to be "understood, encouraged and uplifted."
NONFICTION: Journalist Ada Calhoun plumbs the question of what's keeping women up at night.
There’s often a strawberry in the striking floral designs that Sarah Agaton Howes creates. For the Anishinaabe entrepreneur, teacher and community organizer, the little red…
A seventh-grade boy's love of crochet has helped him focus, brought him a viral following and changed his family's life.
Our panel of kid critics, ages 3 to 9, quickly warmed to Elsa and Anna's return.
After suffering a miscarriage at 19 weeks, Kao Kalia Yang wrote a post on Facebook. It was a message addressed to her lost baby, and…
The app doesn't make new friends for you. You still have to put yourself out there.
New exhibit at the Minnesota History Center aims to foster a collective conversation about sexual violence.
Nearly eight decades after she appeared in New York vaudeville shows as a tiny tap dancer, Margaret Filipczak could still knock out a little routine…
Olympic gold medalist Jessie Diggins will be in town for live podcast.with Ch. 11's Jana Shortal and to participate in a race on rollerskis through downtown Minneapolis.
University of Minnesota researcher is studying how working out can help prevent postpartum depression for those most at risk.
NONFICTION: What compels a modern woman to join ISIS? This collection of interviews gives a clue.
Twin Cities women — and men — are learning to identify and hopefully fight impostor syndrome.
Hamline professor uncovers the story of young women who were incarcerated for being pregnant.