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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.
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University of Minnesota researchers Shameem Syeda, left, and Gunda Georg are leaders in male contraception.

Team of U scientists may have discovered a male birth control pill

Minnesota team leads the nation as it seeks to turn warrior's toxin into revolutionary first.
Stacks of old matte signs are for sale.

Looking for a sign? Golden Valley is selling them

Instead of tossing old street signs, Golden Valley's Historical Society is selling them.
Leslie Daly

Hopkins Dance Center founder Leslie Daly, who taught generations of dancers, dies at 71

Leslie Jean Daly, of St. Louis Park, died Jan. 14 at age 71 after battling breast cancer for 18 years.
Jimmy Stewart in the 1958 film “Vertigo,” which was a crowd-pleaser during Secret Cinema at Emagine Willow Creek in Plymouth.

Two Twin Cities film series keep the movies they show a mystery

Talk Cinema shows contemporary films that haven't been released in the Twin Cities, while Secret Cinema shows classics.
At Hans' Bakery, the Texas Doughnut is the size of your head (as local Instagram star Kim Ly Curry demonstrates).

Doughnuts the size of your head are being served up at a Twin Cities bakery

The so-called Texas doughnut at Hans' Bakery is the equivalent of five regular doughnuts.

Sexual health should be part of menopause discussion, expert says

An expert shares tips for improving your sex life as you age.
Justin Timberlake struck a Heisman pose after a press conference at the Hilton Hotel on Feb. 1.

I tried to find celebrities in town for Super Bowl week – and failed miserably

The Twin Cities were swarming with celebrities. But spotting A-listers wasn't all that easy.
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Eric Nelson’s Winter Olympics challenge is open until Feb. 9.

A former teacher in Minnesota turns fantasy leagues into real lessons in classrooms

On the eve of a major sporting event, Eric Nelson is already thinking about the next one. The former social studies teacher from Minneapolis has…
The Wildcat Sanctuary filmed a 400-Pound Kitten Bowl.

Tigers hit the field in '400-Pound Kitten Bowl' at Wildcat Sanctuary

Watch three rescue tigers from the Wildcat Sanctuary get in on some Super Bowl action.
As part of the Super Bowl Live festivities in downtown Minneapolis, Hallmark Channel has installed a live attraction of the Kitten Bowl.

Kittens and football are purr-fect pairing at Kitten Bowl Live on Nicollet Mall

An offshoot of the Kitten Bowl, an all-feline alternative to the Super Bowl, has come to Minneapolis.
We put the Google art selfie app to the test with Minnesota celebrities

We put the Google art selfie app to the test with Minnesota celebrities

Google recently rolled out a face scanner that matches users' faces with the works of art they resemble.
Clemens Roemer, a German exchange student living in Ham Lake, posed for a photo next to Diggs the Lobster Tuesday night.

Minnesota's Bartz brothers unveil their annual snow sculpture, Diggs the Lobster

Three brothers have been sculpting enormous sea animals out of snow on their front lawn for 7 years.
Jeff Dooley of Anoka answered a Craigslist ad for this free Iowa farmhouse. He will move it to his grandfather's Iowa farm.

Minnesotan answers ad for free Iowa farmhouse; now he has to move it

A Minnesota house flipper answered a Craigslist ad for a free house — but now he has to move it.
Screen grab from a video featuring Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean telling Cumberland School District that they have a snow day.

Backstreet Boys singer tells Wisconsin school kids they're getting a snow day

Administrators in a northwestern Wisconsin district got some help from A.J. McLean to inform kids about the day off.
Marguerite Ragnow, curator of the James Ford Bell Library, held the globe gores map up to the light to show some of its distinctive characteristics.

How a rare map at the U of M brought down a $1M Christie's auction

One of the rarest maps in American history, which resides at the U of M, just got a lot more famous.
Beth Arntson stood outside of a dream castle that she and her husband Gary Arntson started to build themselves 20 years ago. Because of an illness to

Unfinished dream castle in rural Minnesota seeking new owner

A Minnesota couple are walking away from their 20-year dream to build a fortified castle.
Max explored the window display at Against the Current bookstore in St. Paul.

How Max the Macalester library cat enjoys fame: film shoots, groupies

St. Paul tabby and internet star spawns childrens's book, perhaps even a literacy foundation.
Amy Williams DeLong conducted an aromatherapy session with client Julie Northenscold and her dog Izzy.

Fido sick as a dog? Pet owners turn to aromatherapy, massage, even psychics

In the Twin Cities, sick pets have a new breed of options for holistic care.
The Green Line train crash occurred around 7:50 p.m. Monday at the intersection of University and Prior avenues. Pictured: A Green Line train on Unive

Green Line delayed in St. Paul after pedestrian crash

An adult male was injured.

As Santa and his sleigh come to town, so does extreme cold

Holiday week will bring a big chill, but very little snow. On the other hand, we'll have more sunshine.
Doug Meyer, left, and cook David Wade stand outside Meyer’s Finer Meats & Eats food truck in Everglades City, Fla. Meyer brought the truck down ther

Minnesota food truck serves Floridians battered by Hurricane Irma

More than three months later, Doug Meyer and his Finer Meats & Eats truck are still there.
Ellen DeGeneres talked to the Elsenpeter family of Andover on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Nov. 16.

Ellen DeGeneres surprises Minnesota single mom who donated a kidney to save her son

A Minnesota single mom who donated a kidney to a stranger to save her son ends up on "Ellen."
Max the library cat.

After internet fame, Max the banned library cat meets with Macalester president

The cat has become so popular, the college president needed to have a sit-down.
Elyse and Brad Ash have launched a website to support men and women who are struggling with infertility.

Mpls. woman struggling with infertility launches a social network for people who 'get it'

It's "Tinder meets AA" for people trying to conceive.
Max, a St. Paul cat, went viral this week for continued attempts to access a Macalester library.

Internet goes crazy for St. Paul cat banned from Macalester College library

A lovable orange tabby cat named Max has been banned from a Macalester library. And the internet loves it.
Local Instagram foodies (left to right) Lamar Roberts, Nikki Miraflor and Zach Vraa dig into the 15-pound ice cream sandwich at Seventh Street Truck P

You'll need a group to down this 15-pound ice cream sandwich in St. Paul

Sebastian Joe's ice cream is slathered between two pizza-sized cookies from T-Rex.
Ross Kiefer’s I. Ross store was a must-stop for stylish stars.

Ross Kiefer, fashion-forward clothier for 1970s Minneapolis, dies at 76

Friends and family freely compared him to just about every 1970s arbiter of male panache.
Ellen DeGeneres talks to the Elsenpeter family of Andover on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

Ellen DeGeneres surprises Minn. mom who donated kidney to save her son

The son was born with kidney failure and has had more than 70 surgeries.
Because of its powdery white sand, Siesta Beach, near Sarasota, Fla., is rated the best beach in America by annual ranker Dr. Beach.

Months after hurricane hit Florida, this winter getaway for Minnesotans is ready for visitors

A post-Hurricane Irma tour of the Gulf Coast reveals beautiful beaches and great fishing along with some unsightly piles of trash.
Ellen DeGeneres, left, and Portia de Rossi arrive at the People’s Choice Awards in 2015 in Los Angeles.

Ellen surprises wife Portia with romantic gesture at Hewing Hotel in Mpls.

Ellen tweeted a photo of Portia's hotel bed covered with flower petals.
Bartender Zac Siejko prepared his cocktail, the Ghoulish Seduction, at Eat Street Social.

Flaming cocktail at Mpls. bar puts on a light show for daring customers

The over-the-top drink burns blue and comes with a hefty price tag.
Cub Scouts watched a race during the Second Annual World Championship Pinewood Derby in New York’s Times Square.

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.
Jacquie Berglund of Finnegans

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

These Twin Cities businesses are turning profit into community.
Aaron Holm photographed outside his home in Shakopee.

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.
A clergyman without a congregation, Mendel Alperowitz moved to a city on the prairie to serve as a kind of Pied Piper for the Jews who don’t have a

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.
Feminine punk: Designer Samantha Rei in her North Loop studio.

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

It was "auf wiedersehen" for local designer Samantha Rei.
The gigantic meterbratwurst at Gasthof is exactly what it sounds like — served with two sides. Boot of beer strongly recommended.

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

The Meterbratwurst challenge at Gasthof zur Gemutlichkeit is an Oktoberfest favorite.
Coffman Union is named for Lotus Coffman, who was instrumental in segregating student housing.

U to probe its history of racism and anti-Semitism

A committee was launched in response to new exhibit.
Aly Nelson and son Jack learn that Aly is pregnant with a girl, based on the cheese in her Juicy Lucy during an August 2017 meal at the Nook in St. Pa

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.
The University of Minnesota's student union is named after the U's former president Lotus D. Coffman.

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.
The MPLS Dog at Uncle Franky's is a beef dog smothered in green beans, corn, cream of mushroom soup, cheese, tater tots and ketchup.

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.
The one and only Sweet Martha.

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.
The giant egg roll on a stick at the new Minnesota State Fair stand, Que Viet.

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.
Gregg Karnis owns the Minnesota Pronto Pup franchise, founded by his father, Jack

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.
While phishing attempts and international political hacking get plenty of attention, there’s another cyber security problem that plagues a very spec

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.
Attention and enthusiasm were directed skyward on Monday at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul.

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 are finding the special aspects of a total solar eclipse traveling for.

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.
With your solar glasses or a special viewer, watch for the partial phases of the eclipse as the moon passes over the sun, a stage that lasts for a few

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…
Those who choose to partake in Izzy's Hot Dish can add three sauces, seven candy and nut toppings and homemade whipped cream.

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.
Kerri Miller is hosting a new call-in radio show.

MPR's Kerri Miller to host new national radio show

"Flyover" will focus on calls from the heartland.
Ruben Haugen

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.
Magician Matt Dunn, whose home sits on 3 acres of wooded land in Plymouth, built a deluxe, two-story treehouse that serves as his man cave.

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.
The Victorian Room in the Dennis Severs’ House in London.

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.

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.
The "Dirty Secret" is a vegan take on a Big Mac at J. Selby's in St. Paul.

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.
A T-shirt made by Twin Cities company, Old Tom Foolery.

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.
A Fitbit may get walkers to add steps to reach a certain number.

'Gamification' makes a competition out of everyday life

Tech-driven rewards for everyday tasks increasingly foster competition — and influence behavior.
Couples have been fastening padlocks to a piling along Lake Superior in Duluth to show their love.

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

No one knows exactly when or how the trend got started.
An adult malt at Can Can Wonderland.

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.
Assorted flavors of Spam cans.

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.
Clinic volunteer Lydia Lucas carried in the young eagle for an examination.

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.
A finished “Juicy Lucy” at the 5-8 Club. ] MARK VANCLEAVE ï * Two south Minneapolis rivals lay claim to being the

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.
Demonstrators left Loring Park in Minneapolis after a rally Saturday and headed to the offramp from Interstate 94 to Hennepin Avenue.

After rally, Castile supporters march in downtown Mpls.

Citizens pour out grief, frustration at Loring Park gathering before march.
Sona Mehring will retire from CaringBridge this month, 20 years after she started it to help friends whose child was in the hospital.

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.
“Everyone’s always happy to see their food prepared in front of them.”
Martin Brigholtz, assistant produce manager, gave Flora Hsu a sample of j

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.
A diner takes the 10-pound pho challenge at iPho by Saigon in St. Paul.

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.
Why do some people name their babies after celebrities?

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.
The Bludgeon of Beef at Manny's.

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.
Glaydon I.C. Iverson’s casket was moved into the sanctuary of Emmons Lutheran Church on Saturday.

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.
The rainbow doughnut from Cardigan Donuts in downtown Minneapolis.

'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

Search our database for babies named after celebrities, or see the rising or falling popularity of your name back to 1910.
Tom Rademacher observed his teaching assistant during his class at FAIR School in Crystal.

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.
Nikki LaSorella, left, 73, works with classmate Susan Youngdahl, 79, on an improv exercise during class. LEILA NAVIDI •

Funnier with age

Minnesota seniors studying improv comedy find the power behind the laughs.
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