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Erica Pearson

Reporter | Features
Phone: 612-673-4726

Erica Pearson covers features for the Star Tribune, with mini-beat on women’s issues. Before joining the Star Tribune, she spent more than a decade at the New York Daily News, where she was an assistant city desk editor.

A Wisconsin native, Pearson has covered everything from immigration to cops and courts to lifestyle news.
Recent content from Erica Pearson
Frankie Scherer cuts the hair of her dad, Matt Scherer, in the family’s backyard.

With salons and barbershops closed, Minnesotans aren't keeping up appearances

Many folks are going without makeup and other grooming products or breaking out the hair clippers and drugstore hair dye.
For Jonah Larson, crocheting is more than a hobby.

5 crafts you can teach yourself to calm your mind and keep you busy

You can only watch so much Netflix.Taking up a new craft (or two) is fun and offers proven benefits.
Support systems and humor are tools parents are using as they cope with two full-time jobs.

Minnesota parents are working at home and making it work

Using support systems and humor, Minnesota parents are finding ways to tackle two full-time jobs at once.
People sat a recommended distance apart from each other during the presentation of the new FIAT 500 electric car in Milan on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.

Minnesotans may have a leg up when it comes to social distancing

Michael Osterholm is a frequent flier, often racking up more than 200,000 miles a year. But as the number of U.S. coronavirus cases climbs, the…
30-day Sleep Challenge: Small changes to nighttime habits can make big difference

30-day Sleep Challenge: Small changes to nighttime habits can make big difference

Many of us have come to learn about our sleep rhythms and make small, doable changes that improved the quality and quantity of our rest.
Rather than moving to downsize, Arlys and John Edson remodeled the kitchen of their longtime home in Plymouth.

Instead of downsizing, Twin Cities baby boomers remodel homes for long haul

Downsizing is still happening, but later, studies suggest.
30-Day Sleep Challenge: Try these four hacks to help you sleep

30-Day Sleep Challenge: Try these four hacks to help you sleep

Power naps — whether at your desk or in a fancy pod — are just one of the most popular sleep hacks that local experts suggest.
Sleep challenge: sleep hygiene (Jon Krause/Special to the Star Tribune)

Change these habits for a better night's rest

Making a few simple changes in your routine can have a profound effect on how you sleep.
Setting a sleep schedule

How to get on a healthy sleep schedule with our 30 Day Sleep Challenge

You can use information from your sleep diary to help pinpoint adjustments to try in the weeks ahead.
Special to the Star Tribune

Want to sleep better? Join our 30-day Sleep Challenge. Here's how.

Better mood, sharper thinking, improved cardiovascular health: Turns out, getting more sleep can have a profound impact on your quality of life.
Special to the Star Tribune

How keeping a sleep diary could be the key to better health

Our 30-day Sleep Challenge begins with understanding that sleep is essential to our health.
Renting furniture through a subscription service is a growing option. Chicago-based Inhabitr, which rents the furniture shown here, plans to launch in

Bored with your decor? Popular furniture rental options coming soon to Twin Cities

Furniture and home goods subscription services aim to give millennials flexibility and sustainability.
Helen McNulty

Helen McNulty, University of Minnesota Spanish teacher and international consultant, dies at 97

She took all five kids and her husband on study-abroad adventures while she worked as an adviser to the Student Project for Amity Among Nations program.
Minneapolis actress/writer Mo Perry ditched her hair dye two years ago.

These Minnesota women will never say 'dye' again

An online movement to embrace gray hair is helping inspire many women to ditch the hair dye.
Matriarch Digital Media founder and CEO Twila Dang.

Twin Cities mom and radio host builds podcast network 'that talks to grown women'

Matriarch Digital Media's stable of shows aim to offer a place women can go to be "understood, encouraged and uplifted."
Ada Calhoun writes about sleepless nights and sudden rages behind closed doors.

Author tackles Gen X women's midlife crisis: 'You're not imagining it, and it's not just you'

NONFICTION: Journalist Ada Calhoun plumbs the question of what's keeping women up at night.
Sarah Agaton Howes creates “Ojibwe contemporary art for all.”

From blankets to phone cases, this Minnesota designer creates 'Ojibwe contemporary art for all'

There’s often a strawberry in the striking floral designs that Sarah Agaton Howes creates. For the Anishinaabe entrepreneur, teacher and community organizer, the little red…
For Jonah Larson, crocheting is more than a hobby.

An 11-year-old La Crosse boy has become an international crochet phenom

A seventh-grade boy's love of crochet has helped him focus, brought him a viral following and changed his family's life.
The gang returns in "Frozen 2."

Minnesota kid critics weigh in on Frozen 2: It's 'super, super good'

Our panel of kid critics, ages 3 to 9, quickly warmed to Elsa and Anna's return.
Kao Kalia Yang and Shannon Gibney.

Bookmark: A conversation with Kao Kalia Yang and Shannon Gibney

 After suffering a miscarriage at 19 weeks, Kao Kalia Yang wrote a post on Facebook. It was a message addressed to her lost baby, and…
The app Peanut is “like Tinder for moms.”

'Tinder for moms' app Peanut aims to help Twin Cities women make friends

The app doesn't make new friends for you. You still have to put yourself out there.
Patina Park, president and CEO of the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, is among the people represented in the new “#MeToo in Minnesota Hi

Minn. History Center exhibit wants to keep us talking about #metoo

New exhibit at the Minnesota History Center aims to foster a collective conversation about sexual violence.
Margaret "Peg" Filipczak

Margaret Filipczak, tiny tap dancer in New York vaudeville shows turned teacher, dies at 99

Nearly eight decades after she appeared in New York vaudeville shows as a tiny tap dancer, Margaret Filipczak could still knock out a little routine…
Jessie Diggins

Gold medalist Jessie Diggins opens up on working to be own best cheerleader

Olympic gold medalist Jessie Diggins will be in town for live podcast.with Ch. 11's Jana Shortal and to participate in a race on rollerskis through downtown Minneapolis.
Running woman with baby stroller enjoying summer day in park. Jogging or power walking supermom, active family with baby jogger.

This Minnesota researcher is harnessing the power of exercise to fight postpartum depression

University of Minnesota researcher is studying how working out can help prevent postpartum depression for those most at risk.
Azadeh Moaveni

Review: 'Guest House for Young Widows: The Women of ISIS,' by Azadeh Moaveni

NONFICTION: What compels a modern woman to join ISIS? This collection of interviews gives a clue.
Heather Whelpley, an imposter syndrome coach, says Minnesotans’ culture of humility can add to the obstacles associated with impostor syndrome.

With classes, coaching, Twin Cities women tackle impostor syndrome

Twin Cities women — and men — are learning to identify and hopefully fight impostor syndrome.
Sheila O'Connor

Grandma's six-year sentence for teen pregnancy in 1930s inspired Edina author's latest book

Hamline professor uncovers the story of young women who were incarcerated for being pregnant.
Nic Sabatke, left, with his daughter Mae, 1, and son Anders, 3, at a Twin Cities Dads playgroup at Omni Brewing with Keith Nagel and his son Sawyer, 3

'You just have to own it': Twin Cities area stay-at-home dads seek community

Stay-at-home Twin Cities area fathers are banding together to build awareness, gain acceptance and have a little fun.
“I’m hoping I can get 150 slimes ready to go,” said Lucy Keepper.

Twin Cities teen to host Slimesota, a Minnesota festival for slime lovers

The meetup, organized by a 14-year-old, is all about making, buying, selling and trading the gooey DIY toy.
Hamline University senior Anissa Mench rifled through cords and cables during the school’s “free store” event outside Bush Memorial Library.

Cheaper, more sustainable dorm decor: Twin Cities colleges set up free stores and swaps

On-campus reuse stores help students outfit their dorms and make colleges more sustainable.
Canada geese took off from the water near Pine Creek Dike as the sun fell on the Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin.

Birdspotting along the Mississippi flyway

Fall brings vibrant foliage and thousands of migrating birds to a refuge in Trempealeau, Wis.
A kitten took a break while being fed formula with a syringe and rubber nipple by a Bitty Kitty Brigade volunteer.

Twin Cities' Bitty Kitty Brigade steps in to save the tiniest, neediest kittens

Bitty Kitty Brigade volunteers care for neonatal cats too small and vulnerable for traditional shelters.
Bryan Enloe and his wife Jennie Enloe laughed as they watch their sons play in the Hideaway Speakeasy.

White Bear Lake family trades home for life traveling to fairs around U.S.

In January, the Enloes began driving the country, selling pizza at fairs and livestock shows. Now they're home.
The Rev. Elizabeth Downing Heller

The Rev. Elizabeth Downing Heller, first woman pastor at Westminster Presbyterian, dies

The 92-year-old was an art lover who amassed an outsized collection of religious works that now fill the walls of her church.
Jim Segal is the third owner of Ax-Man Surplus in St. Paul; “there’s nothing like the Ax-Man,” he said.

'We still have the iron lung': Digging through the oddities at Ax-Man Surplus

The shop on University Avenue in St. Paul has supplied tinkerers, inventors and artists for more than half a century.
Polly West stands outside her A-frame pop-up camper at William O’Brien State Park.

Women RVers rally in Minnesota, with potluck, crafts and laughter

These local women are building community and getting comfortable in the driver's seat.
Children from the TowerLight Child Care Center helped Joan Johnson, from the TowerLight Memory Care Unit, water plants as part of their multigeneratio

Little kids and 'grandfriends' get care under the same roof in St. Louis Park

When you put a preschool and a senior living facility together, kids gain skills while older adults gain purpose.
Savanna Pieper and Maria Donnay met Lindsey Stupica in an underwater tunnel while Stupica swam in a saltwater tank at SeaQuest.

A day in the life of a mermaid at the Rosedale mall

Blowing underwater kisses, communing with sting rays and making magic happen is part of the job for a professional mermaid.
Podcaster Molly May MacMahon, fashion Instagrammer Paxyshia Yang and Gabrielle Hruska, owner of Real Life Coffee and Yoga are at the forefront of the

These Twin Cities women are propelling the body positivity movement

The Twin Cities has become a nexus for the body positivity movement, with plus-size pool parties, adventure camps and yoga classes.
Dr. Leslie Reed examines a wood turtle that was hit by a car. Shell repair is among her specialties.

This Minnesota wildlife vet can fix turtle shells, opossum toothaches and more

Dr. Leslie Reed has created a dentistry practice, cultivated a specialty in turtle shell repair and built a training program at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota.

End of school year can be start of 'summertime anxiety' for some kids

To adults, the summer break seems ideal, but it can be unsettling for kids. Here's how to identify and deal with summer anxiety.
Brynnie Rowberg

U.S. Foreign Service trailblazer Brynhild Rowberg dies at 101

Decades after she retired from the foreign service, even after her 100th birthday had come and gone, Brynhild (Brynnie) Rowberg stayed up to date on…
Minneapolis art therapist and vintage seller Lauren Callis Erickson with several examples of her "visible mending" handiwork.

Thrifty Minnesotans turn worn-out clothes into 'ethical' works of art with 'visible mending'

Artsy, thrifty "visible mending" movement encourages folks to repair clothes by hand.
Nicki Eisenrich of Minneapolis was happy to get a high score as she played a "Ghostbusters" machine during the women's pinball tournament at TILT in M

Twin Cities' lady pinball wizards create own space in a male-dominated scene

Women are working to build a supportive community as pastime regains popularity.
No Visible Bruises by Rachel Louise Snyder

REVIEW: 'No Visible Bruises,' by Rachel Louise Snyder

NONFICTION: Award-winning book exposes the myths of domestic violence through moving in-depth portraits.
Photos provided by Open Door Minneapolis

Get an insider's look at 115 spaces during Minneapolis' new Doors Open festival

A weekend-long event celebrating architecture and civic pride comes to Minneapolis May 18-19.
National Screen-Free Week starts Monday.

Can you go a week without using a screen? Try this digital detox

A Twin Cities dad is challenging families to pledge to ditch devices for national Screen-Free Week.
A psychologist wants to make boyhood less dangerous for boys.

How do you raise your son to be a good man? Start with 'special time'

Connection is key to raising boys into good men, new book argues
430 Oak Grove, in Loring Park, is among the venues listed on the Doors Open website.

Couldn't volunteer for the Final Four? Doors Open Minneapolis needs you

Greeters will get a "front-of-the-line" pass during civic fest.
Dana Logan and Mady Lipkin, the team behind Minneapolis resale business Kollektiv, checked for treasure at Unique thrift store in New Hope.

Thrifting 101 with the Twin Cities' best 'treasure' hunters

A Marie Kondo-inspired increase in donated goods has "thrifters" teaching others the resale ropes.
Megan K. Stack
Photo by Paul Miller

Review: 'Women's Work: A Reckoning With Work and Home,' by Megan K. Stack

NONFICTION: A journalist explores the implications of hiring someone to help care for her kids so she can continue to work.
Wearables such as the Owlet Smart Sock can track heart rate and oxygen levels.

You can use tech to track your baby's every movement and milestone — but should you?

Apps and wearables track naps, sunlight exposure and much more. Some parents find the data reassuring, but pediatricians and privacy experts are raising concerns.
The marshmallow pit's mallows are really made of foam at Candytopia in the Mall of America.

5 things to know about Candytopia, a sugary wonderland at Mall of America

A new pop-up installation at MOA is Instagram-worthy, but it isn't exactly cheap.
Rain and melting snow made for formidable puddles on roads Saturday in Excelsior.

More than 170 crashes reported as winter storm wreaked havoc Saturday

A winter storm warning was in effect until 1 p.m. Sunday for much of central, southern and western Minnesota, including the Twin Cities.
Alex West Steinman: “We have a lot of really awesome connections that happen out of this day, and I can’t wait to see what happens in Year 2."

Second annual FeMNist Day aims to give women economic empowerment

FeMNist Day aims to boost economic empowerment for women and nonbinary folks.
Manuel Melendez Jr., amateur boxer, printer, Frogtown champion

Manuel Melendez Jr., amateur boxer devoted to Frogtown, dies at 82

“Dynamite comes in small packages,” Manuel Melendez Jr. liked to tell his kids. That’s what the 5-foot-6 amateur boxer, printer and community activist would say…
Overwhelmingly, folks in the Star Tribune's 28-Day Sugar-Free Challenge said they found that going for a month without added sugar made them feel bett

What giving up added sugar gave us

28 days, 3,000 participants, no added sugar: Here are some lessons from the Star Tribune's 28-Day Sugar-Free Challenge.
Sugar free challenge. Fruit and vegetables and cookies. Photographed, on Monday, February 25, 2019. ] photos and cookies by RENEE JONES SCHNEIDER ¥ r

Thousands tackled our sugar-free challenge – and no one came out a loser

Here's how to move forward — and feel good about it — after the 28-Day Sugar-Free Challenge.
Monthlong sugar-free challenge Wednesday January 24, 2019 in Minneapolis, MN.] Jerry Holt •

So long, sugar: Join our 28-Day Sugar Free Challenge

Kick sugar to the curb with the Star Tribune's 28-day challenge.
"A close up shot of a pile of dried bluberries, cherries, cranberries, goji and raisins isolated on white."

We answer your top five FAQs about sugar and your health

Aren't dates sugar bombs? Is stevia ok?Many readers have been asking these and other excellent questions during our 28-Day Sugar-Free Challenge, as we work…
How did sweets end up symbolizing love, and what are the latest sugar-free trends for the holiday?

How to break up with sugar this Valentine's Day

On Valentine's Day, Americans revel in our love for candy. But some are saying no to their sweet tooth.
"That Sugar Film" director Damon Gameau.

Talking sweets with 'That Sugar Film' director

Filmmaker guzzled sugar for 60 days to test its impact.
While honey has more calories than table sugar, it also has some healthy nutrients that refined sugars don’t, such as antioxidants, amino acids and

Is honey any better for you than sugar?

A body processes fructose from sources such as honey and maple syrup just as it does fructose from regular table sugar.

Sugar by any other name is still as sweet: How to be a label detective

Sugar goes by many names. Here's how to avoid hidden added sugars in packaged food.
KDWB's Falen Bonsett.

Twin Cities women tackle adult bullying in 'Donut Mess With Us' event

Falen Bonsett, Sarah Edwards and other prominent women will share stories and take on trolls.
Hillary Frank

How to play 'What's on My Butt?' and other wisdom from the author of 'Weird Parenting Wins'

Advice by parents for parents acknowledges the frustration, stress and wacky joys of raising children.
Jamil Jan Kochai Photo by Jalil Kochai

Review: '99 Nights in Logar,' by Jamil Jan Kochai

FICTION: Funny, wise and magical debut novel pays homage to "1,001 Nights."

How do you Aufguss?

Aufguss basics What it is: A German sauna wellness ritual, with essential oils and a “sauna meister” guiding the experience and tending the heat. Where…
Steam emanated from the bodies of Tricia Sletten, standing center, and others fresh from the sauna during a cool-down on the roof of Minneapolis’ He

Twin Cities saunagoers heat up in intense German 'aufguss' wellness ritual

This sauna experience combines high heat (like a Finnish sauna) with lots of steam (like a Russian banya), with some aromatherapy mixed in.
One of the criteria that helped Seattle top the hygge list: more fireplaces.

Website's hygge tally ranks the Twin Cities third in coziness

Website's hygge tally ranks the Twin Cities third in the nation. How can that be?
The company Siskiyou Sungrown offers a variety of CBD products.

Cannabis for Christmas? In Minnesota, CBD products are hot this holiday

CBD, a cannabis compound, is in everything from gumdrops to bath bombs.
Add these five toys from Minnesota makers to your holiday list

Add these five toys from Minnesota makers to your holiday list

From plush dolls to craft kits, give the gift of a locally-made toy this year.
A small town nestled in the foothills of the Himalayans. iStock

Review: "All the Lives We Never Lived," by Anuradha Roy

FICTION: A man looks back on his childhood, trying to understand why his mother fled the family.
Twin Cities designer Cori Taylor modeled an item from her athleticwear line, CoriTaylorMN. “I carry around, like, 11 tubes of ChapStick with me all

More designers challenge 'pocket inequality' in women's clothing

Tired of decorative rather than practical clothing, more women are demanding deep and plentiful pockets.