Here's the thing about these times: They're bleak and probably getting bleaker. Our politics and institutions are rotten to the core, income inequality is tightening its deathgrip, and none of that really matters since the boiling seas will soon swallow us whole.
But hey, it's the holiday season.
So let's take a breather from the relentless drumbeat of misery (sorry about about those previous sentences...) and focus on the glimmers of friendship, compassion, humor, empathy, kindness, Arby's solidarity, and general humanity that managed to shine through in 2018. These 23 stories remind us that love can still win out, and that we're all in this together.
Happy holidays from your begrudgingly optimistic pals at City Pages.
Incredible work, Twin Cities: You saved St. Paul's Eggroll Queen (click here to read)
The miracle of Finland: What a tiny northern Minnesota town can teach America (click here to read)
Homeless man jumps into Mississippi, saves Washington Avenue Bridge jumper (click here to read)
The people of Powderhorn's 2018 MayDay Parade & Fest (click here to read)
City Pages People Issue 2018: Meet the unsung heroes of the Twin Cities (click here to read)
St. Paul beer heroes save suicidal man's life with offer of Coors Light (click here to read)
Absolutely delightful Minneapolis man wins big on 'The Price is Right' (click here to read)
After TV flub, a woman finally crosses the street to meet her neighbors (click here to read)
Meet the Minnesotans finding love through polyamory (click here to read)
These rookie Minnesota farmers are picking a fight with Big Ag (click here to read)
Meet the Twin Cities teen behind a new LGBTQ rights bakery: It Gets Batter (click here to read)
Bemidji photographer finds mama duck + 76 (!) ducklings, captivates nation (click here to read)
Uptown Arby's: Scenes of mourning from its powerfully poignant candlelight vigil (click here to read)
I saw Fleetwood Mac with my ex-boyfriend’s secret girlfriend (click here to read)
It's final: Lake Calhoun is now Bde Maka Ska, named in honor of original Minnesotans (click here to read)
Kevin Garnett's getting into the north Minneapolis affordable housing game (click here to read)
Meet the 2018 Minnesota High School All-Hockey Hair Team (click here to read)
Faces of Election Day: This is what democracy in Minnesota looks like (click here to read)
This is Jessie Diggins: Fierce, fun, and one of America's best hopes for Olympic gold (click here to read)
George Jones, my dad, and me (click here to read)
Green Garden Bakery's teens just raised $200,000 (!) for their north Minneapolis kitchen (click here to read)
Minnesota hero ‘Tailpipe Girl’ to appear on ‘Kimmel’ tonight (click here to read)
85 amazing photos from City Pages photographers in 2018 (click here to read)