Inspired
September 11
This Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, photo shows Amoura Teese, center, performing on a sidewalk for customers in San Francisco. A San Francisco drag show night

Drag queens deliver home-cooked dinners as part of San Francisco club's 'Meals on Heels' service

San Francisco patrons can order dinner with delivery by a drag queen or king.
Inspired
September 11

Avatars join effort to help Minnesota teachers identify worrisome behaviors in their students

During the pandemic, teachers face a doubly tough task of identifying students — mostly behind screens instead of desks — showing signs of psychological distress.
Inspired
September 11
Twin Cities nonprofit helps men be better caregivers

Twin Cities nonprofit helps men be better caregivers

Nonprofit offers men support as they care for loved ones with cancer.
Inspired
September 11
Ellie Meyer, center, in a MIAC championship game, was an All-America team member in volleyball and nominated by the MIAC for NCAA Woman of the Year. �

St. Thomas grad sees her field of dentistry as way to bring health to all

The biology major's goals have not wavered as she starts her first year at the Marquette University School of Dentistry, where she will focus on antibiotic resistance.
Inspired
September 10
Commodore Matthew Perry is shown as he was received by the Japanese Emperor in 1854. Perry negotiated the first US-Japanese treaty by which Japan open

A Navy officer's sudden mission meant carrying a flag 9,000 miles and standing up his fiancee on date night

The flag flown by Commodore Perry was ordered for the WWII surrender ceremony.
Inspired
September 4
Anita Lovelace, left, and Lynn Strauss stood for a portrait at Mississippi Regional Park with Lovelace's dress, which brought them back together after

Great Minnesota Get-Together reunited long-lost friends

Lynn Strauss and Anita Lovelace missed each other for almost 50 years — until last year's Great Minnesota Get Together helped them get together
Inspired
September 4
Tanisha Kota, 15, checked in on another student tutor over a video chat at her home in Eagan.

Industrious Minnesota students create virtual tutoring services to give back in the pandemic

Powered by volunteer teen tutors, student-created organizations are connecting struggling learners in Minnesota and around the world.
Inspired
September 4
Headlights of trucks, cars and ATVs help to illuminate a runway in Igiugig, Alaska.

The runway lights failed, so villagers used their headlights to aid an airlift

Headlights from vehicles guided in an airlift from Igiugig, Alaska.
Inspired
September 4
Normandale graduate, 18, returns to campus to make sure other students have food, housing

Normandale graduate, 18, returns to campus to make sure other students have food, housing

  Ainsley Schwerr graduated from Normandale Community College in May — then went right back. When COVID-19 hit, the 18-year-old from Eagan put her continuing…
Coronavirus
August 31
Dr. Elitza Theel posed for a photo in Mayo Clinic’s Infectious Disease Serology Laboratory in Rochester. Behind her is the automated testing platfor

Meet Minnesota's front-line scientists, researchers working behind the scenes to fight COVID

They are doctors, scientists and researchers working largely behind the scenes to track the virus, dig into data, study the efficacy of drugs and antibody tests, all with a common goal: To crack the code on COVID.
Inspired
August 28
Dr. Timothy Schacker

U's microbiology research facility key to national 'moonshot' effort to fight COVID-19

Dr. Timothy Schacker shares how the U launched its testing program, contributed to drug studies and even created a low-cost ventilator.
Coronavirus
August 28
Rianna Vandergaast is a senior scientist with Imanis Life Sciences.

Read 'thank you' messages to Minnesota scientists and researchers written by you

Hundreds of readers have written notes of thanks for front-line COVID workers. This month we celebrate the state's scientists and researchers.
Inspired
August 26
Seeds of creation: Crop artist Laura Melnick worked on a piece for the State Fair’s virtual showcase at her home in St. Paul. Melnick has won more t

Even without a State Fair, Minnesota's crop artists are in full flower

There will be a virtual version of the beloved contest, with no winners declared. But these artists don't do it for the blue ribbon, anyway.
Inspired
August 22
Jovonta Patton and his wife, Symone, are pictured with daughters Ella, 5, Zoey, 3, and baby Cali in front of the new home they purchased a few months

Confronting the Black homeownership gap in Minn.

Minnesota's racial disparity in home ownership is one of the highest in the nation. How Twin Cities families and organizations are striving to change that.
Inspired
August 21
Addie Fenster, 7, has made a new friend thanks to a pen pal program created by Augustana Care senior housing to combat social isolation.

COVID-inspired pen pals, 7 and 73, bond over letters and love of art

The program was started in March to help residents at a senior apartment building deal with isolation due to COVID-19.
Inspired
August 21
Loppet executive director John Munger, pictured in Theodore Wirth Park, said he is leaving the nonprofit in “good hands.”

Loppet Foundation leader elevated Nordic skiing in Minn., revitalized Wirth Park

For 18 years, the Loppet leader elevated Nordic skiing and access to the outdoors.
Inspired
August 21
Dr. Michael LuBrant, director of the Mortuary Sciences Program at the University of Minnesota.

U's Michael LuBrant pivots to teach death rituals to mortuary science students in COVID world

He guides future funeral directors through end-of-life rituals.
August 21

COVID patient finds her long-lost sister

Suffering of virus turns into "a blessing" with discovery.
Inspired
August 18
Pam Bluhm worked at the Chatfield News for nearly 40 years. When the newspaper serving Olmsted and Fillmore counties closed earlier this year, Bluhm k

With only $400 in the bank, new owner brings a small-town Minnesota newspaper back from the dead

When the 164-year-old Chatfield paper closed, one loyal employee brought it back to life.
Inspired
August 14
Brian Boyer, front, led members of his Bikes & Bites squad away from nonprofit Al-Maa’Uun after dropping off a large supply of food and supplies.

Minneapolis riders create 'Bikes and Bites' to deliver food, supplies after George Floyd killing

Their goal is to encourage giving and support the needs of existing organizations in Minneapolis — on bicycles.

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