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Katy Read

Reporter | Niche products
phone: 612-673-4583
Katy Read writes about aging, wellness and other feature topics for the niche products department. She joined the Star Tribune in 2011, and has written for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Duluth News-Tribune and the Crookston Daily Times. Her freelance writing has appeared in Salon.com, More, Real Simple, Working Mother, Minnesota Monthly and anthologies including “TORN: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood.”
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The Art of Aging: For St. Paul soul singer Sonny Knight, success comes later in life

The Art of Aging: For St. Paul soul singer Sonny Knight, success comes later in life

Artists often spend years struggling before they achieve success. Soul singer Sonny Knight spent half a century.“I guess inside of us all we’ve got that…

The Art of Aging: How Minneapolis artist Mary Bergs discovered a new career

“One’s destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things.” Henry Miller wrote. Mary Bergs happened to be in India…

The Art of Aging: Life changes led to career in creativity for St. Louis Park artist

Three of the biggest turning points in Lucy Rose Fischer’s career involved encounters with aging. Twice, she was influenced by other people’s aging — the…
The Art of Aging: Jim Denomie's vivid, edgy paintings attract international attention

The Art of Aging: Jim Denomie's vivid, edgy paintings attract international attention

Jim Denomie wasn’t exactly a model student when he attended South High School in Minneapolis around 1970; he recalls his activities included “goofing off, getting…
The Art of Aging: ArtSage teaches older people how to engage in music, storytelling, and more

The Art of Aging: ArtSage teaches older people how to engage in music, storytelling, and more

ArtSage teaches older people new ways to engage in art.
How our Minnesota athletes fared at the National Senior Games

How our Minnesota athletes fared at the National Senior Games

Among the 10,000 athletes from around the country who competed in the 2015 National Senior Games, held July 3-16 in the Twin Cities, were…
Backyard birdhouse: Clearance to get creative in Burnsville

Backyard birdhouse: Clearance to get creative in Burnsville

A Burnsville man goes for an authentic look with his airport-minded birdhouse for wrens.
What is it about Minnesota that makes it a top place to work?

What is it about Minnesota that makes it a top place to work?

In a survey by WorkplaceDynamics, Minnesota ranked first among 45 regions surveyed on workplace satisfaction. The survey focused on components of well-being, like relationships, positive feelings and a sense of meaning.
Who cleans the polar bear? Museums' unsung heroes

Who cleans the polar bear? Museums' unsung heroes

Who cleans the polar bear? Behind the scenes, a host of museum workers are the MVPs of TLC at Minnesota museums.
Gift shops serve educational purpose, too

Gift shops serve educational purpose, too

Museum shops aren't just a place for cool postcards. They serve an educational mission, too.
Archer shoots from novice to gold in months

Archer shoots from novice to gold in months

With her family cheering her on, Jackie Cogan shot from novice to gold in a matter of months.
Pickleball player back from the dead - literally

Pickleball player back from the dead - literally

Randy Hall was on the pickleball court when he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. “I was pretty much dead,” said Hall, 64, a retired teacher…
Senior track star makes up for late start in running

Senior track star makes up for late start in running

Sherwood Sagedahl got a late start in the race, but he has more than made up for it.
Edina racewalker takes "funny-looking” sport in her stride

Edina racewalker takes "funny-looking” sport in her stride

She’s had water balloons thrown at her (they missed) and been the target of squirt guns. As a racewalker, Anita Macias-Howard has learned to take…
Minnesota triathlete, 67, loves to compete - against himself

Minnesota triathlete, 67, loves to compete - against himself

Tom Rohman is not in it for the health — he likes competing against himself.
Senior Games competitor from Minnesota learned the javelin -- on YouTube

Senior Games competitor from Minnesota learned the javelin -- on YouTube

How YouTube helped one competitor learn the art of the javelin.
Top tips for getting fit (if you're not much of an athlete)

Top tips for getting fit (if you're not much of an athlete)

If you’re not much of an athlete right now, here are some ideas to help you get in shape.
Ethnic museums preserve the past for the future

Ethnic museums preserve the past for the future

A new Somali museum is the latest ethnic collection preserving traditional ways for future Minnesotans.
High schooler keeps busy with volunteering

High schooler keeps busy with volunteering

10th-grader is already compiling an impressive list of volunteer work.

Arc welcomes teen volunteers

With plenty of work to do, Arc welcomes young volunteers.
Third grader helps promote peace

Third grader helps promote peace

Student spreads the message of ‘love and joy.’

The way to peace? Start with children

World Citizen aims to settle global conflicts by starting locally, with the children.
Youth is an advantage when tutoring

Youth is an advantage when tutoring

Yazmin LaFleur-Donaby understands why, at 17, she can be an effective tutor and mentor — as good as, if not better than, many adults.Yazmin volunteers…
Young people make great tutors

Young people make great tutors

In CommonBond Communities’ Study Buddy program, young people can share their knowledge.
For kids, community service may become a lifelong habit

For kids, community service may become a lifelong habit

The benefits of starting young can be far reaching.

Youth Farm shows the value of veggies

Youth Farm program offers opportunities for kids to learn, socialize.
Car shopping: Make a checklist before heading out

Car shopping: Make a checklist before heading out

What’s the first thing you should do when checking out a potential car purchase? Kick the tires? Look under the hood? Sit behind the wheel and imagine yourself speeding down the Autobahn at 90 miles per hour? No on all three.
My Drive: Riding with the Rocketman

My Drive: Riding with the Rocketman

You may think you’re a fast driver, but you’ve got nothing on Ky Michaelson.
REVIEW: 'So You've Been Publicly Shamed,' by Jon Ronson

REVIEW: 'So You've Been Publicly Shamed,' by Jon Ronson

NONFICTION: Jon Ronson examines the harsh, never-ending punishment of vilification on the Internet – which, he says, seldom fits the crime.
Happiest workplaces offer autonomy, transparency, parties

Happiest workplaces offer autonomy, transparency, parties

Four-time Top Workplace winners share secrets for satisfied employees.
Plenty of ways to turn your trash into cash

Plenty of ways to turn your trash into cash

If you’ve ever walked into a secondhand shop with a big box of items,you already know this: Sometimes selling secondhand stuff barely covers the gas to get to the store.
Spring cleaning: Tips for purging your unwanted stuff

Spring cleaning: Tips for purging your unwanted stuff

Time to weed through the stuff stashed in your closets and drawers and the cobwebby corners of your basement, to decide which items to keep and which to give away or toss.
New life for old stuff

New life for old stuff

Rescued and presented in second-hand stores, the merchandise becomes often lovely, surprisingly useful, and fully functional.
The elements of style ... and taste

The elements of style ... and taste

You've probably had the experience of walking into a room -- maybe even one in your own home! -- and instantly feeling relaxed and cozy. In other rooms, you've noticed feeling restless and on edge. Annoyed. Bored. Overwhelmed.
A winter survival guide for your house

A winter survival guide for your house

How to get through this winter without burst pipes, broken furnaces, heat loss and other problems that can plague the Minnesota homeowner.
10 ways to choose colors

10 ways to choose colors

The choice is overwhelming, so how do you pick the right paint for your decor?
10 tips for arranging furniture

10 tips for arranging furniture

An interior designer offers 10 tips for better furniture arrangements.
10 ways to get organized

10 ways to get organized

Some of the most vexing organizational problems are the ones you don’t often see addressed. We asked a professional organizer to offer solutions.
MIDLIFE: Finding their voice

MIDLIFE: Finding their voice

When Gary Anderson took up playing the guitar again after 30 years, he realized he wanted to be able to sing along with it, so…
Midlife: The perfect time to take on new challenges

Midlife: The perfect time to take on new challenges

Many people find midlife to be a great time to tackle new challenges: a job, a hobby, a sport, or a cause. That’s because people in their 50s and 60s are often experiencing life changes that can serve as motivations to try something new.
Genetic testing for Alzheimer's chances carries risks of its own

Genetic testing for Alzheimer's chances carries risks of its own

Testing for Alzheimer’s risk is possible, but some experts say the tests carry risks of their own.
Unretirement: One man's guide to keeping busy

Unretirement: One man's guide to keeping busy

After 36 years in marketing, Jerry Mevissen now writes, farms, raises animals and enjoys his small-town neighbors.
Unretirement: Life after work

Unretirement: Life after work

What happens when you retire and have all that time on your hands?
Going to extremes: Minnesotans show off frozen face selfies

Going to extremes: Minnesotans show off frozen face selfies

Minnesota’s climate, human physiology and social media come together this time of year to produce a phenomenon we're calling "frozen face." A select group of hardy Minnesotans were happy to show off their frozen face selfies on Instagram.
Ski haven: Wirth Park and the Loppet Foundation

Ski haven: Wirth Park and the Loppet Foundation

With Theodore Wirth Park at its center, the Loppet Foundation uses its focus on outdoor activities to reach people who might miss out.
Winter color against white

Winter color against white

Warmth and daylight get most of the attention, but those aren’t the only elements that dwindle during a Minnesota winter. With grass, leaves, flowers, birds,…
Where bald eagles feed in winter

Where bald eagles feed in winter

Open waters on the Mississippi are a “floating buffet line” for bald eagles.
How Minnesota's animal kingdom survives the winter

How Minnesota's animal kingdom survives the winter

Amazing stories of winter survival from Minnesota’s animal kingdom.
There's still time for mushroom hunting in Minnesota

There's still time for mushroom hunting in Minnesota

Minnesota forests are full of tasty mushrooms — just pick carefully.
Minnesota rock climbers thrilled by new 'problems'

Minnesota rock climbers thrilled by new 'problems'

Four organizations worked together to open climbing areas in and around Sandstone, Minn. Yet more may follow.

Minnesota climbers thrilled by new set of 'problems'

Four organizations worked together to open climbing areas in and around Sandstone, Minn.
U center marks 40 years of raptor rescues

U center marks 40 years of raptor rescues

  This might be hard to believe if you’ve ever paused to admire a hawk’s or eagle’s majestic swooping, but not so long ago people…
In praise of summer blues

In praise of summer blues

  Eddie Cochran had it all wrong. Who would want to cure the summertime blues? On the contrary: Blues are the cure for summertime. Or…
Minnesota DNR's under-celebrated State Fair building

Minnesota DNR's under-celebrated State Fair building

The Minnesota DNR’s 80-year-old State Fair building is a comprehensive resource for outdoor education and entertainment. If only more people would stop by ...
Who gets to say what's best about the fair? You do.

Who gets to say what's best about the fair? You do.

Even in blistering heat, Minnesotans love their fair. And indeed, when the heat let up in the fair’s final days, attendance broke two daily records.
MIDLIFE: Making the most of a too-short life

MIDLIFE: Making the most of a too-short life

After her son died from a rare disease, Lyn Culbert took on the task of finishing and publishing his memoir.
MIDLIFE: Help others, help yourself

MIDLIFE: Help others, help yourself

Her commitment to caring for her ailing mother led Pola Rest to a develop a series of life-changing projects.
Two St. Louis Park climbers overcoming a mountain of risk

Two St. Louis Park climbers overcoming a mountain of risk

Jeff Alley and his girlfriend, Ashley Melco, are committed to scaling Washington’s Mount Rainier, where Mark Mahaney, their friend and fellow climber, lost his life last month.
Top workplaces for 5 straight years

Top workplaces for 5 straight years

What makes a company a top workplace for five years in a row?
Top Workplaces: Special award winners

Top Workplaces: Special award winners

Employees singled out these companies for special praise.
Bone up for a bon voyage

Bone up for a bon voyage

Learning a bit of the local language can open doors when you travel.

How to downsize — before you downsize

If you know you’ll be moving to a smaller place — just not quite yet — now’s the time to start shrinking your stuff.

When downsizing, should you buy or rent?

Planning to sell your house and move into a multi-unit building? If you’ve noticed all the fancy new apartment buildings popping up lately — the…
Where the boomers are

Where the boomers are

They’re in the city, of course, but also in the country. Today’s empty nesters are migrating in both directions.
Maple syruping at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Maple syruping at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is an excellent purveyor of maple syrup science, history – and samples.
A gym for the over-50s

A gym for the over-50s

Fitness club makes older exercisers feel at home.
Jobs for life?

Jobs for life?

More Americans want — or need — to keep working beyond the traditional retirement age. But will companies let them?
Author Jennifer Senior explains why parents are unhappy but joyful

Author Jennifer Senior explains why parents are unhappy but joyful

Yes, parents really are less happy, but author says that’s not all that counts.

How to write an obituary

“Harry Weathersby Stamps, ladies’ man, foodie, natty dresser, and accomplished traveler, died on Saturday, March 9, 2013.” So began an obituary (www.bradfordokeefe.com/obituaries/Harry-Stamps/#/Obituary) so colorful that…

How to write a eulogy

When his father, Steve, died of a sudden heart attack in 2010 at age 52, it was the worst day of Adam Goethke’s life. But…

How to get help with grief counseling

The cakes and casseroles, the kind words, the hugs from friends and family — sometimes these warm gestures, comforting as they may be, aren’t enough…
"Trip of a Lifetime” — splurging on a trip to Europe with teens

"Trip of a Lifetime” — splurging on a trip to Europe with teens

The joys of traveling with nearly grown children enhance that “trip of a lifetime” – and are worth every hard-earned penny.
Jeff Tollefson, champion of change

Jeff Tollefson, champion of change

Jeff Tollefson changed his life to change the lives of other people.
Juan Puentes, a changed man

Juan Puentes, a changed man

How Puentes, now 22, turned his life around, thanks to Genesys Works.
Connections: More men take on challenges of caregiving

Connections: More men take on challenges of caregiving

Caring for an ailing parent is emotionally and physically draining, Jim Togstad learned through hard experience. “It takes a real taxing emotional toll on you,”…
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