Erica Pearson | Star Tribune
Reporter | Features

Erica Pearson covers features for the Star Tribune, with mini-beat on women’s issues. Before joining the Star Tribune, she spent more than a decade at the New York Daily News, where she was an assistant city desk editor.

A Wisconsin native, Pearson has covered everything from immigration to cops and courts to lifestyle news.

Birdspotting along the Mississippi flyway

Fall brings vibrant foliage and thousands of migrating birds to a refuge in Trempealeau, Wis.

Twin Cities' Bitty Kitty Brigade steps in to save the tiniest, neediest kittens

Bitty Kitty Brigade volunteers care for neonatal cats too small and vulnerable for traditional shelters.

White Bear Lake family trades home for life traveling to fairs around U.S.

In January, the Enloes began driving the country, selling pizza at fairs and livestock shows. Now they're home.

The Rev. Elizabeth Downing Heller, first woman pastor at Westminster Presbyterian, dies

The 92-year-old was an art lover who amassed an outsized collection of religious works that now fill the walls of her church.

'We still have the iron lung': Digging through the oddities at Ax-Man Surplus

The shop on University Avenue in St. Paul has supplied tinkerers, inventors and artists for more than half a century.

Women RVers rally in Minnesota, with potluck, crafts and laughter

These local women are building community and getting comfortable in the driver's seat.

Little kids and 'grandfriends' get care under the same roof in St. Louis Park

When you put a preschool and a senior living facility together, kids gain skills while older adults gain purpose.

A day in the life of a mermaid at the Rosedale mall

Blowing underwater kisses, communing with sting rays and making magic happen is part of the job for a professional mermaid.

These Twin Cities women are propelling the body positivity movement

The Twin Cities has become a nexus for the body positivity movement, with plus-size pool parties, adventure camps and yoga classes.

This Minnesota wildlife vet can fix turtle shells, opossum toothaches and more

Dr. Leslie Reed has created a dentistry practice, cultivated a specialty in turtle shell repair and built a training program at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota.