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Sharyn Jackson

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Sharyn Jackson is a Star Tribune features reporter.

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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Campiello in Eden Prairie has remodeled after 20 years.

After 20 years in Eden Prairie, Campiello remodels, introduces new menu

The Italian restaurant modernizes its look and updates its menu.
The Juicy Lucy Pizza at Giordano’s in Minneapolis.

New Juicy Lucy pizza at Giordano's pays cheesy homage to classic burger

The Chicago-style pizzeria has concocted a head-scratching take on our beloved cheese-stuffed burger.
Glitter is a big thing at Minnesota Nice Cream.

New Minnesota Nice Cream shop tops its tie-dye cones with edible glitter

The Minneapolis ice cream shop is a hit on social media because of its over-the-top creations.
The graffiti-covered food stalls at Cargo Food Authority, shown here under construction, are built out of shipping containers.

Target Center replacing Hubert's with shipping container-themed restaurant

Cargo Food Authority, opening in November, will serve global fare, food court-style.
The bar at Colita, the new restaurant from the owners of Martina.

After Martina's runaway success, owners unveil Mexican restaurant in south Minneapolis

Colita brings 'Tex-Oaxacan' cuisine and fermented cocktails to the Twin Cities.
LaCroix sparkling water is facing a lawsuit that claims its flavorings are not natural.

LaCroix sparkling water faces cockroach killer lawsuit; fans rally in defense

A lawsuit asks whether the beloved beverage is natural — or poison.
Former Minnesota Viking Keith Nord

Former Vikings defensive back Keith Nord dies at 61

Nord died at his home in Orono on Sept. 19. The cause was cancer.
The Minneapolis food truck, Hibachi Daruma, is opening a new restaurant.

Japanese food truck opening restaurant in Minneapolis' former Bombay Bistro

Hibachi Daruma will open for lunch and dinner in November.
A steakhouse called 801 Chophouse is going into the former Barnes & Noble. Shown here is the St. Louis location.

Steakhouse moving into former Barnes & Noble in downtown Minneapolis

The Denver-based 801 Chophouse will open next fall.
The Red Rabbit sign has replaced the famed Wild Onion neon in St. Paul.

Grand Avenue's former Wild Onion transforms into Red Rabbit, opens Tuesday

What was a once a raucous college bar is now the second outpost of the Minneapolis Italian joint.
Coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts.

Where to get National Coffee Day freebies this Saturday in Twin Cities

Get your buzz for free at these coffee chains.
O’Gara’s regulars Joe Shea, from left, Patrick Lynch and Sara Clemetson chat at the bar. Shea has been coming to O’Gara’s with his family sinc

Last call for St. Paul landmark bar O'Gara's, closing this weekend

A smaller version of the 77-year-old Irish pub will be back late next year as part of a redevelopment project.
Maia Haag has written 40 titles that can be personalized to bring a story to life for a child. Now, she has added pets to the mix.

Minnesota children's author personalizes books to promote literacy

Maia Haag is the author of 40 titles under her publishing company, I See Me, that can be personalized for any child. And now, any dog.
All About Dogs Day is a great time to get a beautiful photo of a pet against the backdrop of 38,000 tulips in bloom.

Dogs will have their day at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Canine companions are welcome on All About Dogs Day, when Three-Mile Drive becomes a walking route for the family dog.
In this screen grab from @sarapelissero's viral tweet, 3-year-old Tegan sings DMX lyrics.

Minnesota toddler racks up 5M views while rapping DMX and cleaning dishes

The Twittersphere was impressed with a 3-year-old's rapping — and her tidying-up skills.
An assortment of April Fools' Day cupcakes at Nadia Cakes in Woodbury.

'Unicorn poop' tops the extravagant April Fools' treats at Minn. cupcake shop

Nadia Cakes makes extreme gag cupcakes for the day of practical jokes and pranks.
Isla Horscroft of Chanhassen organized a soccer clinic for girls in Nicaragua with help from an Ann Bancroft Foundation grant.

The Ann Bancroft Foundation, founded by the polar explorer, funds Minnesota girls' dreams

For many recipients, winning a grant gives them the encouragement they need to raise more funds.
Matzo ball soup

Sinkers vs. floaters: a matzo ball taste-off for Passover

Two colleagues put their matzo ball recipes to the test.
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.
fantasy gaming
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.
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