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"Just shut off your phone" isn't as easy as it sounds in today's social media landscape.
One St. Paul couple are grateful for elders who nudged them to purchase a lake home Up North nearly 40 years ago.
Nisha Botchwey, dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, is a triathlete who took her first swim lessons in her 40s.
Frequent fliers weigh in on how to pack lightly to avoid this summer's travel nightmare.
Beneath his shtick on Midwestern culture lies a message of hope and acceptance.
More than 6,000 soccer parents in Minnesota have taken a webinar educating them on proper sideline etiquette — and it's not just the hostile parent who's ruining the game.
"I used to think books saved me. Now I think books let me down," said the founder of Strive Community Publishing.
If you had just one track to sing, what would it be and why?
Has COVID taught us nothing about the beauty of slowing down?
What works — and what doesn't — to protect yourself from this summer's onslaught.
Elements of a terrifying, pre-Roe era are about to become our future.
Some Minnesota women — and men — say their married names never felt quite like them.
His wife, Gabriele Grunewald, an elite runner, died three years ago of a rare cancer.
After being a collective safety net for one another, four Minnesota women in their 50s and 60s are graduating together.
Eighty years ago this month, a covert military language school was established in Savage, drawing Japanese American soldiers.
To be a parent in America today is to assure you that your school is safe — and pray that fate or a higher power will allow us to make good on our promise.
The lieutenant governor explains why she shows up to work in ribbon skirts and dangly earrings "beaded from love."
Breastfeeding is a personal choice — compounded by a number of societal factors.
Sometimes the answer to creating more diverse and welcoming spaces is right in front of us, if we listen.
Constantly being mistaken for someone else makes you wonder if our praise is warranted and if our actual achievements are seen.
In her new movie, first-time filmmaker Kelsey Peterson teaches us about the grace of adaptation.
Eliza Reid's adopted homeland consistently tops the charts as the best place to be a woman.
A State Senate candidate went into literal labor, but the endorsing convention went on without her.
Why do people insist on bringing presents when the invitation clearly tells them not to?
Find yourself a girlfriend who shares her beauty secrets with you.
Something that cost "so little" meant so much to a girl fighting for her life.
Many of us can't let go of bitterness even toward loved ones for far lesser transgressions. A letter from one of the bombers cemented the conviction inside of Mohamed Omar.
A Twin Cities suburban school district explains why it's teaching touch, decision-making and anatomy to kids as young as 5.
If coffeehouses are the lifeblood of the city's core, we may have found downtown's pulse again.
Minnesota law doesn't oblige districts to excuse student absences for the occasional day off to reset and recharge. But the idea is catching on across the country.
Columnist Laura Yuen is doing her best to appreciate this maligned marsupial and relative newcomer to the Twin Cities.
A new book explores the human ability to make mental maps, and why some people just can't do it.
It's the most wonderful time of the year.
Andrij and Mark Parekh are raising awareness about the humanitarian crisis in their family's homeland after Mark's dramatic voyage out of the country.
The Stop AAPI Hate organization has tracked more than 6,270 hate incidents in 2021 against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. That's up 35% from the previous year. Women were the targets in 62% of the reports.
Returning to the office can be a source of trepidation for many workers. Here's what you can do.
This measure requires no money or heavy lifts — just clarification in our state law that hair texture and styles such as braids, locks and twists are traits associated with race — and therefore should never be the basis of unfair treatment.
The fascination around giant gatherings of crows seems to buck the conventional wisdom that most people despise them.
The friendship between a former Olympian and the college kid he took under his wing shows the power of mentoring — to make both individuals' lives all the richer.
A St. Paul writer compiled the stories of 14 Somali Minnesota women to illustrate the breadth of their experiences — and their humanity.
Eva Andersen was interviewing a group of men when one dropped all-too-familiar sexual obscenities on her.
Dr. LaPrincess Brewer has converted skeptics into cheerleaders as she develops faith-based interventions to prevent cardiovascular disease.
Two University of Minnesota professors pioneered a short-term counseling approach to help couples determine if splitting up is the right path for them.
During her 31 years on the job, Lisa Cotton experienced the best and worst of humanity — sometimes on the same day.
Here's my horoscope reading for every kind of Wordle player out there.
Six ways to get your Year of the Tiger off to a good start.
Hello, lockdown, my old friend./Here's a song that I have penned.
Students and community advocates are pushing for a new bill that would ensure public school restrooms are stocked with free menstrual products.
If 2021 was the year we discovered snow pants, 2022 could be the year we go all in.
Someone showed me a kindness nearly two decades ago, when I needed it most. All these years, I had never let him know how much that single display of decency stuck with me. It was time to fix that.
Samantha Pree-Stinson is proud of how her 15-year-old son remained calm during a lockdown, but faults the Mall of America for its haphazard response.
This month was supposed to be when a lot of us would head back to the office. Omicron has pushed back many of those return dates.
The shame of unfinished business will melt away if you just find the paper planner that's right for you.
Need an emotional boost as we head into what could be another tough year? Make a resolution you know you can achieve.
TJ Therrien has built an entire shtick from the classic stereotypes of how the youngest, middle and oldest children behave.
"The Daily Show" co-creator says there is no greater honor for a Minnesotan than to have her likeness immortalized in seeds.
Neighbors on one tightly woven block, still deep in their grief, can't help but smile when they refer to the donations as Project Milky Way.
"You never know what's around the next corner, which is a lot like life," a young man with Asperger's told me.
As a 44-year-old mom coming to terms with my own ADHD-like symptoms, I am experiencing a kind of clarity I wish I'd had decades earlier.
I had just emerged from COVID isolation with one child, only to learn I'd have to do it again with a second kid.
A Plymouth woman said her unwelcome visitor cost her $100,000.
Supply-chain worries got you down? Here's how some Minnesotans are making shopping more mindful.
"A historical moment" is giving a brother and sister extra reason to be grateful just in time for Thanksgiving and the Hmong New Year.
Women shouldn't feel the need to be the "picker-uppers."
COVID-19 has humbled us all — even as many of us head into this next hopeful chapter of inoculating our young children from the disease.
Getting his child's pronouns right took time and practice.
I have survived nearly 20 months of a pandemic and the depths of distance-learning despair. As God as my witness, this bird is not going to take me down.
COVID-19 has only widened the caregiving chasm across gender.
Still unsure about vaccinating your young child? Here are some of your questions answered.
The pandemic's shuttering of classrooms drove an explosion in home-schooling in Minnesota and across the nation.
Vaccination rates among pregnant individuals are staggeringly low.
Parents, let's talk about sex. Without having to talk about sex.Derek Johnson has figured out a way to do that with his three daughters, ages…
We've been told it takes a village to raise a child, but it took COVID-19 to convince us firsthand of that truth.
The pandemic has created even more barriers to learning, being social and staying healthy and connected.
Being an adult beginner is not so bad in a sport that's easy to pick up.