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Erica Pearson covers faith and spirituality for the Star Tribune. 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.


Here's how a Minnesota chef plans to celebrate Eid at the Hewing. And you can, too.

Tullibee's takeover menu on April 10-11 is inspired by chef Aref Zalatimo's memories of celebrating the holiday back home in Amman. Want a head start? He also shares a recipe.


Help! My kid wants to be a Sephora tween

Skin care products have become status symbols for young kids in Minnesota. A dermatologist and a pediatrician weigh in on the latest trend.


Not going anywhere for spring break? Try these fun Twin Cities area family activities

Get slimed, grab a joystick, brave a cold plunge.


U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy wants you to exercise your social muscles

As The Loneliness Cure series wraps up, our nation's top expert on the epidemic answers readers' questions.


Finding a sense of purpose and community helps combat loneliness

Joining a choir, a fix-it club or becoming a regular at a coffee shop is better for you (and those around you) than you realize.


What questions do you have for the U.S. surgeon general about loneliness?

Vivek Murthy issued an advisory last year calling loneliness a public health crisis.


Are you a smart cookie? Test your Girl Scout cookie IQ

Think you know all there is to know about the iconic cookies? Take our quiz to see how you stack up.


Daffodils thought spring was here, but it's not

Here's what you can do to protect plants from our winter-like cold snap, (The snow may actually help.)


After Lutsen, what is the state of classic lodges in Minnesota?

These old-time lodges are steeped in history for Minnesota travelers.


Grandma Jen was making a lace tablecloth when she died. A stranger stepped in to finish it.

The Loose Ends nonprofit connects volunteer crafters with unfinished knitting, crochet or sewing projects. Hundreds in Minnesota have signed up to help.