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May 18—Without the aid of Compassion House's various services, Ashley Slaton doesn't know if she ever would have been able to find her way back to the right path in life and regain custody of her children. It's "their love and compassion for others, always willing to help any family needing help" that stands out most to Slaton about Compassion House, she said. Compassion House enabled her to ...

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May 18—Editor's note: This story was originally published on Feb. 19, 2012. Children couldn't help noticing John Foppe walking down the hall to his daughter's classroom at All Saints Academy in Breese. The dad with no arms kicked off his right clog, lifted his leg, picked up an ink pen with his toes and signed out 4-year-old Faith Foppe. She skipped over to the wooden cubbyhole that contained ...

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May 18—A year ago Stillwater residents Mike and Lynn Koppner decided to become Therapeutic Foster Parents, opening their home up to a foster child who they described as their ray of sunshine. Although Mike said he knew there would be challenges, he didn't expect the emotional attachment they all formed. "We both believed that we could bond; we were not expecting this bonding to develop into ...

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May 16—Mary Schaffer spent years doing all she could to keep herself and her children safe from her aggressive ex-husband, and was able to secure a protection order against him. Despite all her careful planning, on Aug. 8, 2020, Schaffer was found shot to death inside a rental car outside her ex-husband's Browne's Addition home, where she had been waiting to pick up their two children. Now her ...

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May 15—Mary Schaffer spent years doing all she could to keep herself and her children safe from her aggressive ex-husband, and was able to secure a protection order against him. Despite all her careful planning, on Aug. 8, 2020, Schaffer was found shot to death inside a rental car outside her ex-husband's Browne's Addition home, where she had been waiting to pick up their two children. Now her ...

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Natalie Quiring-Oleson considered herself open-minded about race. But George Floyd's killing by Minneapolis police exposed what she calls her "blinds spots" about racism. She began reading books, such as "How to be an Antiracist" by Ibram X. Kendi. She listened to podcasts and watched documentaries, including "13th." And Quiring-Oleson, a social worker at Jewish Family and Children's Service ...

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Barry Jenkins vividly recalls the moment he first heard about the Underground Railroad. "I was around 5 or 6, and when I first heard those words, it wasn't even imagined — I saw Black people on trains that were underground," he recalled. "My grandfather was a longshoreman, and he would go to work with his hard hat and tool belt. I imagined someone like him building the Underground Railroad. ...

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Barry Jenkins vividly recalls the moment he first heard about the Underground Railroad. "I was around 5 or 6, and when I first heard those words, it wasn't even imagined — I saw Black people on trains that were underground," he recalled. "My grandfather was a longshoreman, and he would go to work with his hard hat and tool belt. I imagined someone like him building the Underground Railroad. ...

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Elerson G. Smith sat silently and stared at his TV. His girlfriend could tell he was nervous. He listened and waited. A few miles from his apartment, almost a year earlier, smoke hung over his family’s south Minneapolis neighborhood for days, well after the buildings stopped burning. The smoke was gone now, on this Tuesday afternoon last month. But the tension remained. Derek Chauvin was on ...