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.

Activist sues Bloomington police for social media blocking

Noah McCourt is suing because Sumaya Aden said she was blocked from the Bloomington police Twitter account after her brother was shot and killed.

In Carver, the new City Hall has an old-fashioned look

Officials, residents wanted building to be at home in their historic downtown.

Carver County booms with newcomers seeking rural charm

The fastest-growing county in the state is still mostly farmland, quaint downtowns

St. Louis Park tries out a parklet

Supporters hope the popular seating spaces will enliven streets, improve walkability and build community.

Girl Scouts safe after adventure in dark and stormy BWCA

Lightning strike near Chicago-area teens' tents led to alarm, then adventure.

Virtual reality lets seniors travel without leaving home

VR technology engages memory-care patients as entertainment and therapy.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska to sell 52-acre parcel to private party

An individual plans to build a house on the lot.

Two wounded in shooting at Crave in downtown Minneapolis

Gunfire broke out on the rooftop of a Hennepin Avenue restaurant about 2 a.m. Saturday.

Hennepin County: More than 170 report getting sick after boating near Big Island

Excelsior Beach remained closed for unrelated reasons, but the rest of the lake is open as usual, officials said.

Hopkins mental health clinic offers same day and walk-in therapy

Birch Counseling aims to reach patients who are in the midst of emotional unrest.