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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
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 so-called "MPLS Dog" is the latest contender in a field crowded with Chicagos and Coneys.
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.
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…
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