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January 14
In a photo from Pietro Senna, Alfredo Lupi, fifth from right, poses with his co-workers at the Senna Inox factory in Graffignana, Italy, Dec. 23, 2021

A janitor's colleagues put him on the fast track to retirement

A cognitive impairment that he had almost since birth was making his job more difficult by the day.
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January 14
Laura Parker of High Desert Seed in southwest Colorado.

In the arid Southwest, growing seeds for climate resiliency

Laura Parker's boots are thick with mud as she moves slowly down the row of sorghum on her farm, High Desert Seed, in the Upper…
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January 14
Free Bikes 4 Kidz (FB4K), a non-profit organization helping all kids ride into a happier, healthier childhood by providing bikes to those most in need

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January 14
The Rev. Ed Treat was a Lutheran pastor in Bloomington when he realized his new calling. He founded the Center of Addiction and Faith, which attempts

For addicts, a spiritual renewal

The Rev. Ed Treat knows firsthand the struggles of addiction. He founded the Center of Addiction & Faith to foster honest talk about both.
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January 14
Paul Thissen, associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, is a co-chair of the pilot implementation committee

Problem Solvers: Pilot program allows approved Minnesota legal paraprofessionals to represent and advise clients

The two-year pilot aims to increase access to legal help in certain housing and family matters.
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January 14
Netta Hardin in her kitchen with mom, Allyson Perling, working the camera for a new segment of YouTube’s “Noshing with Netta.”

St. Paul student chases food dream with YouTube cooking channel, 'Noshing with Netta'

Pandemic hobby has produced a veritable brand, with videos, a website and social media accounts.
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January 7
A volunteer donates blood at Memorial Blood Centers in St. Paul.

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January 7
Mount Everest peeks above the clouds on a sightseeing flight, in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 16, 2017.

Group undertaking historic, all-Black mission to Everest

Expedition is slated for April
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January 7
Emily Bastian

North Loop's Avivo Village offers shelters from the storm

Nearly one year after Avivo Village opened in the North Loop, one of its champions talks about its many successes.
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January 7
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January 7
Tiffany Tonsager with husband, Ben, and 20-month-old son James. Their other son, Ian, died when Tiffany was 32 weeks and 2 days pregnant, but she chos

After losing a baby, grieving moms donate breast milk to give other newborns the best chance at life

Donors to Minnesota Milk Bank find joy, and sometimes healing, in their gift
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December 31, 2021
 Rosa Valladares, left, brings a spoon to her son Angel, far right, as Junior, center, and Emilio, second from right, get ready for school at the Reye

Chicago neighbors care for young boy after his immigrant mother dies

"We've always treated him like another son."
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December 31, 2021
Volunteers packed food for Feed My Starving Children.

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December 31, 2021
Autumn trees line the River Thames near Cliveden in Buckinghamshire, England.

London's River Thames, now home to sharks, seals and seahorses, is no longer 'biologically dead'

The famous waterway that cuts through London has been revived.
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December 31, 2021
Leo Nocentelli in New Orleans, Nov. 6, 2021.

50 years later, Leo Nocentelli's long-lost album drops

Funk guitarist thought his solo project had been lost in Hurricane Katrina.
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December 31, 2021
Shuntay Thomas explained sound mixing to his son Brandon, 10, as they listened to music in their room in the Project Home at the Provincial House in S

Former Catholic convent opens as a new shelter for families in St. Paul

Project Home opened at the Provincial House in St. Paul to help address the housing crisis in Ramsey County.
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December 31, 2021
Bill McCarthy

Retired Twin Cities executive coach challenges us to focus on 'purpose' this year

Rethinking resolutions: How about thinking more broadly this year?
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December 28, 2021
Beverly “Bee” Bush of Champlin made a special patchwork bear for her late husband; he died in September holding Patches.

Champlin woman knows the value of a bear hug

At 89, Beverly "Bee" Bush has made about 7,600 teddy bears that she gives away to children— and adults.
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December 24, 2021

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December 24, 2021
The tallest decorated Christmas tree in Europe is set up on the Place Kleber in Strasbourg.

Strasbourg is a beacon of Christmas tradition

French city is transformed with markets, concerts and holiday cheer.