Emily Kaiser

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How do you thank the person who saved your life?

In April, Jenna Langer was on The Daily Circuit talking about the challenges facing young people with cancer. Just one year prior, Langer had been diagnosed with her third bout of cancer, which could turn into leukemia without a bone marrow transplant. Langer found her match in a stranger. Twenty-year-old Maxine Renning went through with the transplant and Langer is now healthy and cancer free.

Alisha Neeley's death leads to girl gang truce

Alisha Neeley spent the last night of her life surrounded by her closest friends. The 17-year-old was pre-partying at her cousin's house, taking shot after shot of vodka. Wearing a brown Hollister polo, jeans, and Coach boots, she was a natural beauty with a hypnotic smile. Known as LeLe to her friends, she was the life of the party, playfully pulling girls off the couch to dance. They called themselves the Ladiis and were known as one of the toughest female cliques on Minneapolis's north side.

High School for Recording Arts gives students chance at hip-hop career

David Ellis, the founder of High School for Recording Arts in St. Paul, walked into the lunchroom fashionably late, chomping on a bag of Doritos as he surveyed the crowd. Two students had just started rapping. By the time the chorus hit, a mob of fans rushed the stage for a chance to freestyle a verse. "Do you see the joy in these kids?" Ellis says. "They've got relief up there. Music is saving their lives."

Haze reunites over funky mystery record

It all started with Shelley Pierce hunched over the vinyl bin at Cheapo. She had most of the albums she wanted, but enjoyed the thrill of the hunt. As she finished flipping through the new arrivals, a short, plump woman in her 50s came in the front door of the store, lugging a crate full of used vinyl records. Once she dropped it off at the front counter, she turned around and went back out to her car. Ten crates and 15 minutes later, the woman was out of breath, leaning over the front counter

Vivid-Alt's Vin Vericose transforms from Minnesota boy to porn star

Sitting on his dad's bed in a small, smoke-filled studio apartment in South St. Paul, Chad Fjerstad reached for his backpack and pulled out a DVD. He leaned over to his dad, Darren, who was resting in his worn recliner, and handed him the flick. His dad scanned the front cover: "Pussy a Go Go." With the prominent display of breasts, it was clearly a porn movie. "Notice anything?" Chad asked, turning it over. Then Darren's eyes locked on an image in the middle of the case.

Our bridges: To do nothing will cost more

It was a year ago today that the 35W bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, stunning a nation that had long taken its vaunted highway system for granted. "A bridge in America just shouldn't fall down," said Minnesota Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who rushed to the scene along with a host of federal investigators and politicians. While Congress quickly rose to the challenge of helping to replace the 40-year-old span, it has yet to find the answers -- or the money -- to address a critical national infrastructure problem laid bare by the disaster.

The down-low on Norm Coleman's digs in upscale D.C. neighborhood

Norm Coleman slept here -- but the FedEx box turned nightstand, neckties tossed over the top of an accordion-style closet door and low ceilings aren't much to write home about. The Washington, D.C., living arrangements of Minnesota's senior senator recently came under fire when reports surfaced that Coleman is renting space for $600 a month from a longtime Republican associate. Political opponents detected a "sweetheart deal" in what is a strikingly affordable rent for Washington's