A young couple with two small kids and an old dog buy a vintage vinyl record shop in the worst economy in decades, in a languishing part of Minneapolis, in an era when many teens wouldn't recognize an LP if you spun it at them. It sounds like a great, sad country song in the making, except this story turns out pretty well.
It's a battle fought in every Minnesota city and town during the spring. And the terms of engagement haven't changed much over the decades. Without enough money to rebuild the roads, it's patch and hope and patch again.
For Fiona Quick, the key to gardening is to give the soil a gentle tickle at most, all a part of nurturing the biology below the surface. Quick is a board member of Gardening Matters, a Twin Cities-based non-profit that advocates for community gardening and arranges seed and seedling exchanges.
The five members of Orkestar Bez Ime, Croatian for "orchestra without a name," have a wide range of musical pedigrees. But they focus their energy on folk music from the Balkans and the Romani culture.
For those tired of a frozen Minnesota winter and pining for spring, Bemidji-area artist Marley Kaul's work satisfies the seasonal need with color -- red, yellow and orange. In the woods near Bemidji, Kaul, 74, paints scenes filled with plants and animals.
Nancy Raddatz has taught thousands of students since she first started teaching dance in 1948 at age 12.
Laddie and Jim Elwell, now in their eighties, started the Headwaters Science Center to bring quality science education to a community that sorely needed it.
Bryant's current role is Marian the librarian in "The Music Man" at Ten Thousand Things theater in Minneapolis. The role often goes to blond, blue-eyed actors, which Bryant is not. She's been cast against type before as British royalty and Amelia Earhart, among others.
Joan Gorman is hard at work, restoring German artist Max Beckmann's "Blind Man's Buff." The 1944 work was painted in secret in Amsterdam for fear it would be confiscated and destroyed by the Nazis.
A gaggle of students at Pillsbury Elementary School children in north Minneapolis responded to the winter weather by sliding into snow pants and cross country ski boots.
The little hill at Duluth's Chester Bowl is a throwback to a time when skiing was more community than industry, a place where kids learn to ski without their parents needing a second mortgage.
Ice fishing is old. You've seen the pictures. People for thousands of years have chopped a hole and waited for a fish to take a baited hook. Or they've stood silently, with their spear at the ready if they see a shadowy form move in the water.
The historical society's treasure trove of history includes everything from 500-year-old travel histories by Father Louis Hennepin to bodice ripping romance novels, thrillers by Vince Flynn, and everything in between.
When Roy Carlsted skis, he doesn't worry about the temperature. The 90-year-old's favorite winter activity is cross-country skiing, and on most winter days he's on the ski trails at the Como Golf Course just a mile or so from his St. Paul home.
For birders, the Christmas bird count is equal parts adventure, fellowship and science -- the largest and oldest citizen science project in the world, according to the Audubon Society.