Variety
October 8
In an undated image provided by John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, from left, Ibram X. Kendi, Nicole Fleetwood and Hanif Abdurraqib, three

MacArthur 'genius' grants awarded to Kendi, others who showed 'exceptional creativity'

Social, racial justice the themes among this year's MacArthur fellows.
Inspired
October 8
Karla Hult founded So Many Goodbyes to help families of loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease.

Twin Cities mentor to families facing Alzheimer's disease reminds them to 'Look for the joy'

After her father died after 10 years of suffering deepening dementia caused by Alzheimer's disease, KARE-11's Karla Hult was inspired to help other families.
Outdoors
October 8
Fog hung over the tallgrass prairie in a view from the Seppmann Mill overlook, with the Minnesota River in the distant horizon.

Minneopa State Park newsletter captures 'the cycle and beauty of nature'

Minneopa State Park newsletter thrills devotees as it captures 'the cycle and beauty of nature'
Variety
October 1
Ben Delkoski, director of My Team Triumph-Minnesota, posed for a portrait outside his home in Lakeville.

My Team Triumph is back on course for the Twin Cities 10k and 5k

Minnesota chapter founder and president Ben Delkoski shares more about the organization and why finishing isn't even the most thrilling part.
Variety
October 1
From right, Dr. Marvin Seppala, Nick Motu and drug czar Jim Carroll in 2019. After 50 years of combined service, Seppala and Motu are retiring.

Retiring Hazelden Betty Ford executives are 'living proof' of the power of recovery

The legacy they left can be found all over the foundation and in the people who pass through its doors across the country, one official says.
Variety
October 1
Orono's Big Island Park reopens on 56 acres, with ADA-accessible trails and 'priceless' views

Orono's Big Island Park reopens on 56 acres, with ADA-accessible trails and 'priceless' views

Although the island is part of Orono, the park is intended for use for everyone who enjoys Lake Minnetonka, Orono's mayor said.
Variety
October 1

Seniors in Philly are aging in place with the help of community 'villages'

Volunteer group in Philly among options to help seniors to stay engaged.
Inspired
September 27

After decades, the tiny snail darter has make it off endangered species list

The snail darter had blocked a Tennessee dam project in the 1970s.
Local
September 24
Mike Findley and his mentor, Christopher Cary, chatted during a Queerspace Collective meeting at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

New Minneapolis nonprofit launches LGBTQ mentoring program, one of few in U.S.

New nonprofit Queerspace Collective fills a crucial void in LGBTQ mentoring programs.
Inspired
September 24
Businesswoman Susan Shields and poet Rashaunea Ambers-Winston collaborated on “Lake Street Speaks,” filled with art, poems, pain and hope.

A white boomer and a young Black poet honor Lake Street with collection of poetry and art

"Lake Street Speaks" is full of bright colors, bold images, a few messages of despair but mostly of hope.
Inspired
September 24
Grace Gouker Littlefield moved back to her hometown of Bemidji in 2018 and found her calling as founder and executive director of Able to Vote.

Bemidji-based Able To Vote is working to increase voter turnout in disability community

For Grace Gouker Littlefield, the 2021 election isn't just about the candidates. It's about who gets to vote for them. After about six years of…
Inspired
September 17
Classically trained conductor William Eddins, left, has partnered with friend Matt Engstrom to found a socially missioned public benefit brewery calle

St. Paul Lowertown Brewery will fund music education and instruments for disadvantaged youth

Proceeds from MetroNOME bar in Lowertown will fund music lessons and instruments for disadvantaged youth.
Inspired
September 17
El Santuario Frontera, near Tijuana’s border with San Diego, is planned to house 350 migrants who will build inside the pavilions.

A sanctuary takes shape, framed around migrants

A live-work collective rises among tens of thousands of refugees in Mexico.
Inspired
September 17
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Inspired Conversations: Race & Equity features Marisa Miakonda Cummings, president of the Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center

Marisa Miakonda Cummings has long walked in two worlds. Her clan is part of the Sky People, whose time on earth offers an opportunity "to…
Inspired
September 17
Once a kid in this St. Louis Park cooking program, now she's its head chef and manager

Once a kid in this St. Louis Park cooking program, now she's its head chef and manager

Kids often say they want to grow up to be like a special adult in their life. Donyelle "Donnie" Williams made that wish come true.As…
Variety
September 10
Operators of the Eden Prairie lemonade stand which has donated money to charities since 9/11 stood for a portrait with a mockup of the stand Saturday

For 20 years, Eden Prairie neighbors have remembered 9/11 with sweet tradition

More than $66,000 in donations later, the Olympic Hills 9/11 Lemonade Stand has become an annual fundraiser.
Variety
September 10
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Next stop, the sea: Sri Lanka's old buses are a new home for marine life

Project in Sri Lanka provides marine habitat while reusing waste.
Duluth
September 10
Paul Nelson is chairman of the Oral Health Task Force.

For chair of Cook County's Oral Health Task Force, dental health is overall health

Paul Nelson champions comprehensive and early dental care for everybody.
Inspired
September 10
Global Rights for Women founder Cheryl Thomas will speak Sept. 15 at a virtual event along with other prominent women’s rights activists.

Minneapolis founder of Global Rights for Women predicts Taliban takeover will have 'ripple effect'

Cheryl Thomas is dismayed that other countries aren't doing more to protect them.
September 3
Forgiveness expert Mary Hayes Grieco posed for a portrait in her home in Minneapolis in August.

Minneapolis forgiveness expert: 'Anger is a doorway to our power but not a house we can live in'

Author of "The New Kitchen Mystic" and "Unconditional Forgiveness," Mary Hayes Grieco is gearing up for a forgiveness workshop specific to these times.