Reporter | Carver and western Hennepin Counties

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.


Noel Robinson, University of Minnesota voice instructor, bicyclist, 'vagabond,' dies at 85

Noel Robinson called himself a vagabond, which was not strictly accurate because he did live part time in his own home — an off-the-grid shack…


Former Lost Boy of South Sudan wants to help young people in his impoverished home country go to college

Partnering with a St. Paul friend, Augustino Ting Mayai wants to boost education in an area where the average income is below $1 a day.


A graceful way to request — and provide — help in a health crisis

CaringBridge wants to get the word out about its underused planning tool that lets loved ones volunteer for patients' and caregivers' specific requests.


Toy seller says a favorite childhood toy can help adults reconnect with youthful joy

Today's busy adults can forget what it's like to have fun, says Paul Dixon.


People with autism speak through poetry

Alternative communication methods allow neurodivergent people to show that an inability to speak does not mean an inability to think.


Why do Minnesotans call them 'parking ramps' instead of 'garages'?

The auto-related regionalism is unique to Minnesota and some nearby states.


Saints players, people with disabilities team up for baseball fun at CHS Field

"I wanted to help people with disabilities be able to live their dreams," said Bryce Weiler, co-founder of the Beautiful Lives Project.


Minneapolis performer explores circus history, finds community at Circus Juventas

Twenty-year-old Rose Dunn-Wright has found inspiration in two legendary ringmasters.


Mary Wagner of St. Paul, who promoted libraries here and around the world, dies at 76

She was a lifelong library advocate, working at libraries in the Twin Cities and teaching library and information science at St. Catherine University.


Mound City Council names bridge after 6-year-old boy found slain in car trunk

More than 2,300 signed a petition to name the Mound bridge after Eli Hart, whose mother has been charged in his death.