Erica Pearson is a features reporter for the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. She has also worked as an editor and writer for Women's Health, Real Simple, the New York Daily News, Wirecutter and more.
By chance, Sona Mehring happened on Doors Open Milwaukee a few years ago. She marveled at how the event gave the public access to private places and how it revealed and explained “mysterious” spaces inside buildings she never would have noticed on her own.
She came home with a question: “When’s the Doors Open in Minneapolis?”
It didn’t exist. But it does now.
Amanda Baumann is a pro. She doesn’t go to a thrift store without filling her vintage leather Coach backpack with the essentials: spray hand sanitizer (lavender-scented); a measuring tape; a few reusable nylon tote bags; headphones; store member cards and coupons; a snack and some gum.
“It can be overwhelming at first,” she said. “But I think you just need to take your time: aisle by aisle, rack by rack. Think of it as a treasure hunt. Put on your headphones, listen to your favorite music, and get lost in the hunt.”
Ten-year-old Sylvia VanNorman has wanted to be a Cub Scout ever since her older brother Miles joined Edina’s Pack 168. She went to his pack meetings and even passed the rigorous swim test at his summer scout camp so she could spend time in the water, too.
“Basically me and my friend did all of the stuff, but just, we weren’t in uniform,” she said. Now, Sylvia’s got the uniform, and is working to earn an Arrow of Light award patch to put on it.
Apps and wearables track naps, sunlight exposure and much more. Some parents find the data reassuring, but pediatricians and privacy experts are raising concerns.
The captain knocked on his camper door early, before 5 a.m., so Steve Roberts was in a bit of a rush to put on his uniform and his white cowboy hat and begin another season with the Minnesota State Fair Mounted Patrol.
“This is my 50th year,” said Roberts, 75. “Maybe I’ll have a few more good ones.”
Back in 1969, when Roberts joined the fair’s civilian patrol, his primary duty was to ride the perimeters to stop scofflaws from jumping the fence.
In Maplewood Mall, holiday shoppers pick up CBD tinctures from an organic hemp farm at the Nothing But Hemp kiosk. Festive gift sets with CBD-infused body lotions, shampoos and soaps are available a few miles away at Minnesota Hempdropz. Spot Spa in Minneapolis has CBD oil massages on its list of services and tries to keep pricey gourmet gumdrops from “aspirational” CBD purveyor Lord Jones on its shelves. The problem? They continually sell out.
It looks like a junkyard, albeit an especially vibrant one.
There’s an old rusty Honda parked in one corner. Piles of twisted rebar, wooden boards and PVC pipes sit near a cart piled with power tools. The massive, hand-built wooden spaceship has a turret seat up top, and the 12-foot-tall lookout platform is reachable only by climbing an extension ladder.
Eight-year-old Simon Pluger paused halfway up the ladder’s steps. “Am I supposed to be up here?” he asked.
In this “adventure playground,” t...
When she peddles her minimalist, stretchy jumpsuits and dresses at local art festivals and pop-up shops, certain pieces always sell out first: the ones with pockets.
Frigaard, who said she’s not “a big purse person,” understands.
“I love clothes. I love them. But for me, a big deciding factor if I’m going to get something is if it has pockets,” she said, plunging her hand into a vest with pockets she could “fit a puppy in.”
Duchess Harris is on sabbatical. But that doesn’t mean she’s taking a break.
The last time the Macalester College American Studies professor took leave from the classroom, she unearthed documents in NASA’s archives showing her grandmother’s role as one of the “hidden human computers” working at Langley Research Center.
This time around, Harris is working on a series of books to teach elementary schoolkids about lesser known moments in black history.
Where are you most likely to come front-and-center with people of opposing political views?
“Where political diversity tends to exist in this country is not in neighborhoods, but in extended families,” said William Doherty, a professor of family social science at the University of Minnesota.
Lori Anderson spooned jollof rice and chicken into crockpots to keep it warm, and looked expectantly at the door. She was hoping for as many perfect strangers as possible.
On the first Thursday of every month, her Transformative Circle group hosts an open dinner for people in the northern suburbs. The point is to get them talking — across race, class and cultural divides — about much more than the weather.
Just two years ago, Halima Aden competed in the Miss Minnesota USA beauty pageant as a St. Cloud teen, becoming the first to wear a hijab and burkini in the contest.
Now, the Somali-American is a UNICEF ambassador and a trailblazing supermodel, landing on magazine covers like Allure and British Vogue and walking the runways in New York and Milan.
On Tuesday, Aden will be telling stories from her life onstage at Minneapolis’ Pantages Theatre as part of an event called “Together Live.”
Megan and Michael Flynn used to dread bedtime. Every night, the Edina couple spent two stressful hours putting their preschooler and toddler to bed. With help, they cut that time in half.
They did it by hiring a parent coach, who listened to them describe an average night and concluded they needed structure. Instead of caving into requests for book after book, they set a routine — and stuck to it.
“Nighttime routines are such a struggle for so many people,” said Megan Flynn, “and it was just ...
In an age of phone alerts, Google Calendars and Apple Watches, paper planner enthusiasts are embracing the old school arts of hand-lettering and calligraphy to organize their lives in a creative, analog way.
When Sarah Super saw the #MeToo posts start climbing into the millions, she was overwhelmed and excited all at once.
“I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh, it’s really finally happening,’ ” she said. “Breaking the silence has a ripple effect.”
Super, a Minneapolis yoga instructor, had experienced her own #MeToo moment of sorts two years earlier, when she talked publicly about being raped by her ex-boyfriend.