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Gail Rosenblum

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Phone: 612-673-7350

Gail Rosenblum is editor of the Inspired section. She's also an author, journalism instructor and public speaker who has worked for newspapers and magazines for nearly 40 years. 

Rosenblum has a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in journalism, and has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the American Association of Feature and Sunday Editors, the Associated Press and Parenting Publications of America. She is the mother of three young adult children and the bonus mom of three others.
Recent content from Gail Rosenblum
Who Inspires You: How to nominate

Who Inspires You: How to nominate

Tell us who makes a difference in your life. We might feature them in an upcoming Inspired section.
Cindy and David Bearman

Who inspires you? Minnesotans share tales of kindness

A doctor whose kindness was acknowledged after 40 years, a couple who clean up for good, and the mobilizer of self-care kits for shelters are featured in our monthly reader-driven feature.
Inspired Newsletter Intro

Inspired Newsletter Intro

You might wonder if we're missing a letter in Reid Forgrave's heartening story this week about a new project to tackle homelessness among veterans. But,…
Steve Pincuspy

Minnesota's PaintCare program makes recycling of unused paint painless

Our state is one of just 10 nationwide which offers more than 250 drop-off sites for proper disposal to keep paint out of landfills.
Look for Leo Sanders in the produce aisle of Seward Community Co-op many days a week. He appreciates buying produce from farmers who have a long and l

Minneapolis' oldest co-op celebrates 50 years — and one member who's been there almost as long

Now retired as a manager at Seward Community Co-op, Leo Sanders remains a loyal customer.
Willa reveals fortunes on the other side of colorful art she hangs above her lemonade stand. Minneapolis lemonade seller, 7, adds artful fortune-telli

Who inspires you?

Tell us who brightens your day or lightens your load
Liv Lane encourages us to listen to that still, small voice.

In an era of information overload, Excelsior 'intuitive artist' says to trust our gut

Former radio personality Liv Lane has made it her life's work to get us to trust our intuition.
Nira and Dilshan Rajan

Who Inspires You

This month, we honor a special mom to an accomplished Scout, a lifelong-learning grandpa and a fearless friend.
Standing in unity: from left, Shea Engle, Alanna Flynn, Lily Jacobson (seated), Camille Hohman, Grace Prose, Cammie Sammon, Mary Lou Street

Hands-on help for Ukrainian kids

Northfield fifth-graders have raised nearly $5,000 for Alight's Ukrainian relief mission with their artistic creations sold at the local farmers market.
Paul Wehrwein is a leader in the movement to bring cohousing to Minnesota.

For some Minnesotans, the new American dream is cohousing

One well-established Minnesota cohousing community, built on the Danish model of shared spaces and social support, serves as a model for five in development.
Hazel's best friend

Hazel's best friend

photo essay about Hazel and her special service dog
“People like the act of buying, but not necessarily the act of using,” said decluttering expert Suzanne Austin.

Collected too much stuff? How to cut through clutter

Experts offer tips on what to throw out and what to save.
Minnesota graduates thank 'amazing' teachers who helped them succeed

Minnesota graduates thank 'amazing' teachers who helped them succeed

In another transitional year, graduating high school seniors thank the special people who taught them about math, music and meeting deadlines, but also about resilience and the courage to launch big dreams.
The Rev. Jen Crow

After losing everything in a house fire, the Rev. Jen Crow found healing in helping others

A bolt of lightning took everything but her precious family. The experience led the Minneapolis minister on a journey of self-discovery and resilience.
Shirley Chase, who died April 2 at age 100, was a hit with her energetic rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”

Belting it out, easing hospital jitters, being a good friend

Who Inspires You this month? A 100-year-old Twins fan, a hospital volunteer who lifts patients' spirits and a thirtysomething who has his friends' back.
A graduate in Duluth.

High school seniors: Tell us who inspired you this year

On Sunday, May 29, our monthly Who Inspires You feature will focus on the special people who made a difference to graduating seniors this year.
Hannah Planalp

Fostering college dreams through Minnesota nonprofit

Hannah Planalp works to lower barriers to higher education for young adults in foster system
David Peeples, director of programs at the Food Group Minnesota, at the nonprofit’s headquarters in New Hope.

Fare For All offers discounted groceries for people facing food insecurity — and anyone else

New Hope-based nonprofit Food Group's Fare For All program offers produce and meat at low cost.
WWII vet and science teacher Gordon Moen inspired former student Anne Stevenson’s career choice.

A demanding science teacher, generous baker and early childhood educator make the grade this month

Who Inspires You nominees offer perspective, mentorship and sweet treats across generations
In the United States, 30% to 40% of all food produced produce is wasted, according to the USDA’s Economic Research Service. cq/grBecause food waste

Meet the compost queen of Eden Prairie

Mary Lanners wants everyone to get their hands dirty on behalf of Mother Earth.
Mariah Wilberg

Minnesota public health professional has heartening news about HIV treatments

Mariah Wilberg, who has lived with HIV since 2006, travels the country to bust myths and serve as an example of how to thrive.
Richard Aune, dean of admission at Gustavus Adolphus, has ushered three of his own young-adult children through the college process.

Two years into COVID, is a gap year a smart move for graduating high school students?

An academic dean weighs in on this and other options in still-uncertain times.
Caregiver Vickey Korlewala, left, with Gretta Freeman.

Who inspires you? A caregiver, a Boy Scout, a 108-year-old grandmother

Readers share stories of special people deserving of recognition
Holly Jorgensen, back row, founded the nonprofit Let’s Smile to make sure that every child in her community began life with good dental health.

School-based dental clinics brings smiles to hundreds of kids in southeastern Minnesota

Let's Smile was founded by a dental hygienist growing worried about what she was seeing among her tiniest patients.
Sara Spafford Freeman

Promoting fairness in funding for Minnesota public schools

Minneapolis consultant and mother offers ideas for how to lessen glaring school funding gap.
Video winner Ashley Zhou hopes her creativity and nonjudgmental approach can encourage fellow teens to “Escape the Vape.”

Plymouth 10th-grader helps fellow students 'Escape the Vape' with award-winning video

Ashley Zhou, 16, hopes her nonjudgmental approach will keep fellow teens away from e-cigarettes.
Who inspires you? Readers reply with those who buoy us through tough times

Who inspires you? Readers reply with those who buoy us through tough times

Family members, friends and pets all step up to help.
Paul Thissen, associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, is a co-chair of the pilot implementation committee

Problem Solvers: Pilot program allows approved Minnesota legal paraprofessionals to represent and advise clients

The two-year pilot aims to increase access to legal help in certain housing and family matters.
Emily Bastian

North Loop's Avivo Village offers shelters from the storm

Nearly one year after Avivo Village opened in the North Loop, one of its champions talks about its many successes.
Tiffany Tonsager with husband, Ben, and 20-month-old son James. Their other son, Ian, died when Tiffany was 32 weeks and 2 days pregnant, but she chos

After losing a baby, grieving moms donate breast milk to give other newborns the best chance at life

Donors to Minnesota Milk Bank find joy, and sometimes healing, in their gift
Bill McCarthy

Retired Twin Cities executive coach challenges us to focus on 'purpose' this year

Rethinking resolutions: How about thinking more broadly this year?
Sisters age 5 and 6 ID'd as killed in house fire near Bemidji

Sisters age 5 and 6 ID'd as killed in house fire near Bemidji

The girls, ages 5 and 6, were visiting their grandmother while their mother was preparing for Christmas.
Minnesota men help others "man up" to cancer with support and friendship

Minnesota men help others "man up" to cancer with support and friendship

Two Minnesota cancer survivors are among 18 members selected to promote the growing men's cancer support community
Rowan Mahon, co-founder of RoundtableRx

University of Minnesota students create nonprofit to donate unused medications to those who can't afford them

U start-up also cuts down on medical waste.
John Nolter

Photographer John Noltner continues his quest to find peace in America

To counter a growing divisiveness he witnessed as he traveled, he launched "A Peace of My Mind," a multiyear, multimedia arts project sharing stories of the courage and kindness of everyday people.
Mary Jane Steinhagen of Richfield makes cheery handmade cards to buoy the grieving.

Richfield woman's handmade cards remind the grieving they aren't forgotten

Twenty-five years and hundreds of cards later, Mary Jane Steinhagen reminds us of the healing power of empathy.
Professor Iris Vilares, PhD. posed for a portrait inside her office in Elliot Hall at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

University of Minnesota neuroscientist digs into research on how we can build back trust in institutions, each other

Iris Vilares has long been fascinated by social relationships, and she believes that at the core of all of them is trust. Or lack thereof.
Kristine Igo.

Minnesota's SHIP promotes healthy eating for all our kids

Kristine Igo, director of the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership, shares ideas to ensure that all our kids grow up healthy.
Jessica Nordell’s new book, “The End of Bias: A Beginning,” came out in September.

Minneapolis author seeks understanding by studying 'unexamined bias'

Jessica Nordell's "The End of Bias" dives deep to help us transform ourselves and our world.
Bryan Skavnak said his be-nice project has renewed urgency as kids return to school a little rusty about interacting.

Brooklyn Park father of two shifts focus from golf course to classrooms, encouraging kids to be nice

Bryan Skavnak is founder of Be the Nice Kid, a business venture that engages students in storytelling and activities designed to build character, courage and compassion.
Ben Delkoski, director of My Team Triumph-Minnesota, posed for a portrait outside his home in Lakeville.

My Team Triumph is back on course for the Twin Cities 10k and 5k

Minnesota chapter founder and president Ben Delkoski shares more about the organization and why finishing isn't even the most thrilling part.
Grace Gouker Littlefield moved back to her hometown of Bemidji in 2018 and found her calling as founder and executive director of Able to Vote.

Bemidji-based Able To Vote is working to increase voter turnout in disability community

For Grace Gouker Littlefield, the 2021 election isn't just about the candidates. It's about who gets to vote for them. After about six years of…
Operators of the Eden Prairie lemonade stand which has donated money to charities since 9/11 stood for a portrait with a mockup of the stand Saturday

For 20 years, Eden Prairie neighbors have remembered 9/11 with sweet tradition

More than $66,000 in donations later, the Olympic Hills 9/11 Lemonade Stand has become an annual fundraiser.
Paul Nelson is chairman of the Oral Health Task Force.

For chair of Cook County's Oral Health Task Force, dental health is overall health

Paul Nelson champions comprehensive and early dental care for everybody.
Forgiveness expert Mary Hayes Grieco posed for a portrait in her home in Minneapolis in August.

Minneapolis forgiveness expert: 'Anger is a doorway to our power but not a house we can live in'

Author of "The New Kitchen Mystic" and "Unconditional Forgiveness," Mary Hayes Grieco is gearing up for a forgiveness workshop specific to these times.
Pat Lund, Age Well At Home program manager for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity,

Twin Cities Habitat wins $836,000 HUD grant to keep low-income seniors safer in their own homes

He talks about how the grant will make home indeed a sweet place for hundreds of homeowners.
Cindra Kamphoff

Minnesota State University, Mankato's sports psychologist tackles mental performance pressures of Olympic scale

A professor in sports psychology at Minnesota State University, Mankato, Cindra Kamphoff has worked with USA Track and Field.
Lindsey Kirkland

Minneapolis-based Climate Generation helps teachers, parents talk about climate change with kids

Lindsey Kirkland was raised in a farming community in Iowa and "always felt a connection to the land and animals." She pursued a degree in…
31 years after suicide attempt, Chicago woman returns to Faribault to reclaim her life

31 years after suicide attempt, Chicago woman returns to Faribault to reclaim her life

After years of healing, Jennifer Green returned to Faribault to find peace.
Dr. Olusola Adegoke, a family medicine practitioner in the east metro, offers counsel on how to encourage the guys we care about to get those checkups

Men, the doctor will see you now and would really like to

Nobody needs a bigger nudge unless they're really sick. Even then, they might not be candid about what ails them.
Curt Goering, outgoing executive director at the Center for Victims of Torture, stood for a portrait Thursday at their offices in St. Paul.

Center for Victims of Torture director retires after 9 years of leading healing work

Curt Goering was exposed to humanitarian work at an early age. His father managed reconstruction projects in Europe, rebuilding homes and communities after World War II.
Jill Moore

Inclusive play specialist Jill Moore of Golden Valley makes sure everyone gets to play

Moore was born with spina bifida and is a full-time wheelchair user. She also swims, plays basketball, skis and has completed 12 marathons.
Willie Dominguez, director of the Male Involvement Program at PICA.

Inspired Problem Solver Willie Dominguez is a friend to fathers

He shares ideas for luring in reluctant dads to embrace their essential role as role models.
Lucia Morelos Quintero posed for a portrait with her sister Cristina, left, outside their South St. Paul home.

6 grateful Minnesota graduates thank the special person (or pet) who helped them

In their own words, six grateful high school grads pay homage to the special person (or pet) who guided them through COVID-19 and got them to the finish line.
Danielle Werder, team leader for the effort to end chronic homelessness in Hennepin County’s Housing Stability area.

Hennepin County places 700th formerly homeless person in permanent housing

It's a welcome story amid homelessness and housing insecurity, which can feel intractable — too big and complex to get our collective heads around.
Kirsten Lind Seal, a Twin Cities licensed marriage and family therapist, assures us that it’s normal to be feeling a bit of whiplash.

Twin Cities therapist explains why, for many, the CDC's new mask guidelines just make us more anxious

Kirsten Lind Seal, a Twin Cities licensed marriage and family therapist, also weighs in on mask shaming, "cave syndrome" and how we turtles can best move forward.
Rob Grunewald, an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

Gender reveal: COVID was particularly cruel for working moms

The multiple fallouts from COVID-19 will be revealed for years. But one reality is clear now: Working mothers were particularly punished by the coronavirus pandemic.…
Kristin Doherty sat among textiles, clothing, jewelry and more made by women in Ghana through her nonprofit Global Mamas in Minneapolis.

Twin Cities World Jubilee fair trade sale May 1 will honor partnerships with women across the globe

Fair trade partnerships have made a world of difference for women across the globe.
Jessica Shryack, local facilitator for the national nonprofit Living Room Conversations (LRC).

Minneapolis consultant sees Living Room Conversations as a way to rebuild respectful discourse

Jessica Shryack has pulled about 1,000 people out of their bubbles as a local facilitator for the national nonprofit.
Jim Nicholas of Minneapolis is a familiar presence around Lake Harriet as he battles buckthorn, “the poster child for invasive species.”

In retirement, Minneapolis man takes on stubborn foe: Buckthorn

For 27 years, Jim Nicholas of Minneapolis was a data analyst with the Minnesota Hospital Association.
Dr. Dionne Hart poses for a portrait outside of Hennepin County Medical Center Saturday, April 10, 2021.

Psychiatrist Dr. Dionne Hart speaks out about huge gaps in mental health services among communities of color

The latest chapter in Inspired's Race and Equity series explores mental health disparities.
Heidi Sundquist is part of the annual Step Up program that guides young people into the workforce.

Minneapolis Step Up program gets COVID creative to keep offering youth internship opportunities

Heidi Sundquist, who has developed Step Up internships with her employer, Accenture, shares more about this summer's ambitious goals.
Bill Doherty

U therapist offers advice for how to be our better selves while waiting for COVID-19 vaccine

William J. Doherty has seen pretty much everything in his more than four decades as a therapist. He's helped to heal marriages on the brink…
Lisa Gebhard is manager of lung health for the American Lung Association. The ALA has just opened up screenings to a larger group of smokers in a resp

New lung cancer screening guidelines means potentially millions more lives can be saved

Pain has piled up in this long pandemic year, not just in deaths but in growing mental health concerns and alcohol consumption. Another public health…
Minneapolis writer-turned-caregiver writes the meditative book she wished she'd had

Minneapolis writer-turned-caregiver writes the meditative book she wished she'd had

Patricia Hoolihan was one of several caregivers for her grandchildren during the pandemic.
Jessica Pecoraro, vice president of workforce law and compliance at Thrivent

Creativity and fun helped Minneapolis financial services company succeed during COVID-19

Nobody would describe the past year as fun and games, but that doesn't mean levity is out the window. With workers experiencing Zoom fatigue and…
Raie Gessesse

Born in Minnesota, a child of immigrants: 'The story of my life is the product of my parents' dreams'

Raie Gessesse, a Minnesota advocate for racial and gender equity, is the first in the Star Tribune's 'Inspired Conversations' dialogue about race. Her story begins with her parents, born and raised in Ethiopia.
Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea

Minnesota's Children's Justice Initiative celebrates 20 years of protecting vulnerable children

It is a national model for how to find safe, stable and permanent homes for abused and neglected children.
Pam Borton

Leadership guru Pam Borton taps decades as a basketball coach to help executives find purpose

Former U women's coach sees leadership potential in everyone.
Kristen Mark, the newly named Joycelyn Elders Endowed Chair in Sexual Health Education at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Sexual Health.

University of Minnesota educator wants us to talk openly and honestly about sex

She's eager to help us practice as the newly named Joycelyn Elders Endowed Chair in Sexual Health Education at the University of Minnesota.
In recovery from perilous addictions, young adults share their stories through Change the Outcome

In recovery from perilous addictions, young adults share their stories through Change the Outcome

The opioid crisis has only intensified during the pandemic. The American Medical Association reports increased opioid-related deaths in more than 40 states, including Minnesota. Alcohol…
Kevin Hendricks held up a book he wrote titled “Better Politics, Please.” The book was written to encourage people to view the new year with more

West St. Paul journalist shares 35 uplifting stories about politicians taking the high road

Kevin Hendricks is author of the self-published "Better Politics, Please: 35 Stories of Politicians Who Value Hope Over Hate."
Minnesota Women's Press celebrates 35 years of reporting about and by women

Minnesota Women's Press celebrates 35 years of reporting about and by women

As MWP celebrates its 35th anniversary, its leader reflects on its bold reporting, financial challenges and exciting plans for 2021.
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As 2020 ends, problem-solving Minnesotans offer reasons for hope

This year threw our Problem Solvers challenges beyond all challenges but they still hunkered down and got to work.
Zachary Jordan is lessening the burden for many. Jordan is the founder of Easy EMDR, an app that makes eye movement desensitization and reprocessing t

Macalester senior makes eye movement therapy accessible and affordable with an app

Mental health problems have only increased due to the isolation and stresses of COVID-19. But this 22-year-old is lessening the burden for many with an app.