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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.
Recent content from Jenna Ross
Minnesota Opera commissions kid-friendly opera based on Kate DiCamillo bestseller

Minnesota Opera commissions kid-friendly opera based on Kate DiCamillo bestseller

It will also be the company's first new work composed by a woman.
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra quadruples young concertgoers in 2017 with help of free tickets

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra quadruples young concertgoers in 2017 with help of free tickets

Ticket revenue was steady during the past fiscal year, but the orchestra recorded impressive results from a program designed to lure young people.
For 100 years, public sauna has drawn Minnesotans to Ely — birthday suits optional

For 100 years, public sauna has drawn Minnesotans to Ely — birthday suits optional

One of the oldest public saunas in the state boasts hot steam, cold showers and good conversation.
Duluth's Lincoln Park neighborhood transformed by artisans, brewers, chefs

Duluth's Lincoln Park neighborhood transformed by artisans, brewers, chefs

The business district has experienced a makeover at the hands of makers.
Minnesota Orchestra board announces search for new CEO

Minnesota Orchestra board announces search for new CEO

Kevin Smith, leaving in August, announced third balanced budget in a row.
What will Olga Viso's legacy be? Her final year at the Walker was telling

What will Olga Viso's legacy be? Her final year at the Walker was telling

Her decade as director culminated in a momentous way, with shows on Cunningham and Cuba, the Sculpture Garden reopening — and "Scaffold," of course.
Amy Tan on new memoir: 'I want to know why I got damaged and why I'm glad'

Amy Tan on new memoir: 'I want to know why I got damaged and why I'm glad'

While writing her new memoir, the author uncovered dark family secrets. She also found the source of her need to write.
In regal portraits, Mpls. photographer portrays beauty, power of black lives

In regal portraits, Mpls. photographer portrays beauty, power of black lives

Bobby Rogers' first solo show nods to the Harlem Renaissance and a hit song by rap superstar Kendrick Lamar.
Russ Ringsak, longtime truck driver for 'Prairie Home Companion,' dies at 81

Russ Ringsak, longtime truck driver for 'Prairie Home Companion,' dies at 81

Garrison Keillor introduced Russ Ringsak to audiences as "our truck driver."
A negative-decibel chamber, the 'quietest place on Earth,' is in south Minneapolis

A negative-decibel chamber, the 'quietest place on Earth,' is in south Minneapolis

A lab dubbed the "quietest place on Earth" finds a purpose beyond testing products: healing humans.
Minnesotan makes cross-country trek to meet America's isolated rural artists

Minnesotan makes cross-country trek to meet America's isolated rural artists

Her goal: to better understand the disconnect, made clear by polls and voting maps, between folks in urban and rural areas.
Fergus Falls aims to be national model with thriving arts scene

Fergus Falls aims to be national model with thriving arts scene

The creative economy there attracts national grant money and shows a novel method for reinventing a city.
Top American Indian stylemaker's home base: a tiny N.D. town, pop. 29

Top American Indian stylemaker's home base: a tiny N.D. town, pop. 29

Jessica Metcalfe is one of the nation's most influential purveyors of American Indian fashion. And she does it all from a small Midwestern town.
Why this Minneapolis record shop owner stockpiles forgotten music

Why this Minneapolis record shop owner stockpiles forgotten music

This Minneapolis shop owner has three-quarters of a million records — and he's not done collecting yet.
Minnesota arts groups adapt to an unexpected dip in state funding

Minnesota arts groups adapt to an unexpected dip in state funding

Some of Minnesota's largest arts groups adapt to unexpected cuts in state funding.
As arts funding shifts, Twin Cities groups get creative to woo sponsors

As arts funding shifts, Twin Cities groups get creative to woo sponsors

As funding shifts, companies' marketing dollars are increasingly important to art institutions' bottom lines.
Minnesota Orchestra extends Osmo Vänskä's contract through 2022

Minnesota Orchestra extends Osmo Vänskä's contract through 2022

His current contract expires at the end of the 2018-19 season.
Artcrank peddled bike posters around world – now it marks 10 years in Mpls.

Artcrank peddled bike posters around world – now it marks 10 years in Mpls.

Artcrank's founder celebrates the 10th anniversary of his bike-inspired art show.
Rural Midwestern artists on cultural divide: 'We can save this world'

Rural Midwestern artists on cultural divide: 'We can save this world'

At the Rural Arts and Culture Summit, creatives explored their role as cultural translators.
Celebration prevails at Sculpture Garden opening, with nod to controversy

Celebration prevails at Sculpture Garden opening, with nod to controversy

All day, a steady stream of visitors celebrated the Sculpture Garden, a partnership between the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, with 17 new works from a new generation of artists, as well as old favorites in new spots. But a sculpture removed from the garden cast a shadow over Saturday's event.
Date and location set for Dakota elders to decide fate of 'Scaffold' wood

Date and location set for Dakota elders to decide fate of 'Scaffold' wood

Meeting of elders will be June 25 in Sisseton, S.D.
Walker director admits to pain of 'learning in public'

Walker director admits to pain of 'learning in public'

Sculpture may not be burned after all, Olga Viso says in one of her first interviews since the controversy erupted.
June 2017: 'I take full responsibility,' Viso says of 'Scaffold' controversy

June 2017: 'I take full responsibility,' Viso says of 'Scaffold' controversy

"We were always hoping to bring awareness" through the work but realized it could only be viewed "through the lens of trauma," says Olga Viso.
Why Dakota elders want to burn controversial 'Scaffold' sculpture

Why Dakota elders want to burn controversial 'Scaffold' sculpture

The decision, reached in agreement with the Dakota, also provokes questions and concerns, with some Minnesotans citing other moments in history when art was destroyed.
Minnesota designers fueling feminist T-shirt craze

Minnesota designers fueling feminist T-shirt craze

These Minnesota designers craft fashionable tees to support their favorite feminist causes.
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
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