America's Good Stories

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Michael Lanning

Hat’s off to Michael Lanning! Michael Lanning fell off of a ladder while putting up holiday lights and sustained spinal cord injuries in 1997. He and his family have faced those injuries with courage as well as ingenuity. In his workshop, Michael enjoys problem solving and creating unique furniture solutions.

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Reach and Restore

Hat’s off to Reach and Restore based in Hopkins, Minnesota! Reach and Restore (R&R) provides needy families with resources to provide a sense of hope and be a support to get back on their feet. This may include physical needs such as household items, furniture, locating housing or transportation and personal needs such as moral…

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The Twin Cities Marathon Wheelers

Hat’s off to the wheelers at the Twin Cities Marathon! Date: October 1, 2017 Thousands of people ran in this year’s Twin Cities In Motion Marathon, aided by volunteers, law enforcement and medical personnel. Here’s a Hat’s Off salute to the wheelers!  We spoke with some of them including Matthew Porterfield, Chad Johnson, Tyler Byers…

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September 11 Tribute at Lake Harriet

Remembering September 11 at the Lake Harriet Bandshell Visited date: September 11, 2017 Location: 4135 W Lake Harriet Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN There is a beautiful 9/11 ceremony and concert every year at the Lake Harriet bandshell. The planning is by the Minnesota 9/11 Tribute. The highlight is the military marching and flags.

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Apostle Island National Lakeshore

Apostle Island Caves

Sea caves, island retreats, lighthouses on beautiful Lake Superior Visited date: August 26, 2017 Location: 415 Washington Ave, Bayfield, WI Hats Off, America, to Apostle Islands National Lakeshore! We visited the lakeshore on Saturday, August 26 and spoke with Park Ranger Tam Hofman at the Visitor Center. Then we went on a tour of the…

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Eclipse 2017 in Cameron, Missouri

Hat’s off to Frank Eisenbraun and Cameron, Missouri Visited date: August 21, 2017 Location: McCorkle Park, West 3rd Street, Cameron, MO For the eclipse we headed down Interstate 35 from the Minneapolis-St. Paul to the closest place in the path of totality Cameron, Missouri! Once there, we joined a group in McCorkle Park to share…

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Hats Off to Indiana Dunes National Park!

An American treasure adjacent to major cities Visited date: August 14, 2017 Location: 1215 State Highway 49, Porter, IN The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is a national treasure within an hour of the Chicago metropolitan area. We visited with Bruce Rowe, Supervisory Park Ranger and Public Information Officer. Because of its accessibility to urban areas,…

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Happy 4th of July!

We made this short video to pay tribute to the 4th of July celebrations occurring all over the USA today. The video footage was taken at the Bloomington, Minnesota Summer Fete. We asked the question, “What does the fourth of July mean to you?” Happy 4th of July! Bob and Susan Metoxen

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