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A DNA Test Brings Together Unaware Korean Sisters Half-a-World Away

  When I was adopted from South Korea to the U.S. in 1971, I thought I came with just my Korean name, Lee So Ra, a...

How COVID-19 Exacerbated Inequalities in Health Care for the BIPOC Community

This article was originally published on NextAvenue.org. Parents, siblings, grandparents and children: They are among more than 600,000 Americans killed by COVID-19 since it was first detected...

Trial & Tribulation: Why Are Cookouts So Important for Black Joy?

Between a global pandemic that refuses to go away, the murder of George Floyd and subsequent protests heard round the world and the trial...

After Biking Around the World, This Family Chooses Adventure

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,...

A Dry Spell Threatens Minnesota’s Livestock Farmers

Story published: July 27, 2021 After nearly 50 years of farming, Richard Moen surveyed some of his 640 acres of pasture land in Clearbrook, Minn....

Step Inside Junk Man Jake’s Paradise

  If one man's junk is another man's treasure, then Hot's Sam's junkyard theme park would be the ultimate vault. From planes, trains and automobiles...

Minnesota’s Iron Range Mines a New Industry

  For the past 17 years, James Pointer has helped people appreciate the state's oldest mine. "This is a huge piece of Minnesota's history," Pointer said,...

Gaelynn Lea’s Pandemic Year of Music and Activism

When the singer-songwriter and disability rights advocate from Duluth, Minn., saw how Covid-19 was disproportionately affecting people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, she...

Can I Recycle That?

It's one of those I-don't-feel-like-cooking kinds of nights, so you opt for a microwavable dinner from the freezer. You pop the tray into the...

What’s in a name? Afton is as ‘sweet’ as it gets.

Quick, let your mind wander back to your childhood home: Do you know the origin of that town's name? No idea? No worries. You can...