Inspired
October 16

When COVID sent him home from school, school recruited him to work on the virus

When students at the University of Minnesota, Morris, were forced to finish their spring semester remotely because of the COVID-19 virus, Corbin McCall returned to St. Paul determined to deal with the situation in a positive way.
Inspired
October 16
Minnesota's National Black Police Association chapter boosts outreach in wake of George Floyd's death

Minnesota's National Black Police Association chapter boosts outreach in wake of George Floyd's death

The state group, one of 23 in the U.S., has also focused on mentoring and diversifying hiring as well as increasing mental health help for officers.
Inspired
October 16
Eureka! Puzzles put its 4,320 piece Disney puzzle on display at a gallery after everyone completed separate sections.

A giant, collaborative puzzle helped occupy participants during lockdown

Giant collaborative jigsaw brought people together who are stuck apart.
Inspired
October 16
Minneapolis Stairstep Foundation leader sees opportunities to rebuild in this difficult time

Minneapolis Stairstep Foundation leader sees opportunities to rebuild in this difficult time

In the midst of a worldwide pandemic and cries for racial justice, his message seems particularly urgent and his comforting approach especially welcome.
Inspired
October 16
Glenn Pettit, in his Bloomington apartment, has donated many of his pieces to support his church.

At 100, Bloomington scratchboarding artist keeps his hands busy

Glenn Pettit uses photographs from magazines and newspapers for inspiration.
Coronavirus
October 15
Nominate an everyday hero who performed a random act of kindness in the COVID pandemic

Nominate an everyday hero who performed a random act of kindness in the COVID pandemic

Share with us a few sentences about someone in your life who has lightened your load during this time.
Inspired
October 12
Young Minnesotans like Apple Valley High School senior Isabelle Wong, 17 are engaged in the upcoming election to educate themselves about and contribu

These Minn. teens can't vote, but they're helping to get others to the polls

High schoolers get other young people to the polls, even though they aren't old enough yet to vote.
Inspired
October 9

Minneapolis man creates Facebook page to inform others with disabilities about how to vote

Michael Sack, who has cerebral palsy and uses a motorized wheelchair, realizes that this foremost civic duty is easier for some than for others.
Inspired
October 9
Bentley Boyers, 2, met his new puppy, Lacey, at Jackson County Animal Shelter in Jackson, Mich.

A boy with a cleft lip meets a puppy with a cleft lip and 'they instantly loved each other'

Two-year-old gets a true friend in shelter dog.
Inspired
October 2
Until recently thick with vegetation and disintegrating buildings, the park on Coney Island has been transformed into an inviting escape for hikers an

Coney Island in Lake Waconia now open for hiking, picnics

The $1.5 million project is part of a larger project shaping Lake Waconia Regional Park.
Inspired
October 2
Eagle Scout Isabella Tunney

Minneapolis teen girl breaks down barriers to become a rare Eagle Scout

Isabella Tunney's weekend activities have been tied to her pursuit of earning all 137 merit badges — in categories ranging from American business to woodworking.
Inspired
October 2
Minnesota's Proof Alliance leader wants all pregnancies to be alcohol-free

Minnesota's Proof Alliance leader wants all pregnancies to be alcohol-free

Research has shown since 1974 that alcohol during pregnancy harms a developing fetus, but she learned most people "did not have the facts."
October 2

At age 10, he's helping feed people in need in Kansas

"Take a blessing when you need one. Leave a blessing when you can."
Coronavirus
September 26
On the front lines of COVID, Minnesota's first responders leap in despite unknown

On the front lines of COVID, Minnesota's first responders leap in despite unknown

Meet the first responders who were born to protect others, and will continue to provide security to our community long after the virus is gone.
Inspired
September 25
Psychologist Leni de Mik, left, and clinical social worker Brenda Hartman coined a new term for COVID single life — SILOS: single individuals left o

Twin Cities therapists emphasize need to prepare purposeful COVID 'bubbles' before winter

Experts concerned about single individuals left out of social circles.
Coronavirus
September 25
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Read 'thank yous' to Minnesota's first responder heroes, written by you

Read "thank yous" to Minnesota's first responder heroes, written by you.
Inspired
September 24
Putting together “How Many Breaths?” has been cathartic for violinist Ariana Kim.

George Floyd's death inspires Minnesota violinist to create 'video meditation'

"How Many Breaths?" will premiere online Sunday.
Inspired
September 22
Alysha Price, who runs a new company called the Price Dynamic. It offers mediation and family coaching for co-parenting families.

New Hope co-parenting coach helps divorced moms and dads put kids first

Alysha Price is founder of the Price Dynamic, a professional family-coaching firm in New Hope that she founded in 2019.
Coronavirus
September 18
The Elder Friends Phone Companions program recruits volunteers to call older participants at least two times a week.

Phone calls help alleviate pandemic isolation for Minnesota's older adults

A new program builds bonds between volunteers and seniors: "We keep tabs on one another and that's good."
Inspired
September 18
A cat waited to be seen by a veterinarian at the free pet clinic.

Mpls. veterinarians offer free pet care to dogs and cats of owners facing homelessness

The pop-up clinic gives pets free basic medical care, including vaccinations and heartworm testing, as well as medications for skin and eye infections.

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