Inspired
June 29
Taylor Bustos, 22, of Duluth dreamed of raising her son with husband, Mark, in California. Those plans were put on hold when she felt a cancerous lump

In the middle of pandemic, young Minnesota mother fights second cancer diagnosis

Taylor Bustos said she'd never endure chemotherapy again. Less than a year later, she had to reckon with that promise.
Inspired
June 27
Amy Ronneberg

New leader of Minneapolis' Be The Match breaks down stem-cell process, busts myths

The international nonprofit organization based in Minneapolis provides lifesaving blood stem cell therapy to people of all ages around the world.
Inspired
June 26
The music camp in its 14th year goes virtual this summer, with an emphasis on what goes on behind the scenes to create songs.

Minnesota rock camp focuses on getting more girls into studio technology

The annual She Rock She Rock music camp goes virtual this year.
Inspired
June 26
The Compton Cowboys Peace Ride, organized as a show of solidarity for the black community in Los Angeles and Compton, Calif., June 7, 2020. The presen

Evoking history, black cowboys take to the streets

The presence of black cowboys and cowgirls at the recent protests is a reclaiming of sorts of the traditional role of mounted riders in demonstrations in urban communities.
Inspired
June 24
Kerry Anne and Michael Gordon came out to the crowd during a protest, Saturday, June 6, 2020 in Philadelphia over the death of George Floyd, a black m

This bride and groom joined Philadelphia protesters to say: 'Black love matters'

Protesters join bride and groom to say, "Black Love Matters."
Inspired
June 23
Oberg Mountain, with LeVeaux Mountain beyond, as seen from the Superior Hiking Trail. Photos provided

Minnesota man's new book celebrates the rugged beauty of Superior Hiking Trail

"The Superior Hiking Trail Story" is a scrapbook-like collection of stories, photography, and quotes from hikers left at trail registers.
Inspired
June 22
Performers with the Theater of Public Policy added telephone improv for free to people feeling lonely or worried due to COVID-19.

Twin Cities improv troupe offers 'Phone a Friend' outreach to those feeling isolated

The idea occurred to writer and improviser Keren Gudeman during a jog around Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis.
Inspired
June 19
Workers finished off gourmet meals for Migrant Kitchen. “It’s pure New York,” says Dorado of the “mini-U.N.” effort.

At New York relief kitchen, urgency meets empathy as immigrants create thousands of meals a day

Restaurant-quality meals distributed in N.Y. at caterer speed.
Inspired
June 19
Geri Chavis, emerita professor at St. Kate's and Past President of the National Association for Poetry Therapy tells us how we can find healing by rea

In the age of COVID-19, Minn. author looks to 'poetry therapy' to soothe the soul

It turns out poetry as an agent of healing was recognized in the ancient world over 2,000 years ago, she says.
Coronavirus
June 16
Mickey Nelson is walking 100 miles in his hometown to raise money for the Salvation Army.

On the cusp of 100, WWII vet in southern Minn. is walking 100 miles for a cause

99-year-old WWII veteran vows to walk 100 miles to aid those hurt by the virus.
Inspired
June 12
Teacher Cayla Baumann helps paint George floyd’s name on top of a peace sign in Longfellow.

Mpls. neighborhoods mobilized to protect their blocks during riots now push for change

Minneapolis neighborhoods rushed to organize to protect their homes and stores from arsonists and looters. Now they're looking bigger.
Inspired
June 12
Dave Ellis, 68, is a longtime advocate working around childhood trauma and resiliency.

Minneapolis trainer on race and trauma shares ideas for how we talk to each other now

In this wrenching moment for our city, he encourages us to continue to have productive conversations.
Inspired
June 12
Laurie Hanson happily embraces her nickname “Trash Lady of Ramsey.”

Ramsey runner gets in miles and picks up piles of trash, too

Meet the person that people call the "Trash Lady of Ramsey."
Inspired
June 12
Adam Chester, who sings and plays Elton John’s parts at rehearsals, performed his weekly neighborhood show.

Amid lockdown in Moscow, some dogs find new homes and new friends

Three heartwarming stories from across the globe.
Inspired
June 6
Jimmy Reagan, who has autism, has pieces in galleries around the world.

Mendota Heights artist with autism finds growing fan base on international scale

He's a painter and mixed media artist whose work has been shown around the world alongside that of Picasso and Seurat. Pieces sell for up to $8,000.
Inspired
June 6
Salute to Seniors: Minnesota's class of 2020

Salute to Seniors: Minnesota's class of 2020

Inspired
June 6

Salute to Class of 2020: Senior class like no other

An honorary commencement tribute to you: A virtual yearbook with hundreds of Minnesota’s outgoing seniors who are graduating amid social distancing. Plus: Celebrity commencement speakers, a word from a valedictorian and a shout-out to our teachers.
Inspired
June 5
Broom-wielding volunteers walked up and down E. Lake Street, helping clean up, on Wednesday. Behind them are the burned-out Foot Locker store, looted

Twin Cities foundations aim at rebuilding, criminal justice reform after riots

A growing effort emerges to rebuild the Twin Cities and reform the criminal justice system after George Floyd's death.
Inspired
June 5
Minnesota Gophers holder Casey O’Brien watched his team take the field. Football has long been the St. Paul native’s respite.

5-time cancer survivor and Gophers holder O'Brien eager to return to field

After beating cancer five times, Casey O'Brien is ready to reconnect with his fellow Gophers.
Inspired
June 5
A burned-out building in Minneapolis.

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