Inspired
July 2, 2021

Two women chatted in a bathroom. They soon realized they were each a match for the other's husband, who needed a kidney.

Co-workers found they were a match for each other's husbands.
Inspired
July 2, 2021

To help their island home during pandemic, Maine students forgo senior trip

Island community was struggling in pandemic, so they donated funds raised.
Inspired
July 2, 2021
Curt Goering, outgoing executive director at the Center for Victims of Torture, stood for a portrait Thursday at their offices in St. Paul.

Center for Victims of Torture director retires after 9 years of leading healing work

Curt Goering was exposed to humanitarian work at an early age. His father managed reconstruction projects in Europe, rebuilding homes and communities after World War II.
Inspired
July 2, 2021
Avian ecologist and Georgetown University Ph.D. student Emily Williams holds a robin to examine its wings, Wednesday, April 28, 2021, in Cheverly, Md.

For love of birds: Backyard sleuths boost scientists' work

Pandemic pause opened window for budding bird-watchers.
Inspired
July 2, 2021
Ultramarathoner Gregg Lind’s regular runs through Minneapolis alleys during COVID-19 kept him fit, connected and deeply entertained, as he came acro

During a year of solitude, Twin Cities runner kept exploring and making connections

Gregg Lind, a Minneapolis ultramarathoner, spent the pandemic year carving out regular racing courses in admittedly unconventional settings.
Variety
June 30, 2021
The proposal at Horseshoe Island was the first time Michael Kelly and Nicole Erickson returned to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness since thei

Lost in the Boundary Waters, a Minnesota couple found each other

Michael Kelly proposed to Nicole Erickson last month on the same island he'd marked years ago with a heart.
Variety
June 25, 2021
Zenobia Silas-Carson, right, was all smiles as she met her memoir writer Mecca Bos outside her home in Brooklyn Park.  The two have become fast friend

A novel way to beat loneliness: pair up and write a book through Extraordinary History Project

The Extraordinary History Project matches older people with volunteer writers.
Variety
June 25, 2021
Basim Razzo at his home in Irbil, Iraq. His wife, daughter and other family members were killed in a misguided airstrike.

A path of empathy after unimaginable loss in Iraq

Iraqi widower rejected bitterness and spoke to U.S. students about his life.
Variety
June 25, 2021
Doctor David Vallejo and his fiancee Doctor Mavelin Bonilla hold photos of themselves working, as they kiss at their home in Quito, Ecuador, Wednesday

Doctors in Ecuador delayed wedding to save lives

Couple in Ecuador barely survived COVID, plan to finally marry.
Variety
June 25, 2021
Jill Moore

Inclusive play specialist Jill Moore of Golden Valley makes sure everyone gets to play

Moore was born with spina bifida and is a full-time wheelchair user. She also swims, plays basketball, skis and has completed 12 marathons.
Variety
June 25, 2021
Veteran Austin Timm, of Sartell, with wife, Crystal

Edge4Vets helps military members transfer valuable skills to the civilian workforce

The jobs preparation program teaches veterans to identify skills from their military career and use them to get civilian jobs.
Variety
June 18, 2021
Adolfo Damian Berdun, of Argentina, a professional player and captain of the Argentine basketball Paralympic team, teaches children basketball at a pr

Para athlete teaches dribbling and diversity to Italian kids

Para athlete coaches second-graders who were more interested in playing than in his wheelchair.
Variety
June 18, 2021
The North Dakota State Capitol. A bill that proposed to stop police from releasing booking photos like his unless the arrestee failed to appear for co

Online, mug shots are forever. Some states want to change that.

Photos can harm an arrestee's prospects.
Variety
June 18, 2021
Willie Dominguez, director of the Male Involvement Program at PICA.

Inspired Problem Solver Willie Dominguez is a friend to fathers

He shares ideas for luring in reluctant dads to embrace their essential role as role models.
Variety
June 18, 2021
marvel of a match Fluffy pup Marvel was born without a front right paw. Barb Felt, who has raised golden retrievers for 40 years, said “she’d be t

The family of Waconia boy, 7, with a limb difference just adopted a puppy with three paws

Waconia boy with limb difference adopts puppy with three paws.
Variety
June 18, 2021
Photos by IMANI CRUZEN@Caption:Willa reveals fortunes on the other side of colorful art she hangs above her lemonade stand.

Mpls. lemonade seller, 7, differentiates herself with fortune-telling bonus

"She's really excited about it and I love that we can spend a little time making art together," her mother said.
Inspired
June 18, 2021
A police car with lights on. (Irwin Thompson/The Dallas Morning News/TNS)

Minnesota police departments hand out vouchers instead of tickets for broken car lights thanks to a Minneapolis nonprofit

Expanded MicroGrants program aims to repair lights and relationships.
Variety
June 11, 2021

Teacher steps in to get student into graduation

When Daverius Peters arrived at his high school graduation ceremony on May 19, he was blocked from entering the convention center where it was being…
Inspired
June 11, 2021
SHARI L. GROSS • shari.gross@startribune.com Bryan Piatt met end-of-life grief therapist Kelly Grosklags while working at KARE-11. Together, they cr

Duo teams up to give patients time, tools and tenderness to talk about death

A powerful thing that came out of their time together was an educational film for medical providers on how to have difficult end-of-life conversations.
Inspired
June 11, 2021
Alejandra Aschittino-Rodriguez’s brush with death as a teenager propelled her into the mental health field.

University of Minnesota graduate shifts therapy focus to less discussed mental health issue of job loss

Therapist helps jobless clients preserve sense of identity, stay optimistic.