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Katy Read

Reporter | Carver and western Hennepin Counties
Phone: 612-673-4583
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Katy Read is a reporter covering Carver County and western Hennepin County. She has also covered aging, workplace issues and other topics for the Star Tribune. She was previously a reporter at the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, La., and the Duluth News-Tribune.

Read has also written for Salon, Real Simple, Working Mother, Minnesota Monthly, the Chicago Sun-Times, The Toronto Globe and Mail and other publications. Her essays have been published in several anthologies including "Fearless Confessions: A Writer's Guide to Memoir." She has won a Minnesota State Arts Board grant and multiple literary awards, as well as four fellowships for journalists on aging. She is a Minnetonka native and a University of Minnesota graduate. Her most exciting hobbies include working (very slowly) on a memoir, cruising the internet and walking her dog.
Recent content from Katy Read
Attendees at the community dinner Tuesday in Chaska participated in exercises to mingle and see each other in new ways.

In Chaska, a community dinner helps residents see past dividing lines of race and age

The gathering of 220 residents was designed to foster relationships after a series of race-related incidents.
East Union Elementary students watched a test tube change colors during an experiment making acid using dry ice in 2012. The school district is planni

East Carver officials plan to close tiny rural school after failed referendum

Failed Eastern Carver referendum meant cuts, but residents didn't expect closing of tiny East Union.
Waseca Officer Arik Matson

'Great strides' for Waseca police officer recovering from shooting

Arik Matson was able to walk almost 50 feet with therapists' assistance, his family said.

Deephaven officials deny mental health nursing home's relocation

The city let the plan die after residents protested, citing the need for a precedent-setting zoning waiver.
Kindergarten students from Xin Xing School in Hopkins wore hats with ears to celebrate the Year of the Rat in the rotunda at Mall of America. From lef

Amid colorful celebration at Mall of America, some worry about coronavirus spreading in China

Turnout was strong and the atmosphere was festive, but some attendees worried about their families' health and safety.

After vehement public debate, Plymouth won't join GreenStep Cities

The statewide program offers a list of actions that cities can take to improve their sustainability and environmental protection.

Bernard Coelho, Coon Rapids psychiatrist with an eye for detail, color, dies at 85

At age 18, Bernard Coelho began publishing photos in top national magazines in his native India — a noteworthy achievement for an experienced professional photographer,…
The inmate's letter to the Carver County sheriff.

Inmate's letter praising Carver County jail goes viral

The letter made national news after the Sheriff's Office posted it on social media.
Jason Arce, a driver with Galeana's Towing, worked to pull Tyler Freed's car from a ditch Saturday morning after it skidded off the road Friday night

Snowstorm was lighter than expected but still dangerous

A snowstorm that moved through Minnesota brought icy roads and high winds that prompted blizzard warnings in parts of the state. Bitter cold moved in following the storm and was causing trouble on the road Saturday night.
A woman tried to maneuver a cart filled with clothes up a an icy hill in Duluth in December.

Western Lake Superior communities under winter storm warning

In the metro area, light snow is likely Sunday evening and overnight.

Canby man, 81, killed in Yellow Medicine County crash involving semi

The State Patrol said the road was snowy and icy at the time of the crash.

Man dies in Crow Wing County jail

A 39-year-old man died while in custody in the Crow Wing County jail early Friday. “Life-saving measures were unsuccessful,” the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office…

Chaska apartments part of effort to help homeless veterans

Project is part of statewide effort to house 300 or more homeless vets.
For those without access to a sleigh, such as the reindeer at Como Park Zoo, Delta Air Lines is offering travel waivers.

Delta offers travel waiver due to weekend storm in Midwest

A storm headed toward Minnesota is expected to bring some combination of snow, sleet and rain, but which will go where is still uncertain, especially around the Twin Cities.
A memorial for Firefighter Steve Boesl and Assistant Chief Curt Boesl at the Millerville Fire Hall.

Boy, 12, remains hospitalized after silo accident that killed his father and uncle

Alex Boesl, 12, was exposed to toxic silage gas on Saturday.

Four injured in two southern Minnesota crashes involving horses

A 12-year-old boy riding in a horse and buggy was reportedly critically injured.
For many Ugandan girls, these colorful outfits made by University of Minnesota design students are the first new pieces of clothing they’ve owned.

Ugandan orphans treasure clothing made just for them by U design students

Every year since the class began in 2012, they have sent clothes to Blue House Uganda, an orphanage for girls in a small Ugandan village founded by a U alumna.
The Minnehaha was recovered in 1980. Without a new home for storage and a launching point, it may not hit Lake Minnetonka waters next year.

Historic steamboat Minnehaha needs a new home

Property sale leaves the Minnehaha's future in doubt.

One killed, another injured in two-vehicle Minnetrista crash

One person was killed and another injured in a two-vehicle crash in Minnetrista on Friday night. The vehicles collided on County Road 92 about 8:45…
In this image from video, St. Paul firefighters fought a blaze in a commercial area in the1600 block of Red Rock Road in St. Paul.

Despite 70-foot flames, no one hurt in large St. Paul fire

Firefighters were called to the scene about 12:30 a.m.
Patricia May

Patricia May, foreign language translator in tune with mastering new skills, dies at 69

Many people would be proud to possess even one or two of the skills Patricia Jolene May somehow found the time to master. She spoke…
Judge Shereen Askalani smiled as she held 15-month-old Charlotte and her twin brother Titus after they were adopted by Jenny, right, and Cullen Hall,

Family takes toddler twins in stride at Hennepin County adoption event

Fourteen families adopted 22 children at this year's annual Hennepin County adoption event.

Carver County residents oppose gravel pit expansion

Panel gives preliminary approval, saying the mine owners have rights too.
More than 50 adults and children threw up their hands and cheered as they prepared to make their surprise entrance at a benefit for Cheri Ventrucci, w

These Minnesota party crashers are invited to stir up fun

BenefitCrashers pop in on fundraising gatherings to buoy people facing tough times.
Ethan Anderson 10, and his mother, Fransiska, of Eden Prairie listened as Susan Ross, a registered nurse and clinical adviser for the Minnesota Depart

Asthma experts offer information for Minnesota youth coaches and athletes

Managing the ailment is key, health educators say at information-sharing session.
Clarissa Walker, shown in 1999.

Six-block stretches of two Minneapolis streets renamed for pioneering black women

Community leader Clarissa Rogers Walker and publisher Launa Q. Newman honored.
Peter Kizilos-Clift and Pam Koenig on the wraparound porch of the Excelsior house they hope to preserve.

Excelsior argues over designating house as historic against owners' wishes

Owners win fight to demolish, rather than save, century-old cottage house.
Craig Hill of Mound shops at Westonka Food Shelf. Hill said several heart attacks and the associated medical costs impacted his financial security.

Mound area food shelf marks 50 years: 'This is a very warm, welcoming place'

One of the oldest food shelves in the country, Westonka fills a need for nourishment in the far western metro area.

A little snow causes a big mess, with more than 100 crashes on Minn. roads

Crashes and spinouts were frequent, but no fatalities or serious injuries were reported.
The Lafayette Club dining room in 1963.

Minnesota ghosts are mostly Minnesota nice

Seeking scary stories? Maybe look elsewhere.
Director of Equity and Inclusion Keith Brooks, center, talked to parents in July about Eastern Carver County Schools’ equity work. Those efforts are

Eastern Carver County Schools' equity efforts become part of levy battle

Eastern Carver County Schools officials say fund request is a separate issue.

Duluth man, dog found dead, spurring officials to issue carbon monoxide safety reminders

The dangerous gas kills 14 Minnesotans a year, on average.
Jackson Pfister (Prep Baseball Report photo)

Esko High School football player dies after collapsing during game

Police say the 15-year-old had a serious medical condition.
Anti-Trump Willy Jenkins, left, and Trump supporter Chris Windego, right, gave each other a hug as they waited outside the Target Center in preparatio

Outside Trump's Minneapolis rally, some tried to bridge bitter divide

Between the raised middle fingers, the burning banner and the bellowing bullhorns came a few friendly moments.
Close to 50 Minnesota jurisdictions — including Minneapolis and Hennepin County — have passed ordinances on tobacco use.

St. Anthony raises tobacco sales age to 21, and Golden Valley and St. Paul looking to consider it

Close to 50 Minnesota jurisdictions — including Minneapolis and Hennepin County — have passed similar ordinances.
The Seward Concert Band played along West River Parkway between 17 and 18 mile marker during the Twin Cities Marathon in 2018. GLEN STUBBE •

Good running weather for this morning's Twin Cities Marathon

Some related events were canceled Saturday due to concerns about lightning.
Jack Weber drove his wheat combine on his field. The wheat doesn't bring much cash but it does improve the health of his soil.
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Is Minnesota part of the Midwest? Should it be?

Sure, it's roughly in the middle of the country, but some think of the Midwest as more than a location.

Boy critical but stable after three-story fall in Minneapolis

Foul play is not suspected, police say.
Burhan Elmi, co-owner of the cafe, left, chatted with John Torgeson, right, who works in emergency glass services, who had come to measure the windows

Seward neighborhood vandalism suspect is released, but could still be charged

Suspects can't be held more than 36 hours without formal charges, police said.
St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth.

Nurses, Duluth hospital reach tentative contract agreement

The nurses will vote on the contract Wednesday.
The new course will be on the site of Chaska Par 30, a standard nine-hole course operated by the city of Chaska.

Chaska to build public golf course that welcomes everyone

Renovated site will serve lower-income golfers, those with disabilities.
A new development in Victoria will provide homes for people with disabilities and people 55 and older.

New apartments in Victoria will house people with disabilities and older adults

Complex will offer common areas to help reduce social isolation.
Irwin Jacobs' Lake Minnetonka home.

Jacobs estate sale called off after daughter obtains restraining order

The gallery handling the sale cited "unforeseen family circumstances."
Excelsior, a former resort town on Lake Minnetonka, has century-old summer cottages and houses from every era since — and home values are spiking.

Excelsior grapples with identity amid boom of new construction

The Lake Minnetonka city likes its small-town feel but knows you can't always get what you want.

Two found dead in New Brighton

Emergency dispatchers told officers that the caller's husband had threatened to kill his daughter.
Archaeologist Kelly Wolf, left, with Blondo Consulting, took photos and notes as contractors used heavy machinery to dig up a trail on Coney Island of

Old ruins, ancient artifacts unearthed at Waconia park land

As Lake Waconia Regional Park takes shape, archaeologists unearth chips of pottery as well as weapons.

Carver County to open mental-health crisis facility

Renovated building will fill a gap between mobile help and a hospital ER.
Aaron Rapport and Joyce Heckman

Minnesota couple, inseparable in life, die within weeks of each other

They were one of those couples to whom the romantic clichés — made for each other, soul mates, love at first sight — seemed to…
MAGA presidential hats and T-shirts for sale at the Republican Party booth Thursday at the Minnesota State Fair.

GOP says volunteer was groped at Minnesota State Fair booth

The Minnesota Republican Party said Saturday that a woman volunteering at the party's booth at the State Fair was sexually assaulted by another woman Friday…
Isak Aden was killed during a standoff with police in Eagan on July 2. The response included officers from Bloomington.

Activist sues Bloomington police for social media blocking

Noah McCourt is suing because Sumaya Aden said she was blocked from the Bloomington police Twitter account after her brother was shot and killed.
Carver's new City Hall is set to open Aug. 26.

In Carver, the new City Hall has an old-fashioned look

Officials, residents wanted building to be at home in their historic downtown.
Avery and her sister Katilyn, of Victoria, checked out a pink Thunderbird during Classic Car Night in downtown Victoria.

Carver County booms with newcomers seeking rural charm

The fastest-growing county in the state is still mostly farmland, quaint downtowns
Local residents stopped by to chat while St. Louis Park City Council Member Margaret Rog, left, held office hours Saturday in a parklet in the city.

St. Louis Park tries out a parklet

Supporters hope the popular seating spaces will enliven streets, improve walkability and build community.
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Girl Scouts safe after adventure in dark and stormy BWCA

Lightning strike near Chicago-area teens' tents led to alarm, then adventure.
Shorewood Landing Activities Director Nadia Smith placed a virtual reality system onto memory-care resident Cleone Foste for a session Tuesday.

Virtual reality lets seniors travel without leaving home

VR technology engages memory-care patients as entertainment and therapy.
The property to be sold is a parcel south of W. 82nd Street in Chaska, across the road from the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum to the south.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska to sell 52-acre parcel to private party

An individual plans to build a house on the lot.
Crave rooftop patio in downtown Minneapolis, pictured in this file photo.

Two wounded in shooting at Crave in downtown Minneapolis

Gunfire broke out on the rooftop of a Hennepin Avenue restaurant about 2 a.m. Saturday.
Hennepin County Public Health is trying to pin down the source of an outbreak that began over the holiday weekend.

Hennepin County: More than 170 report getting sick after boating near Big Island

Excelsior Beach remained closed for unrelated reasons, but the rest of the lake is open as usual, officials said.
Christa Surerus

Hopkins mental health clinic offers same day and walk-in therapy

Birch Counseling aims to reach patients who are in the midst of emotional unrest.

Chaska beach reopens after E. coli tests showed it safe

Water-quality tests on Thursday showed E. coli bacteria levels had dropped to a safe one for swimming, the city said in a statement.
Boaters took to the water as the sun set on Lake Minnetonka Tuesday, July 2, 2019 in Excelsior, MN. Hennepin County epidemiologists were continuing to

Sickness hits 116 boaters after Lake Minnetonka July 4th outing

The boaters reported having been at Big Island during the holiday weekend and have since experienced vomiting and/or multiple episodes of diarrhea. The Minnesota Department of Health is working to help determine the cause.
Boaters took to the water as the sun set on Lake Minnetonka Tuesday, July 2, 2019 in Excelsior, MN. Hennepin County epidemiologists were continuing to

Hunt is on for what sickened 30 Lake Minnetonka boaters

Public beaches in Excelsior and across the Twin Cities are closed due to bacteria, as authorities work to find what sickened boaters who were at Lake Minnetonka's Big Island over the July 4th weekend.

Hennepin County inspectors do annual safety check at more than 500 pools and beaches

Concern rises this year after CDC report on rise of pool-borne illness "crypto."
Colleagues and public safety officers saluted Friday as Deb Schott's body was moved to a funeral home. She was killed in the crash of an air ambulance

Pilot killed in Brainerd crash was father of 4, Minnesota native

Tim McDonald and Deb Schott died at the scene.
Kelly Harris, of Mound, left, stood with his sister, Karly Boll, of Minneapolis, as they stopped by Spoonbridge Cherry on Saturday while visiting Prid

Minneapolis Pride Festival attendees celebrate 50 years of progress

Many have seen dramatic social change, but caution prejudice hasn't disappeared entirely.

Tonka Bay City Council approves apartment and townhouse complex

Residents said they worry about more traffic on the already-clogged road.
Florence Olson

Florence Olson of Chaska, early recycling advocate, dies at 83

Olson was active as a volunteer for decades and served on Chaska's Planning Commission, as well as the City Council.
At the downtown Minneapolis Target store, lines slowly inched forward Saturday after the retailer reported problems with its cash registers.

Target checkout systems back up after hourslong outage Saturday

Long lines formed as Saturday shopping outings slowed to a snail's pace. Even after the retailer said the problem was fixed, shoppers reported delays.
In a 2018 purchase agreement with Lennar, Prince's heirs had requested that the development not include references to Prince. However, the current pro

Paisley Parkway? Streets names pay tribute on Prince's former property

Street names to honor Prince in development on land once owned by late star
This year's commemorative art is a photo by R.J. Kern.

Portrait of champion livestock is this year's Minnesota State Fair highlighted art

For the first time, official artwork is a photograph.
The water in Lake Waconia is clear -- but only because the lake is infested with zebra mussels, an invasive species.

In Met Council study, Carver County has most dirty lakes but also clean ones

Water quality can differ even in close proximity, Met Council study finds.
Ken and Gail James, a retired couple who live in Richfield, entered a national contest and won their own life-sized replica version of the Iron Throne

Who won the Iron Throne? A retired Richfield couple

Ken and Gail Janes were chosen randomly from among 65,000 entrants to win a life-size duplicate of the prize from "Game of Thrones."
Jina Penn-Tracy, who said she was abused at Children’s Theatre in the 1980s, joined a protest outside the theater Saturday.

Children's Theatre protesters describe a long trail of damage

Theater's apology was too little, too late, say abuse survivors and their allies.

Chaska ordered to allow Waconia man to access its social media accounts

His critical comments about city's police, its chief led to his being blocked.
Glenn Gordon

Glenn Gordon, furniture craftsman and writer, dies at 76

Glenn Gordon never achieved fame or fortune, despite being exceptionally talented in multiple fields. But friends say he seemed OK with that. “He never had…