Dave Hrbacek

Dave is a staff writer and photographer for The Catholic Spirit. You can follow him on twitter or email him at hrbacekd@archspm.org.

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Homeless woman leaves the streets for Higher Ground

Homeless woman leaves the streets for Higher Ground

| March 26, 2014 | 1 Comment

Julie Gergen leaned in toward the window of her seventh-floor apartment on the northwest edge of downtown Minneapolis to take in the view.

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Conference speaker: World needs ‘men of conscience’

Conference speaker: World needs ‘men of conscience’

| March 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Near the end of the Archdiocesan Men’s Conference March 22, Father Bill Baer, the event’s emcee, invited boys 18 and under to come forward to the stage at the University of St. Thomas Field House to greet speaker Brian Bonin.

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Islanders win third straight hoop title

Islanders win third straight hoop title

| March 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Photos from the state high school boys basketball tournament

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Redefining beauty

Redefining beauty

| March 5, 2014 | 1 Comment

“Paint the Mirrors,” an initiative started by University of St. Thomas student Angela Deeney, encourages others to leave their mirrors behind for the 40 days of Lent. “I want girls to know that the light they radiate doesn’t come from that shiny piece of metal,” she says, “but from the love they give to others in confidence reflecting back to them, illuminating who they really are.”

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Smashing success

Smashing success

| March 4, 2014 | 1 Comment

Students get the chance to cover their principal in whipped cream by being top sellers in the Catholic United Financial annual raffle.

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State champion

State champion

| March 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Junior Lance Benick of Totino-Grace High School in Fridley takes control in the Class AA finals at 195 pounds against Mitch Struffert of Foley March 1 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

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Sister stories

Sister stories

| February 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

“I definitely feel that this project was tailored to something I wanted to do while I was at St. Kate’s.”

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Seeing Stars

Seeing Stars

| February 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

The DeNio family relied on their Catholic faith – and two local Catholic institutions – to help them get through the dark times following Denny DeNio’s stroke.

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Principal’s ‘flame of love’ leads to award

Principal’s ‘flame of love’ leads to award

| January 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

For Mary Adrian, winner of the 2014 NCEA distinguished principal award, kids always come first at Holy Spirit School.

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Matt Birk: NFL great, faithful Catholic and . . . author

Matt Birk: NFL great, faithful Catholic and . . . author

| January 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

It all started in a neighborhood in Mendota Heights. Rich Chapman was living at the end of a cul de sac with his wife Jayme and four children.

Eight years ago, a new neighbor moved in next door — NFL football player Matt Birk, who was playing center for the Minnesota Vikings at the time.

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Foster brother finds refuge from abusive past

Foster brother finds refuge from abusive past

| December 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

To say Sergei Thomas had a troubled life as a teenager would be an understatement.

The truth is, his home environment was a train wreck, with Thomas and his brother and sister victimized by a verbally and physically abusive stepfather.

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Sister leads the way for younger brother

Sister leads the way for younger brother

| December 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

Big sisters often push their younger siblings away, fighting for their independence and fending off attempts by a little brother to “tag along.”

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