Kiri Langseth-Schmidt, who was born in South Korea, grew up exploring nature with her white adoptive family in northern Minnesota. Her husband, Dan Yuan, the son of Chinese immigrants, grew up in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas. Together, they have created a life full of outdoor adventure. After biking around the world for their honeymoon, they now live in Minneapolis, where they are raising their toddler son, Kai, to love the outdoors.

Ryan Stopera is a photographer, filmmaker, producer and educator based in Minneapolis. He has worked with community organizations for over 15 years, including with individuals experiencing homelessness, children and families, and foster care youth, as well as in program development and affordable housing development. He’s the recipient of the 2018 Artist Neighborhood Partnership with CURA at the University of Minnesota, the 2019 MN State Arts Board Cultural Community Partnership Grant, and he was a 2020 Creative Community Fellow with National Art Strategies. He is also the Co-Director of Free Truth Media, with Adja Gildersleve. Ryan is motivated by sharing stories of our truth and our vision of the future in order to build a more just and equitable world today.

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This story was originally published on iPondr, a site dedicated to sharing multimedia stories that can help Build a Kinder America.

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Born in Korea and raised in Willmar, Minn., Layne Fostervold felt an urge to reconnect with his Korean heritage. After finding his biological mother, Fostervold moved to Korea to help her recover from a bout with breast cancer. But on a recent visit to Minnesota, his two mothers – one biological, the other adopted – met for the first time. Don’t miss this story from One Greater Minnesota reporter Kaomi Lee.

Writer Julie Censullo hails from Washington State, and since moving to Minnesota, let’s just say she’s had some feelings living in a landscape without mountains. Until she discovered Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve, that is. In a single afternoon, she found the hills she’d been searching for – and an outdoor playground that beckons with adventure.

“I’m 45 years old. If I haven’t yet learned to climb rocks, do parkour or ride really fast on a bike down a wooded path, it’s safe to assume it’s not going to happen. Though I firmly believe this is a time when I should be getting outside and into some wide open spaces more often, I also believe this is definitely a time where I shouldn’t be taking up valuable medical space or attention nursing a broken ankle, snapped ACL or concussion. I’m not a risk-taker. Never have been, never will be. I like to keep things slow and steady.” So Twin Cities Producer Luke Heikkila decided to try a little something called “forest bathing.” His experience is your reward.