Variety
May 3
Kristin Doherty sat among textiles, clothing, jewelry and more made by women in Ghana through her nonprofit Global Mamas in Minneapolis.

Twin Cities World Jubilee fair trade sale May 1 will honor partnerships with women across the globe

Fair trade partnerships have made a world of difference for women across the globe.
Variety
April 30
Field paramedic Rose Pelzel retired in April after almost five decades.

St. Paul native and longest-known serving paramedic in U.S. says goodbye to EMS

Rose Pelzel didn't intend to make a career out of emergency medical services.
Inspired
April 30
On June 6, the Star Tribune’s Inspired section will salute  high school graduates and those who helped them.

Seeking submissions from high school seniors: Who helped get you through this year?

On June 6, the Star Tribune's Inspired section will salute you and all that you have accomplished with a special high school graduation issue.
Variety
April 30
Workers with the Papahanaumokuakea Marine Debris Project push small boats loaded with fishing nets and plastic off Kure Atoll. The crew removed fishin

Expedition hauls tons of plastic out of remote Hawaii atolls

Largest protected marine reserve littered with waste that hurts animals.
Variety
April 30
Nepal’s “God of Sight”, Dr. Sanduk Ruit checks a patient’s eye sight after his eye patches are removed at an eye camp in Lumbini, 288 kilomete

Nepal's God of Sight eye doctor to expand work beyond border

Innovative and cheap cataract procedure helps tens of thousands.
Variety
April 30
Sheriff Aaron Appelhans is leading an effort to coordinate police response with resources like mental health professionals.

Meet Wyoming's first Black sheriff

He steps into an office with a long history of racial bias and a need to rebuild public trust.
Inspired
April 23
co-existence The Interfaith Prayer Wall, displayed until recently at Iversen Center for Faith at the University of St. Thomas, is now available for vi

Twin Cities artists create Interfaith Prayer Wall, bridging divides across religions

Twin Cities artists create interfaith canvas to bridge divides and inspire calm.
Variety
April 23
Jessica Shryack, local facilitator for the national nonprofit Living Room Conversations (LRC).

Minneapolis consultant sees Living Room Conversations as a way to rebuild respectful discourse

Jessica Shryack has pulled about 1,000 people out of their bubbles as a local facilitator for the national nonprofit.
Variety
April 23
The Minnesota native said “Hunger Ward” is about saving lives.

Minnesota native hopes Oscar-nominated film draws attention to crisis in Yemen

Its main "characters" are health care workers and two children, Abeer, who was 6 and weighed 12 pounds during filming, and Omeima, who was 10 and weighed 24 pounds.
Variety
April 21
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland stands during a ceremonial swearing with Vice President Kamala Harris, in the Vice President’s ceremonial office in t

Violence against Indigenous women is 'a crisis.' Deb Haaland's new Missing & Murdered Unit could help, advocates say

"It's not reconciliation, but it's a step in that direction."
Variety
April 21
August 14, 1985 In Group 1935, Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins Stands behind president Franklin Roosevelt as he signs the social security Act.   Fe

The woman who helped a president change America during his first 100 days

Frances Perkins was the main architect of Social Security.
Variety
April 21

High-schooler used beets as infection-detecting sutures in hope of making care more accessible

"I consistently classified my project as where equity meets science," she says.
Inspired
April 16
Jim Nicholas of Minneapolis is a familiar presence around Lake Harriet as he battles buckthorn, “the poster child for invasive species.”

In retirement, Minneapolis man takes on stubborn foe: Buckthorn

For 27 years, Jim Nicholas of Minneapolis was a data analyst with the Minnesota Hospital Association.
Variety
April 16
Dr. Dionne Hart poses for a portrait outside of Hennepin County Medical Center Saturday, April 10, 2021.

Psychiatrist Dr. Dionne Hart speaks out about huge gaps in mental health services among communities of color

The latest chapter in Inspired's Race and Equity series explores mental health disparities.
Inspired
April 16
Hair stylist Josie Sottosanti used a comb to measure the hair of Amelia Kuester before cutting it Wednesday. ] AARON LAVINSKY • aaron.lavinsky@start

Seven-year-old Inver Grove Heights girl donates her hair to help another child without

Amelia Kuester has no regrets as she donates 11 inches of her hair to kids suffering hair loss.
Variety
April 9
Heidi Sundquist is part of the annual Step Up program that guides young people into the workforce.

Minneapolis Step Up program gets COVID creative to keep offering youth internship opportunities

Heidi Sundquist, who has developed Step Up internships with her employer, Accenture, shares more about this summer's ambitious goals.
Inspired
April 9
Jazmyne LeBeau talked with patrons as she tended her tables at the Free Plant Corner.

Minneapolis grower is building a community through 'rescue plants'

Minneapolis nursery worker is building community through "rescue plants."
Inspired
April 9
M Health Fairview pediatrician Michael Pitt uses humor and tricks to help his young patients feel less nervous during exams. caption

Like magic, M Health Fairview pediatrician eases his young patients' worries with tricks

Medicine can seem a little bit like magic when what looks impossible becomes possible.
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.
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.