After all these years of forecasting the good, the bad and the ugly in Minnesota, Paul Douglas is still thunderstruck by the weather. “It’s different every day,” says the Twin Cities meteorologist and media personality. “No two days, no two storms are identical. Every day is a new creation.

Seconds after meeting him, one has a feeling Steve Patterson is right at home anywhere.

Swedish immigrants have had a significant impact on Minnesota. Culturally and economically, the importance of Swedish immigration is almost impossible to overstate. In 1867, the state of Minnesota established an official State Board of Immigration.

The international Special Olympics was founded 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver. A state-based version, Special Olympics Minnesota (SOMN), was organized in 1973.

Instead of lining up as a linebacker on Sundays in the National Football League (NFL), the 25-year-old Westerhaus is an investment banking analyst and founder of a nonprofit foundation.

Ashley Browning has the inside track on all things entertaining, silly and downright fun for the kid (and kid at heart) set.

The genesis of Michelle Donovan’s passion for creating sweet treats can be traced back to when she was only 5 or 6 years old and found in the elaborate Christmas cookies she helped her mother bake every year.

Soni Styrlund and her daughters, MacKenzie and Maddi, decorate eight Christmas trees every year in their Eden Prairie family home. Soni says it all began with one tree—decorated with handmade ornaments and mementos that have special meaning.

Stan Tekiela is ready to hit the road to Albert Lea. It’s a 100-plus-mile drive from his Victoria home, but he doesn’t mind. After all, his destination is a coveted hummingbird nest he wants to photograph.

When life hands out lemons, the best response is sometimes easier said than done. Two local women share how they took in stride major life changes, health issues and relationship fractures, gave them a squeeze, added some sugar and dreamed up new lives for themselves.