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I am Irish. Catholic. Born in Minnesota. I have written since I was in high school. So at a young age, I had to come to terms with F. Scott Fitzgerald.

As a young boxer in Oklahoma, Willie Carter knew that if he wanted to make his mark in the boxing world, he needed to align himself with the best. Or in this case, the greatest.

Karen Huntington is retiring after 55 years of providing childcare to the families of Excelsior. In January 1962, Huntington first began to care for children in her home.

Inside SubText Books in downtown Saint Paul, literary quotes travel along the walls just under the ceiling. Someone handwrote them—in blocky, bubbly or arabesque fonts—reaching up and pressing chalk to the ribbon-like chalkboard, one stick at a time.

How long does it take to make leather shoes from scratch? “Everyone tries to calculate the steps—250, maybe 287,” says shoemaker Amara Hark-Weber with a laugh. At her studio in Frogtown, Hark-Weber spends between 40 and 60 hours crafting one pair.

On a summer day in 1977, a girl named Beth Burns roamed the library in Austin, Minnesota, before picking up Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Burns got a sticker for reading it, part of a summer literacy program.

Last fall, Anita Kordonowy of Minnetonka decided to take a long walk—a 500-mile long walk, in fact, that took her from France’s St.-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.  

After a car accident in 2013 involving a distracted driver, Sharon Nicpon of Shorewood was left with a traumatic brain injury. Initially, she couldn’t walk or talk, and was forced to quit her job as a manager at Cub Foods, a position she'd held for 35 years.

T. Windahl will be the first to tell you that her life has been no walk in the park. It’s been turned upside down and inside out in more ways than can be counted on both hands.

Interior designer Mary McGuire Lynch feels a strong attachment to the history of Saint Paul. Her family has been part of the story of the city for generations, and that sense of place is always a factor in her work as she transforms homes and businesses in the city.

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