rites of passage
In wave after wave, the Class of 2010 is marching off into the future.
In a living room in Cottage Grove, faith unites people from different cultures. Three young Mormons left their homes in the western United States to come to Minnesota, learn to speak Hmong and serve the Twin Cities Hmong community.
Rites of passage a weekly photo journal
Less than a year has passed and Stephen Cross has gone from hopelessness to getting an apartment at Hope Harbor, a long-term residence for formerly homeless people.
For the past 47 years, the musically challenged have been given their chance to shine.
Caesar Marino of Little Canada had been mostly deaf since age 7 and longed to hear birds chirp again
Every Christmas season, Boy Scout Troop 103 sells trees to pay for their activities.
Lucia, aka Linnea Cederberg, led attendant Nicole Ellis and head star boy Rutger Van Huber through the American Swedish Institute mansion Sunday in Minneapolis. In Scandinavian countries, Lucia is celebrated Dec. 13 in a ceremony where a girl is elected to portray its namesake -- an Italian saint who was adopted by the Swedes. Wearing a white gown with a red sash and a crown of candles, Lucia walks at the head of a procession of girls, each holding a candle. The candles symbolize light in winter's darkness and the fire that refused to take St. Lucia's life when she was sentenced to be burned.
The Tiffany Sports Lounge in Highland Village in St. Paul is the go-to bar for fans of the University of Kansas basketball team during March Madness.
The Filipino Minnesota Association hosts the Debutantes Ball to celebrate the accomplishments of Filipino youths
An artist and sculptor has spent the past two years at the Hindu Temple of Minnesota in Maple Grove
Her mom felt a twinge as the soft curls hit the floor, but 8-month-old Maggie Lund met the scissors with a smile. "She was born with a whole head of hair," said her mother, Sarah. But now it was time to trim back.
Rites of passage A weekly photo journal
It makes you feel so small. You look up into night sky, 20 miles from the nearest town, 10 miles from the nearest power line and the view is stunning
Tessa Vigoren started thinking about getting a tattoo when she was 12. At age 21, when the time was right, she did not just choose a small butterfly tattoo on her ankle. She decided on a tree branch with flowers, leaves and birds that covers half her back and wraps around her waist. "He drew up something that I really liked," said Vigoren of the design by tattoo artist Matt (Poohki) Ward. Total tattooing time is expected to be nearly 10 hours. "It hurt as much as I expected," the University of Minnesota music student said. "Pain I think is psychological and if it's to ends that I want, it's a whole lot different than if I was getting injured." She has to go back for a final session for two birds and some details. "I am happy about how it turned out," she said.
Celebrating the solstice
On an infant mattress in a barren bedroom, Brittni Jones, 18, and her daughter Alissa, 21 months, seemed to marvel at their good fortune. They were no longer homeless.
Thousands gathered to witness fireworks light up the sky for about 15 minutes during "Minneapolis Red, White and Boom," a celebration Sunday along the Mississippi River.
John Wehrly, above center, joined the growing ranks at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity for the opening mass of the school year last weekend. His class of 33 is the largest since 1981 at the seminary, located at the University of St. Thomas. "I've had this desire towards the priesthood and towards the life of single service to God's people and God since I was an undergrad," said Wehrly, 27. Still, he wavered about making the commitment. On April 1, he said, he prayed to God for an open heart and got his answer. "You've got me," he said. "At least for this next year, and if this is what you want of me, I know it is going to fulfill me. So I say yes."
Six-year-old Madelin Beckwith of Big Lake waited in the wings for her big moment on the Leinenkugel Stage at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.