Katy Read | Star Tribune
Reporter | Carver and western Hennepin Counties

Katy Read is a reporter covering Carver County and western Hennepin County. She has also covered aging, workplace issues and other topics for the Star Tribune. She was previously a reporter at the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, La., and the Duluth News-Tribune.

Read has also written for Salon, Real Simple, Working Mother, Minnesota Monthly, the Chicago Sun-Times, The Toronto Globe and Mail and other publications. Her essays have been published in several anthologies including "Fearless Confessions: A Writer's Guide to Memoir." She has won a Minnesota State Arts Board grant and multiple literary awards, as well as four fellowships for journalists on aging. She is a Minnetonka native and a University of Minnesota graduate. Her most exciting hobbies include working (very slowly) on a memoir, cruising the internet and walking her dog.

Shipwreck enthusiast creates a 3-D model of a boat in Lake Minnetonka

The Hopkins, a streetcar boat scuttled in 1949, lies in about 60 feet of water in Lake Minnetonka.

Ben Whalen easily wins special election for Richfield City Council seat

Whalen, 27, is director of youth ministry and community engagement at House of Prayer Lutheran Church.

St. Louis Park Holocaust survivor to receive FBI award for civil-rights activism

Judy Meisel will receive award at Chaska exhibit of survivors' portraits.

Carver gets $1 million state grant to build infrastructure for relocating Lakeview Industries

Lakeview Industries is moving to the new site from neighboring Chaska.

'Maid' was one car breakdown away from disaster

NONFICTION: A firsthand account of living hand-to-mouth illustrates exhausting world of the working poor.

Chaska plans to create an attraction-filled public square

Officials hope that City Square West will enhance walkability and diversity.

Chaska City Council will let voters choose new council members

Residents persuaded the Chaska City Council to hold a special election to fill two open council seats.

If you think it's cold in the Twin Cities now, just wait until next week

The expectation is for below-zero temperatures starting Thursday night into Friday morning. And the plunge gets more extreme next week.

His wife thought he was kidding. Now Mound man makes living as bladesmith

Jason Kraus has competed in TV shows and runs a business in Carver.

Edina ski instructor Kitty Matthews has been teaching 50 years

The Professional Ski Instructors of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors have recognized her achievement with a 50-year pin.