Inspired
November 19
Mary Jane Steinhagen of Richfield makes cheery handmade cards to buoy the grieving.

Richfield woman's handmade cards remind the grieving they aren't forgotten

Twenty-five years and hundreds of cards later, Mary Jane Steinhagen reminds us of the healing power of empathy.
Inspired
November 19
Keenan Jones, an innovation, design, and learning specialist at Hopkins Public Schools posed for a portrait.

Inspired conversations: Changing Minnesota's educational system by leading Black boys to literacy

Keenan Jones reflects on his work, what drives him and what solutions he believes will give Black boys their best chance at success.
Inspired
November 19
Owen Johnson, 16, left, and Aiden Maxey, 15, met playing baseball in 4th grade and have been best friends since middle school.

Through loss and illness, teen boys in Blaine turn to each other for strength

Two teens learned at an early age that sometimes the best thing a friend can do is just be there.
Variety
November 18

An "exchange program with a twist" lets teens experience a different America

Students travel to an area demographically different from their own.
Variety
November 12
The Unscripted Project founders were awarded $100,000 by the University of Pennsylvania to implement their idea and scale it to reach more than 300 mi

"Yes, and…": Program brings the joys and lessons of improv into schools

Recent college grads' project raises confidence and communication skills.
Inspired
November 12
Professor Iris Vilares, PhD. posed for a portrait inside her office in Elliot Hall at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

University of Minnesota neuroscientist digs into research on how we can build back trust in institutions, each other

Iris Vilares has long been fascinated by social relationships, and she believes that at the core of all of them is trust. Or lack thereof.
Inspired
November 12
In Northfield, DMV specialist Jim Pence is driven by the Golden Rule.

A license for kindness: Northfield DMV specialist brightens the day for customers

Seemingly small gestures have earned Jim Pence a growing list of admirers — and hundreds of likes on a recent Facebook post.
Inspired
November 12
Michael Deering at his father’s grave eating popcorn as they often did together, May 9, 2020.

25 years of daily photos have documented the richness and complexities of ordinary life

When he turned 30, Michael Deering started taking a photo every day. Twenty five years later, he's still at it.
Inspired
November 5
Tammy Eastep led a fundraising drive to buy a book vending machine for Jefferson School in Winona. She’s shown with students (from left) Alissa Fitt

Earn a golden coin, get a book: Winona school uses vending machine to encourage reading

First-grade teacher raised nearly $10,000 to buy vending machine, books.
Variety
November 5
A highway in Brazil, show in 2019, cuts between the Tapajos National Forest, left, and a soy field. Brazil’s president has pledged action on defores

Saving the Amazon, one wooden spoon at a time

Village hosts a wood shop where residents hope to earn a sustainable living.
Variety
November 5

Coach starts soccer program to help Liberian children stay in school

Immigrant to U.S. used the popular sport to "get the kids' attention."
Inspired
November 5
Kulu high-fived a young visitor at St. Paul’s Como Zoo in October.

Como Zoo's new polar bear tests tracking device developed by 3M scientists

Kulu is helping scientists keep track of his endangered relatives.
Variety
November 5
Kristine Igo.

Minnesota's SHIP promotes healthy eating for all our kids

Kristine Igo, director of the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership, shares ideas to ensure that all our kids grow up healthy.
Variety
October 29
Barbed wire disappears to the horizon in Wyoming, where a single county has been found to have 4,500 miles of fencing.

In Wyoming, fences are coming down to make way for wildlife

Volunteers start taking down miles of fencing that has blocked roaming animals.
Minneapolis
October 29
The TKO Drumline & Knockout Dance Team, which includes young people from the north metro and north Minneapolis, rehearsed in Brooklyn Park on Oct. 7.

North Side's TKO Drumline & Knockout Dance Team: They've got the beat

Byron Hawkins' TKO Drumline builds community.
Variety
October 29
Ginger Henrichs helps her husband, Mike, put on his glasses. She provides round-the-clock care for Mike, who has Alzheimer’s, and says the caregivin

Group aims to help Minnesota spouses worn out by caregiving

A national nonprofit provides a place for spousal caregivers to connect.
Inspired
October 22
James Clark, a Lead For Minnesota fellow working to preserve the Ojibwe language and culture, with elders Bette Sam, seated, and Shirley Boyd.

Blaine man returns to Mille Lacs reservation to help preserve Ojibwe ways

Inspired by his great-grandfather, young scholar longed to know more about his Native heritage.
Inspired
October 22
Jessica Nordell’s new book, “The End of Bias: A Beginning,” came out in September.

Minneapolis author seeks understanding by studying 'unexamined bias'

Jessica Nordell's "The End of Bias" dives deep to help us transform ourselves and our world.
Sports
October 22
Toni Stone delighted students at Hayes Elementary School in Fridley in 1990. A new national play celebrates the unsung hero of the league.

New play honors Toni Stone, Rondo's trailblazing baseball great

From Rondo to professional baseball, the late Toni Stone persevered to pursue her passion.
Variety
October 15
Nancy Antoine’s 34-year career began with nine years as a secondary math teacher, including stints coaching volleyball and fast-pitch softball. Sinc

Northfield's distinguished principal Nancy Antoine works to level the educational playing field

Her commitment to education and leadership endures year-round.