Woodbury's Chizim Abagi, 18, was awarded a community lifesaving award for his actions saving the life of a 10-year-old girl who nearly drowned in his

Woodbury teen awarded for pulling unconscious child from pool, saving her life

College student Chizim Abagi, 18, was relaxing in his bedroom when his brother barged in, yelling:"Come, they need you!"

Meet the women who launched the St. Paul library's Laser Loons

July 11
Stacy Opitz, marketing and communications manager for St. Paul Public Libraries, and Claire Huber, marketing and communications specialist, created th
How an effort to get library cards into the hands of more St. Paul residents took off.

Great-grandmother who just finished radiation treatments for breast cancer wins $5M lottery prize

July 9
This image provided by the Pennsylvania Lottery shows Donna Osborne, 75, left, posing for a photo with PA Lottery Deputy Director of Corporate Sales S
A great-grandmother from Pennsylvania who recently completed radiation treatments for breast cancer won $5 million on a scratch-off state lottery ticket that she only bought because a scheduled family trip didn't go as planned.
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July 12

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Variety
July 9
Line-dancing "queen" Diane Horner helped new dancers at “Hold Your Lady Tight Night” at the Hamel VFW.

Yuen: He spent years searching for VHS queen of country line dancing. He found her in Minneapolis.

A resurgence in line dancing has introduced instructor Diane Horner to a younger generation, including an unlikely protégé .
Variety
July 8
Jimmy Lonetti talks with a customer about a catchers mitt at his shop, D&J Glove Repair, in south Minneapolis.

Minnesota's go-to guy for baseball-glove repair revives a rare art

Nationally, there's nothing like his memorabilia-filled workshop-slash-baseball-geek hub.
Variety
July 8
Ms. Juneteenth Khadijah Lamah speaks with attendees during a Juneteenth celebration in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis teacher becomes Minnesota royalty

Khadijah Lamah, the daughter of Liberian refugees and a second-grade teacher, is a winner of the 2024 Miss Juneteenth Minnesota Pageant.
Local
July 7
Max Lewis, 8, takes a slide at PK's Place, next to Alianz Field, a few blocks from his home on June 28.

New inclusive St. Paul playground allows children of all abilities to play

Advocates hope P.K.'s Place, next to St. Paul's Allianz Field, is sign of things to come.
Local
July 6
Kay Countryman opens the kitchen awning as lunch is served to a packed dining area at Peace House, a homeless drop in center in Minneapolis on June 26

Peace House, a decades-old south Minneapolis community center, facing volunteer shortage

Staffing needs have increased amid a decline in volunteers, sparking tension with neighbors and financially unmooring the organization.
Business
July 5
Michael Gorman shows how his new reading technology  works from a laptop in Minneapolis on June 19. Michael Gorman and Mark Lacek, who are both Cascad

Twin Cities startup Cascade Reading thinks its tech can improve literacy

The Twin Cities-based company's product breaks blocks of uploaded text into cascading lines reminiscent of poetry.
Stage & Arts
July 5
Artist Lamar Peterson is also a voracious gardener. Here he is pictured in the backyard of his south Minneapolis home.

University of Minnesota professor finds joy — and solace — in gardening

A 2024 Guggenheim Fellowship winner, Lamar Peterson will travel to Georgia to research marginalized artists.
St. Cloud
July 5
Joe Froelich, right, and fiancée Jess Ambrosch, second from right, honor Alex Voigt, who died a decade ago while visiting Minnesota as a foreign exch

A decade after his death, a St. Cloud exchange student is still fostering connections

Alex Voigt died in a fiery plane crash shortly before he was to return to Germany — but not before he left an indelible mark on those around him.
Inspired
July 5
This undated photo provided by Rich Hatfield shows a western bumble bee (Bombus occidentalis) lands on Canada goldenrod. The Pacific Northwest Bumble

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Local
July 4

Tolkkinen: Chest-high floodwaters didn't stop this Minnesota dentist from seeing patients

Waterville dentist Bill Struve brought patients and employees in by canoe.
Local
July 3
Boxes of naloxone sit ready for distribution in the city’s first free naloxone vending machine to help combat fatal overdoses.

Saving lives at the push of a button: Minneapolis unveils first Narcan vending machine

Lifesaving drugs that reverse the effect of an opioid overdose are available free from a vending machine outside a south Minneapolis fire station.
Books
July 3
Rachel Cleveland is depicted next to her green Little Charity Book Truck.

You've heard of food trucks and flower trucks. Ever heard of a book truck? If a Chaska woman has her way, you will.

This summer, she's bringing her Little Charity Book Truck to farmers markets, coffee shops and community festivals in the Twin Cites.
Local
July 2
Bemidji Veterans Home staffer Tonya Moss takes a photo of resident and Navy veteran Richard Morine with his wife Barbara at a dedication ceremony for

'Sacred responsibility': After 20 years, Bemidji Veterans Home opens with a long wait list

Some 300 veterans are on the wait-list for the 72-bed care facility.
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June 28
Collect grade-specific supply kits for students returning to class in the fall.

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June 28
The Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis joined forces with Birdability, an organization that promotes bird watching accessibity, for an outing at Roberts B

Accessibility movement helps Minnesota bird-watchers flock together

Increasing outdoors availability is a growing focus.
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June 21
Black bears generally avoid people, but occasionally, one gets stuck in the suburbs.

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June 21
Jenny and Kyle Mekemson and their children Graham and Clara find some of their favorite rocks in their Kindness Rock Garden.

This rocks! Minnesotans are painting stones with kind messages to spread cheer.

Brightly decorated rocks in yards across the state are part of a "kindness rock" trend.
Rochester
June 18
Husband-and-wife duo Mark and Lynn Scotch, both living donors, are riding across the Midwest in support of organ donations. “As crazy as it might so

'Nothing but grateful': In Rochester, Organ Trail donors meet boy they helped save

Along a 1,173-mile bike ride through the Midwest, Mark and Lynn Scotch bring attention to the urgent need for living organ donors.
Local
June 18
Sarah Reasoner, Megan Roesler Turner and Martha Fecht, all firefighters in St. Paul, lead an effort to empower more women to consider careers as firef

Meet the St. Paul women empowering women to battle blazes

The three firefighters are working to build strength and confidence in female recruits.

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