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BARRON, Wis. - It felt like the whole world was searching for Jayme Closs for the 88 days she was missing. Now that the 13-year-old is back home in Barron, a social media effort is providing a way for the world to send her cards, well-wishes and gifts.
ST. PAUL - Richard Mihalek had to wait more than 91 years to meet his father. Just months after finally learning his dad’s identity, Mihalek traveled almost 1,000 miles from Washburn, Wis., to stand at the grave of Ralph Bewley in Hamblen Memory Gardens in Morristown, Tenn. As other family members stood back, Mihalek stepped forward. He held his arms out. “Here I am,” he said to the stone in the ground. “And here you are.” No one should have to meet their father in a cemetery, but Mihalek felt thankful to meet him at all.
HUDSON, Wis.—On the last day he could speak, Little Free Library founder Todd Bol had a message for the world: "I really believe in a Little Free Library on every block and a book in every hand," he said from hospice in Oakdale. "I believe people can fix their neighborhoods, fix their communities, develop systems of sharing, learn from each other, and see that they have a better place on this planet to live."
ST. PAUL — With a camera hanging on a strap around his neck, close to his heart, Wing Young Huie stands in his art gallery and thinks back to the beginning of this partnership. "I went to journalism school to be a reporter," Huie said. "But then I took a one-week workshop from Garry Winogrand, the legendary New York street photographer. I was 23 and that's when I decided I wanted to become a street photographer like Garry Winogrand."
LINO LAKES, Minn.—JJ McKenzie pops a pink, Eiffel-Tower-shaped candy melt into his mouth. The 12-year-old thinks it over as he chews. "This right here," he says, "is the most important part of baking." Although the Little Canada boy was a student at "Baking Bonanza," a summer cooking camp held at The Kids Cooking School in Lino Lakes, he already understood the joy of cooking.
MINNEAPOLIS — As he created a sword out of cardboard, bamboo and tape, 11-year-old Severin Nilsen considered how it felt to be offline on this summer's day spent at Adventures in Cardboard in the wilds of North Mississippi Regional Park in Minneapolis. "It feels awesome," says Severin. "I'm doing something good with my life, helping my brain. I definitely want to come back next year." The Minneapolis boy is doing other awesome things with his life this summer, including Boy Scout camp and a lot of reading, but there's nothing else quite like Adventures in Cardboard.
On Monday night, America watched the Bachelor break Becca Kufrin’s heart . On Tuesday night, America watched her heart start to heal. “Our new bachelorette is Becca,” announced host Chris Harrison on “The Bachelor: After the Final Rose,” a two-hour live special. A standing ovation followed for Kufrin, 27, a publicist from Prior Lake and the first Bachelorette from Minnesota.
ST. PAUL—What does the Bachelor have in common with studded snow tires and bottle rockets? Hint: Let's hope Arie Luyendyk Jr. isn't planning a trip anytime soon to the Bold North. Because, after Luyendyk proposed to and then dumped Prior Lake publicist Becca Kufrin on national television on Monday, March 6, a gentleman from Minnesota took action. "If this gets a thousand retweets," state Rep. Drew Christensen, R-Prior Lake, tweeted at 10:38 p.m. Monday, "I'll author a bill banning Arie from Minnesota. #TheBachelor #PriorLakeLakers."
What does the Bachelor have in common with studded snow tires and bottle rockets? Hint: Let’s hope Arie Luyendyk Jr. isn’t planning a trip anytime soon to the Bold North. Because, after Luyendyk proposed to and then dumped Prior Lake publicist Becca Kufrin on national television on Monday, a gentleman from Minnesota took action: “If this gets a thousand retweets,” state Rep. Drew Christensen, R-Prior Lake, tweeted at 10:38 p.m. Monday, “I’ll author a bill banning Arie from Minnesota.
ST. PAUL – Life Time regular Robert Miller hopped on an elliptical trainer on New Year's Day at his Eagan health club -- and noticed something strange.