Inspired
June 5
Lucia Morelos Quintero posed for a portrait with her sister Cristina, left, outside their South St. Paul home.

6 grateful Minnesota graduates thank the special person (or pet) who helped them

In their own words, six grateful high school grads pay homage to the special person (or pet) who guided them through COVID-19 and got them to the finish line.
Variety
May 28
Kelvin Odartei Cruickshank, 19, tools around his hometown of Accra, Ghana, in what looks like a ramshackle DeLorean. It took three years to build. The

Man takes junkyard scraps, transforms them into new cars

Shipping containers, boats, even old fridges become transportation.
Variety
May 28
Sarah Studley, 39, at her first coronavirus vaccination appointment at the M&T Bank Stadium vaccination site on April 11, wearing her unused wedding r

She didn't get to wear her wedding dress because of the pandemic. So she put it on to get her vaccine

D.C. bride's reception was canceled, so she wore her gown to get her vaccine.
Variety
May 28
Mukhiya and Konnie Gurung in Nepal in 2001. They’ll go back this fall.

Mendota Heights couple head to Nepal, giving back to the country where they met

Mendota Heights couple celebrate anniversary with a service project in Nepal — giving back to the country where they met.
Variety
May 28
Danielle Werder, team leader for the effort to end chronic homelessness in Hennepin County’s Housing Stability area.

Hennepin County places 700th formerly homeless person in permanent housing

It's a welcome story amid homelessness and housing insecurity, which can feel intractable — too big and complex to get our collective heads around.
Inspired
May 28
Kristen McCoy, owner of Rethink Tailoring & Sewing Lounge, showed some of her upcycled items, many of which came from damaged jeans she got through he

Minnesota's expanding Buy Nothing movement is a gift to its members and to Mother Earth

Buy Nothing movement encourages people to rethink consumption through no-cost exchange of stuff and services.
Variety
May 21
A Mexican long-tongued bat is examined by Mexico’s National Autonomous University, UNAM, Ecology Institute Biologist Rodrigo Medellin after it was c

In quieter Mexico City, rare bats make an appearance

As humans stay home, Mexican long-tongued bats re-emerge.
Variety
May 21
“There are people who are happy with a brown mahogany box, and that’s great,” said Dying Art casket company owner Ross Hall. “But if they want

Colorful coffins lighten mood at New Zealand funerals

Auckland company builds custom, colorful coffins for a one-of-a-kind farewell.
Variety
May 21

Fraternity members pay off mortgage of longtime house cook

She was working 2 jobs in Louisiana to keep up when pandemic hit.
Variety
May 21
Kirsten Lind Seal, a Twin Cities licensed marriage and family therapist, assures us that it’s normal to be feeling a bit of whiplash.

Twin Cities therapist explains why, for many, the CDC's new mask guidelines just make us more anxious

Kirsten Lind Seal, a Twin Cities licensed marriage and family therapist, also weighs in on mask shaming, "cave syndrome" and how we turtles can best move forward.
Duluth
May 21
Crooked Spoon food truck co-owner Sara Hingos. 

In the wake of a devastating fire, beloved Grand Marais restaurant returns in a new form: food truck

A fire forced a Grand Marais family to regroup and reassess. Then they opened a new window.
Inspired
May 21
U College of Design student Anna Marie Mitchell, of Lakeville, held her window lock made from clay and a 3-D process. She enjoys experimenting with di

University of Minnesota product design students experiment with reusable soap and clay for this year's final project

U students mold window latch prototypes using soap, clay.
Inspired
May 14
Betty White sparred recently at Elements Boxing Gym in St. Paul. She’s among a growing number of people with Parkinson’s taking up the sport to st

Former all-star athlete from Minnetonka battles back against Parkinson's with boxing training techniques

Betty White took up boxing to battle back against Parkinson's disease.
Variety
May 14
Jarod Gengler, of Prior Lake, has discovered that his favorite game, cribbage, helps boost his mental health. Now he’s helping others play.

Prior Lake cribbage board designer has serious mission to support others with mental health challenges

Living with bipolar disorder for about a decade, Jarod Gengler realized the power of the game to boost his mental health. Now, he's working to make sure others can benefit
Variety
May 14
Natalie Quiring-Oleson in her home office.

Dear parents: This Minneapolis social worker offers advice on how to talk to your white kids about racism

Natalie Quiring-Oleson considered herself open-minded about race. But George Floyd's killing by Minneapolis police exposed what she calls her "blinds spots" about racism.
Variety
May 7
Jim Ross, with wife Susan (right hand) shows his collection of letters he coaxed from Hall of Fame baseball stars when he was 12 years old.brian.peter

Minnesota minister with Alzheimer's 'lights up' with baseball memories

Retired United Methodist minister cherishes autographs by Hall of Famers.
Inspired
May 7
BONDING OVER MILITARY BACKGROUNDS WW II veteran June Fremont, 99, relishes visits from hospice nurse and veteran Joshua Bowling, left, in Woodbury.

Veteran to veteran, hospice nurses lend special camaraderie to end of life

Program arranges for ex-military hospice nurses to care for patients who are veterans.
Variety
May 7
Rob Grunewald, an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

Gender reveal: COVID was particularly cruel for working moms

The multiple fallouts from COVID-19 will be revealed for years. But one reality is clear now: Working mothers were particularly punished by the coronavirus pandemic.…
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.