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Aimee Blanchette is a digital content reporter and lifestyles writer in the Star Tribune's Variety section. She began working for the Star Tribune in 2004 and has covered real estate, business, education and fashion. She helped launch, produce and anchor NewsBreak, the daily webcast on Aimee has a deep affinity for all things Minnesota.

From janitor to nurse: How an Ethiopian immigrant seized his American dream in Minnesota

Once Hakeem Abdulwahab scrubbed toilets at one of the top children's hospitals in the country. Now he works there as a nurse.

World-famous origami maverick coming to Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

A physicist who has expanded the world of origami in amazing ways is coming to Minnesota.

Minnesota's pioneering Muslim model now an ambassador for UNICEF

Halima Aden wants to be "an advocate for refugees" as an ambassador for UNICEF.

Minnesota named third best state for summer road trips

Safety helps make Minnesota one of the best states in the U.S. to take a drive.

Catherine Tucker, a champion for people with disabilities, dies

Because of her own health challenges, she was never afraid to challenge assumptions of what was possible, her family said.

Minnesotans tell us how they really feel about self-checkouts

Whether we love or hate self-checkouts, they're not going away.

Why some Twin Cities parents are giving their kids a 'boring' summer

Some Minnesota parents are fighting the pressure to overbook their kids and opting for the laid-back summers of yesteryear.

Auditions for ABC's 'The Bachelor' coming to the Mall of America

Producers from the ABC reality show will be looking for eligible men and women June 30.

A Minneapolis salon owner's kindness project honors beauty within

Last fall, Katie Steller launched the Steller Kindness Project to share the stories of local people who lend a hand to others.

'Dad bod': Our abs are squishy and we like 'em that way; so do many women

How slight beer bellies, a side of man boob, and a smattering of chest hair suddenly became the ideal.