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The Riveras

by Peter Schmidtke / photograph by Peter Di Antoni

From the living room of their two-story home on Holton Street where they have lived for 21 years, Luis and Ada Rivera recount the turn of events that led them to claim their own part of the American Dream.

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John Lindquist

by Jan Christensen / photo by Peter DiAntoni

John Lindquist had intended to join the Marine Corps right after he graduated from Washington High School in 1966. But he went to London to see the Rolling Stones first. Then, as so often happens, life got complicated.

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Jesse Windom

by Jim Hendersen

Over the past eight years, Jesse Windom has taken five rundown, former slumlord properties and turned them into livable, comfortable shelters for the homeless, mentally handicapped and onetime criminal offenders. He could now be called, respectfully and legitimately, a “shelterlord.”

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Dot Conant

by Mary Wood Ohiku / photo by Peter Di Antoni

“My daughter Linda gave me that nickname,” Conant said with a heart-warming smile. Linda owns Closet Classics, a cafe and clothing store at 1000 E. North Ave.

Conant, who has been knitting as long as she can remember, furnishes the clothing store with her original hats and scarves. Her creations are home-knit in bright colors and original patterns, attracting customers from all over the neighborhood.