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Retiring Minneapolis teacher 'Ms. Jean' has offered a living lesson in caring
School to salute "Ms. Jean" Cerisier, who is "respected and revered" by her peers and students alike.
How do you decide how to give? These Minnesotans practice Effective Altruism
The practice aims to save lives using logic — but why is it so controversial?
Former Vikings star's daughter wants to help other families tell their stories
Filmmaker and author Maya Washington has designed a program on making a creative project.
Lakeville mom has more than 100 kids: 'If there's room in the heart, there's room in the home'
Donna Traefald raised nine adopted children and fostered more than 100, much of that time as a single mother working full time.
Curiosity Studio in Minneapolis offers open-ended approach to art therapy
Programs include Open Studio, in which participants can create whatever they want while interacting with others.
Why has Minnesota's suicide rate been steadily rising?
This heartbreaking public health trend has mirrored a similar increase across the country.
These Minnesotans channeled their grief into 'a force for good'
For some people, a project offers a way to cope with grief and honor the memory of a loved one.
Blaine mom helps school understand son, other kids with Down syndrome
Sana Soussi hopes the program she organized will lead to more acceptance and inclusion of kids with special needs.
16 Minnesota volunteers discuss the rewards of giving time
During March, the Star Tribune explored volunteering, from how to find opportunities to how helping others can make your life better. Each week, four volunteers explained how they give back and why they volunteer.
These Minnesotans volunteered to help others. They ended up helping themselves.
Folks who participated in the Star Tribune's Volunteer Challenge talk about the joys of helping others.
Minnesota volunteers discuss rewards of sanctuary farming and other roles
Emily Meister Barista, Minneapolis, 25 Volunteer RolesAnimal care volunteer at Farmaste Animal Sanctuary, a farm outside Lindstrom, Minn., that takes in abused farm animals and…
'Isn't that cool?' White Bear Lake artist's autism helps shape his futuristic work
Michael Engebretson's paintings and drawings reflect his fascination with advanced technology and other universes.
Minnesota volunteers discuss rewards of medical outreach and other roles
Chris Niederer Registered nurse, Minnetrista, 56 Volunteer rolesLittle Hospice in Edina, Westwood Community Church youth ministry in Chanhassen, SoleCare for Souls in Minneapolis…
Volunteers say helping others helps them, too: 'It's a two-way street'
When you improve other people's lives you might wind up improving your own.
As numbers decline, the nature of volunteerism is changing
The pandemic opened new avenues for serving while closing others.
Minnesota volunteers discuss rewards of foster grandparenting and other roles
Sando Cooke Minneapolis, 79 Volunteer RolesFoster grandmother at Catholic Charities Northside Child Development Center Volunteer challenge During the month of March, The Star Tribune will…
Minnesota volunteers discuss rewards of animal rescue and other roles
Leah Anderson Brand Manager, Robbinsdale, 29 Volunteer RolesDog foster parent and adoption event volunteer for Midwest Animal Rescue since May 2022, started with another animal…
Minnesota volunteers say they get more than they give: Take our annual reader challenge
This year's installment of our annual Reader Challenge series invites you to join the 35.5% of Minnesotans (more than 1.5 million) who volunteer.
Minneapolis nurse turned lawyer fights on behalf of children injured at birth
In evaluating cases, Teresa McClain uses knowledge acquired as a labor and delivery nurse.
Eden Prairie company organizes trip to build school in Guatemala out of plastic bottles
Employees of Eden Prairie-based Lifetouch, accompanied by educators, helped expand a school using pop bottles stuffed with discarded plastic bags.
Minnesota mom's gift of Potato Heads comforts other parents of 'micro-preemies'
Kristin Moan liked measuring her tiny daughters' growth with Potato Heads and decided to share that comfort through her nonprofit Potato Head Project.
Coon Rapids printing company donates valuable reproduction of St. John's Bible
The printed version is a careful achievement of state-of-the-art printing technology.
Minnesota medical student has message for kids: It's OK to be bad at some things
Eden Prairie native and friend published children's book "The Way We Play" to help combat ableism.
Minnetonka's Landing Shop sells items made by residents ages 55 to 96
"As we get older, we want something to do," one crafter said.
Christmas trees at Brooklyn Park treatment center honor loved ones lost to drugs
Wanting to commemorate her fiancé, Anne Emerson put up a Christmas tree at Valhalla Place in 2018 — and the project is still growing.
Minneapolis artist focuses on the 'positive, beautiful experience' of caregiving
Artist Jordyn Brennan's MCAD master's thesis was based on firsthand experience.
Why workers are reluctant to come to Minnesota, but stay once they're here
The state is grappling with one of the worst workforce shortages in the country.
St. Paul firehouse dog helps rescue the rescuers: 'It's just her presence'
The trained service dog helps first responders deal with the pressures of their work.
Minnesotan's podcast showcases 'life-saving' books with LGBTQ guests
On "This Queer Book Saved My Life," host J.P. Der Boghossian asks guests what books made them feel "seen for the first time."
Minneapolis man has helped send 1 million books to Gambia, his home country
Lamin Dibba wants to give back to a country where library shelves are empty and few people own books.
Meet the 75-year-old YMCA 'exercise goddess' whose classes are Y's most popular
Anne Tudor's fitness classes help people in their 70s and 80s stay active and healthy.
Catch this Minneapolis fish exhibit for its exotic creatures — and its warning message
"Voices From the Water" demonstrates the variability of ocean inhabitants, and explains how they're threatened by human activity, notably plastic pollution.
Longtime Star Tribune reporter Lynn Underwood dies at 65
She loved pop culture, trivia contests and her career.
Albert Lea couple turn old hotel sheets into bandanas for cancer patients
Thrift store owners Richard and Jane Miller keep discarded hotel sheets out of landfills by helping cancer patients and people who are homeless.
Winona woman helps people erase the stigma of past mistakes
People being denied housing or jobs based on long-ago records learn how to seal them from public view.
Richfield park's all-terrain wheelchairs let people explore new worlds
Wood Lake Nature Center in Richfield is among area parks that offer chairs that make rougher trails accessible.
Minnesota sanctuary farm provides 'rescued' animals with comfort, care and space
Farmaste Animal Sanctuary outside Lindstrom, Minn., lets animals live out their natural lives.
Noel Robinson, University of Minnesota voice instructor, bicyclist, 'vagabond,' dies at 85
Noel Robinson called himself a vagabond, which was not strictly accurate because he did live part time in his own home — an off-the-grid shack…
Former Lost Boy of South Sudan wants to help young people in his impoverished home country go to college
Partnering with a St. Paul friend, Augustino Ting Mayai wants to boost education in an area where the average income is below $1 a day.
A graceful way to request — and provide — help in a health crisis
CaringBridge wants to get the word out about its underused planning tool that lets loved ones volunteer for patients' and caregivers' specific requests.
Toy seller says a favorite childhood toy can help adults reconnect with youthful joy
Today's busy adults can forget what it's like to have fun, says Paul Dixon.
People with autism speak through poetry
Alternative communication methods allow neurodivergent people to show that an inability to speak does not mean an inability to think.
Why do Minnesotans call them 'parking ramps' instead of 'garages'?
The auto-related regionalism is unique to Minnesota and some nearby states.
Saints players, people with disabilities team up for baseball fun at CHS Field
"I wanted to help people with disabilities be able to live their dreams," said Bryce Weiler, co-founder of the Beautiful Lives Project.
Minneapolis performer explores circus history, finds community at Circus Juventas
Twenty-year-old Rose Dunn-Wright has found inspiration in two legendary ringmasters.
Mary Wagner of St. Paul, who promoted libraries here and around the world, dies at 76
She was a lifelong library advocate, working at libraries in the Twin Cities and teaching library and information science at St. Catherine University.
Mound City Council names bridge after 6-year-old boy found slain in car trunk
More than 2,300 signed a petition to name the Mound bridge after Eli Hart, whose mother has been charged in his death.
Maplewood attraction lets you meet animals you've never seen up close (and maybe never even heard of)
At Sustainable Safari at Maplewood Mall, visitors see, hold and feed animals — and, its founders hope, come away wanting to protect their cousins in the wild.
Child dies after crash during Brooklyn Center police pursuit
The 6-year-old was one of five people injured Friday after colliding with a suspect being chased by police.
In Maple Grove, nets, jars and a field full of twinkling bugs
Participants in Eastman Nature Center's firefly hike could see dozens of the little lanterns.
Post-holiday Lake Minnetonka garbage pickup is getting easier, volunteers say
A combination of factors — including responsible lake users — could be contributing to declining litter.
Minneapolis man died of unknown causes on Continental Divide Trail
Alex Cahoy was 32 and a healthy and experienced hiker.
Norwood Young America's bandshell back home after nearly a century in private hands
The structure, which the city sold to a private party for reasons unknown, was returned to its old home this month.
University of Minnesota medical students create program pairing mentors with challenged youth
Students are trained to help those who've experienced homelessness, foster care, the juvenile justice system or human trafficking.
Robert Fisch, Minneapolis doctor, artist, author and Holocaust survivor, dies at 97
People were understandably outraged when a local weekly published photos in 2014 of men at a Minneapolis restaurant wearing Nazi uniforms and surrounded by Nazi…
Minneapolis chef Matthew Kempf dies at age 44: 'He pushed and he hustled'
"Once he set his mind to something he became very good at it," said a friend.
Jail writing program helps reduce stress, clear heads, gain insights
While prison courses are intended to teach writing skills, this jail program has other goals.
Pillow fort at Minneapolis church is more than just fluffy fun
The pillows donated for the fort will provide comfort for homeless families.
Documentary showcases power of women, including its Minneapolis director
In Gabrieline Reece's documentary, local women share their thoughts on women's influence.
Two bodies found in Scandia lake
Witnesses noticed boaters in trouble Friday afternoon on Big Marine Lake in Washington County.
Star Tribune wins five National Headliner Awards
Photographers and columnists received awards.
Duluth Art Institute director expanding involvement by artists of color
Christina Woods has been named to the U.S. Senate's Curatorial Advisory Board.
Bloomington accountant who championed community theater from behind the scenes dies at 76
William Muchow, who died at 76, gave his money, time and knowledge to theaters throughout Minnesota and beyond.
Disposal bags help in the battle against drug abuse
Minnetonka company's campaign aims to curb spiking overdoses.
Dorothy Molstad, who helped promote hopeful authors, dies at 79
Marketing books was just one of the Brooklyn Park woman's many passions.
Ice-out call opens boating season on Lake Minnetonka
The lake typically is the last in the metro area to melt.
10-year-old boy dies after shooting in Minneapolis apartment building
Police spokesman calls juveniles alone with access to gun "a bad recipe."
Losing her eyesight, Minnesota woman helps others who are also losing theirs
Zenobia Silas-Carson of Brooklyn Park shares her struggle to adjust to midlife vision loss.
Roseville officer shot on the job is discharged from hospital
Fellow officers, bystanders cheered officer Ryan Duxbury as he left the hospital following surgery.
One dead, two severely injured in Burnsville crash
The victims appear to be teenagers.
Minnesota veterinary students travel to Greece to help stray cats
Program rounds up cats from city streets and gives them room and board and medical care.
Minneapolis program hires citizens to serve as reporters
Documenters cover Minneapolis and Hennepin County government and the Minneapolis school board.
Minnesota middle-schoolers learn legal skills, confidence in mock trial program
Diverse students participate in UPLIFT, a program started by a Minneapolis law firm.
Minnesota public defenders reach deal to avert strike halting courts
The tentative agreement forestalls a walkout that could have brought much of the state court system to a standstill.
Minneapolis man loved literature and philosophy but succumbed to drugs
Brilliant and passionate, Nils Richards struggled with depression, grief and heroin.