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Star Tribune

Sona Mehring can control her Wi-Fi-connected lights and ceiling fan with her voice. Her “smart” home is a far cry from what the internet was capable of in 1997, when she founded one of the first social networking sites.

June 12, 2017

Children's Minnesota

In the spring of 1997, JoAnn and Darrin were overwhelmed with joy when they learned they were expecting a child. Just 9 months prior, the couple lost their son, Gabriel, during JoAnn’s fourth month of pregnancy. JoAnn and Darrin were determined keep JoAnn physically and emotionally healthy throughout her second pregnancy.

June 7, 2017

Dayton Daily News

This week’s story begins at the end — with an idea that might sound devastatingly sad, at first. Yet, it has come to give me much comfort and acceptance in recent years.

May 17, 2017


For anyone who has had a loved one diagnosed with an illness or in the hospital, CaringBridge is probably a familiar product. The website, created by Sona Mehring, helps connect people during the difficult time in their lives.

April 11, 2017

MPR News

It can be extremely difficult to deliver bad news to loved ones, especially when that news involves your own health. Oftentimes those facing illness or injury will rely on friends and family to spread the word, but that too can be slow and burdensome.

March 16, 2017


Time has not dimmed her parents’ pride. “So that’s her nose and her mouth,” says JoAnn Hardegger, pointing to the ultrasound photo in the baby book propped on the lap of her husband, Darrin Swanson.

March 12, 2017