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Jenna Ross is an arts and culture reporter.

Jenna Ross is an arts and culture reporter with the Star Tribune. She specializes in newsy features and in-depth profiles, spotting emerging issues and intriguing characters. The national Society for Features Journalism honored her work with a first-place prize for "Specialty Writing Portfolio" in 2021. Before joining the paper's arts and entertainment team, she wrote about regional and breaking news as an enterprise reporter. Her favorite stories on that beat seemed to involve big lakes: She captured the winter surfing scene on Lake Superior and profiled the longtime teacher at the one-room schoolhouse on Lake of the Woods. A Duluth native, she published her first newspaper, "The Ross Report," when she was 11 years old.


Led by its new conductor, Minnesota Orchestra caps season with Pride performance

"Pride, for me, is not only to do with who we love but really who we are," said Thomas Søndergård, who was named music director the same summer he wed his longtime partner.


Minnesota's 'Bachelorette' claims new title: Nonprofit founder

Woodbury High School grad and reality TV star Michelle Young uses her fame to start Homework and Hoops, an after-school program for underprivileged kids.


Children's Theatre gets an 'extraordinary' $1 million gift

The donation, from the John W. Kurtich Foundation, will boost the theater's endowment at a key moment.


Liquid Music series finds new home in Northrop

Curator Kate Nordstrum will bring her music series to the University of Minnesota venue, drawing fresh audiences to its organ.


Joanne Von Blon, who fueled Minnesota's arts scene, dies at 100

Married to Philip Von Blon, who helped found the Guthrie Theater, she had her own passions, writing book reviews and serving on literary boards.


Doors Open Minneapolis offers rare peek inside more than 100 buildings

This year's event, which runs Saturday and Sunday, includes 30 new venues.


SPCO musicians vote no confidence in leadership: 'It feels like we're dying'

The nonprofit's board said in a statement that it "unequivocally supports" Jon Limbacher, the managing director musicians are criticizing.


New podcast spins wild tale of Minneapolis artist selling his illustrated Bible door to door

With "Birth of a Salesman," visual artist Sam Robertson and sound designer Dan Dukich capture the pain and absurdity of introducing a labor of love to an indifferent world.


St. Paul Chamber Orchestra's Kyu-Young Kim stepping down as artistic director

The leader and violinist cited "shifts in priorities" in a statement explaining his decision.


Art in Bloom blossoms at Minneapolis Institute of Art

We break down the annual floral fundraising bonanza, now in its 40th year, by the numbers.