Coronavirus
May 23
Andrew Silbernagel, meat and seafood manager at The Wedge Co-op in Minneapolis, posed for a portrait outside the store.

Grocery, retail workers are fighting fears by feeding Minn. during COVID-19

They're working 24/7 to make sure that food pantry, co-op and grocery store shelves are stocked, that farmers markets still hum, that prescriptions, produce, meat and toilet paper are delivered to our door.
Coronavirus
May 22
The Cote family, all of whom work at Cub grocery stores, posed outside the Stillwater Cub store. From left is Melanie Cote, Cari Cote, Brianna Butler,

Read hundreds of 'thank yous' to Minnesota's grocery and retail workers, written by you

Hundreds of readers shared their gratitude for the courage and selflessness of Minnesota's grocery workers.
Inspired
May 22
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.
Coronavirus
May 20
350 young musicians from the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies’ 9 school-year orchestras participated in a virtual video to replace the show they

Watch 350 young Minnesota musicians go virtual for Holst 'Jupiter' performance

A beloved springtime tradition comes to life online in the age of COVID-19.
Inspired
May 18
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.
Inspired
May 15
Dream of Wild Health's Amber Raven sowed seeds on the Minneapolis nonprofit's 10-acre organic farm in Hugo. The organization's reach will soon expand.

Mpls. nonprofit triples farmland to meet growing need for healthy food in Native American community

Dream of Wild Health is tripling its farmland to boost offerings of nutritious, culturally specific food.
Inspired
May 15
Ellie from @GoldenRetrieverLife (and human pal Kevin Bubolz) will be featured on “The Greatest #StayatHome Videos.”

TikTok's new star is a U student's Jenga-loving golden retriever

Kevin Bubolz, a former Army helicopter pilot in Afghanistan, found a way for his beloved Ellie to master a "leveling up" TikTok challenge.
Inspired
May 15
New technical skills offered up by patient teens grant older adults exciting opportunities to keep in touch during COVID-19.

Twin Cities seniors stay connected through pandemic thanks to tech-savvy teens

Cyber-Seniors is a nonprofit that connects tech-literate teens with seniors to help them understand and use technology.
Inspired
May 15
Korene Atene, a certified nursing assistant with the Monument Valley Health Center, gets information from people lined up to get tested for COVID-19 o

Irish return a 173-year-old favor to Native American tribes

A suffering Choctaw Nation sent $170 during the potato famine.
May 14
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Coronavirus
May 12
Aminata Keita loaded meals into the trunk of a car in Columbia Heights, Minn., on Thursday. She and other volunteers serve from 100 to 150 boxes each

Muslim charities step up with iftar meals, food boxes this Ramadan season

Every night around 6:30, the cars begin pulling into the parking lot of a Columbia Heights nonprofit. The folks inside are Muslims checking out a…
Coronavirus
May 12
Jania Kloeppel and Kaytie Kamphoff.

Minneapolis teacher takes in former student during pandemic

At the end of the day, the two take walks, eat dinner, watch a little TV and have nightly dance parties.
Inspired
May 11
Mother’s Day can be particularly difficult for women who have lost their own. At last year’s brunch in St. Paul, women formed a circle and held ha

Missing their moms, this Twin Cities group keeps their memories alive

Twin Cities group supports women and girls through mother loss with "healing, joy and gratitude."
Inspired
May 11
Paul Stein entertained neighbors with an “Emergency Accordion Stoop Extravaganza” (EASE) concert.

Music lightens the load, from Brooklyn to France to Liberia

Three inspiring tales of music making a difference around the world.
Inspired
May 11
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.
Coronavirus
May 8
Danielle Hoppe, a customer service manager at a Cub Foods in Mankato, cleaned baskets between uses.

Here's your chance to thank Minnesota's frontline grocery and retail workers

Share your gratitude for the people who make sure we have proper access to essential goods.
Coronavirus
May 7
Minnesotans find moments of inspiration in a world turned upside down

Minnesotans find moments of inspiration in a world turned upside down

From neighborhoods exercising together to drive-by wedding receptions, Minnesota's stay-at-home order has brought us together in many ways.
Inspired
May 4
Tizoc and Avenna Rosales, right, and their children, celebrated a birthday for his father Francisco Rosales, who turned 74, Saturday, April 11, 2020 i

Scenes of celebration: Minnesotans offer glimmers of hope during COVID-19 crisis

Across the Twin Cities, families and friends are finding creative ways to bring joy to each other's lives.
Inspired
May 2
Ron Rabinovitz signed books for children in March at the Ridgehaven Barnes & Noble.

St. Louis Park man who was pen pal to Jackie Robinson helps keep No. 42's story alive

Ron Rabinovitz has co-written a children's book, "Always Jackie," just the way Robinson signed his letters to a young Ronnie.
Coronavirus
May 1
Samuel Nilva at his 100th birthday party in 2019 with daughters Barbara Nevin and Alexis Diker.

Minnesota WWII vet beats COVID-19, leaves hospital on 101st birthday

Samuel Nilva lived through the Spanish flu, WWII and brain surgery. COVID-19 didn't scare him.