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.


8 Minnesota music lovers reveal favorite movie soundtracks

What are the undercelebrated triumphs in nearly 100 years of musical movie moments?


Todd Bol, creator of the Little Free Library movement, dies at 62

Todd Bol hammered together the first Little Free Library. Then he built a movement around it. Bol believed the now-ubiquitous little boxes of books —…


After terminal cancer diagnosis, Little Free Library founder feels like 'most successful person I know'

Todd Bol reflects on the movement he sparked, and the seeds he planted in neighborhoods across America — and beyond.


Rochester sauna evangelists say steamy Finnish tradition saved their marriage

The couple started a website and a Facebook group to share their obsession.


Feminist author Rebecca Traister talks 'female rage' ahead of St. Paul appearance

Her new book praises the revolutionary force of female anger.


Former St. Paul beer master tells hidden history of old Schmidt Brewery

As Schmidt Brewery is being restored to its former glory, one man never lost sight of the building's ancestry, and he gladly shares its secrets.


Legendary set designer for Guthrie, Dayton's, Holidazzle reveals lifetime of paintings

After decades designing sets for the Guthrie, Children's Theatre, Holidazzle and Dayton's eighth-floor auditorium, Jack Barkla is putting on his first gallery show.


Wetterling family expresses sorrow on eve of release of investigative files

Stearns County sheriff will release thousands of pages pertaining to the 1989 abduction and murder.


Minnesota hip-hop star Dessa breaks into NYC publishing with new memoir

Known primarily as a hip-hop artist, Dessa's latest release comes from a New York City book publisher.


After record attendance on Lake Harriet, Art Shanty Projects won't return this winter

The organization is running a shortfall after missing out on a major Minnesota State Arts Board grant.