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Jenna Ross

Reporter | Arts and Culture
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Jenna Ross is an arts and culture reporter. Before joining the Star Tribune's arts and entertainment team, she covered regional and breaking news as an enterprise reporter, spotting emerging issues and intriguing characters. Her favorite stories on that beat seemed to involve big lakes: the winter surfing scene on Lake Superior, the longtime teacher at a one-room schoolhouse on Lake of the Woods. She has also covered higher education and suburban news for the newspaper.
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Can Minnesota protect its cultural resources from D.C. politics? Arts leaders weigh in

Can Minnesota protect its cultural resources from D.C. politics? Arts leaders weigh in

Minnesota leaders traded thoughts on protecting the state's cultural resources at the second Star Tribune Arts Forum.
For women, 'The Handmaid's Tale' is a terrifying warning

For women, 'The Handmaid's Tale' is a terrifying warning

A new TV series adapts Margaret Atwood's novel, with its warning about the dangers of "traditional values."
Minnesota laundromat has thousands of dolls staring from the ceiling

Minnesota laundromat has thousands of dolls staring from the ceiling

At eye level, it's just another laundromat. The only one in the small, historically Norwegian city of Spring Grove, Minn. But look up, and faces stare back.
Ann Marie Hanrahan, 3M attorney who championed legal rights for foster children, dies at 58

Ann Marie Hanrahan, 3M attorney who championed legal rights for foster children, dies at 58

Ann Marie Hanrahan was busy, first as a partner at a Minneapolis law firm, then as a vice president at 3M. But the attorney always…
Your favorite Minnesota musicians say 'Hallelujah!' for paid church gigs

Your favorite Minnesota musicians say 'Hallelujah!' for paid church gigs

How do Minnesota musicians spend their Sundays? For many, it's the week's most important workday.
Musical memorial pays tribute to Minnesota conductor Stanislaw Skrowaczewski

Musical memorial pays tribute to Minnesota conductor Stanislaw Skrowaczewski

Fellow classical musicians remember the conductor's contributions to music and culture remembered in an emotional gathering.
Black comedian crusades to diversify the Twin Cities improv scene

Black comedian crusades to diversify the Twin Cities improv scene

The Black and Funny fest showcases a new diversity on the local scene.
Trump anxiety hits Minnesota arts groups, leaders

Trump anxiety hits Minnesota arts groups, leaders

Proposal to cut NEA funding would have big impact in the state.
Interracial families are focus of buzzworthy painter's new Minneapolis show

Interracial families are focus of buzzworthy painter's new Minneapolis show

In a new exhibit, artist Leslie Barlow uses a surprising mix of paints to depict interracial couples and families.
Minnesota musical giant Stanislaw Skrowaczewski dead at 93

Minnesota musical giant Stanislaw Skrowaczewski dead at 93

Polish emigre became the dean of Minnesota's classical music scene, leading the Minnesota Orchestra for two decades.
Almost 200 everyday flutists form a 'flute force' for SPCO concert

Almost 200 everyday flutists form a 'flute force' for SPCO concert

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra is pairing a superstar flutist with nearly 200 community flutists for an unusual concert.
Baby, this one's for you: Teen moms write lullabies with help from Mpls. choral group

Baby, this one's for you: Teen moms write lullabies with help from Mpls. choral group

Writing songs gives moms a tool to calm and connect with their children.
What's bedtime like for Syrian refugee children? See the haunting photos at American Swedish Institute

What's bedtime like for Syrian refugee children? See the haunting photos at American Swedish Institute

To help people care about a complicated conflict, a Swedish photojournalist focused on child refugees at a vulnerable moment – as they tried to fall asleep.
Walker Art Center's top curator resigns for 'personal reasons'

Walker Art Center's top curator resigns for 'personal reasons'

A Walker spokeswoman declined to give a reason for Fionn Meade's departure, saying it's "his news to share."
Minnesota is playing a central role in Finland's centennial bash

Minnesota is playing a central role in Finland's centennial bash

"Finland 100" events will travel across the country, with two large festivals in Washington, D.C. But the U.S. celebration starts and ends in Minnesota,
Latest in memory care? Artists tap power of art in age of Alzheimer's

Latest in memory care? Artists tap power of art in age of Alzheimer's

Neurological disorders that attack memory and verbal communication can spare creativity, and in some cases can kick it into overdrive.
More bragging rights for Minnesota? We're 'above average' in nabbing federal arts grants

More bragging rights for Minnesota? We're 'above average' in nabbing federal arts grants

The state ranked sixth nationally in the latest round of NEA grants.
How movies became the latest concert craze for Minnesota Orchestra

How movies became the latest concert craze for Minnesota Orchestra

Orchestras across the country are banking on the popularity of film scores.
Hit shows helped Walker Art Center weather a year of construction

Hit shows helped Walker Art Center weather a year of construction

Despite renovation work, two crowd-pleasing exhibitions helped the organization balance its budget.
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra builds momentum with year of risk-taking

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra builds momentum with year of risk-taking

Bold moves helped the orchestra boost ticket sales, donations in 2016.
You've seen his art all over Minnesota; now meet the real Adam Turman

You've seen his art all over Minnesota; now meet the real Adam Turman

Adam Turman's murals and prints are ubiquitous. What's next for the state's most visible artist?
Minnesota Orchestra reports 'very promising' year with balanced budget

Minnesota Orchestra reports 'very promising' year with balanced budget

The organization got a boost from ticket sales and hall rentals as it continued recovering from its lockout.
Landscape Arboretum hosts colorful 'winter light' show

Landscape Arboretum hosts colorful 'winter light' show

This exhibition is no string of holiday lights. The colorful, luminescent show -- the first of its kind at the Landscape Arboretum -- is immersive and inventive.
Poliça starts 'new band' with Berlin orchestra for St. Paul concert

Poliça starts 'new band' with Berlin orchestra for St. Paul concert

A concert featuring music by Poliça and a Berlin-based orchestra is Liquid Music's most ambitious yet.
Walker tries to get it right with new 'front door' to sculpture garden

Walker tries to get it right with new 'front door' to sculpture garden

With a new lobby, restaurant and rooftop pavilion, Walker Art Center tries to fix what some people call a flawed design.
Young artists paint biracial families, tackle social issues at Northrup King Building

Young artists paint biracial families, tackle social issues at Northrup King Building

A younger generation brings fresh energy and talent to the 99-year-old northeast Minneapolis arts complex.
Somali hip-hop group brings anti-terrorism message to Minneapolis, St. Cloud

Somali hip-hop group brings anti-terrorism message to Minneapolis, St. Cloud

Somali hip-hop group Waayaha Cusub, known for its pro-peace lyrics, is working with Minnesota youths during a monthlong visit.
That's the ticket: Minnesota arts groups get creative to sell shows

That's the ticket: Minnesota arts groups get creative to sell shows

With sales in decline, performing arts groups have re-imagined the multi-show package.
Obituary: The Rev. Timothy Power, founding pastor of Pax Christi in Eden Prairie

Obituary: The Rev. Timothy Power, founding pastor of Pax Christi in Eden Prairie

The Rev. Tim Power didn’t lecture or teach. He didn’t quite preach. Instead, he told stories, expertly weaving them through the thousands of homilies he…
Sex parties, polyamory and porn: Minnesota native explores modern love in 'Future Sex'

Sex parties, polyamory and porn: Minnesota native explores modern love in 'Future Sex'

A Minnesota native personally investigates the rapidly evolving world of women's sexuality.
Largest U.S. exhibition of Cuban art in 70 years coming to Walker

Largest U.S. exhibition of Cuban art in 70 years coming to Walker

Arriving November 2017, "Adiós Utopia" boasts more than 100 works by dozens of artists — offering a complex portrait of life on the island since 1950.
Marilyn Carlson Nelson named chair-elect of Minnesota Orchestra board

Marilyn Carlson Nelson named chair-elect of Minnesota Orchestra board

The businesswoman has a long history with the orchestra, and even funded its trip to Cuba.
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra adds Francisco Fullana on principal violin

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra adds Francisco Fullana on principal violin

Fullana will split his duties with Kyu-Young Kim, the orchestra's artistic director and other principal violinist.
The final push to finding Jacob

The final push to finding Jacob

Blogger's quest and DNA clue reversed nearly three decades of false starts, missed opportunities, bad tips and dead ends.
Jared Scheierl gave voice to Jacob Wetterling, and new life to case

Jared Scheierl gave voice to Jacob Wetterling, and new life to case

"That day in court … there are no words for it," he said Thursday. "It was so long awaited, so necessary and so moving."
In court, loved ones confront awful truth of Jacob's last hours

In court, loved ones confront awful truth of Jacob's last hours

"On Oct. 22, 1989, did you kidnap, sexually assault and murder Jacob Wetterling?" Danny Heinrich's answer filled the federal courtroom in Minneapolis with tears and bitter questions.
Paynesville is reeling as search for answers is just beginning

Paynesville is reeling as search for answers is just beginning

As residents tried to make sense of the news, they wished that it might offer some closure to Jacob Wetterling's parents, Patty and Jerry, with whom they've worried and hoped for years.
Jacob Wetterling's remains found on a farm

Jacob Wetterling's remains found on a farm

Danny Heinrich, a suspect in Jacob's disappearance 27 years ago, provided authorities with information about the location.
Retired Minn. teacher's final assignment: Giving back his students' stories

Retired Minn. teacher's final assignment: Giving back his students' stories

Richard Roach retired from teaching 23 years ago, but he's still passing back "autobiographies" he assigned decades ago.
Hooks fly as Northfield debates downtown fishing ban

Hooks fly as Northfield debates downtown fishing ban

Pub owner wants to limit casting from Riverwalk; anglers push back
Obituary: Charles Wetherall, author, adventurer and a lot more, dies at 76

Obituary: Charles Wetherall, author, adventurer and a lot more, dies at 76

In 1979, a reporter had some fun with Charles Wetherall’s many careers: “He’s been a charter boat captain, photographer, writer, inventor, publisher, designer — and…

Police ID victim shot by elderly housemate in Northfield

"Initial information was that the shooting was related to an intruder in the home ... but that turned out not to be true," Police Chief Monte Nelson said.
Willmar cafe welcomes folks living with dementia

Willmar cafe welcomes folks living with dementia

New outstate 'memory cafe' modeled after Twin Cities gatherings.
Patty Wetterling brings clout to board working to prevent clergy abuse

Patty Wetterling brings clout to board working to prevent clergy abuse

She joins effort to prevent abuse by Catholic priests.
Soudan Mine lab faces uncertain future as it loses research projects

Soudan Mine lab faces uncertain future as it loses research projects

The lab's signature experiment — an enormous detector that captures glimpses of neutrinos fired at northeastern Minnesota from Illinois — recorded its final data in late June.
Obituary: Stephen Frank, St. Cloud State professor and pollster

Obituary: Stephen Frank, St. Cloud State professor and pollster

Professor Stephen Frank started the poll as a class project, a way for his students to understand research methods.Over the years, the St. Cloud State…
The Inadvertent Cafe is a hit, but who will keep lights on?

The Inadvertent Cafe is a hit, but who will keep lights on?

In small-town Clinton, Minn., the grant-funded eatery is nearing its four-year end date. Brent Olson never intended to run a small-town cafe.
Willmar mourns the drownings of two fourth-grade boys

Willmar mourns the drownings of two fourth-grade boys

Dozens of women crowded the homes of fourth-graders Ahmed Hashi and Idris Hussein, whose families live not far from one another in Willmar, to offer the families comfort and prayers.
'Person of interest' in Jacob Wetterling case won't get venue change for child-porn trial

'Person of interest' in Jacob Wetterling case won't get venue change for child-porn trial

Danny Heinrich's attorneys had sought the move for his federal trial.
Austin's Hormel Institute cancer research center expands again

Austin's Hormel Institute cancer research center expands again

Expansion at Austin facility will add jobs, accelerate cancer research
Prosecutors push back against request to move Danny Heinrich's trial from Minnesota

Prosecutors push back against request to move Danny Heinrich's trial from Minnesota

Court documents filed Wednesday outline similarities between Jacob Wetterling's abduction and a Cold Spring assault.
Smaller family resorts becoming a threatened Minnesota species

Smaller family resorts becoming a threatened Minnesota species

The loss of a summer tradition is lamented, even as one young Detroit Lakes family bucks the trend.
The cafe that never closes: Lange's Cafe in Pipestone sticks to tradition

The cafe that never closes: Lange's Cafe in Pipestone sticks to tradition

PIPESTONE, Minn. – The old glass door to Lange’s Cafe has been repaired, its hinges replaced. But not once in 55 years has it…
Danny Heinrich, 'person of interest' in Jacob Wetterling case, is sued by 1989 kidnapping victim

Danny Heinrich, 'person of interest' in Jacob Wetterling case, is sued by 1989 kidnapping victim

The suit, filed Wednesday in Stearns County District Court, claims that Danny Heinrich grabbed Jared Scheierl, forced him into his car and sexually assaulted him.
Wetterling 'person of interest' appears in court for hearing in child pornography case

Wetterling 'person of interest' appears in court for hearing in child pornography case

The pretrial hearing in Danny Heinrich's federal case focused on a search warrant.
'Person of interest' in Wetterling case wants child porn trial moved

'Person of interest' in Wetterling case wants child porn trial moved

Motions in child porn case to be heard Wednesday in Minneapolis federal court.
Linda Doebbert: Teacher, painter, artist

Linda Doebbert: Teacher, painter, artist

Linda Doebbert's soft paintings of cabins hang in many Detroit Lakes homes. Those commissions might have constituted her career. But Doebbert loved experimenting, pushing her…
Canning its old location, Austin's new Spam Museum opens

Canning its old location, Austin's new Spam Museum opens

It was relocated within Austin in an effort to boost local business.

Body found in Lake of the Woods 6 months after 3 boaters went missing

The discovery comes six months after three boaters went missing on the massive lake when their boat capsized. The bodies of two of the men were recovered last fall.
Mankato home of beloved Betsy-Tacy character on, off market

Mankato home of beloved Betsy-Tacy character on, off market

Neighborhood draws Maud Hart Lovelace fans from all over country

Lawsuit challenges ICE's detention of immigrant at Sherburne County jail

The case challenges ICE's "blanket" policy for holding immigrants.
Duluth tries out new tiny house for homeless

Duluth tries out new tiny house for homeless

A nonprofit developer has big plans for a 336-square-foot prototype

Fire tears through late 19th-century church in south-central Minnesota

No one was in the church at the time. Sanctuary is "a total loss," authorities said.
Surfers discover the icy appeal of Lake Superior's winter waves

Surfers discover the icy appeal of Lake Superior's winter waves

A good storm kicked up the big waves on Lake Superior's North Shore, drawing surfers in search of a chilly adventure.
Hundreds of bison bones in lake could reveal picture of early Minn.

Hundreds of bison bones in lake could reveal picture of early Minn.

A state archaeologist found that the number and condition of the bones found in an Alexandria lake hint at an American Indian gathering place — a bison kill site, hundreds or perhaps thousands of years old.
Detroit Lakes man discovers a new world walking every mile of Becker County's roads

Detroit Lakes man discovers a new world walking every mile of Becker County's roads

Lowell Deede trekked every public road, or 2,156 miles, in the northwestern county.
Bernie Sanders takes presidential campaign to Minnesota's Iron Range

Bernie Sanders takes presidential campaign to Minnesota's Iron Range

The candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination appeared at a rally in Hibbing Friday, saying 'if we can win here in Minnesota, we've got a real path to victory.'
Wetterling 'person of interest' pleads not guilty to porn charges

Wetterling 'person of interest' pleads not guilty to porn charges

Danny James Heinrich, in federal custody since October, faces 25 charges related to possessing and receiving child pornography.
Lake Pepin ice offers clues to start of shipping season, spring

Lake Pepin ice offers clues to start of shipping season, spring

For the first time this year, a team measured the ice thickness, stopping at 18 points in what many see as a truly Minnesotan sign of spring.
Fargo officer shot at domestic dispute dies hours later

Fargo officer shot at domestic dispute dies hours later

Jason Moszer was the first Fargo police officer to be killed on duty in 134 years. His suspected killer was found dead inside a home.

Minn. woman allegedly stole donations for missing boaters' families

Charges against the Baudette woman allege that she took funds intended for the families of three men who went missing on Lake of the Woods in October.
To save or raze? Austin debates future of power plant

To save or raze? Austin debates future of power plant

The old power plant that stands on the edge of the Cedar River here no longer cranks out electricity. The turbines were taken out years ago, the boilers broken down.
White Earth Band wants road signs to reflect Ojibwe language

White Earth Band wants road signs to reflect Ojibwe language

Becker County Board members want more details about a White Earth plan for bilingual signs

Victim identified in carbon monoxide death in Leech Lake fish house

Three others were sickened in an unventilated converted camper on Leech Lake.
Author and activist Robert Treuer dies at 89

Author and activist Robert Treuer dies at 89

The land was worth little. Robert Treuer bought it — 200 acres of barren, abandoned farmland near Bemidji, Minn. — in 1958 for about $2,000.He…
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