Inspired
November 20
Elder Atum Azzahir has been the executive director of the Cultural Wellness Center for 24 years. The center is located inside the Midtown Global Marke

A program to improve health in Twin Cities' Black community begins with healing power of soul medicine

A Minneapolis center partners with counties and health care providers to tap into the resiliency of the Black community to improve health and financial stability.
Inspired
November 20
A young participant drew a picture, supported by an oversized teddy bear. The camp, run by nonprofit Children’s Grief Connection, was founded nearly

Minnesota's Hearts of Hope Family Grief Camp gives mourning kids a place to connect — and have fun

Long-running family camp continues to help kids facing loss despite pandemic challenges.
Inspired
November 20
Sir David Attenborough, broadcaster and natural historian, and Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, participate in the "Safeguarding the pla

Naturalist David Attenborough says his Instagram record brings 'important hope'

Revered British naturalist strives to reach a younger audience with Netflix, social platforms
Inspired
November 16
From left: Kezerick Smith, Charnae Frelix, Winter “Winnie” Burrows, Mildred Saulter, Makayla Saulter-Outlaw and Canisha Saulter. All the family me

Hero's welcome home for Bloomington teen who took gunfire for year-old niece

"Miracle Makayla" was shot as she shielded the 1-year-old girl from a neighbor's gunfire.
Inspired
November 14
A tree for the centuries Kyla Wahlstrom led the fight to save the giant elm tree she has long admired while on walks in her Minneapolis neighborhood b

Minneapolis woman saves 200-year-old elm destined for chopping block

The tree, one of the few old elms left in the Twin Cities, towered over a small channel of Minneapolis' Lake of the Isles long before Minnesota was a state.
Inspired
November 13
Doug and Kathy Dunmire host homeless youth in their Inver Grove Heights home through a program that Dakota County and the YMCA of the North would like

Dakota County program gives homeless youth a safe place

Dakota County, like other places in Minnesota, is seeing a rise in homelessness.
Inspired
November 13
From left: Francis, a lamb named Adam Lambert, Hashtag and Pixie are some of the animals that depend on wheelchairs to get around at Safe in Austin, a

Texas farm connects special-needs kids with injured animals: 'They're just like me'

Rescue sanctuary sparks "absolutely magical" bonds for children with special needs
Inspired
November 13
LaShenda Williams, who used to live in the parking lot of the East Nashville Kroger grocery store, now is an employee there. MUST CREDIT: Melissa Eads

She was homeless and living in a grocery's parking lot. Then the store hired her.

"You're hired" : Unexpected words gave woman living out of her car new life.
Inspired
November 6
St. Paul founder of the Good Kid Project says kindness toward animals is key to developing empathy

St. Paul founder of the Good Kid Project says kindness toward animals is key to developing empathy

Want to raise good kids? Then teach them to be kind to animals. That's the goal for Nick Coughlin.
Inspired
November 6
Vonzella’s Julie Kucinski, left, Brad Wright, center, and civil rights attorney Judd Grutman, right, at Versatile Hands Barbershop.

Minneapolis corporation aims to upend the cash bail industry by offering bail insurance

Cost-sharing insurance model aims to disrupt entrenched bail industry.
Inspired
November 6
A volunteer with the People’s Laundry placed clean clothes into a Burley to return to residents at an encampment on the Minneapolis Greenway.

People's Laundry volunteers wash and mend clothes for people living in Minneapolis encampments

For months, the People's Laundry has had a simple aim: to wash clothes for folks who could use the help.
Inspired
November 3

A WWII hero with one leg wanted to pitch in the MLB; in 1945, he got his chance

He didn't want sympathy; he just wanted to play ball.
Inspired
October 31
Camille Nelson left , an employee with Finley’s Bakery checked pet snacks as co-owner of Finley’s Angie Gallus looks on.

Chaska company turns dog treats into jobs, futures for young adults with special needs

Job development is baked into mission of Chaska-based Finley's Barkery
Inspired
October 30
Excelsior recovery coach warns of insidiousness of opioids, and also shares the hope of healing

Excelsior recovery coach warns of insidiousness of opioids, and also shares the hope of healing

Meet a nationally certified intervention professional, recovery coach and doting father.
Inspired
October 30
GIving back: Ty Taylor and Emmy Shanley raised $2,600 for JXTA Arts.

South Minneapolis teen and his former teacher find their voices through racial justice art

They came up with the "Black Lives Matter Collection," a series of four prints, each with powerful messages about fighting back against racial injustice.
Inspired
October 30
Pages from Adele Quinette’s diary at Missouri Historical Society and Research Center in St. Louis on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Adele Quinette’s six

Family donates 116-year-old diary to historical society

Public will have access to 16-year-old's writing on 1904 World's Fair.
Coronavirus
October 23
Chris Montana, was riding high as the owner of DuNord, the first black-owned craft distillery in the country. When the pandemic hit, he pitoved his op

These Minnesotans' ordinary acts of kindness have made life a little easier during COVID

In our sixth and final installment of Heroes of the Pandemic, we turned these pages over to you, our readers, to tell us about regular people who made an impact.
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
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.