Jenna Ross | Star Tribune
Reporter | Arts and Culture

Jenna Ross is an arts and culture reporter. Before joining the Star Tribune's arts and entertainment team, she covered regional and breaking news as an enterprise reporter, spotting emerging issues and intriguing characters. Her favorite stories on that beat seemed to involve big lakes: the winter surfing scene on Lake Superior, the longtime teacher at a one-room schoolhouse on Lake of the Woods. She has also covered higher education and suburban news for the newspaper.


What will Olga Viso's legacy be? Her final year at the Walker was telling

Her decade as director culminated in a momentous way, with shows on Cunningham and Cuba, the Sculpture Garden reopening — and "Scaffold," of course.


Amy Tan on new memoir: 'I want to know why I got damaged and why I'm glad'

While writing her new memoir, the author uncovered dark family secrets. She also found the source of her need to write.


In regal portraits, Mpls. photographer portrays beauty, power of black lives

Bobby Rogers' first solo show nods to the Harlem Renaissance and a hit song by rap superstar Kendrick Lamar.


Russ Ringsak, longtime truck driver for 'Prairie Home Companion,' dies at 81

Garrison Keillor introduced Russ Ringsak to audiences as "our truck driver."


A negative-decibel chamber, the 'quietest place on Earth,' is in south Minneapolis

A lab dubbed the "quietest place on Earth" finds a purpose beyond testing products: healing humans.


Minnesotan makes cross-country trek to meet America's isolated rural artists

Her goal: to better understand the disconnect, made clear by polls and voting maps, between folks in urban and rural areas.


Fergus Falls aims to be national model with thriving arts scene

The creative economy there attracts national grant money and shows a novel method for reinventing a city.


Top American Indian stylemaker's home base: a tiny N.D. town, pop. 29

Jessica Metcalfe is one of the nation's most influential purveyors of American Indian fashion. And she does it all from a small Midwestern town.


Why this Minneapolis record shop owner stockpiles forgotten music

This Minneapolis shop owner has three-quarters of a million records — and he's not done collecting yet.


Minnesota arts groups adapt to an unexpected dip in state funding

Some of Minnesota's largest arts groups adapt to unexpected cuts in state funding.