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.

Norwood Young America's bandshell back home after nearly a century in private hands

The structure, which the city sold to a private party for reasons unknown, was returned to its old home this month.

University of Minnesota medical students create program pairing mentors with challenged youth

Students are trained to help those who've experienced homelessness, foster care, the juvenile justice system or human trafficking.

Robert Fisch, Minneapolis doctor, artist, author and Holocaust survivor, dies at 97

People were understandably outraged when a local weekly published photos in 2014 of men at a Minneapolis restaurant wearing Nazi uniforms and surrounded by Nazi…

Minneapolis chef Matthew Kempf dies at age 44: 'He pushed and he hustled'

"Once he set his mind to something he became very good at it," said a friend.

Jail writing program helps reduce stress, clear heads, gain insights

While prison courses are intended to teach writing skills, this jail program has other goals.

Pillow fort at Minneapolis church is more than just fluffy fun

The pillows donated for the fort will provide comfort for homeless families.

Documentary showcases power of women, including its Minneapolis director

In Gabrieline Reece's documentary, local women share their thoughts on women's influence.

Two bodies found in Scandia lake

Witnesses noticed boaters in trouble Friday afternoon on Big Marine Lake in Washington County.

Star Tribune wins five National Headliner Awards

Photographers and columnists received awards.

Duluth Art Institute director expanding involvement by artists of color

Christina Woods has been named to the U.S. Senate's Curatorial Advisory Board.