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Before joining the Star Tribune, Yuen spent 13 years at MPR News, most recently as editor of a team of reporters who covered race, class, communities and education. She also reported for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader. Laura lives with her husband and two young sons. But if you met her over an icebreaker, she'd probably tell you about the time her car was struck by lightning.


Yuen: Why the 6 things you tell your teen about screen time may be missing the mark

"Just shut off your phone" isn't as easy as it sounds in today's social media landscape.


Yuen: Black families have been getting away to this Minnesota lake for nearly 100 years

One St. Paul couple are grateful for elders who nudged them to purchase a lake home Up North nearly 40 years ago.


Yuen: New U of M dean learned to swim, and inspires the next generation to jump in

Nisha Botchwey, dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, is a triathlete who took her first swim lessons in her 40s.


Yuen: How to travel with just a carry-on — and a few tips if you can't

Frequent fliers weigh in on how to pack lightly to avoid this summer's travel nightmare.


Yuen: Viral comedian Charlie Berens wants us to laugh together

Beneath his shtick on Midwestern culture lies a message of hope and acceptance.


Yuen: Why we all need to chill out at our kids' sporting events

More than 6,000 soccer parents in Minnesota have taken a webinar educating them on proper sideline etiquette — and it's not just the hostile parent who's ruining the game.


Yuen: The hero of this story is a woman who launched Minneapolis' newest Black-owned bookstore

"I used to think books saved me. Now I think books let me down," said the founder of Strive Community Publishing.


Yuen: What your go-to karaoke song says about you

If you had just one track to sing, what would it be and why?


Yuen: Let's add 'revenge overscheduling' to the 2022 lexicon

Has COVID taught us nothing about the beauty of slowing down?


Yuen: The truth about mosquitoes — and what you may be doing wrong

What works — and what doesn't — to protect yourself from this summer's onslaught.