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Connie Nelson

Senior editor | Lifestyle
Phone: 612-673-7087
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Connie Nelson is the senior editor for lifestyles for the Star Tribune. 

Prior to becoming an editor, she wrote extensively on home- and garden-related topics.
Recent content from Connie Nelson
“Jump Start” features the family of Joe and Marcy Cobb.

'Jump Start,' one of the first comics about Black Americans, comes to the Sunday Star Tribune

Robb Armstrong tackles racism, classism, homelessness and bullying, and he does it quite deftly — in a comic strip.But "Jump Start," which is celebrating its…
Stack of books isolated on a white background BY THE BOOK SOLUTION FOR SOUTHDALE MALL

Amid the pandemic, books have become even more precious

I never thought much about getting books — books were always just around. I fished them out of Little Free Libraries. Friends lent or gave…
Stack of books isolated on a white background BY THE BOOK SOLUTION FOR SOUTHDALE MALL

Bookmark: In which a snobbish reader finds comfort in popular books

I’m fussy about my books. I take recommendations only from people whose taste in literature I admire. I usually buy one book at a time,…
Tomato plants will need protection to get through the frost that's forecast.

Get your blankets out and your pots inside tonight. A frost may be on its way.

Alan Branhagen was tempted. He actually thought about planting tomatoes and peppers. It had been a fairly warm spring, he reasoned. And, like everyone else,…
A pair of dogs were heedless of the 6-foot rule at the Bloomington off-leash dog park on Tuesday evening. The CDC now says it’s best to avoid dog pa

Social distancing is now advised for pets, but feel free to interact with your animal

Fido and friends may end up on a short leash now that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that cats, dogs and…
Heather Negen got a kiss from Leon, one of her dog Odin's playmates, while at the Bloomington Off-leash Dog Park Tuesday evening.

CDC recommends social distancing for dogs, cats, other animals

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending that cats, dogs and other animals keep the same social distancing as recommended for humans.…
Get the most out of walking, which is the default exercise of many.

Gyms are closed, but you can still get a good workout by walking: Here's how

With gyms closed, how to get the most out of walking, the default outdoor exercise for many.
StretchLab is a hands-on, assisted stretch session in which a trained Flexologist moves you through a series of stretches.There are two Twin Cities lo

StretchLab, an assisted-stretch boutique gym, opens in Minneapolis

Assisted stretching can help you get the relief your body needs.
Adam Minter

Where do our castoffs go? A Q&A with Minnesota writer Adam Minter, author of 'Secondhand'

What happens to the set of heirloom china no one in the family wants? Where does your iPhone 5 end up? And do those pilled…
Tips to help you get an early start on winter pot and window-box season

Tips to help you get an early start on winter pot and window-box season

Wintertime plant containers are "little pieces of art that make a house a home."
Nicole Vibar makes three Got Moxys with dragon berry Bacardi, lime juice, blackberry puree, cherry bitters spritz, and a lime at Moxy hotel bar in dow

5 Twin Cities hotel bars with the best staycation getaway vibes

These Twin Cities spots feel like an escape -- no plane ticket necessary.
Erin Lee Carr writes about her father, former Twin Cities Reader editor David Carr, in her raw and earnest memoir, "All That You Leave Behind."

Erin Lee Carr remembers her wild and loving dad, David Carr, in new memoir

NONFICTION: Journalist David Carr's daughter Erin Lee Carr intertwines his story with hers.
Author Fifi O'Neill says "there are no rules" to the global bohemian style.

'Global Bohemian' author to appear at Junk Bonanza vintage market in Shakopee

The eclectic bohemian style, all the rage on the coasts, gets an international twist in a new book.
At OsteoStrong, trainers formulate a workout that's intended to help you build not muscle but bone mass. Eden Prairie manager Ryan Dayton works with a

Want better bones? Skeletal strength is the aim at new Eden Prairie gym

OsteoStrong promises a "sweat-free," "painless" way to strengthen your skeletal system.
Aerobic exercise can help keep your weight under control.

What women can do to fight 'menopause belly'

It's only one symptom of menopause, but women say it's the most bothersome.
From left: Paul Morissey, Andy Warhol, Viva, and local art dealer and salon owner Gordon Locksley.

Vintage Minnesota: Andy Warhol visits a swinging '60s Valentine's party

Art dealer and salon owner Gordon Locksley threw a bash at his Minneapolis mansion.
The Metrodome roof, seen on Dec. 12, 2010, collapsed due to snow and high winds.

Vintage Minnesota: The 2010 Dome collapse

After a fierce winter storm dumped 17 inches of snow, three sections of the Teflon-coated fiberglass roof tore.
Mrs. Fred McNee surveyed damage at Harry’s Cafe, the restaurant founded by her father, Harry Doust.

Vintage Minnesota: Fire destroys Minneapolis landmark Harry's Cafe

No one was injured, but it was the end of a long culinary tradition.
Karl Wallenda. left, supervised his grandchildren, Rietta, 17, and Mario, 21, and student Louis Murillo.

Vintage Minnesota: A high-flying tribute to the Wallendas

The Wallendas performed in the Twin Cities in 1978.
Tomoo Horikita, left, and Koichi Tada, members of a seven-man group of snow sculptors from Sapporo, Japan, presented a bust of the late Sen. Hubert H.

Vintage Minnesota: Remembering Hubert Humphrey

Statesman was honored in many ways, including with snow.
Despite their ever-expanding range of colors and styles, red poinsettias remain the most popular.

How to care for poinsettias, the Christmas forever flower

We've had a lasting love affair with poinsettias, in part because they get better every year.
There's hope for a happy holiday.

Not feeling the joy of the season? Here's how to be happier all year

Happiness isn't guaranteed to come to us like a delivery from Amazon Prime, even — or especially — at this time of year.
Review: 'The Melody,' by Jim Crace

Review: 'The Melody,' by Jim Crace

Fiction: An aging singer is attacked by an unknown creature, which terrifies his town.
Most of the Käthe Wohlfahrt store's ornaments are handmade in Europe.

Where to eat and shop in Stillwater, a town with year-round holiday cheer

The river town offers boutique shopping, upscale cuisine and a taste of the holidays year-round.
Minneapolis illustrator and cartoonist Kevin Cannon.

Acclaimed Minnesota cartoonist redesigns beloved 'Oh, You Turkey': 'It's iconic'

Artist Kevin Cannon ditches Mary Tyler Moore for pumpkin pie in illustration.
There’s no cure for the annoying common cold -- just let nature take its course.

Say goodbye to 7-10 days: This and other little-known facts about common cold

A Mayo Clinic expert on cold weather, if zinc can help, when to see a doctor and if there's a cold vaccine on the way.

What does your gut say? How 'the bugs inside us' affect overall health

A Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist talks about good bugs vs. bad bugs, food vs. supplements, "brugs" and more.
Caregiving duties more often fall to women.

Mayo Clinic expert on caring for elderly: 'We're going to face a huge crisis'

Prof. Joan Griffin on why caregiving has been women's work, the risks and benefits of being a caregiver and what older adults can do to be prepared.
The friendly Fynn is a two-year-old hound mix from Arkansas handled by Wags & Whiskers.

The cutest rescue dogs in Minneapolis pose for pictures in hopes of getting adopted

A Minneapolis photographer takes glamour shots of rescue dogs to help them get adopted.
Author Lorraine Massey embraces her hair: curls, silver grays and all.

Famous 'Curly Girl' hairstylist now urging women to embrace their gray

With her new book, a longtime stylist hopes to free women from the tyranny of coloring gray hair.
Kathy Freeman’s carefully planned garden flows seamlessly from the front of her St. Paul yard to the back.

Beauty secrets and shortcuts of an artfully composed garden in St. Paul

A mishap inspired a St. Paul woman to create — and refine — her artfully composed garden.
Participants in ZeSa Fitness classes perform exercises on souped-up Bosu-style balls, called Activator Platforms, which make the exercises more challe

Intense Minneapolis workout helps you build strength – by keeping you off balance

A full-body workout, developed in Minnesota, uses unstable platforms to build strength.
Veteran runner Tom Cousins is doing his part to keep Lake of the Isles “a beautiful place.”

Lake of the Isles jogger is waging running battle against trash

Tom Cousins is at Lake of the Isles almost every morning and almost every day of the year.

Readers say when it comes to book length, 'less is more'

Many long books are fine, of course, but folks don't like books that just go on and on.
garden tools on a wooden table. view from above

Fall chores are part of living in Minnesota – do them now

A little bit of extra yard work this autumn will pay off in the spring.
Sometimes reading a long book can be a slog.

Are you tired of reading 500-page-plus 'epic' novels?

Even if the stories and the writing can't support the length, bigger has somehow become better.
A crate of Honeycrisp apples.

20 things you didn't know about Minnesota's famous Honeycrisp apples

Not only is the Honeycrisp apple celebrating 20 years of good taste, but the Minnesota-made favorite also is reminding us that it's thoroughly rooted in the North Star State.
Exercise Coach is a new ungym-like gym delivers an effective workout for everyone (except gym rats).

Hate to work out? Eden Prairie gym has the workout for you

A new ungym-like gym delivers an effective workout for everyone — except gym rats.
Not your average triathlon, Wanderlust 108 incorporates a 5K run/walk, yoga and guided meditation.

What's a 'mindfulness triathlon'? Find out July 1 in St. Paul

To gear up for the Wanderlust 108 triathlon, you might want to practice something that can be harder than running: sitting still.
Take care of yourself while you're taking care of others.

Twin Cities writer wants to help caregivers find 'balance'

Some tips on "Finding Your Joy in Compassionate Caregiving."
A local photographer catches rare sight of baby owl climbing to safety in Silverwood Park in St. Anthony, Minn.

Photographer captures rare sight of baby owl climbing to safety in Twin Cities park

Who knew that owls could climb? When an owlet fell from its nest, the fuzzy little critter was driven by instinct to get home.
Jessamyn Stanley, author of “Every Body Yoga.”

Body-positive yoga enthusiast wants to help you 'change your life'

Frank, funny, profane yogi tells everyone how to start practicing in her new body-positive book.
Dr. Sharad Paul, author of “The Genetics of Health: Understand Your Genes for Better Health.”

Better health? New Zealand doctor says it's in your genes

A New Zealand doctor explains how evolutionary biology can give you a plan for better health.
Larry Millett

Minnesota architectural writer starts new column, "Lost Twin Cities"

Say hello to "Lost Twin Cities," a monthly column by Larry Millett, a man of history and mystery. Millett is a born-and-bred Minnesotan who has…
Betsy Schow, author of "The Quitter's Guide to Finishing."

Tips on how to get what you really want, from a 'reformed quitter'

Author Betsy Schow gently instructs the quitter in all of us to set personal goals and power through to the finish line.
Tammy Jorgenson tends a boisterous boulevard garden (top) on the large corner lot of her Bayport home. Her front entry garden won a local award.

Bayport woman's passion for planting leads her to become a constant gardener

By following natures lead, a Bayport woman learns life lessons through her garden.
Renowned Japanese architect Kenzo Tange's 1970s annex at the Minneapolis Institute of Art includes a glass-and-brick, multilevel lobby.

Beyond building blocks: Museum as playground

For the kids who'll be attending the Minneapolis Institute of Art's Cityscapes Family Day on Sunday, architecture will be just another word for fun.
“His Bloody Project” by Graeme Macrae Burnet

REVIEW: 'His Bloody Project,' by Graeme Macrae Burnet

FICTION: This gripping novel set in the Scottish Highlands of the 19th century was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize.
Trainer Chandra Rachel, owner of Lagree MSP gym in Plymouth, demonstrated a leg lift on the Megaformer.

That's no torture device: Plymouth gym's Megaformer class offers 'Pilates on steroids'

Plymouth gym's Lagree Fitness Method uses Megaformer machine for a total body workout.
Fly Feet Running.

'Hard-charging' new Minneapolis gym pushes you to 'true maximum'

Fly Feet Running includes running, strength and mobility training and stretching.
Vincent King, a member of a local architectural photography group, took photos outside U.S. Bank Stadium.

Why these Twin Citians take photos of buildings

A group of Twin Cities photographers learn about local architecture through their camera lenses.
Louis de Bernieres

Review: 'Notwithstanding,' by Louis de Bernieres

FICTION: Quirky but true-to-life stories out of a quaint English village.
The Alpha gym at New Hope Life Time Fitness is an open room outfitted with several types of equipment, from jump ropes to cardio machines.

Want to be an Alpha? Check out Life Time Fitness' full-body workout

What it is: Alpha is a full-body workout that emphasizes what Life Time Fitness calls "functional fitness." The exercises — from walking lunges to jumping…
Old beloved books.

Bookmark: The joy of rereading old favorites

Travis sells junk. That’s what he does for a living. But he wasn’t going to sell me a hardcover of “Gone With the Wind” with…
Christine and Abby Cahill stretched before a recent run near their home in ­Plymouth. Abby was born with a life-threatening brain condition and at on

Running is freedom for 6-year-old Plymouth girl with hydrocephalus

Plymouth first-grader born with hydrocephalus loves 5Ks.
A primate ringmaster would like to welcome you to his circus. Enjoy the Show.

Review: 'Mister Monkey,' by Francine Prose

FICTION: In this sharp satire, actors on the skids put on a production of a mawkish play about a monkey.
Marisa Silver.

Review: 'Little Nothing,' by Marisa Silver

FICTION: "Little Nothing" is the tale of a tiny girl born to elderly peasants who goes through many metamorphoses.
Robert Holden

British psychologist wants to put you on 'fast track to happiness'

British psychologist and professional coach Robert Holden will speak at St. Louis Park event on how to " follow your joy."
Nick Strauss-Klein, director of Twin Cities Feldenkrais, taught a group class on the simple practice, a “science-based study of how we move in the w

How to reduce pain and gain flexibility with simple movements

Feldendkrais increases flexibility with light, easy, soft, slow and smooth movement.
Life Time Fitness’ Dan Hubley conducted an active metabolic assessment on Kathy Larrea. The test can help people plan a more effective workout.

What is a metabolic assessment, and how can it help you lose weight?

Knowing how many and what kind of calories you burn can help jump-start your workout.
Jill Merkel, performance dietitian at EXOS-Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center, works with clients Lindsay Kruh, left, and Shane Swanson, of Minneapoli

Looking to lose weight? Here's how a nutrition assessment can help

You needn't be an elite athlete to get your goals, diet and activity evaluated by the EXOS-Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center in Minneapolis.
The CycleBar “theater” is decidedly upscale, with stadium-style seating and large-screen monitors.

Woodbury's CycleBar spinning workout tones your arms and your legs

Boutique gym offers spinning combined with upper-body exercise.
Patrice Koelsch, a volunteer meditation facilitator at Stillwater prison, led a session at Common Ground Meditation Center in south Minneapolis.

Mpls. meditator helps Stillwater prisoners find moments of Zen

For the past 17 years, Patrice Koelsch has been bringing quiet to a chaotic world.
Tish Watson, owner of weRow Fitness Studio in northeast Minneapolis, leads high-energy exercise classes that are accessible to almost anyone.

New Minneapolis rowing gym delivers 'one-and-done workout'

There's a revival in rowing. We tried out a class, and here's what we found.
Heavy spring snows can damage tree branches.

Snow? Cold? Now? What should Minnesota gardeners do?

Coaxed by way-too-warm weather (we've been running 10 to 20 degrees above normal), buds are breaking and tulips are popping out of the ground. Now cold and snow are in the forecast.
Want a different workout? Try aerial fitness at the Aviary in Minneapolis.

New Twin Cities gym offers aerial fitness. Yes, you can do it.

What it is: A new kind of aerial fitness class that uses hammock-like slings to provide support and resistance and get your workout off…
A caravan of buses line up on Nicollet Avenue. (Note the bus ad for defunct Midwest Federal.)

Accidental historian: New Brighton teen captures Minneapolis in the '70s

It was 1968 and Mike Evangelist was 14 when the self-described nerd from New Brighton hopped a bus with a buddy and headed to downtown Minneapolis. The 11-mile trip changed his life.
The winning essays from the 6th annual contest sponsored by the Star Tribune and the United Way.

Twin Cities area kids show how they're making our world better

Essays by Twin Cities area elementary school students reveal all the many things they're doing to make a difference.
Crates of honeycrisp apples sit at Dennis Courtier's Pepin Heights orchard in Lake City, Minn.

New York Times now dissing Minnesota's beloved Honeycrisp apples

In 2014, the New York Times christened the grape salad a quintessential Minnesota Thanksgiving recipe. Now the paper has dissed the darling of the apple world — the Minnesota-developed Honeycrisp.
Nate, of the "Big Nate" comic strip. Provided

Star Tribune weekday comic pages will replace 'Stone Soup' with 'Big Nate'

Hang onto your hat: There’s going to be a change in the Star Tribune’s daily comics. Jan Eliot, creator of the comic strip “Stone Soup,”…

One Day University in Minneapolis offers college-level classes without the cramming

Brian Little has had a distinguished career, teaching at Harvard, Oxford and McGill. Still, he loves what he calls “professing” so much that his postretirement…
Louis de Bernières

Review: 'The Dust That Falls From Dreams,' by Louis de Bernières

FICTION: The dramatic life of an English family unfolds during World War I.
Steep cliffs meet the river in the White Cliffs area of the Breaks.

Canoeing through historic lands, Montana's Missouri River Breaks

A guided trip through the Missouri River Breaks of Montana offers adventure and history in an unspoiled landscape.
Jason Hammerberg, the founder of Hammer Made men’s store, posed inside his Galleria Edina location.

Minneapolis shirt designer wants guys to lift their style game

Jason Hammerberg grew up in a typical Duluth family, the youngest son of an engineer dad and nurse mom — who loved to shop. That,…

A wet spring sets Minnesota gardens up for growth – and potential problems

As a Minnesotan, I feel a tad guilty for complaining about the weather — unless it’s 20 below. But I have to admit that our…