People & Places

Buddhist profile: Seamus Flynn

Seamus Flynn is comforted by the reminder that he exists. As the world moves so quickly around him, Flynn notices how easy it is to lose sight of a concept most take for granted

Protestant profile: James Sorenson

While most students at Washburn High School dances are searching the floor for their next partner, James Sorenson is thinking about God.

Judaism profile: Phoebe Ellis

The stereotypes, the jokes, the misconceptions. Phoebe Ellis has heard it all.

Hinduism profile: Apekshya Panda

Apekshya Panda is at home inside Maple Grove’s Hindu Temple of Minnesota, a hidden gem nestled between rolling farmlands.

All in the family tree: Digging into the past can reveal a lot about your present

While genealogy might not be able to compete with Instagram for the attention of today’s teen, learning about family history can have a deeper impact for all ages.

Selfie expression: Today’s teens are intent on capturing every moment with their phones

Thanks to smartphones and social media, teens can’t get enough of their own faces—resulting in a bit of selfie overload, perhaps?

Sweet sounds of summer: For three days, jazz takes center stage in St. Paul

An often-overlooked music genre gets its due in St. Paul as the Twin Cities Jazz Festival takes over Mears Park in late June.

@16: Chris Coleman turns passion for St. Paul into productive tenure as mayor

The St. Paul mayor cruised to his recent re-election, but in his spare time, he prefers to cruise on his bike through the much beloved “city of neighborhoods.”

Thinking outside the batter's box a requirement for St. Paul Saints

Meet promotions manager Sierra Bailey in our third installment of “The Way I Work,” a regular ThreeSixty feature aimed at providing insight into unique and interesting career fields.

Quick Q&A … with Siddeeqah Shabazz of Pillsbury House Theatre

What’s it like being an actor of color? Siddeeqah Shabazz, an actor and teen programs specialist at Pillsbury House Theatre in Minneapolis, talks about casting issues related to ethnicity.

Home away from home: Exchange students experience highs and lows overseas

Culture shock is inevitable for students who travel overseas during the school year. Whether coming to America or heading to Spain and Sweden, the challenges are often unexpected, yet perhaps pleasantly surprising.

Cedar Cultural Center celebrates 25 years as a Minneapolis gem

As the Cedar Cultural Center celebrates its silver anniversary, the Minneapolis venue’s brain trust reflects on the power of live music and global awareness to build community.

Creatures of comfort: Animal therapy bonds lead to life changing rewards

C’mon, who can resist a cuddly dog’s wagging tail? Yet while animal therapy bonds can prove life-changing, the approval process isn’t as simple as begging for treats.

Sweet science: Meet the man behind Patisserie 46’s chocolate-inspired masterpieces

Meet chocolatier Joshua Werner in our second installment of “The Way I Work,” a regular ThreeSixty feature aimed at providing insight into unique and interesting career fields.

@16: Brother Ali talks rap roots and racial judgments

The prolific Minneapolis-based rapper is never at a loss for words. Whether converting to Islam or discovering hip-hop, life as a teenager shaped everything Ali stands for today.

Buggin' out: Insect world continues to amaze University of Minnesota entomologist

Meet entomologist Leonard Ferrington in our first installment of “The Way I Work,” a regular ThreeSixty feature aimed at providing insight into unique and interesting career fields.

Fresh, fast and for students: La Fresca targets teens at nearby Washburn High

When he was only 13, Hector Ruiz left the comfort of Morelos, Mexico for something unfamiliar. Now with his third restaurant, he’s inching closer to a fully realized American dream.

Learning to lead: JROTC goes beyond military misconceptions

Contrary to popular belief, signing up for JROTC doesn’t mean a required stint serving the country. But the same military lessons can have a huge impact on teens.

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@16: On the cusp of stardom, local favorite Jeremy Messersmith keeps it minimal

Whether he’s playing the main stage at First Avenue or signing a deal with Glassnote Records, Jeremy Messersmith has made his mark in the Twin Cities. But he hasn’t let success go to his head.

(Almost) anything goes in ever-popular fanfiction universe

Anything can happen with fanfiction. And that’s the way readers like it. But what would J.K. Rowling have to say about a pregnant Harry Potter? Hmmm …

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