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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
Krista Uderman and her daughter, Brooklyn, poured paint into a bucket for Nelson’s porch.

'Christmas' comes early for Chaska residents in need of home and lawn care

Christmas comes early to Carver County, as neighbors help neighbors with home repairs and lawn work.
The Section Foreman House sits on Lake Minnetonka. Dan Gustafson, a member of the Heritage Preservation Board, said there’s been an outpouring of su

Forgotten Wayzata building gets a chance at revival

The 117-year-old railroad foreman's house is tucked behind Starbucks in Wayzata.
An artist's rendering of the monument the Satanic Temple wanted to erect at Veterans Park in Belle Plaine.

Satanic Temple sues Belle Plaine over withdrawn permission for monument

City leaders have struggled to placate protesters while obeying the Constitution.
At a packed and emotionally charged school board meeting Monday, Superintendent Clint Christopher apologized for the district’s handling of previous

Parents angered by racist incidents at Eastern Carver County schools

Petition seeks ouster of high school principal, end to racist acts in Eastern Carver County district.
Goldfish, a carp native to Asia, feed on lake bottoms, stirring up plants and sediment, which can increase algae growth.

Thousands of invasive goldfish pack chain of Chaska lakes

Staffers with the Carver County Water Management Organization spotted the flashy fish this week while doing routine monitoring at Big Woods Lake.

DNR officer dies after falling from boat into lake near Pine City

The victim and a sheriff's deputy were conducting a search for a possible body in the water.
Boat traffic was heavy on Lake Minnetonka as daylight faded Friday, May 22, 2015, near Lord Fletcher's in Spring Park, MN.

Ice-out declared on Lake Minnetonka, close to normal date

Unlike 2018's record late date, this year's date was about average, officials said.
Mason Persons held up an outfit he made for the Pride festival. He ran away from his suburban home when he was 17 and now lives in a tiny Minneapolis

Suburban host homes let homeless youth stay in their communities

Even in wealthy suburbs, young people lack stable housing.
A birds-eye view of the proposed interpretive center for the Westwood Hills Nature Center in St. Louis Park.

St. Louis Park to start building $12M interpretive center

The new facility is expected to open in early 2020 at the Westwood Hills Nature Center.
Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda

Boy thrown over railing at Mall of America remains hospitalized

The 5-year-old boy, whose first name is Landen, "is still very much with us and fighting," a family friend said. The suspect, Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, is expected to be charged Monday with attempted murder.
A man walked through a snowy downtown Minneapolis on Wednesday night.

April snowstorm socks state again

The intense 48-hour snowstorm comes with high winds, leading to blizzard warnings. Minneapolis, St. Paul and many suburban school districts have called off classes today.
Guests explored the Ice Castle in Excelsior.

Ice Castles attraction brought parking fee windfall to Excelsior

It's still unclear whether the attraction will return next year.
David C. Prosser

Engineer and activist David Prosser dies at 94

On the spur of the moment, David C. Prosser spent $10,000 bailing out an activist he had never met. He wrote a self-help book and…

Magazine ranks Carver County 8th healthiest nationwide

Among the 500 counties the magazine listed as the country's healthiest, 43 are in Minnesota. Hennepin County was No. 414.

Man shot in neck, critically injured outside Myth Nightclub in Maplewood

The shooting occurred during a large fight outside the nightclub, where rappers Lil Baby and Blueface were performing.

Minnesota Court of Appeals OKs controversial solar garden in Carver County

The court reversed a decision denying a permit for the Carver County project.
A Minnesota Department of Transportation traffic camera at Hwy. 100 and 50th Street in Edina shows a standoff in progress.

St. Paul man surrenders after four-hour standoff in Edina that closed Hwy. 100

The 48-year-old had locked himself in his pickup after ramming a squad car.
The general concept for the as-yet unnamed park, to be built on land donated by developer Trammell Crow and High Street Residential, has received the

Minnetonka is planning a park in the Ridgedale parking lot

A corner of the Ridgedale parking lot in Minnetonka may become gardens, play areas and plaza with a stage.
Mia Olson of Bloomington came to the mosque to express her support for her Muslim neighbors.

Hundreds gather at Bloomington mosque to show support for Muslim Minnesotans

Attendees spoke of their determination to fight hate-laced ideologies.
The Dollys, a band from Minneapolis played for a full audience at Excelsior Brewing on Friday, Jan 25. On Monday, the brewery will host the Excelsior

Excelsior Brewing Company will host City Council meeting

City Council will host next meeting at local brewery.

Excelsior Fire Chief Scott Gerber leaving for Eden Prairie

Gerber, who has been chief of the Excelsior Fire District for 12 ½ years, will begin in Eden Prairie on April 1.
The Lennar Corp. has entered an option agreement to purchase 188 acres of land owned by Prince's estate, as seen from beyond the Lake Lucy Ridge housi

Chanhassen OKs housing, park plan for former Prince property

The developer will spend the next four months working out details of plan before final council approval.
A man walked his dog along the Dakota Regional Trail in Wayzata.

Wayzata's $15M lakefront project takes on its 'most difficult challenges'

The city also plans to have more parks and a boardwalk by 2020.

No consensus on what to do with 188 acres once owned by Prince

Lennar Corp. wants to develop a neighborhood of market-rate and luxury houses on the vacant land, which lies on the shore of Lake Ann.
The scene of a fatal crash on Hwy. 12 near Independence.

18-year-old woman dies in car-semi crash on Hwy. 12 near Independence

The Delano woman lost control of her vehicle on the slippery road, crossed over the centerline and collided with the truck, police said.

Bloomington ordinance requires and rewards affordable housing construction

The new ordinance is being praised for its innovative approach.
A woman crossed Nicollet Avenue at 38th St. during the blizzard of April 2018. Whiteout blizzard conditions are possible across much of southern Minne

Whiteout closes I-90 west of Albert Lea; 2 SE. Minn. counties under emergency

The Twin Cities area also now is under a winter storm warning as the heavy winds and blowing snow added to the dangers, set to last until Sunday night.
Prof. Jillian Peterson, one of the creators of the new pilot program, met with Minnetonka Police Chief Scott Boerboom in 2017.

Minnetonka police see sharp drop in mental health crisis calls after taking new training program

Minnetonka department saw big change after its entire staff participated in program.
Members of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society dove under the ice on Lake Minnetonka to take video of a shipwreck they’ll use to create a

Shipwreck enthusiast creates a 3-D model of a boat in Lake Minnetonka

The Hopkins, a streetcar boat scuttled in 1949, lies in about 60 feet of water in Lake Minnetonka.

Ben Whalen easily wins special election for Richfield City Council seat

Whalen, 27, is director of youth ministry and community engagement at House of Prayer Lutheran Church.
Holocaust survivor Judy Meisel, pictured in July 2017, held a photo of herself and her sister that was taken in 1946 in Denmark after their escape. Ju

St. Louis Park Holocaust survivor to receive FBI award for civil-rights activism

Judy Meisel will receive award at Chaska exhibit of survivors' portraits.

Carver gets $1 million state grant to build infrastructure for relocating Lakeview Industries

Lakeview Industries is moving to the new site from neighboring Chaska.
Maid, by Stephanie Land

'Maid' was one car breakdown away from disaster

NONFICTION: A firsthand account of living hand-to-mouth illustrates exhausting world of the working poor.

Chaska plans to create an attraction-filled public square

Officials hope that City Square West will enhance walkability and diversity.
Chaska City Administrator Matt Podhradsky

Chaska City Council will let voters choose new council members

Residents persuaded the Chaska City Council to hold a special election to fill two open council seats.
Kendyl Forseth, 7, and her dad, Patrick, headed to the warming house after she kept him company while he dialed in his shot on one of the pond hockey

If you think it's cold in the Twin Cities now, just wait until next week

The expectation is for below-zero temperatures starting Thursday night into Friday morning. And the plunge gets more extreme next week.
Jason Kraus heated a length of steel cable to 2,200 degrees to begin the process of turning it into a knife blade. “I could do this for three lifeti

His wife thought he was kidding. Now Mound man makes living as bladesmith

Jason Kraus has competed in TV shows and runs a business in Carver.
Kitty Matthews, of Edina, has been a ski instructor for 50 years.

Edina ski instructor Kitty Matthews has been teaching 50 years

The Professional Ski Instructors of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors have recognized her achievement with a 50-year pin.
It's one of the best seasons in memory for skating on smooth, snow-free ice. This is Lake Minnetonka north of Excelsior.

Hundreds of skaters try out Lake Minnetonka's unusually smooth ice

Scarce snow and unseasonable warmth have made for ideal conditions.

Study will look at controlling invasive plants in Lake Minnetonka

Milfoil harvesting in Lake Minnetonka will likely be suspended during study.

Arson suspected in fire at Chaska picnic pavilion

The fire destroyed a picnic pavilion on Lake Grace that was not in use.
The contents of a Facebook page maintained by the mayor of Victoria don’t qualify as government data and aren’t subject to state laws that require

Opinion: Minn. law doesn't require mayor's Facebook page be made open to the public

Though the opinion is only advisory in nature, experts on government data law said it "shocked" them.
Chowen Park in Edina was frozen over with ice Friday morning.

Weather creates hazards on Minnesota roads and Twin Cities sidewalks

Snow and blowing winds made driving dangerous in parts of state, and metro got a dusting that will linger until midweek warm-up.
The new headquarters for the Wayzata Community Sailing Center will have space for year-round classes and other programs.

Wayzata Community Sailing Center begins construction of new building

An on-site repair shop, access for people with disabilities and warm restrooms: Those are some of the features the Wayzata Community Sailing Center’s new headquarters…
George Heinen is a regular at Minnehaha Creek in Arden Park in Edina. He was seen in 2017, after the Edina City Council voted to remove a dam and rest

Edina begins $5.3M overhaul of Arden Park and leg of Minnehaha Creek

Plans include restoring a section of Minnehaha Creek and removing dam.
A St. Louis Park resident addressed the City Council at a hearing in 2016.

St. Louis Park places moratorium on police involvement in evictions

City Council suspends law requiring landlords to oust tenants linked to crimes.

Dakota, Scott and Carver counties pass tax increases in 2019 budgets

Salaries, human services and building projects add to county budgets.
Mikaela Casey, who grew up in Mound, realized there were no children’s books about Lake Minnetonka, so she wrote one herself.

Mound author publishes a children's book set on Lake Minnetonka

Mikaela Casey published her first children's book about Lake Minnetonka.
Ann Merriman (left) and Christopher Olson

Underwater archaeologists research boats that sank in Lake Minnetonka

Couple are state's only licensed underwater archaeologists.

Tonka Bay residents express concern about housing plan

Developer is expected to tweak the project, which is aimed at empty nesters.
Connie Weizel of Mound worked out at a gym in the new Westonka Activity Center.

Westonka School District opens deluxe athletic and theater centers

A $23 million bond measure passed in 2016 paved the way.
Dental care items for Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation's Smiles@School program. Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation and corporate giving have, si

Grants help people with disabilities pay for dental care

A Minnetonka man is smiling more brightly these days, thanks to a grant from Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation and Wayzata-based nonprofit Hammer Residences. The…

Neighbors oppose housing plan for former hobby farm in Minnetonka

A luxury homebuilder wants to construct 15 or more houses on the Minnetonka site.
Visitors explored the ice castle in Stillwater in 2017.

Popular ice castle is moving from Stillwater to Excelsior this winter

Obstacles in Stillwater force relocation of large, elaborate winter wonder.
From left, Bruce Granberg, Ryan Below, Erin Buchholz and Darwin Pellett, put up fencing at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum on Tuesday.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum works to keep critters from its prized flowers, plants and shrubs

Stinky sprays, hot pepper and scary sounds are among strategies used to protect plants from hungry animals.
Be careful before giving out any personal data — especially financial — over the phone. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Scammers are targeting older Americans

A fifth of people over 65 have been victims of fraud. Part of the solution: talking about it.
A stack of newspaper cuttings and headlines all concerned with computer-related crime on a background of binary code.

Falling for a scam? I thought it couldn't happen to me

I thought I was above being tricked ... until I got a call from the Windows guy.
Pronto Pups owner Gregg Karnis poses with a piece of concept art for a new Pronto Pups stand.

Find out how the Pronto Pup is made

The iconic Pronto Pup opens a new headquarters at the State Fair — just as fairgoers' eating preferences are evolving.
Kim Brooks Photo by Sarah Shatz

Review: 'Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear,' by Kim Brooks

NONFICTION: Kim Brooks explores what happens when parenting is governed by fear.
Pam and Ken McClanahan camp out on property they own near the Boundary Waters. Provided

What are Minnesotans' go-to summer traditions? Hint: There are quite a few

We asked a wide swath of Minnesotans: What's your go-to summer tradition? We received an equally wide range of answers.
Photo by Katy Read

My Good Life: Summer evenings, when life is wonderful

The warm season is prime time for backyard patios, unglamorous reading and living in the moment.
Mysnikol Miller, at the York Solutions headquarters in Brooklyn Park, is a participant in the IT consulting firm’s B2E (Barriers to Entry) program,

How Minnesota's 2018 Top Workplaces are finding strength in diversity

The state's best employers say that broadening their workforces is a sound business decision. Here are some strategies they use.
There's only so much time to read what you want to read.

Too much to read? Readers share tips on how to edit your reading list

Maybe the best way to manage your reading is to set ironclad limits, however random.
Lynne Pederson, left, Shelley Holden, center, and Patty Ciernia, right are working together to make improvements to livability for older residents dur

The search for livable, age-friendly communities

Northfield, Maple Grove and Minneapolis are leading the drive to create more "age-friendly" hometowns.
Sloane Crosley.

Review: 'Look Alive Out There,' by Sloane Crosley

NONFICTION: Sloane Crosley is back with another witty, wisecracking collection.
Local authors Kit Naylor, left, and Faith Sullivan met at a book signing 27 years ago and became best of friends since.

Friends across generations: Profiles of connections between people of different ages

Yes, people from different age groups can make for great bonds. We talked to four unique intergenerational pairs.
Too much! It's all too much!

There's just so much to read: How do you choose?

Among trillions (at least!) of words, which ones most deserve a chunk of your limited time on Earth?
Social media is a valuable tool in the job search

Social media is a valuable tool in the job search

Popular platforms, including LinkedIn, can help you develop your career.
Peter Parkes sat on a cot with his dog, Obama, at an American Red Cross hurricane shelter in Miami.

How you can help when natural disasters strike

It's natural to want to help those affected by major disasters. But some forms of help are better than others.

Two decades after tornado, rebuilt St. Peter, Minnesota, is a success story

  Todd Prafke had been city administrator of St. Peter, Minn., for four months on March 29, 1998, when the tornado struck. As emergency sirens…
The Good Life cover story illustration

Ageism is everywhere — here's what we can do about it

Casual age bias is so pervasive that most of us don't even realize we're doing it. The first step to fighting it, experts say, is to simply be aware of it.
Riders on the Great Big Wheel, seen at the Florida State Fair in February, will be treated to breathtaking views.

State Fair debuts a Great Big Wheel in the sky

The traveling Great Big Wheel will take Minnesotans for a spin 156 feet above the State Fairgrounds.
Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta

Review: 'Mrs. Fletcher,' by Tom Perrotta

FICTION: A woman and her only son struggle to adjust to their new freedoms when the son leaves for college.

Top Workplaces: Special Awards 2017

Employees gave these companies top marks in 12 Special Award categories. The employers shared their secrets to success.
Each month Three Rivers Park District offers a variety of full-moon programs.  Take a naturalist-led hike and experience the nighttime sights and sou

Summer Fun 2017: New things to do in the Minnesota outdoors

Unconventional outdoor activities can be found everywhere in Minnesota.
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