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Sharyn Jackson

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Sharyn Jackson joined the Star Tribune's Variety section in 2014. Before moving to Minnesota, Sharyn Jackson was a reporter for USA Today and the Des Moines Register in Iowa, and an editor at the Village Voice in New York City. She has a masters in journalism from Columbia University.
Recent content from Sharyn Jackson
In 'King Solomon's Table,' Joan Nathan traces the global origins of Jewish cuisine

In 'King Solomon's Table,' Joan Nathan traces the global origins of Jewish cuisine

Joan Nathan, an authority on Jewish food, looks at the historical origins of this multifaceted cuisine.
Hey, wait: Why many Twin Cities restaurants don't take reservations

Hey, wait: Why many Twin Cities restaurants don't take reservations

While most high-end restaurants in the Twin Cities take reservations, leaving the bar open for walk-ins, some of the most popular eateries remain steadfast that their tables should be a free-for-all.
How I deleted Facebook from my life — and survived

How I deleted Facebook from my life — and survived

Not having at-my-fingertips access to the social media platform was doable, but it wasn't easy.
'Golden Girls': Test your knowledge of the classic show's Minnesota roots

'Golden Girls': Test your knowledge of the classic show's Minnesota roots

In the hit sitcom, Betty White's character loved telling quirky stories about St. Olaf — her fictional hometown in Minnesota.
Na-meow-ste: The cat yoga trend has arrived in Minnesota

Na-meow-ste: The cat yoga trend has arrived in Minnesota

Shelter cats are the latest accessory at yoga class, and you can take one home afterward.
Fans react by gathering at show's Twin Cities landmarks

Fans react by gathering at show's Twin Cities landmarks

As soon as word broke that Mary Tyler Moore had died, local fans flocked to the places that most symbolized her beloved character Mary Richards…
Dunkin' Donuts vs. Tim Hortons: Top Twin Cities chefs crown a winner

Dunkin' Donuts vs. Tim Hortons: Top Twin Cities chefs crown a winner

Three Minnesota star chefs taste-test the coffee and doughnuts at two new-to-the-area fast-food chains. Which is better?
'It's just beautiful' as Minnesotans head to Washington for march

'It's just beautiful' as Minnesotans head to Washington for march

Many had spent 24 or so hours on a bus, but their enthusiasm remained strong.
Bound for D.C., Minnesotans will join women's rights demonstration

Bound for D.C., Minnesotans will join women's rights demonstration

Hundreds of women hopped on buses to make their voices heard.
St. Olaf student wins national award for leading 'hot-button' talks

St. Olaf student wins national award for leading 'hot-button' talks

Dancer and Chicago native won national award for community conversation.
From Pepie to the Sasquatch, Minnesota's paranormal activity inspires artist

From Pepie to the Sasquatch, Minnesota's paranormal activity inspires artist

Brandon Kuehn searches for signs of the paranormal, turning local legends into eerie art.
Draft Horse broken into, one of a spate of recent Twin Cities restaurant burglaries

Draft Horse broken into, one of a spate of recent Twin Cities restaurant burglaries

The burglary is one of a recent spate of break-ins targeting eateries.
You can now smash things for fun in St. Paul's new Break Room

You can now smash things for fun in St. Paul's new Break Room

The Break Room encourages you to pick up a sledgehammer and safely blow off steam in a satisfyingly destructive way.

Man shot, killed by Mankato police officer

The shooting happened early Saturday at a Country Inn & Suites after a disturbance call.
Laurie Carlos, performer, director and poet, dies at 67

Laurie Carlos, performer, director and poet, dies at 67

Obie Award-winning performer, director and poet Laurie Smith Carlos, who made an indelible mark on New York’s avant-garde theater scene before relocating to the Twin…
'All Lives Matter' ornament at Minnesota gardening center sparks backlash

'All Lives Matter' ornament at Minnesota gardening center sparks backlash

An ornament for sale at Gertens is at the center of a backlash on Facebook.
Monopoly helpline saves warring families from themselves during holidays

Monopoly helpline saves warring families from themselves during holidays

The decision to provide this benevolent service was based on a survey of players that found that 51 percent of Monopoly games end in a fight.
'Gray Duck' or 'Goose'? Take this quiz to see if you talk like a Minnesotan

'Gray Duck' or 'Goose'? Take this quiz to see if you talk like a Minnesotan

Test your knowledge of the Minnesota accent, and hopefully you won't come out sounding like you're from Wisconsin.
How not to talk Minnesotan: Actors 'neutralize' accent for non-'Fargo' roles

How not to talk Minnesotan: Actors 'neutralize' accent for non-'Fargo' roles

The Minnesota accent is a distinct and endearing marker of a true northern upbringing. But while this unique speech is a point of pride for many Minnesotans, some actors have discovered that it holds them back.
How do you pronounce crayon? And other ways to tell if you're from Minnesota

How do you pronounce crayon? And other ways to tell if you're from Minnesota

In "Speaking American," colorful maps reveal how Minnesotans talk differently from the rest of the country.
Musician answers door to find 'terribly lost' Garrison Keillor looking for help

Musician answers door to find 'terribly lost' Garrison Keillor looking for help

Nick Hallett has been listening to Garrison Keillor since he was 8. He never expected to find the radio man himself at his doorstep in the Sonoran Desert.
Holiday shopping online or in stores — which is better?

Holiday shopping online or in stores — which is better?

You can order anything — presents, tree, even the meal — without leaving your home.
Obituary: Mary Lee Whiting, lover of animals, taught dogs – and humans – to do their best

Obituary: Mary Lee Whiting, lover of animals, taught dogs – and humans – to do their best

Her second-grade teacher spotted Mary Lee “Marly” Whiting’s early dedication to animals. As a student at Christ the King elementary school in south Minneapolis, Whiting…
Freedom the eagle, rescued on July Fourth, is on the mend

Freedom the eagle, rescued on July Fourth, is on the mend

Rescued from a tree on July 4, a bald eagle recuperates under the watch of his many fans.
Natalie Hudson wins 6-year term on MN Supreme Court

Natalie Hudson wins 6-year term on MN Supreme Court

Hudson was appointed in 2015 to fill Alan Page's vacancy.
Wisconsin's move to the Trump column makes history

Wisconsin's move to the Trump column makes history

HUDSON, Wis. – Wisconsin found itself a pivotal player in Tuesday night’s presidential election, as the state swung toward Republican Donald Trump and shattered…
Why Minnesota fans can't get enough of 'The Great British Bake Off'

Why Minnesota fans can't get enough of 'The Great British Bake Off'

"The Great British Bake Off," as the BBC show is known in Great Britain, has become something of a big-hearted culinary phenomenon.
Are haunted Halloween attractions in the Twin Cities getting scarier?

Are haunted Halloween attractions in the Twin Cities getting scarier?

Haunted Halloween attractions are twisting reality to turn up the fright factor.
From locked up to legend: New movie tells story of Mpls. transgender advocate

From locked up to legend: New movie tells story of Mpls. transgender advocate

Imprisoned for fatally stabbing a man, a Minneapolis transgender advocate is the subject of the new documentary "Free CeCe!"
For distraught Minnesota clowns, 'creepy clown' craze is no laughing matter

For distraught Minnesota clowns, 'creepy clown' craze is no laughing matter

Professionals clowns are saddened that their positive image is being used as a fear factor.
Why don't my Uber drivers like me?

Why don't my Uber drivers like me?

Not only are we passengers rating our Uber drivers; they're rating us. And my rating is bad. A lot of drivers took a moment to register what a lousy time they'd had with me in their back seat.
Brooklyn writer dishes on his trip by Great Lakes freighter, finding Minnesota

Brooklyn writer dishes on his trip by Great Lakes freighter, finding Minnesota

In a stretch of the United States disparagingly called "flyover country," writer Porter Fox took the long way. Instead of flying over the Great Lakes and other waterways in the heart of the country, he floated on them last summer in a 740-foot freighter.
Inspired by the Wetterlings, Minnesota parents became advocates for change

Inspired by the Wetterlings, Minnesota parents became advocates for change

After the horrifying loss of a child, some Minnesota parents are using their grief to fuel a drive for change. Inspired by Patty and Jerry Wetterling.
Minn. Renaissance Festival's Rat Catcher still a fan favorite after 40 years

Minn. Renaissance Festival's Rat Catcher still a fan favorite after 40 years

He created the infamous Rat Catcher character when he was a teen, but the man behind the makeup is anything but an insult to society.
Crafty Minnesota teen finds helping other sick kids is best medicine

Crafty Minnesota teen finds helping other sick kids is best medicine

Young entrepreneur donates handmade stuffed animals to other pediatric patients.
Minnesota State Fair campers make selves at home night after night

Minnesota State Fair campers make selves at home night after night

For an impassioned subset of fair visitors, a single day isn't enough. After everyone else goes home, fair campers stay the night, get up early and do it all over again.
An insider's guide to Minnesota State Fair bathrooms

An insider's guide to Minnesota State Fair bathrooms

Looking for a restroom at the Minnesota State Fair? Here's an insider's guide on where to go when you need to go.
Obituary: Richard Rust was devoted soil scientist who broke new ground in agriculture

Obituary: Richard Rust was devoted soil scientist who broke new ground in agriculture

From the field to the classroom to the garden, Richard Rust devoted his life to the soil. Rust, a former professor of soil science at…
New Mpls. Cold Case Squad seeks answers in decades-old homicides

New Mpls. Cold Case Squad seeks answers in decades-old homicides

Families of victims – and a reorganized Minneapolis police unit – are pushing for answers in decades-old cold cases.
Style alert: People are wearing expensive shower caps in public now

Style alert: People are wearing expensive shower caps in public now

When humidity and straightened hair don't go together, try a shower cap.
'I'm not alone': New Twin Cities choir gives sexual assault survivors a voice

'I'm not alone': New Twin Cities choir gives sexual assault survivors a voice

Sexual assault survivors are healing through song in a new choir.
Surprise: Adele makes pre-show visit to Hi-Lo Diner

Surprise: Adele makes pre-show visit to Hi-Lo Diner

Before her two shows, the pop star hung out in a few hot spots around town.
Risqué business: MPR's Kerri Miller hosts sexy new podcast

Risqué business: MPR's Kerri Miller hosts sexy new podcast

MPR host Kerri Miller branches out to tackle a titillating subject in her new podcast.
Minnesota dads, daughters bond on 'magical' yearly Lake Superior sailing trips

Minnesota dads, daughters bond on 'magical' yearly Lake Superior sailing trips

For 25 years, a group of fathers and daughters have sailed the Apostle Islands, and bonded in the process.
Minnesota state Sen. Jeff Hayden's sister fatally shot in Atlanta

Minnesota state Sen. Jeff Hayden's sister fatally shot in Atlanta

The 25-year-old woman was caught in rival gangs' crossfire, Hayden wrote on social media.
First-time activists say Philando Castile shooting has opened their eyes

First-time activists say Philando Castile shooting has opened their eyes

Keelan Bailey was about to nod off on the night of July 6 when he checked his phone to get the next day’s weather. He…
Minneapolis native pens satirical handbook 'Trump's America'

Minneapolis native pens satirical handbook 'Trump's America'

Onion co-founder and Minneapolis native Scott Dikkers taps into reality for his new book.
Turtle racing beckons tourists to Nisswa for 53 years

Turtle racing beckons tourists to Nisswa for 53 years

For 53 years, resort visitors and cabin owners have been lured into downtown Nisswa to spend their money along the town's Main Street. The bait that gets them there: turtle racing.
Prince fans still making their pilgrimage to Paisley Park

Prince fans still making their pilgrimage to Paisley Park

While many of the international tributes have let the purple fade, Prince's compound endures as a place for fans to congregate.
Seeking connection, Minnesota woman tries to find biological dad

Seeking connection, Minnesota woman tries to find biological dad

Paul Mittelstadt, a sperm donor in the 1970s, is looking for his offspring. Madeline Bowie is searching for her biological father. What's their connection?
Attack shakes Minnesota LGBT community's sense of safety

Attack shakes Minnesota LGBT community's sense of safety

Gay bars in the Twin Cities and across the nation have never been just places to drink and dance: They had long served as a safe haven.
Tourism industry markets Prince's ties to Minnesota

Tourism industry markets Prince's ties to Minnesota

After musician's death, tourism industry finding ways to market Prince's ties to Minnesota.
Obituary: From Japanese internment camp to neighborhood rejection, Isao 'East' Oshima danced through life

Obituary: From Japanese internment camp to neighborhood rejection, Isao 'East' Oshima danced through life

  There’s a Japanese saying, shikata ga nai, that essentially translates to “accept it, for you can’t do anything about it.” Isao “East” Oshima used…
Skier Lindsey Vonn in town for her foundation promoting female empowerment

Skier Lindsey Vonn in town for her foundation promoting female empowerment

The Olympic Gold Medalist will be in town to kick off the Lindsey Vonn Foundation lecture series.
Twin Cities writer McInerny Purmort's new memoir handles losses with humor

Twin Cities writer McInerny Purmort's new memoir handles losses with humor

In her new memoir, "It's Okay to Laugh (Crying Is Cool Too)," McInerny Purmort channels the pain of grief into a series of breezy essays that tickle and touch the heart.
In a new book, young immigrants to Minnesota tell their stories

In a new book, young immigrants to Minnesota tell their stories

In a new book, young people who've recently come to Minnesota tell their stories in their own words.
Going solo: More young women embrace single life

Going solo: More young women embrace single life

A growing number of single ladies are embracing the solo life.
Obituary: Actor Richard Holmberg was longtime Santa at Bachman's

Obituary: Actor Richard Holmberg was longtime Santa at Bachman's

He was a truck driver, a scoutmaster and a chemical dependency counselor, but it was Richard Holmberg’s career as Santa Claus that gave him a…
REACTION: Twin Cities is ground zero for growing Prince tributes

REACTION: Twin Cities is ground zero for growing Prince tributes

Shock, sadness, then a mushrooming explosion of purple and all things Prince. The sudden passing of the Minnesota music icon continued to reverberate rapid-fire across…
What's a Freedom of Expression booth? MSP Airport has two

What's a Freedom of Expression booth? MSP Airport has two

At the airport, there are little known spaces dedicated to freedom of expression.
Accounts of Jamar Clark's death show how imperfect memory can be

Accounts of Jamar Clark's death show how imperfect memory can be

Whether Clark was cuffed, as some witnesses said, became a key factor in the decision not to charge two Minneapolis officers.
Midwest Traveler: Up all night in Winnipeg

Midwest Traveler: Up all night in Winnipeg

The Canadian city is close enough for a weekend of cultural exploration.
Despite pressure from activists, circus animal acts go on

Despite pressure from activists, circus animal acts go on

The show goes on at the Osman Shrine Circus, a fundraiser for the local Shriner fraternity, as others like Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey plans to retire the last of its elephants next month.
Hanging from hooks? Minnesotans talk about unusual hobby of body suspension

Hanging from hooks? Minnesotans talk about unusual hobby of body suspension

While it's still uncommon, some Minnesotans say being suspended by hooks through their skin gives them a boost.
St. Paul mother deals with life's traumas through writing

St. Paul mother deals with life's traumas through writing

A St. Paul woman has learned to deal with trauma by sharing her experiences with others.
Twin Cities fitness buffs following exercise with a beer chaser

Twin Cities fitness buffs following exercise with a beer chaser

Studies are confirming what many gym rats have suspected: Exercise and drinking go together.
Proceeds from Zach Sobiech's 'Clouds' are helping crowdfund a cure

Proceeds from Zach Sobiech's 'Clouds' are helping crowdfund a cure

The Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund crossed the million-dollar threshold last fall, increased the U's resources for research on osteosarcoma tenfold and fueled significant breakthroughs.
Many see coding boot camps as a fast track to better jobs

Many see coding boot camps as a fast track to better jobs

The fast-paced, boot camp-style program coaches students to become certified for computer user support positions. The programs help put Minneapolis on the map as a TechHire city, a White House initiative launched last year.
Supersized rubber ducky is on the bill at Duluth's Tall Ships fest

Supersized rubber ducky is on the bill at Duluth's Tall Ships fest

The rubber ducky is all grown up, and boy, has it grown. It measures 61 feet tall, about the height of a six-story building, and…
How families and X-rated businesses coexist in trendy North Loop

How families and X-rated businesses coexist in trendy North Loop

The North Loop, the hottest neighborhood in Minneapolis, is undergoing a residential renaissance while living out its days as a zoned adult entertainment district. "We're hardly this fringe neighborhood anymore," one resident says.
'Making a Murderer': Defense attorney Dean Strang sells out a Minneapolis forum

'Making a Murderer': Defense attorney Dean Strang sells out a Minneapolis forum

As Netflix docuseries "Making a Murderer" obsesses local viewers, Steven Avery's defense attorney sells out a Minneapolis forum.
Obituary: Gloria Frias, founder of Boca Chica restaurant

Obituary: Gloria Frias, founder of Boca Chica restaurant

Having grown up in one of Minnesota’s landmark Mexican eateries, Gloria Frias was ready to leave the restaurant business behind. But her husband’s dream —…
Inside one of the nation's most exclusive clubs, with only one rule for entry

Inside one of the nation's most exclusive clubs, with only one rule for entry

Everybody knows your name at the Lois Club, which has one rule for entry.
As their audience ages, museums adapt to visitors with memory loss

As their audience ages, museums adapt to visitors with memory loss

On the Mpls. Institute of Art's "Discover Your Story" tours, art history takes a back seat to the feelings and recollections that the works might bring to the surface.
Mall Santas get share of heart-wrenching requests

Mall Santas get share of heart-wrenching requests

When kids make heart-wrenching requests, Santa can't always deliver – but he can listen.
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