November 2019 News

Nov 26

JesseJesse Stremcha has been named vice president and chief development officer for St. Paul-based Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, which is among the largest human service organizations in Minnesota. He will provide overall leadership in philanthropy to engage individual donors, congregations and faith communities, and volunteers in the life-changing work of the organization.

Nov 25

When Janelle Nelson was told her foster parents wanted to adopt her and her two sisters, she was surprised.

"I said, 'You guys are crazy, but if you want to do it, go ahead,'" she recalled.

The adoption was finalized last Tuesday, and now Janelle, 17, and her sisters, Dayanara, 15, and Aliha, 14, are the daughters of Mike and Megan Nelson, of Pine Island.

"I've never really had parents in my life," Dayanara said. "I've always wanted parents."

Nov 23

November is National Adoption Month. One family celebrating the Nelson family from Pine Island.

Finding themselves with extra bedrooms as their older children moved out, Mike and Megan Nelson began welcoming foreign exchange students into their home.

After becoming certified as a foster family through LSS Foster Care Services, they brought three sisters from Willmar, Janelle, Dayanara and Aliha, into their lives.

Nov 22

A large trunk sits near Gail Harvey's front door in Coon Rapids. It's reserved for deliveries — mostly boxes of dolls and bears — and neatly folded handmade outfits. Each day, she empties the chest, carrying the packages to a three-stall garage in her backyard.

"It does feel like Santa's workshop at times," Harvey said as she walked through the space, past stacks and stacks of dolls, bears, soccer balls and piles of fabric.

Nov 20

You probably know that paying your bills on time is crucial for your credit score. But there are other factors that play into your score, as well.

One factor that you might not know about: how much of your available credit you use. You probably know it’s bad to max out a card, but even modest changes in your spending can have an impact on your score.

Nov 19

The Brainerd Dispatch recently shared this letter:

In a region like ours, it’s not always easy to identify youth who are without a safe place to stay. Most youth experiencing homeless in our area are sleeping on the couches of friends, staying in tents, in their cars or even in primitive shacks and ice houses.

Nov 14

An estimated 68,000 children in Minnesota currently live in the care of a grandparent or relative. These families often struggle to find much-needed services involving emergency or permanent custody, mental health care and financial support.