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America's Good Stories

Hopkins Police Department Delivers Thanksgiving Groceries

December 2, 2021

Each year the Hopkins Police Department coordinates the delivery of groceries for Thanksgiving to families in need. Bob Metoxen interviewed Chief Brent Johnson, Driskills General Manager Deb Beckman, and Sam Stiele, of the Hopkins Rotary.

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Silo paintings in Mankato

GSR Fine Arts Festival in Mankato

December 2, 2021

A small community with a stellar art show Bob Metoxen interviewed Tom Bliese, Co-Director of the GSR Fine Arts Festival, who represents the thriving community of artists in the Mankato area.

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The Cynthia Wahlen Memorial Golf Tournament

August 17, 2021

Hats Off, America, to the family and friends of the late Cynthia Wahlen! They gathered to celebrate her life cut short by domestic violence. Leigh Wahlen, Cynthia’s daughter, was 13-years old when her mother was murdered. Leigh is now a Social Worker in Human Services at Polk County, Wisconsin. This…

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Hats Off to Team Tucker!

August 13, 2021

Tucker Helstrom died after a heroic battle with osteosarcoma 5-years ago, but his impact on the City of Hopkins lives on. During his weeks in the hospital, Tucker noticed that some children didn’t have any visitors, and the organization in his memory, PlayLaughLove.org, wants to change that. To honor Tucker’s…

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ICA Your Local Foodshelf

Hats off to 50 Years of the ICA Food Shelf!

June 10, 2021

The ICA Food Shelf is celebrating 50 years of distributing food to those in need in the Hopkins/Minnetonka community. “ICA” stands for Intercongregation Communities Association. The food shelf was incorporated fifty years ago by a coalition of churches in Hopkins and Minnetonka. It started at a house in downtown Hopkins,…

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Hotshots Memorial Trail

Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Trail

May 25, 2021

On June 30, 2013, the Yarnell Hill Fire  killed 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. It was one of the deadliest U.S. wildfires. To memorialize the horrific events of that day, the Arizona Public Service Foundation invested in the Hotshot Memorial Trail as a place to remember and heal. As you…

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Looking Out the Train Window at Buffalo

The Terry Bison Ranch Resort

May 24, 2021

The Terry Bison Ranch Resort in Cheyenne, WY is a great bargain adventure with the kids. The train tour of the buffalo is $15 for adults and $7.50 for children. Check the Price List at their website since they can vary seasonally. We have done the train tour twice in…

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The Volunteers in the snow

Hats off to the Saint Croix Band of Chippewa for their Food Giveaway

December 29, 2020

Feeding the Hungry in a Pandemic The dauntless Jennifer Bearheart coordinates efforts for the weekly food giveaway program. As the Aging Unit Director for the Saint Croix Band of Chippewa, she and her colleagues jumped at the chance to coordinate food giveaway for the area. Every Thursday morning, trucks roll…

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Photographer Dick Ketterwell

Hats off to Photographer Dick Kettlewell!

December 28, 2020

Photographing the beauty of the South Dakota Black Hills We never miss a chance to drive through the Black Hills. On this trip, it was a little quiet driving through the Black Hills in December 2020, especially during the pandemic. Traffic was light and most of the area businesses were…

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Making the World Less Scary for Kids

November 17, 2020

Hats off to Kevin Kunkel, author of the children’s book, The World We Choose. How do you explain to children that all of the bad things they see or hear about on the news are not likely to happen to them? How can we make the world less scary? Watching…

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