Inspired
February 19

3 health care heroes from Hennepin History Museum's new exhibit

Frances McHie RainsThiede's favorite story in the exhibit: Frances McHie applied to the University of Minnesota School of Nursing in 1929. Because she was Black,…
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February 19
Because of encroaching senility, Zorik eventually had to be removed from Estonia’s capital city for his own safety.

Estonians erect statue and give home to beloved stray dog

A stray dog named Zorik is immortalized after retiring to the country.
Variety
February 19
Paul Grisham held his Navy identification card, which had been in the wallet he lost in 1967 while stationed in Antarctica.

Lost in Antarctica, a wallet is returned 53 years later (memories included)

A wallet that went missing in Antarctica is returned 53 years later (memories included)
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February 19
Katie Lindenfelser, executive director of Crescent Cove, founded the hospice center for children that opened in 2018 in Brooklyn Center.

In Brooklyn Center, a rare hospice center for children brings families together for kinship and compassion

Katie Lindenfelser describes Crescent Cove as a circle of love, a place of joy. They're not words one might expect of a hospice and respite center for children.
Inspired
February 19
Hennepin History Museum curator Alyssa Thiede researched and organized the “Local Heroes” exhibit that showcases health care pioneers who shaped m

New Hennepin History Museum exhibit honors health care workers of another era

The Hennepin History Museum's "Local Heroes" display covers a century of innovation and trailblazers in the medical field.
Variety
February 12

Almost 117 years old, a French nun knocks down COVID-19

She wanted her doses of vaccine to be given to "those who need them."
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February 12
special delivery Barbara Matthews was all smiles when Nick Dyer arrives for a chat.

St. Paul senior finds friendship through her front window

The relationship has offered an unexpected, and fascinating, history lesson.
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February 12
Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea

Minnesota's Children's Justice Initiative celebrates 20 years of protecting vulnerable children

It is a national model for how to find safe, stable and permanent homes for abused and neglected children.
Inspired
February 12
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U's CEHD America Reads mentorship keeps kids engaged despite COVID challenges

The U program has continued to pair college students with youth despite COVID-related challenges.
Variety
February 8

The story behind 'And the People Stayed Home,' the little poem that became so much more

The work of a morning turned into a global sensation.
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February 5
Pam Borton

Leadership guru Pam Borton taps decades as a basketball coach to help executives find purpose

Former U women's coach sees leadership potential in everyone.
Inspired
February 5
Beginning with eight mothers, including founder Robin Livingston-Richter, above, the group has grown to more than 1,700 parents.

Twin Cities parent-to-parent Facebook group offers mental health support during pandemic

Metrowide mental health Facebook group offers support to worried parents.
Inspired
February 5
Dale Findlay is eager to work and dismisses suggestions that he’s overqualified for some jobs.

Eagan man downplays his disability. He just wants to work.

It's not just a matter of money, but a matter of losing one's ability to make a difference.
Inspired
February 1
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At the nation's first presidential transfer of power, George Washington was 'radiant'

Far from becoming an American monarch, Washington looked "serene and unclouded" the day he handed off to John Adams.
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January 29
Designer Lisa Ball put up a new painting in a former office space, assisted by Bridget Zak. The volunteers turned institutional decor into colorful an

Volunteer interior designers turn girls' shelter from drab to dreamy for teens escaping sex trafficking

Volunteer interior designers turn Brittany's Place from drab to dreamy to encourage girls to stay awhile.
Variety
January 29
Kristen Mark, the newly named Joycelyn Elders Endowed Chair in Sexual Health Education at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Sexual Health.

University of Minnesota educator wants us to talk openly and honestly about sex

She's eager to help us practice as the newly named Joycelyn Elders Endowed Chair in Sexual Health Educationat the University of Minnesota.
Inspired
January 29
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A Minnesota family remembers its loved one, creates light for others

A Rice family lights up the lives of others, and theirs, with beautiful sun catchers.
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January 25
Eliana meets "Sapphire" for the first time at the fairy garden in Los Angeles on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. MUST CREDIT: Photo by Emily Pauls

A 4-year-old made a garden. A neighbor pretended to be a fairy. It was the start of a beautiful friendship

A neighbor took this note to heart: "Please add to the magic."
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January 23
Flora Florenius, 11, of Sweden, and Susan Wabaunsee, of Apple Valley, take turns reading virtually. They recently finished “The Hunger Games.”

Retired Minnesota school psychologist and shy Swedish schoolgirl bond over a book

A lot of learning goes on when you read aloud with a child, even if you're doing that reading isolated by a pandemic and separated by an ocean.
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January 22
Paula Storsteen is a vice president and leader of the interior design department at HGA Architects and Engineers.

Minneapolis workplace strategist shares her thoughts on the post-COVID workplace

An interior designer and workplace strategist says the work-from-home experiment has focused attention on what people appreciate about this option, what they miss about the office and the importance of social connectivity to both.