Laine Bergeson Becco

- Family/Friends -

It’s a Dog’s Life

In addition to being cute, pets improve our lives. Copious studies have shown that pets can make our lives happier and healthier, but numerous personal anecdotes also support this thesis. Here are some of those studies and some of those anecdotes: A study this summer found that pets are important sources of emotional support for… Read more »

Christy Mahon’s Big Adventure

On May 16, 2010, Colorado native Christy Mahon became the first woman and the seventh person ever to ski all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000-foot mountains, affectionately known as the “Colorado 14ers.” Because she kept her mission under the radar, her victory came as a surprise to many. Not to her husband, Ted Mahon, though, a mountaineer and ski instructor who accompanied her on every climb and descent.

- Sports/Recreation -

The Next Game: Tony Sanneh

After 18 years of playing professional soccer, Tony Sanneh retired from the sport in 2010. But “retired” is hardly a word that describes this world soccer great. A native of St. Paul, Minn., he established The Sanneh Foundation, a nonprofit organization, in 2003; its purpose is to provide positive environments – including soccer clinics and camps – for urban youth in America. We caught up with Sanneh by phone to find out more about his projects and passions.

- General Health -

Sad in the Summer?

Over the past few days, temperatures in Minneapolis have been near 100 degrees with high humidity. It’s the first real heat wave of the season and it got me thinking about how the seasons and weather affect mood. Winter-onset seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D) is fairly well-known, but, I wondered, are there other versions of S.A.D?… Read more »