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Erica Pearson

Reporter | Features
Phone: 612-673-4726
Erica Pearson covers features for the Star Tribune, with mini-beat on women's issues. Before joining the Star Tribune, she spent more than a decade at the New York Daily News, where she was an assistant city desk editor. A Wisconsin native, she has covered everything from immigration to cops and courts to lifestyle news.
Recent content from Erica Pearson
Will Jakala at "Hamilton" camp: "It's so cool."

Summer camps capture 'Hamilton' mania for Minnesota kids

The hit musical "Hamilton" has lots of young fans. Popular day camps are giving Minnesota kids a chance to sing and dance along.
Twin Cities public health advocate Amira Adawe at KALY Radio in Minneapolis, where she hosts the popular show “Beauty-Wellness Talk.”

Twin Cities radio host aims to 'redefine' how we think about skin color and beauty

Somali-American public health advocate promotes appreciation of dark skin.
Members of Edina cub scout pack 168 are among the first girls in the country to be scouts -- and they are holding their first campout, at Lake Auburn

Minnesota girls find out what it's like to be the first to join boys in Cub Scouts

The first Minnesota girls to join Cub Scouts are going to campouts and pack meetings as a 108-year-old organization bets on change.
Hundreds of people pay to get an e-mail from Stephanie A. Meyer each week outlining a menu, grocery list and recipes for a week of meals good for thos

For Minnesota's 'batch cooking boss,' food can be medicine that actually tastes good

Minneapolis foodie Stephanie A. Meyer has found a following serving up paleo-friendly menus.
Time to get back on schedule.

8 hacks to get your kids ready for school in the morning

Parents share their tips to get kids moving in the morning and back on schedule.
Minnesota State Fair Mounted Patrol member Steve Roberts, atop his 14-year-old bay quarter horse, Hickory, guided animal trailers into the fairgrounds

State Fair Mounted Patrol is part petting zoo, part crowd control

Members bring their own horses and put in 13-hour days during the fair's run.
A Midway ride was the setting for these selfie-taking fairgoers in 2014.

From 'official selfie spots' to animal photobombs, fairgoers snap and share

For some, the biggest challenge is finding a fresh way to capture Minnesota's "photogenic" get-together.
Milo Thompson held tight to the zip line while his friend sprayed him with a hose at the adventure playground at Leonardo's Basement.

New kids' playground in Minneapolis boasts power tools, saws, old rusty Honda

At this "adventure playground," some parents see danger. Kids just see fun.
Joe Soucheray and Patrick Reusse.

KSTP radio axes Soucheray, Reusse after 35 years on the air

Reusse, who writes a sports column for the Star Tribune, shared the news via Twitter on Friday. Soucheray is a Pioneer Press columnist.
Josie Jennings, left, got help from macramé aficionado and “lifestyle icon” Emily Katz of Portland during a class Katz recently taught in Minneap

Macramé makes comeback in Minnesota: 'It's meditative and very creative'

The craft that once filled homes with owls and plant hangers has a modern twist.
Rudolphs Bar-B-Que is closing after 43 years.

After 43 years, Rudolph's Bar-B-Que closes in south Minneapolis

The rib joint was famous for feeding Prince when he lived around the corner.
Maria Wasserle looks up at a mature hackberry tree, which produces edible berries

Minnesota foragers find food in the wild: 'I love stinging nettle'

As laws are relaxed, more Minnesotans are foraging in parks for edible wild plants.
A parade in downtown Hallock, Minn., in the 1960s.

Small Minnesota towns turn to branding agencies to 'save' their cities

Small towns such as Hallock, Minn., are developing their own "brands" in hopes of luring visitors and locals who have left.
Erika Larson checked out at the Wedge Community Co-op in Minneapolis. Larson is a zero waster. When she shops for food, she buys in bulk, brings a reu

Twin Cities 'zero wasters' go to extremes to keep trash from local landfills

To cut down on garbage, local "zero wasters" are changing everything from how they shop to what they eat.
Red Wing Shoes moved its World’s Largest Boot, a replica of its popular 877 model, to its downtown Red Wing flagship store in 2009.

Red Wing and Chisago City are two road trips for shoe lovers

Drive, don't walk, to the Minnesota hometowns of Red Wing boots and Sven Clogs.
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