Katy Read | Star Tribune
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Katy Read writes about aging, workplaces and other topics for the newspaper's special sections. She joined the Star Tribune in 2011. She was previously a reporter at the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Duluth News-Tribune and the Crookston Daily Times. Her freelance articles have appeared in Salon, More, Real Simple, Working Mother, AARP the Magazine, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Toronto Globe and Mail and Minnesota Monthly. Her essays have been published in two anthologies and two textbooks.

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Maybe the best way to manage your reading is to set ironclad limits, however random.

The search for livable, age-friendly communities

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Review: 'Look Alive Out There,' by Sloane Crosley

NONFICTION: Sloane Crosley is back with another witty, wisecracking collection.

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How you can help when natural disasters strike

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Two decades after tornado, rebuilt St. Peter, Minnesota, is a success story

  Todd Prafke had been city administrator of St. Peter, Minn., for four months on March 29, 1998, when the tornado struck. As emergency sirens…

Ageism is everywhere — here's what we can do about it

Casual age bias is so pervasive that most of us don't even realize we're doing it. The first step to fighting it, experts say, is to simply be aware of it.

State Fair debuts a Great Big Wheel in the sky

The traveling Great Big Wheel will take Minnesotans for a spin 156 feet above the State Fairgrounds.