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Gail Rosenblum

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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
Bryan Skavnak said his be-nice project has renewed urgency as kids return to school a little rusty about interacting.

Brooklyn Park father of two shifts focus from golf course to classrooms, encouraging kids to be nice

Bryan Skavnak is founder of Be the Nice Kid, a business venture that engages students in storytelling and activities designed to build character, courage and compassion.
Ben Delkoski, director of My Team Triumph-Minnesota, posed for a portrait outside his home in Lakeville.

My Team Triumph is back on course for the Twin Cities 10k and 5k

Minnesota chapter founder and president Ben Delkoski shares more about the organization and why finishing isn't even the most thrilling part.
Grace Gouker Littlefield moved back to her hometown of Bemidji in 2018 and found her calling as founder and executive director of Able to Vote.

Bemidji-based Able To Vote is working to increase voter turnout in disability community

For Grace Gouker Littlefield, the 2021 election isn't just about the candidates. It's about who gets to vote for them. After about six years of…
Operators of the Eden Prairie lemonade stand which has donated money to charities since 9/11 stood for a portrait with a mockup of the stand Saturday

For 20 years, Eden Prairie neighbors have remembered 9/11 with sweet tradition

More than $66,000 in donations later, the Olympic Hills 9/11 Lemonade Stand has become an annual fundraiser.
Paul Nelson is chairman of the Oral Health Task Force.

For chair of Cook County's Oral Health Task Force, dental health is overall health

Paul Nelson champions comprehensive and early dental care for everybody.
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Much is made of the inevitable shifts in the way we receive our news these days. And that leads to much hand-wringing about the future…
Forgiveness expert Mary Hayes Grieco posed for a portrait in her home in Minneapolis in August.

Minneapolis forgiveness expert: 'Anger is a doorway to our power but not a house we can live in'

Author of "The New Kitchen Mystic" and "Unconditional Forgiveness," Mary Hayes Grieco is gearing up for a forgiveness workshop specific to these times.
Pat Lund, Age Well At Home program manager for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity,

Twin Cities Habitat wins $836,000 HUD grant to keep low-income seniors safer in their own homes

He talks about how the grant will make home indeed a sweet place for hundreds of homeowners.
Cindra Kamphoff

Minnesota State University, Mankato's sports psychologist tackles mental performance pressures of Olympic scale

A professor in sports psychology at Minnesota State University, Mankato, Cindra Kamphoff has worked with USA Track and Field.
Lindsey Kirkland

Minneapolis-based Climate Generation helps teachers, parents talk about climate change with kids

Lindsey Kirkland was raised in a farming community in Iowa and "always felt a connection to the land and animals." She pursued a degree in…
31 years after suicide attempt, Chicago woman returns to Faribault to reclaim her life

31 years after suicide attempt, Chicago woman returns to Faribault to reclaim her life

After years of healing, Jennifer Green returned to Faribault to find peace.
Dr. Olusola Adegoke, a family medicine practitioner in the east metro, offers counsel on how to encourage the guys we care about to get those checkups

Men, the doctor will see you now and would really like to

Nobody needs a bigger nudge unless they're really sick. Even then, they might not be candid about what ails them.
Curt Goering, outgoing executive director at the Center for Victims of Torture, stood for a portrait Thursday at their offices in St. Paul.

Center for Victims of Torture director retires after 9 years of leading healing work

Curt Goering was exposed to humanitarian work at an early age. His father managed reconstruction projects in Europe, rebuilding homes and communities after World War II.
Jill Moore

Inclusive play specialist Jill Moore of Golden Valley makes sure everyone gets to play

Moore was born with spina bifida and is a full-time wheelchair user. She also swims, plays basketball, skis and has completed 12 marathons.
Willie Dominguez, director of the Male Involvement Program at PICA.

Inspired Problem Solver Willie Dominguez is a friend to fathers

He shares ideas for luring in reluctant dads to embrace their essential role as role models.
Lucia Morelos Quintero posed for a portrait with her sister Cristina, left, outside their South St. Paul home.

6 grateful Minnesota graduates thank the special person (or pet) who helped them

In their own words, six grateful high school grads pay homage to the special person (or pet) who guided them through COVID-19 and got them to the finish line.
Danielle Werder, team leader for the effort to end chronic homelessness in Hennepin County’s Housing Stability area.

Hennepin County places 700th formerly homeless person in permanent housing

It's a welcome story amid homelessness and housing insecurity, which can feel intractable — too big and complex to get our collective heads around.
Kirsten Lind Seal, a Twin Cities licensed marriage and family therapist, assures us that it’s normal to be feeling a bit of whiplash.

Twin Cities therapist explains why, for many, the CDC's new mask guidelines just make us more anxious

Kirsten Lind Seal, a Twin Cities licensed marriage and family therapist, also weighs in on mask shaming, "cave syndrome" and how we turtles can best move forward.
Rob Grunewald, an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

Gender reveal: COVID was particularly cruel for working moms

The multiple fallouts from COVID-19 will be revealed for years. But one reality is clear now: Working mothers were particularly punished by the coronavirus pandemic.…
Kristin Doherty sat among textiles, clothing, jewelry and more made by women in Ghana through her nonprofit Global Mamas in Minneapolis.

Twin Cities World Jubilee fair trade sale May 1 will honor partnerships with women across the globe

Fair trade partnerships have made a world of difference for women across the globe.
Jessica Shryack, local facilitator for the national nonprofit Living Room Conversations (LRC).

Minneapolis consultant sees Living Room Conversations as a way to rebuild respectful discourse

Jessica Shryack has pulled about 1,000 people out of their bubbles as a local facilitator for the national nonprofit.
Jim Nicholas of Minneapolis is a familiar presence around Lake Harriet as he battles buckthorn, “the poster child for invasive species.”

In retirement, Minneapolis man takes on stubborn foe: Buckthorn

For 27 years, Jim Nicholas of Minneapolis was a data analyst with the Minnesota Hospital Association.
Dr. Dionne Hart poses for a portrait outside of Hennepin County Medical Center Saturday, April 10, 2021.

Psychiatrist Dr. Dionne Hart speaks out about huge gaps in mental health services among communities of color

The latest chapter in Inspired's Race and Equity series explores mental health disparities.
Heidi Sundquist is part of the annual Step Up program that guides young people into the workforce.

Minneapolis Step Up program gets COVID creative to keep offering youth internship opportunities

Heidi Sundquist, who has developed Step Up internships with her employer, Accenture, shares more about this summer's ambitious goals.
Bill Doherty

U therapist offers advice for how to be our better selves while waiting for COVID-19 vaccine

William J. Doherty has seen pretty much everything in his more than four decades as a therapist. He's helped to heal marriages on the brink…
Lisa Gebhard is manager of lung health for the American Lung Association. The ALA has just opened up screenings to a larger group of smokers in a resp

New lung cancer screening guidelines means potentially millions more lives can be saved

Pain has piled up in this long pandemic year, not just in deaths but in growing mental health concerns and alcohol consumption. Another public health…
Minneapolis writer-turned-caregiver writes the meditative book she wished she'd had

Minneapolis writer-turned-caregiver writes the meditative book she wished she'd had

Patricia Hoolihan was one of several caregivers for her grandchildren during the pandemic.
Jessica Pecoraro, vice president of workforce law and compliance at Thrivent

Creativity and fun helped Minneapolis financial services company succeed during COVID-19

Nobody would describe the past year as fun and games, but that doesn't mean levity is out the window. With workers experiencing Zoom fatigue and…
Raie Gessesse

Born in Minnesota, a child of immigrants: 'The story of my life is the product of my parents' dreams'

Raie Gessesse, a Minnesota advocate for racial and gender equity, is the first in the Star Tribune's 'Inspired Conversations' dialogue about race. Her story begins with her parents, born and raised in Ethiopia.
Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea

Minnesota's Children's Justice Initiative celebrates 20 years of protecting vulnerable children

It is a national model for how to find safe, stable and permanent homes for abused and neglected children.
Pam Borton

Leadership guru Pam Borton taps decades as a basketball coach to help executives find purpose

Former U women's coach sees leadership potential in everyone.
Kristen Mark, the newly named Joycelyn Elders Endowed Chair in Sexual Health Education at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Sexual Health.

University of Minnesota educator wants us to talk openly and honestly about sex

She's eager to help us practice as the newly named Joycelyn Elders Endowed Chair in Sexual Health Educationat the University of Minnesota.
In recovery from perilous addictions, young adults share their stories through Change the Outcome

In recovery from perilous addictions, young adults share their stories through Change the Outcome

The opioid crisis has only intensified during the pandemic. The American Medical Association reports increased opioid-related deaths in more than 40 states, including Minnesota. Alcohol…
Kevin Hendricks held up a book he wrote titled “Better Politics, Please.” The book was written to encourage people to view the new year with more

West St. Paul journalist shares 35 uplifting stories about politicians taking the high road

Kevin Hendricks is author of the self-published "Better Politics, Please: 35 Stories of Politicians Who Value Hope Over Hate."
Minnesota Women's Press celebrates 35 years of reporting about and by women

Minnesota Women's Press celebrates 35 years of reporting about and by women

As MWP celebrates its 35th anniversary, its leader reflects on its bold reporting, financial challenges and exciting plans for 2021.
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As 2020 ends, problem-solving Minnesotans offer reasons for hope

This year threw our Problem Solvers challenges beyond all challenges but they still hunkered down and got to work.
Zachary Jordan is lessening the burden for many. Jordan is the founder of Easy EMDR, an app that makes eye movement desensitization and reprocessing t

Macalester senior makes eye movement therapy accessible and affordable with an app

Mental health problems have only increased due to the isolation and stresses of COVID-19. But this 22-year-old is lessening the burden for many with an app.
Sheila Delaney in Loring Park, which was filled with homeless people living in tents a few months ago. Delaney brings innovative housing solutions to

Community advocate praises North Loop's tiny shelter model as first step in combatting homelessness

Community advocate and organizer Sheila Delaney knows we're running out of time.
Elder Atum Azzahir has been the executive director of the Cultural Wellness Center for 24 years. The center is located inside the Midtown Global Marke

A program to improve health in Twin Cities' Black community begins with healing power of soul medicine

A Minneapolis center partners with counties and health care providers to tap into the resiliency of the Black community to improve health and financial stability.
St. Paul founder of the Good Kid Project says kindness toward animals is key to developing empathy

St. Paul founder of the Good Kid Project says kindness toward animals is key to developing empathy

Want to raise good kids? Then teach them to be kind to animals. That's the goal for Nick Coughlin.
Excelsior recovery coach warns of insidiousness of opioids, and also shares the hope of healing

Excelsior recovery coach warns of insidiousness of opioids, and also shares the hope of healing

Meet a nationally certified intervention professional, recovery coach and doting father.
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.