Variety
April 2
Wild mountain gazelles in the protected zone in Kirikhan, Turkey, on the border with Syria, on Feb. 3, 2021. The endangered species is recovering its

Endangered gazelles make a comeback on the edge of a war zone

An endangered species makes a comeback near Syrian war zone.
Variety
April 2
Back in 2017 at Target Field, Brian Dozier and Eddie Rosario celebrated a home run. Dozier retired in February.

Brian Dozier learned Spanish to be a better teammate. There's a lesson for MLB

The retired Twins star gained close friends as he learned to speak Spanish.
Inspired
April 2
Even with COVID numbers declining, the need for support continues. Rose Olmsted of Albert Lea volunteers for the Red Cross’s Virtual Family Assistan

Albert Lea social worker keeps COVID lines of compassion open through virtual Red Cross center

As the United States surpassed a grim recent milestone of 500,000 deaths due to COVID-19, Olmsted continues to take calls for the Red Cross Virtual Family Assistance Center.
Inspired
April 2
Star Tribune illustration/iStock

Hold the snark: The Clean Speech movement has arrived in Minnesota

Can you use only kind words for the rest of the month?
Variety
March 26
An undated photo provided by Kyohei Sakaguchi, a “Zero Yen house” designed by Kyohei Sakaguchi.

In Japan, his disaster art saves lives

Artist living with bipolar disorder published his number for anyone to call.
Variety
March 26
Chief coordinator Glenda Andrew checks the pot as she prepares West Indian meals with members of the Preston Windrush Covid Response team, at the Xave

Volunteer brings warmth of Caribbean-delivered meals to Britain's older immigrants

Volunteer brings the warmth of the Caribbean through delivered meals.
Variety
March 26
Bill Doherty

U therapist offers advice for how to be our better selves while waiting for COVID-19 vaccine

William J. Doherty has seen pretty much everything in his more than four decades as a therapist. He's helped to heal marriages on the brink…
Inspired
March 26
The Rev. John D.F. Nelson led services from the rooftop of Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Hopkins so that all who attended could see. He expects roofto

Rooftop preaching helps bring Hopkins congregation together during COVID-19 pandemic

Rooftop preaching helps bring Hopkins congregation together during pandemic.
Inspired
March 26
For a year, Mary Steinbicker sent words of joy and encouragement to friends and people she’d never met.

Minnetonka resident sent love in a postcard every day of 2020

Most of her 366 recipients were friends or neighbors, but others were people she barely knew or had never met.
Variety
March 19
Jessica Dixon, 17, neared the finish of the Junior Iditarod in Big Lake, Alaska. “Nothing in the entire world can beat being out alone with your dog

Two days, 10 dogs, 150 miles in the wilderness: This is the Iditarod for teens

150-mile race pushes young competitors to learn survival, teamwork.
Variety
March 19
Lisa Gebhard is manager of lung health for the American Lung Association. The ALA has just opened up screenings to a larger group of smokers in a resp

New lung cancer screening guidelines means potentially millions more lives can be saved

Pain has piled up in this long pandemic year, not just in deaths but in growing mental health concerns and alcohol consumption. Another public health…
Variety
March 19
Edina company's CEO feels called to champion sustainability in new book, podcast

Edina company's CEO feels called to champion sustainability in new book, podcast

Since Inclusivi-tee was founded in 2017, the psychologist-turned-CEO has expanded her reach from T-shirts to a book and podcast.
Inspired
March 19
Dan Lee sat inside the school office where he records and edits ÔMr. LeeÕs Brain Break.Õ   ]  Shari L. Gross ¥ shari.gross@startribune.com      Af

Beacon Academy teacher delights school with goofy educational YouTube show

Videographer Dan Lee's goofy educational YouTube show has taken a charter school by storm.
Variety
March 12
Software engineer Huge Ma built a new vaccine appointment site for New York in less than two weeks.

New York's vaccine websites weren't working. He built a new one for $50

"I'm just doing the very little that I can to make it a little bit easier."
Variety
March 12
Minneapolis writer-turned-caregiver writes the meditative book she wished she'd had

Minneapolis writer-turned-caregiver writes the meditative book she wished she'd had

Patricia Hoolihan was one of several caregivers for her grandchildren during the pandemic.
Inspired
March 12
A year and a half and thousands of dollars later, floppy-eared Henry found permanency in Minnesota through the efforts of Safe Hands Rescue.

Dog living in Kentucky mine finally captured, brought to Minnesota after a year's ordeal

It took a year and a half and thousands of dollars to rescue Henry and bring him to Minnesota.
Inspired
March 12
Pediatric critical care nurse Shannon Marchiando played with her son Marcos Palma-Marchiando, 8, after coming home from a 12-hour shift at Masonic Chi

A year into pandemic, some efforts to help Minn. health workers may be here to stay

A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, some early efforts to ease the burden on Minnesota health care workers have shifted focus for the long haul.
Variety
March 8

Paul O'Sullivan found people with his name on Facebook. Naturally, they formed a band

They perfected long-distance music before the pandemic, when it became a special joy.
Variety
March 5
Glenn and Rose Ann Seutter at the convenience store they owned since 1974 and recently sold.      ] GLEN STUBBE • glen.stubbe@startribune.com   Thur

For 50 years, husband-wife team ran Minnetonka convenience store with friendliness, hard work

They retired and sold the store in January, when both were 75. Looking back, they say they've never regretted that long-ago choice.
Variety
March 5
Carline Bengtsson founded Dine4Dinners, which gives profits from her signature catered meals to hunger-relief organizations.

A Medtronic retiree with a talent for cooking turns her second act into fighting hunger

The founder of Dine4Dinners caters private meals and donates a portion of the proceeds to hunger relief organizations.