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Family members, friends and pets all step up to help.
This week, we take you into the brutally competitive, dog-eat-dog world of "Shark Tank" where …. Oh, I'm kidding: We wouldn't take you there (even…
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.
Nearly one year after Avivo Village opened in the North Loop, one of its champions talks about its many successes.
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
Rethinking resolutions: How about thinking more broadly this year?
The girls, ages 5 and 6, were visiting their grandmother while their mother was preparing for Christmas.
A new, reader-driven feature debuts in Inspired in 2022.
Two Minnesota cancer survivors are among 18 members selected to promote the growing men's cancer support community
University of Minnesota students create nonprofit to donate unused medications to those who can't afford them
U start-up also cuts down on medical waste.
To counter a growing divisiveness he witnessed as he traveled, he launched "A Peace of My Mind," a multiyear, multimedia arts project sharing stories of the courage and kindness of everyday people.
Twenty-five years and hundreds of cards later, Mary Jane Steinhagen reminds us of the healing power of empathy.
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.
Kristine Igo, director of the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership, shares ideas to ensure that all our kids grow up healthy.
Jessica Nordell's "The End of Bias" dives deep to help us transform ourselves and our world.
Brooklyn Park father of two shifts focus from golf course to classrooms, encouraging kids to be nice
Bryan Skavnak is founder of Be the Nice Kid, a business venture that engages students in storytelling and activities designed to build character, courage and compassion.
Minnesota chapter founder and president Ben Delkoski shares more about the organization and why finishing isn't even the most thrilling part.
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…
More than $66,000 in donations later, the Olympic Hills 9/11 Lemonade Stand has become an annual fundraiser.
Paul Nelson champions comprehensive and early dental care for everybody.
Author of "The New Kitchen Mystic" and "Unconditional Forgiveness," Mary Hayes Grieco is gearing up for a forgiveness workshop specific to these times.
He talks about how the grant will make home indeed a sweet place for hundreds of homeowners.
Minnesota State University, Mankato's sports psychologist tackles mental performance pressures of Olympic scale
A professor in sports psychology at Minnesota State University, Mankato, Cindra Kamphoff has worked with USA Track and Field.
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…
After years of healing, Jennifer Green returned to Faribault to find peace.
Nobody needs a bigger nudge unless they're really sick. Even then, they might not be candid about what ails them.
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.
Moore was born with spina bifida and is a full-time wheelchair user. She also swims, plays basketball, skis and has completed 12 marathons.
He shares ideas for luring in reluctant dads to embrace their essential role as role models.
In their own words, six grateful high school grads pay homage to the special person (or pet) who guided them through COVID-19 and got them to the finish line.
It's a welcome story amid homelessness and housing insecurity, which can feel intractable — too big and complex to get our collective heads around.
Twin Cities therapist explains why, for many, the CDC's new mask guidelines just make us more anxious
Kirsten Lind Seal, a Twin Cities licensed marriage and family therapist, also weighs in on mask shaming, "cave syndrome" and how we turtles can best move forward.
The multiple fallouts from COVID-19 will be revealed for years. But one reality is clear now: Working mothers were particularly punished by the coronavirus pandemic.…
Fair trade partnerships have made a world of difference for women across the globe.
Jessica Shryack has pulled about 1,000 people out of their bubbles as a local facilitator for the national nonprofit.
For 27 years, Jim Nicholas of Minneapolis was a data analyst with the Minnesota Hospital Association.
Psychiatrist Dr. Dionne Hart speaks out about huge gaps in mental health services among communities of color
The latest chapter in Inspired's Race and Equity series explores mental health disparities.
Heidi Sundquist, who has developed Step Up internships with her employer, Accenture, shares more about this summer's ambitious goals.
William J. Doherty has seen pretty much everything in his more than four decades as a therapist. He's helped to heal marriages on the brink…
Pain has piled up in this long pandemic year, not just in deaths but in growing mental health concerns and alcohol consumption. Another public health…
Patricia Hoolihan was one of several caregivers for her grandchildren during the pandemic.
Nobody would describe the past year as fun and games, but that doesn't mean levity is out the window. With workers experiencing Zoom fatigue and…
Born in Minnesota, a child of immigrants: 'The story of my life is the product of my parents' dreams'
Raie Gessesse, a Minnesota advocate for racial and gender equity, is the first in the Star Tribune's 'Inspired Conversations' dialogue about race. Her story begins with her parents, born and raised in Ethiopia.
It is a national model for how to find safe, stable and permanent homes for abused and neglected children.
Former U women's coach sees leadership potential in everyone.
She's eager to help us practice as the newly named Joycelyn Elders Endowed Chair in Sexual Health Education at the University of Minnesota.
The opioid crisis has only intensified during the pandemic. The American Medical Association reports increased opioid-related deaths in more than 40 states, including Minnesota. Alcohol…
Kevin Hendricks is author of the self-published "Better Politics, Please: 35 Stories of Politicians Who Value Hope Over Hate."
As MWP celebrates its 35th anniversary, its leader reflects on its bold reporting, financial challenges and exciting plans for 2021.
This year threw our Problem Solvers challenges beyond all challenges but they still hunkered down and got to work.
Mental health problems have only increased due to the isolation and stresses of COVID-19. But this 22-year-old is lessening the burden for many with an app.
Community advocate and organizer Sheila Delaney knows we're running out of time.
A program to improve health in Twin Cities' Black community begins with healing power of soul medicine
A Minneapolis center partners with counties and health care providers to tap into the resiliency of the Black community to improve health and financial stability.
Want to raise good kids? Then teach them to be kind to animals. That's the goal for Nick Coughlin.
Meet a nationally certified intervention professional, recovery coach and doting father.
In our sixth and final installment of Heroes of the Pandemic, we turned these pages over to you, our readers, to tell us about regular people who made an impact.
In the midst of a worldwide pandemic and cries for racial justice, his message seems particularly urgent and his comforting approach especially welcome.
Michael Sack, who has cerebral palsy and uses a motorized wheelchair, realizes that this foremost civic duty is easier for some than for others.
Research has shown since 1974 that alcohol during pregnancy harms a developing fetus, but she learned most people "did not have the facts."
Experts concerned about single individuals left out of social circles.
The pop-up clinic gives pets free basic medical care, including vaccinations and heartworm testing, as well as medications for skin and eye infections.
During the pandemic, teachers face a doubly tough task of identifying students — mostly behind screens instead of desks — showing signs of psychological distress.
Ainsley Schwerr graduated from Normandale Community College in May — then went right back. When COVID-19 hit, the 18-year-old from Eagan put her continuing…
Dr. Timothy Schacker shares how the U launched its testing program, contributed to drug studies and even created a low-cost ventilator.
He guides future funeral directors through end-of-life rituals.
Community Connect is an initiative of the Children's Minnesota health care system partly funded by a grant from Kohl's Cares.
AchieveMpls has launched the MPS Student Support Fund to offer mental health counseling, school-based programs and interventions to let students know how deeply they are valued.
These Minnesotans regained control and strength during pandemic times in an unusual way: laughter.
DAP has worked to end intergenerational violence for more than 40 years, with bold and inventive strategies that bring everyone to the table for success.
How did the company manage the inevitable surge in recycled material coming from homes and apartments now doubling as offices, day cares and more?
It's rare for a major health insurance company to create a position called "gender services consultant."
The international nonprofit organization based in Minneapolis provides lifesaving blood stem cell therapy to people of all ages around the world.
It turns out poetry as an agent of healing was recognized in the ancient world over 2,000 years ago, she says.
In this wrenching moment for our city, he encourages us to continue to have productive conversations.
Utecht is president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 663, a union of more than 13,000 members in Minnesota and Iowa, including 1,850 at the JBS pork plant in Worthington.