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.


Sabina Zimering, Holocaust survivor and doctor, dies at 98

Ten years ago, at age 88, Sabina Szwarc Zimering traveled to her native Poland with her two daughters. They visited places connected with Zimering's Holocaust…


Two weeks after being pulled from Lake Nokomis, boy dies

A 10-year-old Minneapolis boy — one of two pulled out of Lake Nokomis two weeks ago — has died, according to the Hennepin County Medical…


Patrols beefed up after vandals hit Jewish cemetery in St. Paul

Investigation continues into threat to St. Louis Park synagogue amid Jewish High Holy Days.


Minneapolis founder of Global Rights for Women predicts Taliban takeover will have 'ripple effect'

Cheryl Thomas is dismayed that other countries aren't doing more to protect them.


Prince's brother, one of his remaining family heirs, dies

About half of the superstar's estate is owned by a music company.


Free COVID testing available in Lino Lakes and Minneapolis

Health insurance is not required for the tests.


Author visits Minnesota on countrywide tour to heal divisions

Daniel Seddiqui stopped in Minnesota on his third cross-country adventure to heal divisions.


Cokato's professional storyteller, 70, has captivated audiences for 50 years

Bob Gasch has performed in libraries, schools, summer camps, scouting troops, county fairs and other museums.


Fires close BWCA for first time in 45 years

All overnight and day use, including motorized day use, is prohibited for at least seven days or until the closure is canceled. Rangers were sweeping the area and telling visitors to leave.


BWCA closes for the first time in 45 years as wildfires spread

Visitors are being evacuated, permits canceled and entry prohibited for at least a week.