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.

St. Paul firehouse dog helps rescue the rescuers: 'It's just her presence'

The trained service dog helps first responders deal with the pressures of their work.

Minnesotan's podcast showcases 'life-saving' books with LGBTQ guests

On "This Queer Book Saved My Life," host J.P. Der Boghossian asks guests what books made them feel "seen for the first time."

Minneapolis man has helped send 1 million books to Gambia, his home country

Lamin Dibba wants to give back to a country where library shelves are empty and few people own books.

Meet the 75-year-old YMCA 'exercise goddess' whose classes are Y's most popular

Anne Tudor's fitness classes help people in their 70s and 80s stay active and healthy.

Catch this Minneapolis fish exhibit for its exotic creatures — and its warning message

"Voices From the Water" demonstrates the variability of ocean inhabitants, and explains how they're threatened by human activity, notably plastic pollution.

Longtime Star Tribune reporter Lynn Underwood dies at 65

She loved pop culture, trivia contests and her career.

Albert Lea couple turn old hotel sheets into bandanas for cancer patients

Thrift store owners Richard and Jane Miller keep discarded hotel sheets out of landfills by helping cancer patients and people who are homeless.

Winona woman helps people erase the stigma of past mistakes

People being denied housing or jobs based on long-ago records learn how to seal them from public view.

Richfield park's all-terrain wheelchairs let people explore new worlds

Wood Lake Nature Center in Richfield is among area parks that offer chairs that make rougher trails accessible.

Minnesota sanctuary farm provides 'rescued' animals with comfort, care and space

Farmaste Animal Sanctuary outside Lindstrom, Minn., lets animals live out their natural lives.