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Gail Rosenblum

Inspired Editor | Newsroom
Phone: 612-673-7350
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: French

Gail Rosenblum is editor of the Inspired section. She's also an author, journalism instructor and public speaker who has worked for newspapers and magazines for nearly 40 years. 

Rosenblum has a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in journalism, and has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the American Association of Feature and Sunday Editors, the Associated Press and Parenting Publications of America. She is the mother of three young adult children and the bonus mom of three others.
Recent content from Gail Rosenblum
Minneapolis Stairstep Foundation leader sees opportunities to rebuild in this difficult time

Minneapolis Stairstep Foundation leader sees opportunities to rebuild in this difficult time

In the midst of a worldwide pandemic and cries for racial justice, his message seems particularly urgent and his comforting approach especially welcome.
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Minneapolis man creates Facebook page to inform others with disabilities about how to vote

Michael Sack, who has cerebral palsy and uses a motorized wheelchair, realizes that this foremost civic duty is easier for some than for others.
Minnesota's Proof Alliance leader wants all pregnancies to be alcohol-free

Minnesota's Proof Alliance leader wants all pregnancies to be alcohol-free

Research has shown since 1974 that alcohol during pregnancy harms a developing fetus, but she learned most people "did not have the facts."
Psychologist Leni de Mik, left, and clinical social worker Brenda Hartman coined a new term for COVID single life — SILOS: single individuals left o

Twin Cities therapists emphasize need to prepare purposeful COVID 'bubbles' before winter

Experts concerned about single individuals left out of social circles.
A cat waited to be seen by a veterinarian at the free pet clinic.

Mpls. veterinarians offer free pet care to dogs and cats of owners facing homelessness

The pop-up clinic gives pets free basic medical care, including vaccinations and heartworm testing, as well as medications for skin and eye infections.
Stephanie Downey

Avatars join effort to help Minnesota teachers identify worrisome behaviors in their students

During the pandemic, teachers face a doubly tough task of identifying students — mostly behind screens instead of desks — showing signs of psychological distress.
Normandale graduate, 18, returns to campus to make sure other students have food, housing

Normandale graduate, 18, returns to campus to make sure other students have food, housing

  Ainsley Schwerr graduated from Normandale Community College in May — then went right back. When COVID-19 hit, the 18-year-old from Eagan put her continuing…
Dr. Timothy Schacker

U's microbiology research facility key to national 'moonshot' effort to fight COVID-19

Dr. Timothy Schacker shares how the U launched its testing program, contributed to drug studies and even created a low-cost ventilator.
Dr. Michael LuBrant, director of the Mortuary Sciences Program at the University of Minnesota.

U's Michael LuBrant pivots to teach death rituals to mortuary science students in COVID world

He guides future funeral directors through end-of-life rituals.
Liss Idrovo-Perdomo

Children's Minnesota resource navigator drawn to helping families much like hers

Community Connect is an initiative of the Children's Minnesota health care system partly funded by a grant from Kohl's Cares.
Danielle Grant, president and CEO of AchieveMpls

AchieveMpls launches student support fund to address trauma of pandemic, George Floyd killing

AchieveMpls has launched the MPS Student Support Fund to offer mental health counseling, school-based programs and interventions to let students know how deeply they are valued.
“I am noticing that I have laughed more since I started this than I laughed in the last 20 years,” Jacquelyn Fletcher Johnson said.

Facing hardship during COVID, these Minnesotans find comfort in levity

These Minnesotans regained control and strength during pandemic times in an unusual way: laughter.
Annie Van Avery.

Head of Mpls. Domestic Abuse Project builds on rich history of helping in new COVID reality

DAP has worked to end intergenerational violence for more than 40 years, with bold and inventive strategies that bring everyone to the table for success.
Safety remains a priority for Eureka Recycling, said Lynn Hoffman, bottom left, with (clockwise from top) Fabio Dierings, Ranson Reyes, Marcela Ramire

As recycling surged in Twin Cities with COVID-19, Eureka pivoted to respond

How did the company manage the inevitable surge in recycled material coming from homes and apartments now doubling as offices, day cares and more?
Alex Jackson Nelson is a gender services consultant for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, the first position of its kind within a Minnesota health plan.

Blue Cross gender services consultant brings years of work in transgender community to new role

It's rare for a major health insurance company to create a position called "gender services consultant."
Amy Ronneberg

New leader of Minneapolis' Be The Match breaks down stem-cell process, busts myths

The international nonprofit organization based in Minneapolis provides lifesaving blood stem cell therapy to people of all ages around the world.
Geri Chavis, emerita professor at St. Kate's and Past President of the National Association for Poetry Therapy tells us how we can find healing by rea

In the age of COVID-19, Minn. author looks to 'poetry therapy' to soothe the soul

It turns out poetry as an agent of healing was recognized in the ancient world over 2,000 years ago, she says.
Dave Ellis, 68, is a longtime advocate working around childhood trauma and resiliency.

Minneapolis trainer on race and trauma shares ideas for how we talk to each other now

In this wrenching moment for our city, he encourages us to continue to have productive conversations.
Matthew Utecht, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 663 is part of the Inspiring Heroes Issue. Here in the boardroom, he misses live

Midwest union leader talks safety, shopping smart and his hope for life after COVID-19

Utecht is president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 663, a union of more than 13,000 members in Minnesota and Iowa, including 1,850 at the JBS pork plant in Worthington.
Joe Hobot of the American Indian OIC which is working to increase employment opportunities for Native Americans.

American Indian OIC leader offers ways to stay proactive in job search during pandemic

His message for all of us: Tough passages are an opportunity to rethink, recharge and re-engage.
Greg Pavett, founder of Humanity Alliance.

Minnesota leader of Humanity Alliance connects the dots between health disparities and food insecurity

The nonprofit organization's first program rescues food about to be discarded and turns it into high-quality and healthful meals delivered to families who lack access to good-tasting nutrition.
Tracie Ward.

Former Twin Cities management consultant shifts gears to help us live with intention

Tracie Bluse Ward says that challenging times are often the best times for personal growth.
Jin Lee Palen, executive director of the Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs.

COVID-19 testing Minnesota's already fragile mental health support system

Meet the leader of a statewide network of 32 community-based mental and chemical health programs that serves approximately 180,000 Minnesotans annually.
These Minn. health care heroes are fighting on the front lines against COVID-19

These Minn. health care heroes are fighting on the front lines against COVID-19

Meet the people putting it all on the line during the coronavirus crisis: "We are going to look out for each other."
This week, our inspiration comes from readers across the Twin Cities

This week, our inspiration comes from readers across the Twin Cities

We've compiled a growing list of selfless, creative and often courageous acts you've shown toward family members, friends and strangers.
Twin Cities employee engagement leader encourages businesses to embrace fun

Twin Cities employee engagement leader encourages businesses to embrace fun

Fun Is Good, an employee engagement consulting firm that offers seminars and workshops, lunch-and-learns and keynotes.
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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.
Tracy Nielsen, executive director of HandsOn Twin Cities, posed for a portrait Wednesday, April 1, 2020 in Minneapolis.

HandsOn Twin Cities leader shares ways we all can help during pandemic

Here are some practical steps to take from the safety of our homes to help our fellow Minnesotans.
Richard Leider: "We’re wired for purpose. It is not a luxury."

Minnesota author on finding purpose in an age of uncertainty: 'It's an aim outside of yourself'

The senior fellow at the U's Center for Spirituality and Healing believes that it is precisely in times like these that we can gain valuable clarity.
Cindy Kaigama, the health systems director for the Alzheimer's Association of Minnesota and Dakotas, posed for a portrait at Centennial Lakes Park in

Minnesota public health leader aims to bring equity to Alzheimer's care

Cindy Kaigama knows firsthand the challenges of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease.
John Haine.

White Bear Lake-based Cummins partners with 916 Career & Tech to power high-paying diesel jobs

The Cummins School-to-Work Program will train qualified high school students with the intention of launching them into high-paying jobs in the diesel field.
Zubeda Chaffe.

Minn. teen beats the odds, dreams of building a school in her native Ethiopia

On March 19, this 18-year-old will be one of five honorees at the 28th Children's Defense Fund-MN Beat the Odds celebration.
Founders of LiveMore ScreenLess, Maree Hampton and Katherine Myers.

Veteran Mpls. educators start organization to help everyone screen less, live more

The Minneapolis-based LiveMore ScreenLess offers workshops and workplace consultations, school visits and tips to parents and grandparents, principals and CEOs.
Steve Humerickhouse is executive director of the 32-year-old Forum on Workplace Inclusion, newly housed at Augsburg University.

How Twin Cities became one of the largest hubs for workplace diversity, inclusion

The Forum on Workplace Inclusion gears up to welcome about 1,500 people to the Minneapolis Convention Center on March 10-12 for its annual conference.
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.
New president of Children's Home Society of Minnesota dreams of loving home for every child

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.
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…
Donna Minter, executive director of the Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute, where she works with victims and perpetrators on restorative jus

Minn. restorative justice leader sees this method as best opportunity to heal trauma

Donna Minter deals with what she calls a public health epidemic every day, even though "few know how to talk about it or are willing to address it."
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.
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.
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.
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?
Aletta Brady.

For this award-winning Minnesotan, the climate crisis is personal

Aletta Brady created a web-based platform, called Our Climate Voices, to humanize the climate crisis by gathering and sharing personal stories.
Turn the 'getting' season into 'gratitude' season with help from Twin Cities nonprofit

Turn the 'getting' season into 'gratitude' season with help from Twin Cities nonprofit

Sarah Aadland has gathered loads of research confirming that altruistic kids are happy kids. And what better time than December to practice?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Dr. Thomas Kottke is the immediate past president of the Twin Cities Medical Society. He has been working on efforts to help people understand the per

HealthPartners cardiologist says we need to stop denying the dangers of vaping for teens

His particular concern is young people with developing brains who have taken to vaping like candy.
International community puts stamp on 150th anniversary of the postcard

International community puts stamp on 150th anniversary of the postcard

Here's why the postcard still matters to so many people.
Karen Meyer runs an innovative nonprofit called Community Support Center that is bringing together many churches to combat housing insecurity in her c

New Brighton's Community Support Center stays with people until they're ready to launch

Once it accepts a case, the center has been able to stop almost 100% of evictions.
George Esbensen.

Former Eden Prairie fire chief sparks a new conversation about the safety of his peers

Among their often-unspoken dangers: high rates of cancer and heart disease, as well as mental health challenges
Chris Bentley is a financial advisor who started the nonprofit, Wings for Widows, offering pro bono financial assistance, as well as coaching and emot

St. Louis Park financial adviser lessens money worries for widows with free services

The nonprofit Wings For Widows offers free services, including financial coaching, during this difficult time.
Mia Youth Summit co-chair Ursula Girdwood, 16, posed with her favorite piece of art, Nick Cave’s 2010 Soundsuit.

Teen Youth Summit at Minneapolis museum explores how creativity can lead to societal change

On Oct. 5, the Minneapolis Institute of Art hosts its first "Creative Fuel" youth summit.
Ellen Pillsbury practices what she preaches -- working to get everybody to embrace safe walking to all, or at least most, of their destinations. ] Sha

This Minnesotan is doing her part in the fight to make local communities more walkable

Ellen Pillsbury helps lead the Minnesota Department of Health's Walkable Community Workshops.
Wanda Walker

Minneapolis time-management guru turns procrastinators into goal-setters

For 30 years, the Brooklyn Park-based owner of Uniquely Yours Consulting has been helping people, mostly by getting out of their own way.
Blake Elliott, co-founder of Bridges MN has a new service, Rumi, which pairs people with disabilities with caregivers who live together.

New roommate matchmaker Rumi connects caregivers, people with disabilities

Blake Elliott, vice president of operations for Rumi's parent company, Bridges MN, explains why he feels the timing is right for this service.
Ferd Schlapper is a math tutor with AmeriCorps, a national “Peace Corps” that gives boosts to kids in math and reading. He volunteers at Woodbury

Minnesota is No. 1 in AmeriCorps members: 'I love to see these kids'

AmeriCorps — sometimes called the domestic Peace Corps — is demonstrating measurable success, aided by a robust Minnesota presence.
Josh and Sheree Savage have invested in four spaces in south Minneapolis that they offer to the public for free.

Hero Plumbing owners build community by offering free use of spaces throughout Minneapolis

A local couple have made four intimate spaces available for free to all community members who need a spot to gather.
Tutapona offers emotional healing to victims of war, including Minnesotans

Tutapona offers emotional healing to victims of war, including Minnesotans

More than 50,000 victims of unspeakable trauma have begun to reclaim their lives thanks to this nonprofit's forgiveness model.
“Maybe You Should Talk to Someone” by Lori Gottlieb

Reviews: 'Maybe You Should Talk to Someone,' by Lori Gottlieb, and 'At Briarwood School for Girls,' by Michael Knight

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone By Lori Gottlieb. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 412 pages, $28.)   Few mysteries are more intoxicating than what goes on…
Collaborative attorney and mediator Ron Ousky.

Edina divorce lawyer creates cards to help couples communicate better and maybe stay together

What if couples had a way to proactively practice talking to one another, not about kids or money stresses or in-laws, but about their own needs, vulnerabilities and desires?
Young volunteers participating in a program offered through West Suburban Summer School.

5 Twin Cities tweens find a way to 'make a difference' on summer break

A look at an unusual gifted-and-talented summer school class offered through West Suburban Summer School.
Creators Space founder Melissa Dessart stood for a portrait in the salt room.

A remarkable creative space reopens in St. Paul's Lowertown

The Creators Space is a creativity center and coffeehouse that provides space and tools for creative people to incubate ideas.
Helping Hand Companies is labor of love on Minneapolis' North Side

Helping Hand Companies is labor of love on Minneapolis' North Side

The north Minneapolis business teaches local youths work skills and self-sufficiency, with plenty of fun still included.
Ned Crosby.

Twin Cities philanthropist sees our best hope for common ground in Citizens Juries

For 45 years, Ned Crosby has randomly selected a microcosm of the population to gather and listen to and learn from experts on pressing societal issues before respectfully brainstorming solutions.
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.
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.
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.
Monica Gail.

Why more millennials should consider a financial planner

Twin Cities financial planner Monica Eckberg shares her philosophy on how young people should save money.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter kissed his father, Melvin Carter Jr., at a prayer service. The elder Carter founded SOS.

Retired St. Paul cop Melvin Carter Jr. helps young black men rewrite their script

Sgt. Carter, father of St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, is the founder and executive director of Save Our Sons.
Nicole M. LaVoi

Colleges courted to increase women head coaches over the next 5 years

The Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport has released its annual report card to document progress, or lack thereof.
Mary Latham, right, was especially moved by the story of Julie Dombo, of Kansas, a shooting victim who received mechanical limbs from a stranger. Domb

A quest to collect stories of kindness has driven her to 39 states (and counting)

Mary Latham's remarkable cross-country road trip collecting stories of kindness in every state, including Minnesota, will be turned into a book.
The Kindness Club with Matt Greenhoe, top left, and Ashley Justen, right.

Elk River fifth-graders combat bullying by adding kindness to the curriculum

Elementary school kids start their own club to stymie bullying and promote kindness.