ST. PAUL—Kari Bristol's 12-year-old former foster daughter was teased at school for her disabilities. She had a bad day, and nothing Bristol said could help. Usually, they could go on a bike ride or to McDonald's for a treat. But this day, nothing worked. The girl said she wanted to kill herself. She was scratching her arm with a pencil. That Friday evening in May, they called Crisis Connection, a round-the-clock telephone service that connects people in crisis with counselors and other resources. A counselor was sent out to their home in Hugo.
ST. PAUL—Wanna get rid of that snow? Your ability to hire someone to plow your driveway with a simple tap on a smartphone has expanded in the Twin Cities. The on-demand snow removal service SnoHub, a free app, officially launched here this past week. It joins Plowz, another app-based snow removal service. "We're very excited about coming to the Midwest," tech entrepreneur and SnoHub CEO James Albis said. "Minneapolis and St. Paul are an important market for us."