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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: The rise of the pickleball clique — is the game becoming too exclusive?

The fastest-growing sport in America has been known for its socially inclusive nature. But some say that's changing.

Yuen: Should homework for schoolkids be a thing of the past?

Research shows homework offers little to no academic benefit for elementary school students.

Yuen: How Minnesota native Gretchen Carlson faced down a giant and propelled the #MeToo movement

Seven years after taking down Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, the former anchor is celebrating a couple of big wins in Washington.

Yuen: Remembering Steve, a one-eyed cuddle-kitty who 'ran' her Minneapolis neighborhood

Her obit, stapled to telephone poles, was raw, vulnerable and slightly profane.

Yuen: To bring workers back, bosses need to do more than demand. They need to lead.

Companies are again trying to revive the office — sometimes by making threats.

Yuen: This Minneapolis chef wants more Black women to give hunting a shot

Lachelle Cunningham's first turkey hunt brought her to tears. She now wants others to have that experience.

Yuen: When a Minnesota summer ends, I feel FOHMO — the Fear of Having Missed Out

Quick! Can we squeeze in one more trip to the lake or to the State Fair?

Yuen: It's really hard to pick a perfectly ripe watermelon — unless you use these expert tips

If you struggle to pick a tasty watermelon in the store, the problem is not you. But here's some advice.

Yuen: What happened when my body failed me and I had no idea why

A healthy 45-year-old, I suddenly lost the ability to walk. My first real medical scare taught me to be my own advocate.

Yuen: It's like Draft Day at this north Minneapolis pre-K graduation

These kids are about to take their talents to kindergarten.