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Karen Lundegaard

Team leader | Regional editor
phone: 612-673-4151
Karen heads a team of reporters who canvass the state and the Upper Midwest in search of news and stories about who we are and how that’s changing. She joined the Star Tribune in 2006 after 13 years as a reporter, the bulk of that with the Wall Street Journal in Detroit and Atlanta. She has a masters in journalism from Northwestern University and a BA in anthropology from Macalester College.
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Importance of vacation becomes clear when a child's schedule prohibits one

Importance of vacation becomes clear when a child's schedule prohibits one

For families with children committed to sports or the arts, the prospects of a long stretch with no spring skiing or spring break trip can be hard to take.
In Pequot Lakes, Clamshell Beach for group vacations

In Pequot Lakes, Clamshell Beach for group vacations

Our friends arrived before we did, so the beer was cold. They’d brought burgers and brats for dinner and requested from the resort that a…
Taking a "hawk walk” in Ireland

Taking a "hawk walk” in Ireland

During a “hawk walk” at a country castle, visitors learn the ancient art of falconry.
In Los Angeles, studio tours are the real stars

In Los Angeles, studio tours are the real stars

When a movie-obsessed family goes to Los Angeles, studio tours and their art of fakery are the real stars.
Becoming an outdoor family

Becoming an outdoor family

One family journeys from surviving winter to embracing it, thanks to a program organized through the Department of Natural Resources.
The big deal vacation

The big deal vacation

Group coupon sites turned a first-time trip to the Boundary Waters (plus a relaxing pause at Lutsen Resort) into a half-price but wholehearted family getaway.

Lenders Gone Wild

The collapse in real estate values is taking a toll on Minnesota’s small banks and credit unions. Regulators have seized and closed two banks since 2008, with dozens on a secret watch list - and banking officials say more will fail. That could have big implications for Minnesota’s economy.
Buyer CSM has plans for Lockheed site

Buyer CSM has plans for Lockheed site

The local developer wants to redevelop much of the site, possibly with retail, restaurants and an expanded data center.

Special Project: Out of work

Minnesota employers slashed jobs at an astonishing rate last year, scrambling to adjust to a recession that looks to be both deep and long. Over the coming weeks, these five MInnesotans who lost jobs will update readers on their lives.

Regis misses in second quarter

Hair salon company Regis Corp. posted disappointing second-quarter results Wednesday, blaming a slow November and bad weather in December as it missed analysts' earnings estimates.
A quick cycle for appliance rebates

A quick cycle for appliance rebates

There's no money left in the state-run program for consumers who buy greener appliances.
Black Friday: A shopping happening

Black Friday: A shopping happening

In a year of tight budgets, Black Friday bargain-hunting was a necessity, as well as an event.

Carlson sells marketing business for $175 million

Carlson Companies CEO Hubert Joly has frequently referred to Carlson Marketing as "the roots of the company," and with good reason.

Opus East files for liquidation

Tight credit markets and a tough commercial real estate market continue to damage the nationwide developer.

Costlier feed and fuel push Hormel to lower outlook

Rising prices finally caught up with the Austin-based producer of Spam, Jennie-O and other food.
What will we drive tomorrow?

What will we drive tomorrow?

We asked the Big Five automakers - GM, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota and Honda - what the future holds for the fuel efficiency of their vehicles.

Megamall pads its résumé, adding 9 tenants

With Minneapolis and St. Paul struggling to keep retailers downtown, the Mall of America solidified its place as Minnesota's retail hot spot Friday, announcing nine new tenants -- most of them new stores to the area.
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