Reporter | Features

Erica Pearson covers features for the Star Tribune, with mini-beat on women’s issues. Before joining the Star Tribune, she spent more than a decade at the New York Daily News, where she was an assistant city desk editor.

A Wisconsin native, Pearson has covered everything from immigration to cops and courts to lifestyle news.


From the safety of your car: It's a drive-thru life during the pandemic

Many activities — from concerts to church to doctor visits — can now be experienced from the safe bubble of our vehicles. But car-first culture comes at a cost.


Back-to-school shopping? You may need more than No. 2 pencils and glue sticks

From portable hand sanitizer to stylus pens for tablets, school supplies have been altered by the pandemic.


Michelle Obama's 'Vote' necklace gives local jeweler Larissa Loden a sales boost

Loden got a post-convention bump, thanks to Michelle Obama's fashion sense.


Minnesota woman will take a cross-country motorcycle trip to mark 100 years of women's right to vote

A retired IT consultant from Chaska will join six other women to celebrate suffragists and their movement.


Help for Minnesota parents comes in the form of kids' camp-in-a-box

Minnesota museums, nonprofits and stores are packaging up activity kits for home use. We tested some on real kids.


How to get your kids to wear face masks

Cartoon characters, local nurses and pediatricians help parents get their kids to wear the face coverings.


Now you can invite an actual bird of prey to join your next Zoom meeting

The Raptor Center offers "Raptor Zoomies" with a bird of prey.


How risky is using a public restroom during the COVID-19 pandemic?

More Minnesotans are venturing out, but still avoiding public restrooms. Is the worry warranted?


How to help kids navigate coming out of quarantine and other COVID-19 struggles

Parenting coach Meghan Leahy offers tips on how to help kids coming out of quarantine and other COVID-19 struggles.


Some Twin Cities beaches, pools and splash pads have opened, but precautions vary

Lakes, pools and splash pads offer a way to beat the heat. But safety precautions vary widely.