Cassie Ruha, 18, got this angel tattoo at 16 in memory of her grandfather

It's the law: no more tattoos for minors

Two years ago, Cassie Ruha got a tattoo of an angel on her back after her grandfather’s passing.

Fair freebies come with a price

Finding free stuff at the Minnesota State Fair can be fun, but tiring. Walking through the fair you’ll find many booths of businesses that are mostly concerned with advertising — no stuff for sale on a stick. Most people would not look at them twice if they didn’t know they gave out free stuff. We were sent out into the fair to find all the free stuff we could, and this is our advice.

Latino business, culture enhance Twin Cities

It’s hard to miss the green, white and red exterior of Don Panchos Bakery. The sweet aroma of freshly baked conchas greets you at the door of the shop on St. Paul’s west side.

In the back, Efrain Perez squeezes frosting into two-inch pink roses on a Tres Leches cake. He cuts bolillos and puts them in the oven. He chats with customers as he bags bread.

Twin Cities: vibrant with diversity

In the heart of Minneapolis on Riverside Avenue, Somali men gather on the white plastic chairs outside Starbucks.

The strong aroma of freshly made coffee hovers around them. Mohamoud Hassan publicizes his upcoming soccer tournament, in which he’ll be a coach. Abahualah Tama explains the security he feels living here: “Home is where you feel safe. I feel safe in Minnesota.”

Immigrants transforming the Twin Cities

Twenty years ago, city planners and politicians in the Twin Cities were worried about the future of University Avenue and Lake Street in Minneapolis. There were too many vacant storefronts, too few customers and too much violence.

Today that picture has changed thanks to dozens of new businesses that reflect the growing diversity in the Twin Cities. From a Hmong grocery to a Latino Mercado to a Cambodian curio shop, the streets are changing.

Teens learning to expect stock market crashes, understanding global role of U.S. economy

The U.S. economy has taken a turn for the worse. The stock market plummeted, while unemployment rates rose dramatically. Adults are going through difficulties financially, so how are teens faring?

“So far it’s just the little things that have gotten cut out,” said Eric Zager, a junior at Woodbury High School. “You know, like the everyday luxuries. (For example) with Christmas… my extended family and my family aren’t really exchanging gifts this year.”

Katherine Du, a sophomore at Math and Science Academy in Woodbury, is in a similar situation. “We tend to spend more time clipping coupons and being more aware of what we do, like turn off the lights when we’re not in, or turning off the water,” she said. “We’re just more aware of where the money goes.”

Ian Taylor, a sophomore at Woodbury High School, feels that for him, nothing has changed at all. “The state of the economy has not really affected my lifestyle or decisions,” he said. “I come from a thrifty family that spends money sparingly anyway.”

At-risk teen found home at Briggs & Morgan

Walking in, we find marble floors, nice polished wooden tables, and quiet. A beautiful receptionist offers us soda and some chocolate. Looking out the windows, we see the Foshay Tower and people in suits, walking the streets below, enjoying the summer weather.

Richard Terrell walks in with a warming smile and greets us, looking like the next new thing in the Briggs and Morgan law firm.

The IDS building, which is in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, is home to one of the most prestigious law firms in the state of Minnesota. Terrell, dressed in a two-piece suit on the 22nd floor, has come a long way from being an at-risk youth. The 21-year-old has worked at Briggs and Morgan as an intern during summers and school breaks for five years.

Along West 7th, businesses await Republicans' arrival

Along West 7th Street in St. Paul, near the Xcel Energy Center, business owners and customers are excited about the Republican National Convention coming to town in September.

Patrick McGovern’s Pub is renting its facilities to Anheuser-Busch for private evening events all four days.

What's so cool about Caribou?

Jake Holden is the face of Caribou Coffee’s teen market.

He plays baseball and tennis, works at the local carwash, plays the guitar, runs errands for his elderly neighbor, and takes classes during the day. The 17-year-old high school junior is dead asleep when his head hits the pillow every night. What keeps him functioning, Holden says, is a daily boost at Caribou Coffee in Edina.

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