Sharon Dierberger
Mai Chong Yang

Strangers no more

Religion | A custodian finds his calling to help three generations of Hmong in Minnesota 
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 10/10/19, 01:39 pm

Evenings find Paul Leclair cleaning the university campus in his custodian job in Bloomington, Minn. But Leclair, age 55, has another vocation: reaching the Hmong for Jesus.

He’d never heard of the Hmong until 1996, when he spoke to a co-worker from a group of foreigners whose home country he couldn’t place. He’d noticed how diligently and quietly they worked, but how lively they acted together at lunch. Leclair bluntly asked, “Who are you? Where are you from? Why are you here?”

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Midwest medicine

Documentary | Ken Burns’ The Mayo Clinic explores what makes Mayo great, but the hospital has strayed from Catholic roots
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 9/26/19, 12:58 pm

What do you get when an agnostic physician meets a Franciscan nun? No joke—the Mayo Clinic. The unlikely partnership between W.W. Mayo and Mother Mary Alfred Moes launched what now ranks as the best medical center in the country.

Inimitable filmmaker Ken Burns tells Mayo Clinic’s story in the documentary The Mayo Clinic, available on Netflix (rated TV-14 for some medically graphic content).

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The Ciesla Foundation

Undercover catcher

Documentary | The Spy Behind Home Plate tells the story of a highly talented but unhappy ballplayer
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 9/12/19, 04:32 pm

The Golden Age of Baseball conjures up black-and-white images of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Another player of the 1920s and 1930s is not most recognizable but is arguably most enigmatic.

Moe Berg played on five major league teams over 15 years, mostly as a catcher. But as the title of a recent documentary, The Spy Behind Home Plate, foretells, Berg wasn’t known only for his rocket arm.

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