Inspired
August 6, 2021
Maylary Apolo, center, with Gov. Tim Walz and Bonnie Rietz, a former Austin mayor, before receiving an Outstanding Refugee Award on July 19.

Former Karen refugee living in Austin, Minn., aids other newcomers with legal needs

Maylary Htoo Apolo was recently honored as one of 12 recipients of the 2021 Minnesota Department of Human Services Outstanding Refugee Award, in the category of civic engagement.
Local
August 1, 2021
Mike McElhiney, the chief of staff at the MDVA, lost an arm in 2001 in Afghanistan. This weekend, he’ll be awarded the DAV Disabled Veteran of the Y

Disabled Minnesota veteran honored with national award

Lying in a hospital bed in Germany, Mike McElhiney wasn't thinking about the arm that got blown off below the elbow or the wound carved…
Variety
July 30, 2021

Minneapolis-based Climate Generation helps teachers, parents talk about climate change with kids

Lindsey Kirkland was raised in a farming community in Iowa and "always felt a connection to the land and animals." She pursued a degree in…
Inspired
July 30, 2021
Bayan, left, Safa, center, and Iman play with a cellphone as they sit next to their mother Kariman, 32 at their apartment in the northern city of Thes

Syrian family of seven reunited, against the odds, in Greece

After two dangerous tries, Syrian mother reunited with family in Greece.
Inspired
July 30, 2021
toasting togetherness Julia Gerloff, her father Robert Gerloff, and Julia’s aunt, Mary Beth Lamb, right, toasted Robert as they sailed down the Miss

Minneapolis family marks anniversary of loved one's stroke with honesty and love

A Minneapolis family observes "Strokeversary" with honesty, vulnerability and love.
Inspired
July 30, 2021
Cole Stevens spoke in May at a news conference at the Minnesota State Capitol on behalf of workers young and old cut off from benefits.

Minn. teen fights ageist unemployment laws, starts nonprofit tapping power of intergenerational collaboration

Three years ago at age 16, Cole Stevens received a call from his father saying he wasn't sure how he was going to pay his…
St. Cloud
July 26, 2021
St. Cloud residents Youssouf “Joe” Omar and Hamdia Mohamed stand by a duplex they own as part of their business, Victory Plus Housing.

Former refugees' St. Cloud startup fosters sober living, independence

Hamdia Mohamed's mission is to help others who just need a bit of stability to turn their lives around.
Inspired
July 23, 2021
Maria Regan Gonzalez, the first Latina and youngest Mayor of Richfield, was all smiles at the Woodlake Nature Center, Wednesday, July 14, 2021 in Rich

Richfield's Mayor Gonzalez a force in advocating services for communities of color

She reflects on her childhood, racial disparities and her work helping Minnesota families, people of color, and immigrants find decent housing, education, healthy foods and jobs.
St. Cloud
July 23, 2021
on track: Ashley Mehrwerth gave friend and fellow driver TJ Inderieden a smooch on the cheek after the trophy presentation on victory lane following h

Lifelong love of dirt racing leads Sauk Rapids man with Down syndrome to fans, trophies

TJ Inderieden is popular at Granite City Motor Park for his cheery attitude and love of racing.
Variety
July 23, 2021

Man with Alzheimer's forgot he was married. He proposed, and they wed again: 'There wasn't a dry eye.'

"My mantra has always been to have no regrets."
Variety
July 16, 2021
In early July, Zaila Avant-garde of Harvey, La., became the second Black national spelling champion, and the first Black American. But Zaila, 14, has

National Spelling Bee victory could be footnote to hoops career for Louisiana teen

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The biographical blurbs about competitors in the Scripps National Spelling Bee include a litany of other interests, from sports to…
Variety
July 16, 2021
Dara McAnulty’s “Diary of a Young Naturalist” won the Wainwright Prize, Britain’s biggest prize for nature writing, in 2020. He lives in Money

A young naturalist inspires with joy, not doom

Irish nature lover Dara McAnulty, 17, inspires with joy, not doom.
Inspired
July 16, 2021
31 years after suicide attempt, Chicago woman returns to Faribault to reclaim her life

31 years after suicide attempt, Chicago woman returns to Faribault to reclaim her life

After years of healing, Jennifer Green returned to Faribault to find peace.
Variety
July 16, 2021
green team Donovan Harmel, far right, and Tom Evers, standing in hat, joined fellow volunteers who keep the public garden in south Minneapolis flouris

How does Vera's Garden in south Minneapolis grow? With a host of talented volunteers

When bikers pass by Vera's Garden in south Minneapolis, they sometimes say thanks to the people working there or enjoy the spray of water coming…
Variety
July 9, 2021
Dr. Olusola Adegoke, a family medicine practitioner in the east metro, offers counsel on how to encourage the guys we care about to get those checkups

Men, the doctor will see you now and would really like to

Nobody needs a bigger nudge unless they're really sick. Even then, they might not be candid about what ails them.
Variety
July 9, 2021
Elissa Montanti, founder and director of the Global Medical Relief Fund, greeted Mwigulu Matonange along with three other albino children from Tanzani

After pandemic pause, one woman's mission for kids resumes

After a pandemic pause, charity is again fitting kids from around the world with new limbs.
Variety
July 9, 2021
An endangered Mouflon sheep runs in the forest near abandoned village of Varisia, inside the U.N controlled buffer zone that divide the Greek, south,

Biologists defy Cyprus' ethnic divide to protect environment

U.N. buffer zone provides a rare ecosystem.
Variety
July 9, 2021
a personal approach Minnesotan Ted Hooley, second from left, is energized by working with health care providers at his clinic in the Central African R

St. John's University graduate brings much-needed health care to the Central African Republic

Despite a global pandemic and an armed rebellion, Ted Hooley wouldn't give up on his vision.
July 9, 2021
 In this June 16, 2021 file photo, people walk through steam from a street grating during the morning commute in New York.

Making working from home work in a post-COVID world

What we learned while working from home can boost employees' well-being. Here's what to tell your boss.
Inspired
July 2, 2021
Tesfa Wondemagegnehu : “I feel lucky I get to do this.”

Tesfa Wondemagegnehu takes 60-day, 7,000-mile journey to gather Black stories

In music teacher's solo journey to over 40 cities, his ultimate aim is to listen and learn what repair looks like in Black communities across the country.