Inspired
July 31
COVID-19-themed greeting cards. (Photo provided)

To help save Postal Service, two Midwest artists design pandemic-themed greeting cards

Pandemic-themed cards aim to brighten days and support the U.S. Postal Service.
Inspired
July 31
Annie Van Avery.

Head of Mpls. Domestic Abuse Project builds on rich history of helping in new COVID reality

DAP has worked to end intergenerational violence for more than 40 years, with bold and inventive strategies that bring everyone to the table for success.
Inspired
July 31
Black Eyed Susan flowers bloom in Crow Hassan Regional Park, which is home to a remarkably diverse and thriving prairie that's been built and managed

Crow-Hassan's prairie is a mosaic of wild things and built to last

Crow-Hassan Park Reserve's 50-year-old prairie covers 1,200 acres in a 2,600-acre park where nature flourishes northwest of the Twin Cities near St. Michael.
Inspired
July 31

Gallery: Crow-Hassan prairie is built to last

The wildlife, wildflowers and wild grasses make for a diverse ecoystem.
Inspired
July 31

Former high school football player catches toddler dropped from burning building

Former football player catches toddler dropped from balcony.
Inspired
July 24
Andre Roberson, a companion driver for ‘Lifesprk GO!! Powered by Envoy America,’ a senior transportation service, posed for a portrait in his car

From delivery drivers to mail carriers, these Minnesotans bring us a sense of normalcy

This month we salute delivery people and Minnesota businesses using innovation to keep front line workers safe and a coronavirus vaccine their top priority.
Inspired
July 24
Maren Hardy, a delivery driver for Haskell's in Minneapolis, posed for a portrait with her delivery car outside the store.

Read 'thank yous' to Minnesota's makers and delivery workers, written by you

Hundreds of readers write in to give thanks to the people doing front-line work during the COVID-19 crisis.
Inspired
July 24
Safety remains a priority for Eureka Recycling, said Lynn Hoffman, bottom left, with (clockwise from top) Fabio Dierings, Ranson Reyes, Marcela Ramire

As recycling surged in Twin Cities with COVID-19, Eureka pivoted to respond

How did the company manage the inevitable surge in recycled material coming from homes and apartments now doubling as offices, day cares and more?
Inspired
July 22
Mateo Mackbee in the kitchen at Krewe, his New Orleans-style restaurant in St. Joseph, Minn. It's located at 24 College Av., 1-320-557-0083.

Small-town Minnesota eatery serves a lesson in diversity

Restaurant breaks down barriers and expectations in small central Minnesota community.
Coronavirus
July 22
Polka king Winnie Taylor broke out his best dancing duds for the show in Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids arts center brings people together with drive-ins, boat-ins and 'polka pods'

A Minnesota arts center finds ways to gather people in the pandemic — with drive-ins, boat-ins and "polka pods."
Inspired
July 18
Kestrel Wright played his French horn at the Old Frontenac, Minn., rest stop. Residents say his music fits right in with birdsong and the wind.

French horn player's forest practice beguiles Minnesota village

Kestrel Wright doesn't want to bother anyone. But his music has captivated passersby.
Inspired
July 18
Former Sen. Dave Durenberger was the lead Republican sponsor in the Senate of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), which is celebrating its 30th a

Former U.S. Sen. Dave Durenberger, 85, recalls the birth of ADA 30 years ago

As lead Republican sponsor in the U.S. Senate, Durenberger helped shape the measure.
Coronavirus
July 17
Farmer Lauren Meister, left, and volunteer Liz Wilkinson, who receives CSA work shares, weave tomato plants in a hoop garden at Women’s Environmenta

'The moment for small farms': Organics demand in Minn. ramps up in response to COVID-19

Amador Hill Farm is turning up production of local, organic and reliable produce in response to COVID-19.
Inspired
July 17
After an Eastern box turtle fractured its shell, a vet student at the Maryland Zoo helped design a custom LEGO wheelchair for it.

Lego Turtle is released back into the wild

Baltimore zoo pieced broken shell together, ordered Lego wheelchair.
Inspired
July 11
Minnesota's Young Champions on a mission to change perceptions about Alzheimer's disease

Minnesota's Young Champions on a mission to change perceptions about Alzheimer's disease

Still in their 20s and 30s, these young advocates are committed to building community and awareness.
Inspired
July 10
Alex Jackson Nelson is a gender services consultant for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, the first position of its kind within a Minnesota health plan.

Blue Cross gender services consultant brings years of work in transgender community to new role

It's rare for a major health insurance company to create a position called "gender services consultant."
Inspired
July 10
From left, Don MacPherson, Dashon Amos and Shakeel Nelson of Inner City Ducks delivered groceries in May to families in North Minneapolis.

'Big Brother' relationship grew into organization that touches needy families in Twin Cities

Inner City Ducks is a club of about 75 middle school boys and girls from Olson Middle School and neighboring Creekview Park.
Coronavirus
July 6
Maren Hardy, a delivery driver for Haskell's in Minneapolis, posed for a portrait with her delivery car outside the store.

Here's your chance to thank front-line delivery people and Minnesota makers

Share your gratitude for the people who make sure we have proper access to essential goods.
Coronavirus
July 3
When COVID-19 canceled summer trips, Minnesotans jumped into learning new languages

When COVID-19 canceled summer trips, Minnesotans jumped into learning new languages

Minnesotans are learning new languages in quarantine for fun or familial purposes.
Inspired
July 3
Tommy Dao, a self-made contractor and son of Vietnamese emigrants, worked recently on rehabbing a duplex in South St. Paul.

First-generation Dunwoody graduate starts his own engineering business

This spring, he became the first member of his family to graduate from college.

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