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Wander Minnesota: Help For Those In Need At The Holidays

It was one of those most pleasant emails, an invite to a holiday coffee party from a friend—always a welcome thing to pop up in my inbox. But after the details of the invitation was this message: “Please feel free to bring a friend, but not any hostess gifts. Instead, please consider bringing a manual can opener. Need an explanation? It’s hard to open the can of green beans you got at the food shelf if you don’t have a can opener, and equally hard to use your electric can opener if your power’s been turned off.”

12/04/2013

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‘Rock The Red Kettle’ Campaign Kicks Off The Search For Green

The Salvation Army kicked off the holiday season with its “Rock the Red Kettle” Campaign on Saturday as hundreds of bell ringers set up at Cub Food Stores throughout the Twin Cities. The Salvation Army is looking to raise more than $10 million this season, and in order to reach that goal, Commander Jeff Strickler said they will need a lot more volunteers. “We have 120,000 hours to fill with volunteer bell ringers, so we can use all the help we can get from people,” Strickler said. Whether it’s a couple of hours or a few dollars donated, Strickler said it all adds up.

11/09/2013

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Regardless Of Snow, The Sleep Out Begins And Aims To Raise $2M

While many Minnesotan’s are planning festive holiday gatherings, some don’t even know where they are sleeping any given night. Beginning this weekend, The Sleep Out has families helping fight poverty, and that includes camping out in tents and cardboard boxes.

11/08/2013

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Lives Changed After Hearing ‘Can You Hear That’?

Dozens of lives will have changed by Tuesday tonight after being asked four simple words “can you hear that?” And “hear” is the imperative word. Hearing loss is often untreated because screenings and hearing aids are too expensive or not easily available.

10/29/2013

The two suspects from the June 23 robbery on Linden Hills Boulevard. (credit: Minneapolis Police)

Police: Help ID These Armed Robbery Suspects

Minneapolis police and Crime Stoppers are asking for the public’s help in solving a June armed robbery, offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information. Authorities said at 10 p.m. on June 23, 2013, an adult female was robbed at gunpoint on the 4200 block of Linden Hills Boulevard. Just 20 minutes afterward, a white female went to the Super America at East Lake Street and purchased $300 worth of gift cards with the victim’s credit card.

09/13/2013

Robert Bueno Jr. has been missing since Sept. 9. (credit: Fond Du Lac Tribal Police Department)

Police: Man Missing From Black Bear Casino Has Been Found

The missing 22-year-old man who’s been gone since Monday was found safe on Thursday evening. Authorities said Robert Bueno Jr. had last been seen at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, Minn., in the early hours of Sept. 9. Family was concerned for his welfare. It was unclear how he left the casino.

09/12/2013

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Breck Teen Overcomes Anorexia, Now Leading A Fundraising Walk

At the Mall of America this Sunday, hundreds will take part in a walk to raise money and awareness for the National Eating Disorders Association or NEDA. One of those walking will be 14-year-old Addie Gleekel who, for the past four years, has battled anorexia. Addie is still recovering from the illness, but wanted to share her story to help other teens and families.

09/12/2013

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She Fed, Clothed The Homeless & Ended Up Getting Robbed

Nicki Coombs is committed to helping the poor as she regularly makes sandwiches for those outside the Dorothy Day Center. Coombs was downtown St. Paul on Wednesday, along with her 4-year-old son, and stopped to help a homeless couple.

08/23/2013

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Disguising Fading Plants With A Pop Of Color

Is your garden looking like it could use a pick-me-up? There are some great substitutes and fill-ins to make bring your garden back to life. And as far the vegetable garden goes, keep picking off the green beans so that they’ll grow more.

08/10/2013

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The 3D Tech That Made Avatar Can Also Fix Your Slice

From the people who brought you Batman, Avatar, and the Lord of the Rings comes the performance golf lab at Rush Creek in Maple Grove, one of only a handful across the country – and the first in Minnesota. It’s the exact same technology used to make heroes come to life on the big screen.

07/31/2013

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Don’t Toss It Out, Henn. County Program Helps You Fix It

Instead of throwing out your broken electronics or appliances, Hennepin County wants to teach you how to repair them, so they stay out of a landfill. Lined up on a Saturday morning waiting to get inside the Hennepin County drop-off facility, Elizabeth Gales brought in a VCR and rice cooker that finally died.

07/19/2013

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17-Year-Old Battles Cancer, Gets A Wish & Pays It Forward

Aimee Jo Ashford was diagnosed with ovarian cancer earlier this year, and credits her friends in the show choir for getting her through her battle. So when a wish-granting charity asked the 17-year-old Totino Grace student for her request, her immediate instinct was to give back.

07/09/2013

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MSP Airport Seeks Navigation Volunteers

A foundation at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is seeking men and women who can be “Minnesota Nice” while dealing with the occasional stress that comes along with the bustle of a busy airport.

07/06/2013

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Bicyclist Killed In Hit-And-Run In Minneapolis

A 24-year-old woman who was hit by a vehicle while she was riding her bicycle has died — and police are still looking for the driver who sped from the scene. Minneapolis police say the woman was riding at the intersection of 28th and Pleasant Avenue South on Wednesday night when a vehicle sped through a stop sign, with its headlights off, and hit her.

07/05/2013

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Donations & Help Flood In For Nonprofit Down On Its Luck

What a difference a day can make. On Monday, Vadnais Heights nonprofit TSE, which employs those who are developmentally disabled, was dealing with their trailer being stolen, and it was filled with lawnmowers and other important grooming equipment.

07/02/2013

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