Inspired
March 21
After losing a month of school and 40 pounds due to a serious skiing accident, Henry Snider methodically rebuilt his strength and stamina.

Skiing accident nearly derailed young Minnesotan's athletic career

Mounds Park Academy senior now one of state's top high school skiers and runners.
Inspired
March 20
Brock Ray of New Hope worked alongside his daughter Bonnie, 7, to line up materials for the feminine hygiene kits.

Minnesota nonprofits create reusable pads for women and girls so they can stay in school

Minnesotans join forces to create reusable pads for girls on their periods so they can stay in school.
Inspired
March 20
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.
Inspired
March 20
Angelina Lincoln looks at material in the archives of the St. Thomas of Villanova monastery on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Villanova graduate student Linc

From indentured servant to university benefactor: This man's $10K gift helped Villanova survive

A graduate student's project finds the wider, inspiring story of a donor.
Inspired
March 18
North High School teacher Samuel Wilbur, left, who co-teaches the journalism class with Kenzie O’Keefe, supervised a photo shoot with students Raely

Teens fill gap in coverage of their Mpls. neighborhood through community newspaper

When the 21 students huddle for their story meetings, they pitch stories on culture and sports, and propose ideas grounded in their own experience.
Inspired
March 18
“I ran as fast as I could,” Emerson Olson, 14, said. He and his brother Everett, 11, were playing basketball when they saw Sheree Risvold go throu

Brooklyn Park brothers, 11 and 14, rush to aid of woman in frozen pond

When a stranger fell through the ice while chasing after her autistic son, boys sprang to help.
Inspired
March 13
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.
Inspired
March 13
Family members and volunteers offer up as many as 800 pancakes an hour at the annual benefit breakfast.

At annual memorial breakfast in New Prague, kindnesses stack up

The New Prague Knights of Columbus Hall will honor the memory of a beloved patriarch with pancakes.
March 13
The Petersfield Bookshop has served customers in Hampshire County, England, since 1918.

A small bookstore pondered its future after a day without a sale. After a tweet, it became overwhelmed with orders

After a day without sales, saddened owner thought shop might have to close after 100 years.
Inspired
March 13
Icon’s Vulcan II squeezes out its proprietary “Lavacrete” mixture layer by layer, allowing curves and slopes in design.

In 3-D printing, one solid solution to homelessness

Small houses "a powerful piece of the puzzle" of affordable housing.
March 12
Alison Reynolds and her daughter, Tia, in Washington.

D.C. mom skis 125 miles across Norway to help her daughter

Alison Reynolds raised about $1 million from businesses, friends, family and other supporters to fund research for phenylketonuria, often referred to as PKU, a metabolic condition afflicting her 17-year-old daughter.
Inspired
March 6
Social media fundraisers boosting bottom lines of grateful Minn. nonprofits

Social media fundraisers boosting bottom lines of grateful Minn. nonprofits

Minnesota experts in the nonprofit sector say this new approach is, for the most part, a win-win-win.
Inspired
March 6
Karl Erickson coached a group of first-time ice anglers on the importance of keeping quiet. “Noise scares away fish,” he said.

Twin Cities teacher has introduced more than 1,000 kids to ice fishing

Over the last five winters, the middle school teacher has worked to promote the favorite Minnesota past-time by working with schools, community groups and veterans' family organizations.
Inspired
March 6
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.
Inspired
March 6
Brad Williams of Woodbury left college in the 1960s to enlist in the military. Now at 70, he is pursuing a degree at Bethel University in Arden Hills.

70-year-old Vietnam veteran heads back to college: 'Always ready for a challenge'

"I plan to use every ounce of this education for the betterment of society," Brad Williams says.
March 6
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Jeannette Rankin, the first woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, is honored by members of the suffragist movement on he

Workwear retailer M.M. LaFleur offered to dress female candidates for free, prompting huge response

"I can't even begin to tell you how stressful the 'how to dress' piece of running for office has been!"
March 6
A group of Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft sit on the tarmac at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on March 13, 2019 in Phoenix, Ar

Strangers on plane throw impromptu baby shower for couple with newly adopted infant

"There's a very special guest on the flight today."
Inspired
March 6
Employees use virtual reality devices to experience bias scenarios as they participate in unconscious bias training through the PricewaterhouseCoopers

Botham Jean's colleagues pledge to combat unconscious workplace bias

Bus tour uses VR to help raise awareness of unconscious bias.
Inspired
March 3
Former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice and Vikings star Alan Page told students, “You can choose what your future will be. Maybe you have to overpre

Black History Month comes alive as Vikings legends share personal memories

Vikings greats, including Alan Page, told their inspiring stories to a group of high school students recently.
Inspired
February 28
Barbie Muños, right, is planning her big party with sister Tomina Tacheny. Neither celebrated a quinceañera when they were growing up.

For her 60th birthday, St. Paul woman takes the leap with her first quinceañera

On Feb. 29, Barbie Muños turns 60 — or 15 in leap years, depending on how you're counting.