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Sharyn Jackson

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Sharyn Jackson joined the Star Tribune in 2014. Before moving to Minnesota, she 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 master's in journalism from Columbia University.
Recent content from Sharyn Jackson
Minnesota kids react to the Boy Scouts' new gender-inclusive policy

Minnesota kids react to the Boy Scouts' new gender-inclusive policy

Local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts talk about scouting and what the policy change will mean to them.
5 Minnesota businesses at cutting edge of making products people want, for a good cause.

5 Minnesota businesses at cutting edge of making products people want, for a good cause.

These Twin Cities businesses are turning profit into community.
Shakopee man helps fellow amputees live life to the fullest

Shakopee man helps fellow amputees live life to the fullest

After a 2007 accident changing a friend's tire changed his life, Aaron Holm started the nonprofit Wiggle Your Toes to help other folks in need.
N.Y. transplant is S. Dakota's lone rabbi: 'You really see what God made here'

N.Y. transplant is S. Dakota's lone rabbi: 'You really see what God made here'

South Dakota was the only state without a full-time rabbi. A 27-year-old who moved from Brooklyn with his family is trying to fill that void.
Minnesota contestant on 'Project Runway' gets booted in latest episode

Minnesota contestant on 'Project Runway' gets booted in latest episode

It was "auf wiedersehen" for local designer Samantha Rei.
3-foot-long bratwurst welcomes challengers at NE. Mpls. German restaurant

3-foot-long bratwurst welcomes challengers at NE. Mpls. German restaurant

The Meterbratwurst challenge at Gasthof zur Gemutlichkeit is an Oktoberfest favorite.
U to probe its history of racism and anti-Semitism

U to probe its history of racism and anti-Semitism

A committee was launched in response to new exhibit.
Couple learn baby's sex from a Juicy Lucy in highly Minnesotan 'gender reveal'

Couple learn baby's sex from a Juicy Lucy in highly Minnesotan 'gender reveal'

Think pink and blue cupcakes are passé? Eric and Aly Nelson, of Minneapolis, took their "gender reveal party" in a different direction: a Juicy Lucy.
New exhibit reveals U's dark history of segregation and anti-Semitism

New exhibit reveals U's dark history of segregation and anti-Semitism

Famous names on campus were behind discriminatory practices in the 1930s and 1940s.
Only in Minnesota: Minneapolis eatery tops its hot dog with hot dish

Only in Minnesota: Minneapolis eatery tops its hot dog with hot dish

The MPLS Dog is the latest contender in a field crowded with Chicagos and Coneys.
Meet Sweet Martha, who brings in $4M in 12 days selling cookies at the fair

Meet Sweet Martha, who brings in $4M in 12 days selling cookies at the fair

At the Minnesota State Fair, the Sweet Martha's operation can now produce up to 3 million cookies on its busiest day.
10 foods on a stick you have to try at the Minnesota State Fair

10 foods on a stick you have to try at the Minnesota State Fair

From a juicy Scotch egg to mashed potatoes, here are some essential State Fair stick foods.
Pronto Pup or corn dog? Loyalists take sides at Minnesota State Fair

Pronto Pup or corn dog? Loyalists take sides at Minnesota State Fair

It's the ultimate State Fair showdown — Pronto Pups vs. corn dogs.
Bacon ice cream, bacon beer: Minnesota State Fair goes hog wild for bacon

Bacon ice cream, bacon beer: Minnesota State Fair goes hog wild for bacon

It's the year of bacon at the Great Minnesota Get-Together.
You've got someone else's mail: Job offers? Love notes? How e-mail surprises happen

You've got someone else's mail: Job offers? Love notes? How e-mail surprises happen

Think e-mail is secure? Just ask the people with common addresses, who get financial records, job offers, even love notes intended for someone else.
Cloudy skies aside, Minnesotans fully dazzled by partial eclipse

Cloudy skies aside, Minnesotans fully dazzled by partial eclipse

Across most of Minnesota, overcast skies granted only glimpses of the much-anticipated solar eclipse, but throngs of people went out to get a look anyway.
Minnesotans moving heaven and earth to view solar eclipse

Minnesotans moving heaven and earth to view solar eclipse

Minnesotans who stay home may still see a partial solar eclipse, with the moon covering about 80 percent of the sun, if the weather cooperates.
Minnesotans are chasing the chance to see a total solar eclipse

Minnesotans are chasing the chance to see a total solar eclipse

Dave Williams has never seen a total solar eclipse. With any luck, that’ll change Monday. The former director of the planetarium at St. Cloud State…
Can't pick a flavor? Izzy's packs 32 scoops of ice cream into one dish

Can't pick a flavor? Izzy's packs 32 scoops of ice cream into one dish

The Twin Cities ice cream institution offers a massive sampler platter — and you keep the dish.
MPR's Kerri Miller to host new national radio show

MPR's Kerri Miller to host new national radio show

"Flyover" will focus on calls from the heartland.
Vaudevillian and saxophonist Ruben Haugen, 91, taught hundreds of Minnesota woodwind players

Vaudevillian and saxophonist Ruben Haugen, 91, taught hundreds of Minnesota woodwind players

In his eight decades as a professional musician, Haugen left a sonic mark on the Midwestern music scene.
Tricked-out treehouse is ultimate man cave for Minnesota magician

Tricked-out treehouse is ultimate man cave for Minnesota magician

A Minnesota magician made his childhood dream come true by building the ultimate man cave in a two-story treehouse.
At Dennis Severs' House in London, guests tour in complete silence

At Dennis Severs' House in London, guests tour in complete silence

The home of an eccentric collector takes guests on an immersive tour of London history.
Comedian Dave Chappelle dines at acclaimed Robbinsdale restaurant

Comedian Dave Chappelle dines at acclaimed Robbinsdale restaurant

The comedy star is in town for five intimate shows this week at Icehouse, but he took the time to check out Travail in Robbinsdale, too.
Where's the beef? Innovative St. Paul vegan restaurant does a spot-on Big Mac

Where's the beef? Innovative St. Paul vegan restaurant does a spot-on Big Mac

J. Selby's vegan McDonald's knockoff is the restaurant's biggest seller.
That's different: Minnesota's passive-aggressiveness inspires hit T-shirt

That's different: Minnesota's passive-aggressiveness inspires hit T-shirt

Minnesotans are notorious for not saying what they really mean — and now they can wear it proud.
'Gamification' makes a competition out of everyday life

'Gamification' makes a competition out of everyday life

Tech-driven rewards for everyday tasks increasingly foster competition — and influence behavior.
Duluth is the new Paris: Couples attaching padlocks of love along Lake Superior

Duluth is the new Paris: Couples attaching padlocks of love along Lake Superior

No one knows exactly when or how the trend got started.
Alcoholic malts, shakes fuel St. Paul's grown-up mini golf playground

Alcoholic malts, shakes fuel St. Paul's grown-up mini golf playground

Can Can Wonderland serves milkshakes for grown-ups, using ingredients like cereal and cheese powder.
For Spam's 80th anniversary, 10 outrageous retro recipes by the Minn. meat maker

For Spam's 80th anniversary, 10 outrageous retro recipes by the Minn. meat maker

Perhaps there was no greater glory for Spam than the 1960s, when cooks took this spiced processed pork to a whole other level. Here are 10 vintage recipes featuring the Minnesota-made meat at its wackiest.
Broken amusement park ride briefly strands passengers upside-down at Forest Lake carnival

Broken amusement park ride briefly strands passengers upside-down at Forest Lake carnival

No injuries were reported.
After harrowing rescue, bald eagle named 'Freedom' has new lease on life

After harrowing rescue, bald eagle named 'Freedom' has new lease on life

Freedom has a new job, as an official education bird at the Raptor Center. He just began his training, and is set to make public appearances next year, if all goes well.
The Juicy Lucy: Two bars battling since 1950s over Minnesota's famous burger

The Juicy Lucy: Two bars battling since 1950s over Minnesota's famous burger

Two Minneapolis dive bars claim to have invented the Juicy Lucy, the legendary cheese-stuffed burger.
After rally, Castile supporters march in downtown Mpls.

After rally, Castile supporters march in downtown Mpls.

Citizens pour out grief, frustration at Loring Park gathering before march.
Twin Cities social network pioneer built CaringBridge to 'connect people'

Twin Cities social network pioneer built CaringBridge to 'connect people'

Sona Mehring created the site to help families in medical crises. Her next cause: promoting the Twin Cities as a tech hub.
High-end grocers unveil new service to attract customers

High-end grocers unveil new service to attract customers

Facing slumping sales and stiff competition from online retailers and meal delivery kits, supermarkets are ramping up amenities to lure busy shoppers. They're adding clothing departments, high-end cosmetics, full-service restaurants, and now, vegetable butchers.
St. Paul restaurant challenges diners to down 10 pounds of pho in 45 minutes

St. Paul restaurant challenges diners to down 10 pounds of pho in 45 minutes

Watch a competitive eater take on a 10-pound vat of steaming Vietnamese soup.
Celebrities do inspire baby names, even in tradition-bound Minnesota

Celebrities do inspire baby names, even in tradition-bound Minnesota

While Minnesotans cling to the classics, star-studded names — from Beyonce to Garrison — do pop up.
Enormous 3-pound steak has its own fan club at Manny's in Minneapolis

Enormous 3-pound steak has its own fan club at Manny's in Minneapolis

The $100 3-pound rib-eye is one of the largest steaks on a Minnesota menu that isn't a food challenge. This storied slab of meat is just a solid, inches-thick, bone-in steak, fit for Fred Flintstone.
75 years after Pearl Harbor, Minnesotan laid to rest in his hometown

75 years after Pearl Harbor, Minnesotan laid to rest in his hometown

Glaydon Iverson was 24 when he died on the U.S.S. Oklahoma. On Saturday, he was honored both as a symbol and a human being.
'Super Mario Kart'-inspired rainbow doughnuts are a hit in Minneapolis skyway

'Super Mario Kart'-inspired rainbow doughnuts are a hit in Minneapolis skyway

Cardigan Donuts' "Rainbow Road" is a technicolor pastry dripping in nostalgia — and Lucky Charms marshmallows.
Celebrities are inspiring surges in Minnesota baby names

Celebrities are inspiring surges in Minnesota baby names

Search our database for babies named after celebrities, or see the rising or falling popularity of your name back to 1910.
A Minnesota Teacher of the Year shares wisdom in teaching tell-all

A Minnesota Teacher of the Year shares wisdom in teaching tell-all

A teacher's new tell-all book about the profession takes a witty, blunt look behind the scenes of middle school.
Funnier with age

Funnier with age

Minnesota seniors studying improv comedy find the power behind the laughs.
Married 75 years, Minnesota couple's advice racks up 40M views in BuzzFeed video

Married 75 years, Minnesota couple's advice racks up 40M views in BuzzFeed video

Twin Cities couple John and Evie Kasper's mega-long-term-relationship is the subject of a video that's inspiring viewers around the globe. Their top tip? Always kiss goodnight.
Creator of hit podcast 'Serial' is sad when people say 'S-Town' is better

Creator of hit podcast 'Serial' is sad when people say 'S-Town' is better

Journalist Sarah Koenig redefined podcasts for a new audience. It wasn't easy.
Minneapolis students 'use art to help others' with Empty Bowls NE

Minneapolis students 'use art to help others' with Empty Bowls NE

Northeast Minneapolis high school students make ceramic bowls for hunger fundraiser.
Shelley Grimes, a scientist who mastered many arts, dies at 54

Shelley Grimes, a scientist who mastered many arts, dies at 54

The research scientist at the University of Minnesota died of cancer March 20.
Wash. Post reporter who insulted Red Lake Falls now making his home there

Wash. Post reporter who insulted Red Lake Falls now making his home there

Christopher Ingraham infamously insulted Red Lake County in the Washington Post. Then he actually visited, fell in love with the place and moved there with his family.
They are family: Minneapolis photographer captures local lookalikes

They are family: Minneapolis photographer captures local lookalikes

A Minneapolis adoptee's quest led him to document family resemblance in a special photography project.
'Cake Boss' TV star brings his family's bakery to Mall of America

'Cake Boss' TV star brings his family's bakery to Mall of America

Coming this summer, Bartolo "Buddy" Valastro Jr. of TLC's "Cake Boss" is opening a Minnesota outpost of his Carlo's Bakery.
What's so funny about aging? Minnesota seniors find vitality through improv

What's so funny about aging? Minnesota seniors find vitality through improv

The Brave New Workshop comedy school classes in Minneapolis offer them new skills to think and act quickly, speak up and, most of all, be seen.
Twin Cities students 'study abroad' with immigrant families close to home

Twin Cities students 'study abroad' with immigrant families close to home

Twin Cities high school students learn about local immigrant cultures through weeklong home stays.
Grocery mogul Daniel Coborn, who helped turned Minnesota store into Midwest chain, dies at 86

Grocery mogul Daniel Coborn, who helped turned Minnesota store into Midwest chain, dies at 86

For someone who believed that much of his life was guided by luck, Daniel Coborn’s birth into a grocery family was perhaps his greatest fortune.…
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.
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