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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, Pearson has covered everything from immigration to cops and courts to lifestyle news.
Recent content from Erica Pearson
Heather Whelpley, an imposter syndrome coach, says Minnesotans’ culture of humility can add to the obstacles associated with impostor syndrome.

With classes, coaching, Twin Cities women tackle impostor syndrome

Twin Cities women — and men — are learning to identify and hopefully fight impostor syndrome.
Sheila O'Connor

Grandma's six-year sentence for teen pregnancy in 1930s inspired Edina author's latest book

Hamline professor uncovers the story of young women who were incarcerated for being pregnant.
Nic Sabatke, left, with his daughter Mae, 1, and son Anders, 3, at a Twin Cities Dads playgroup at Omni Brewing with Keith Nagel and his son Sawyer, 3

'You just have to own it': Twin Cities area stay-at-home dads seek community

Stay-at-home Twin Cities area fathers are banding together to build awareness, gain acceptance and have a little fun.
“I’m hoping I can get 150 slimes ready to go,” said Lucy Keepper.

Twin Cities teen to host Slimesota, a Minnesota festival for slime lovers

The meetup, organized by a 14-year-old, is all about making, buying, selling and trading the gooey DIY toy.
Hamline University senior Anissa Mench rifled through cords and cables during the school’s “free store” event outside Bush Memorial Library.

Cheaper, more sustainable dorm decor: Twin Cities colleges set up free stores and swaps

On-campus reuse stores help students outfit their dorms and make colleges more sustainable.
Canada geese took off from the water near Pine Creek Dike as the sun fell on the Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin.

Birdspotting along the Mississippi flyway

Fall brings vibrant foliage and thousands of migrating birds to a refuge in Trempealeau, Wis.
A kitten took a break while being fed formula with a syringe and rubber nipple by a Bitty Kitty Brigade volunteer.

Twin Cities' Bitty Kitty Brigade steps in to save the tiniest, neediest kittens

Bitty Kitty Brigade volunteers care for neonatal cats too small and vulnerable for traditional shelters.
Bryan Enloe and his wife Jennie Enloe laughed as they watch their sons play in the Hideaway Speakeasy.

White Bear Lake family trades home for life traveling to fairs around U.S.

In January, the Enloes began driving the country, selling pizza at fairs and livestock shows. Now they're home.
The Rev. Elizabeth Downing Heller

The Rev. Elizabeth Downing Heller, first woman pastor at Westminster Presbyterian, dies

The 92-year-old was an art lover who amassed an outsized collection of religious works that now fill the walls of her church.
Jim Segal is the third owner of Ax-Man Surplus in St. Paul; “there’s nothing like the Ax-Man,” he said.

'We still have the iron lung': Digging through the oddities at Ax-Man Surplus

The shop on University Avenue in St. Paul has supplied tinkerers, inventors and artists for more than half a century.
Polly West stands outside her A-frame pop-up camper at William O’Brien State Park.

Women RVers rally in Minnesota, with potluck, crafts and laughter

These local women are building community and getting comfortable in the driver's seat.
Children from the TowerLight Child Care Center helped Joan Johnson, from the TowerLight Memory Care Unit, water plants as part of their multigeneratio

Little kids and 'grandfriends' get care under the same roof in St. Louis Park

When you put a preschool and a senior living facility together, kids gain skills while older adults gain purpose.
Savanna Pieper and Maria Donnay met Lindsey Stupica in an underwater tunnel while Stupica swam in a saltwater tank at SeaQuest.

A day in the life of a mermaid at the Rosedale mall

Blowing underwater kisses, communing with sting rays and making magic happen is part of the job for a professional mermaid.
Podcaster Molly May MacMahon, fashion Instagrammer Paxyshia Yang and Gabrielle Hruska, owner of Real Life Coffee and Yoga are at the forefront of the

These Twin Cities women are propelling the body positivity movement

The Twin Cities has become a nexus for the body positivity movement, with plus-size pool parties, adventure camps and yoga classes.
Dr. Leslie Reed examines a wood turtle that was hit by a car. Shell repair is among her specialties.

This Minnesota wildlife vet can fix turtle shells, opossum toothaches and more

Dr. Leslie Reed has created a dentistry practice, cultivated a specialty in turtle shell repair and built a training program at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota.

End of school year can be start of 'summertime anxiety' for some kids

To adults, the summer break seems ideal, but it can be unsettling for kids. Here's how to identify and deal with summer anxiety.
Brynnie Rowberg

U.S. Foreign Service trailblazer Brynhild Rowberg dies at 101

Decades after she retired from the foreign service, even after her 100th birthday had come and gone, Brynhild (Brynnie) Rowberg stayed up to date on…
Minneapolis art therapist and vintage seller Lauren Callis Erickson with several examples of her "visible mending" handiwork.

Thrifty Minnesotans turn worn-out clothes into 'ethical' works of art with 'visible mending'

Artsy, thrifty "visible mending" movement encourages folks to repair clothes by hand.
Nicki Eisenrich of Minneapolis was happy to get a high score as she played a "Ghostbusters" machine during the women's pinball tournament at TILT in M

Twin Cities' lady pinball wizards create own space in a male-dominated scene

Women are working to build a supportive community as pastime regains popularity.
No Visible Bruises by Rachel Louise Snyder

REVIEW: 'No Visible Bruises,' by Rachel Louise Snyder

NONFICTION: Award-winning book exposes the myths of domestic violence through moving in-depth portraits.
Photos provided by Open Door Minneapolis

Get an insider's look at 115 spaces during Minneapolis' new Doors Open festival

A weekend-long event celebrating architecture and civic pride comes to Minneapolis May 18-19.
National Screen-Free Week starts Monday.

Can you go a week without using a screen? Try this digital detox

A Twin Cities dad is challenging families to pledge to ditch devices for national Screen-Free Week.
A psychologist wants to make boyhood less dangerous for boys.

How do you raise your son to be a good man? Start with 'special time'

Connection is key to raising boys into good men, new book argues
430 Oak Grove, in Loring Park, is among the venues listed on the Doors Open website.

Couldn't volunteer for the Final Four? Doors Open Minneapolis needs you

Greeters will get a "front-of-the-line" pass during civic fest.
Dana Logan and Mady Lipkin, the team behind Minneapolis resale business Kollektiv, checked for treasure at Unique thrift store in New Hope.

Thrifting 101 with the Twin Cities' best 'treasure' hunters

A Marie Kondo-inspired increase in donated goods has "thrifters" teaching others the resale ropes.
Megan K. Stack
Photo by Paul Miller

Review: 'Women's Work: A Reckoning With Work and Home,' by Megan K. Stack

NONFICTION: A journalist explores the implications of hiring someone to help care for her kids so she can continue to work.
Wearables such as the Owlet Smart Sock can track heart rate and oxygen levels.

You can use tech to track your baby's every movement and milestone — but should you?

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 marshmallow pit's mallows are really made of foam at Candytopia in the Mall of America.

5 things to know about Candytopia, a sugary wonderland at Mall of America

A new pop-up installation at MOA is Instagram-worthy, but it isn't exactly cheap.
Rain and melting snow made for formidable puddles on roads Saturday in Excelsior.

More than 170 crashes reported as winter storm wreaked havoc Saturday

A winter storm warning was in effect until 1 p.m. Sunday for much of central, southern and western Minnesota, including the Twin Cities.
Alex West Steinman: “We have a lot of really awesome connections that happen out of this day, and I can’t wait to see what happens in Year 2."

Second annual FeMNist Day aims to give women economic empowerment

FeMNist Day aims to boost economic empowerment for women and nonbinary folks.
Manuel Melendez Jr., amateur boxer, printer, Frogtown champion

Manuel Melendez Jr., amateur boxer devoted to Frogtown, dies at 82

“Dynamite comes in small packages,” Manuel Melendez Jr. liked to tell his kids. That’s what the 5-foot-6 amateur boxer, printer and community activist would say…
Overwhelmingly, folks in the Star Tribune's 28-Day Sugar-Free Challenge said they found that going for a month without added sugar made them feel bett

What giving up added sugar gave us

28 days, 3,000 participants, no added sugar: Here are some lessons from the Star Tribune's 28-Day Sugar-Free Challenge.
Sugar free challenge. Fruit and vegetables and cookies. Photographed, on Monday, February 25, 2019. ] photos and cookies by RENEE JONES SCHNEIDER ¥ r

Thousands tackled our sugar-free challenge – and no one came out a loser

Here's how to move forward — and feel good about it — after the 28-Day Sugar-Free Challenge.
Monthlong sugar-free challenge Wednesday January 24, 2019 in Minneapolis, MN.] Jerry Holt •

So long, sugar: Join our 28-Day Sugar Free Challenge

Kick sugar to the curb with the Star Tribune's 28-day challenge.
"A close up shot of a pile of dried bluberries, cherries, cranberries, goji and raisins isolated on white."

We answer your top five FAQs about sugar and your health

Aren't dates sugar bombs? Is stevia ok?Many readers have been asking these and other excellent questions during our 28-Day Sugar-Free Challenge, as we work…
How did sweets end up symbolizing love, and what are the latest sugar-free trends for the holiday?

How to break up with sugar this Valentine's Day

On Valentine's Day, Americans revel in our love for candy. But some are saying no to their sweet tooth.
"That Sugar Film" director Damon Gameau.

Talking sweets with 'That Sugar Film' director

Filmmaker guzzled sugar for 60 days to test its impact.
While honey has more calories than table sugar, it also has some healthy nutrients that refined sugars don’t, such as antioxidants, amino acids and

Is honey any better for you than sugar?

A body processes fructose from sources such as honey and maple syrup just as it does fructose from regular table sugar.

Sugar by any other name is still as sweet: How to be a label detective

Sugar goes by many names. Here's how to avoid hidden added sugars in packaged food.
KDWB's Falen Bonsett.

Twin Cities women tackle adult bullying in 'Donut Mess With Us' event

Falen Bonsett, Sarah Edwards and other prominent women will share stories and take on trolls.
Hillary Frank

How to play 'What's on My Butt?' and other wisdom from the author of 'Weird Parenting Wins'

Advice by parents for parents acknowledges the frustration, stress and wacky joys of raising children.
Jamil Jan Kochai Photo by Jalil Kochai

Review: '99 Nights in Logar,' by Jamil Jan Kochai

FICTION: Funny, wise and magical debut novel pays homage to "1,001 Nights."

How do you Aufguss?

Aufguss basics What it is: A German sauna wellness ritual, with essential oils and a “sauna meister” guiding the experience and tending the heat. Where…
Steam emanated from the bodies of Tricia Sletten, standing center, and others fresh from the sauna during a cool-down on the roof of Minneapolis’ He

Twin Cities saunagoers heat up in intense German 'aufguss' wellness ritual

This sauna experience combines high heat (like a Finnish sauna) with lots of steam (like a Russian banya), with some aromatherapy mixed in.
One of the criteria that helped Seattle top the hygge list: more fireplaces.

Website's hygge tally ranks the Twin Cities third in coziness

Website's hygge tally ranks the Twin Cities third in the nation. How can that be?
The company Siskiyou Sungrown offers a variety of CBD products.

Cannabis for Christmas? In Minnesota, CBD products are hot this holiday

CBD, a cannabis compound, is in everything from gumdrops to bath bombs.
Add these five toys from Minnesota makers to your holiday list

Add these five toys from Minnesota makers to your holiday list

From plush dolls to craft kits, give the gift of a locally-made toy this year.
A small town nestled in the foothills of the Himalayans. iStock

Review: "All the Lives We Never Lived," by Anuradha Roy

FICTION: A man looks back on his childhood, trying to understand why his mother fled the family.
Twin Cities designer Cori Taylor modeled an item from her athleticwear line, CoriTaylorMN. “I carry around, like, 11 tubes of ChapStick with me all

More designers challenge 'pocket inequality' in women's clothing

Tired of decorative rather than practical clothing, more women are demanding deep and plentiful pockets.
Macalester College Prof. Duchess Harris, shown at her Vadnais Heights home, is working on books for grades three to six that look at moments and figur

Macalester professor's new book puts #MeToo into context for kids

Duchess Harris' books address complicated and often overlooked issues.
Holiday gatherings can create a perfect storm of differences at the dinner table.

The dining room is the new battleground for Minnesotans with opposing political views

Family members are more likely than neighbors or co-workers to be political adversaries.
Anthony Mills, of Coon Rapids, shared a laugh with Coon Rapids Police Chief Brad Wise during November’s “Transformative Circle” discussion at th

Minnesota neighbors dish up dinner to bridge culture divides

Neighbors dish up dinner to spur conversations, in hopes of bridging race, class and cultural divides.
A baby girl played with a mobile device while riding a New York subway.

More pooped-out parents are paying for coaching

Help wanted in managing life's day-to-day struggles.
Jessica Chung, below, runs “Pretty Prints and Paper,” a blog dedicated to all things bullet journal, and teaches journaling and calligraphy classe

Bullet journals go mainstream as more people strive for an 'intentional life'

Once a cult craze, bullet journaling is now a global phenomenon as people use creative planning to deal with anxiety, attention disorders and organizational challenges.
KJ Dell'Antonia, author of "How to Be a Happier Parent."

Loving (almost) every minute: How to be a happier parent

Here's one author's plan for loving (almost) every minute.
Top row: Sarah Super, Nicole Matthews, Teri Walker McLaughlin. Bottom row: Katie Eichele, Alex West Steinman, Saanii Hernandez.

Local women sound off on future of #MeToo: 'Get past Minnesota Nice'

One year after the #MeToo era began, Minnesota women are still making their voices heard.
Letter board signs are replacing once-trendy chalkboards.

Move over, chalkboards – old-school felt letter boards are suddenly everywhere

Felt letter boards are replacing chalkboards to mark milestones and add ever-changing inspirational quotes to your Instagram photos.
Guests at Tettegouche Camp can use canoes to explore pristine Mic Mac Lake.

Tettegouche cabins on North Shore are secluded, historic and only reachable on foot

The whole family will enjoy these rustic cabins — but first you have to earn it.
As darkness fell, Andrea Goldberg finished up carving a giant pumpkin.

5,000 carved Halloween pumpkins light up Minnesota Zoo for first time

The gourds will be glimmering from within by LED lights every night through Halloween as part of the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular.
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.