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Katy Read

Reporter | Carver and western Hennepin Counties
Phone: 612-673-4583
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Katy Read is a reporter covering Carver County and western Hennepin County. She has also covered aging, workplace issues and other topics for the Star Tribune. She was previously a reporter at the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, La., and the Duluth News-Tribune.


Read has also written for Salon, Real Simple, Working Mother, Minnesota Monthly, the Chicago Sun-Times, The Toronto Globe and Mail and other publications. Her essays have been published in several anthologies including "Fearless Confessions: A Writer's Guide to Memoir." She has won a Minnesota State Arts Board grant and multiple literary awards, as well as four fellowships for journalists on aging. She is a Minnetonka native and a University of Minnesota graduate. Her most exciting hobbies include working (very slowly) on a memoir, cruising the internet and walking her dog.
Recent content from Katy Read
The century-old house, the subject of a dispute over historic preservation, inched down Excelsior’s Lake Street on Friday en route to its new site n

Instead of wrecking ball, century-old Excelsior cottage gets new home

Businessman planning to move to the city steps up to save a historic cottage from demolition.

Fleeing man shoots at officers; Anoka County sheriff's deputy fires back

Nobody was seriously injured in the Saturday morning incident.

Grants available for Minnesota grocers to process SNAP purchases outside the store

Minnesotans who buy groceries using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits can soon pay for them via curbside pickup or delivery, letting them buy groceries…
Mark Webster, shown at Hwy. 5 and Audubon Road, now works as a security guard at the Prince museum at Paisley Park.

Longtime Prince associate wants to rename Chanhassen streets in his honor

A longtime associate and a neighbor would need state and city approval to see their vision through.
Robert Weinzierl, resident of the Waters in Plymouth, seen through a window, appeared to be happy to receive breakfast and gifts as part of the city�

Plymouth city workers take breakfast to veterans on this year's Veterans Day

Annual breakfast a time to reflect, appreciate service members in Plymouth.
Invasive zebra mussels have been found in scores of lakes in Minnesota. Researchers applied a copper solution to one bay in Lake Minnetonka.

Research using copper in Lake Minnetonka to eradicate zebra mussels shows promise

Lake Minnetonka study showed pesticide dramatically reduced zebra mussels while sparing most other species.

Two die in overnight crashes on Minnesota roads

Two people died in separate crashes on Minnesota roads overnight Friday.About 11 p.m., 31-year-old George Menchaca of Kerkhoven, Minn., died when his car, headed west…
From left: Jim Friedlander, J.D. MacRae and Lynn Hooper

Three-man team seeking write-in votes to 'Save Deephaven'

Upset with city rulings, the trio have launched a grassroots campaign.
Dr. Deborah Birx, shown here with Vice President Mike Pence in Maplewood this past spring, visited Rochester on Saturday.

In Rochester, Birx expresses 'deep concerns' about COVID-19 picture in Minnesota

The White House's COVID-19 adviser sounds a dire alarm after meeting with Gov. Tim Walz and other state and local officials.
Helen Q. Kivnick

Helen Q. Kivnick, psychologist who created social justice programs, dies at 70

Helen Q. Kivnick co-authored a book with a famous psychologist, developed programs to help aging people and at-risk youths, and was nominated for a Grammy…
Matt Dean of Dellwood and other supporters of Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett rallied Saturday near DFL headquarters in St. Paul.

St. Paul rally supports court nominee, but protest called off for COVID-19 concerns

A "Fill the Seat" rally was taking place Saturday morning, while an anti-Barrett march was canceled.

Chaska Historical Society opens this year's exhibit remotely

The exhibit explores the lives of various groups who settled in Chaska through the years.
Jay Spika, who uses a wheelchair due to disabilities caused by muscular sclerosis and gets help from a home care aide, spoke at Saturday's rally in St

Home care providers and clients rally for support from Minnesota legislators

Even before COVID, the industry was struggling from a shortage of workers.

2 die in crash with man fleeing Otter Tail County deputies

The suspect, who ran a stop sign, suffered noncritical injuries.
St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard

Some St. Paul public school students to begin returning to classrooms

The district will launch Stage 1 of a hybrid learning program Oct. 19, with others to follow.
Until recently thick with vegetation and disintegrating buildings, the park on Coney Island has been transformed into an inviting escape for hikers an

Coney Island in Lake Waconia now open for hiking, picnics

The $1.5 million project is part of a larger project shaping Lake Waconia Regional Park.
David Williams dug up sweet potatoes in the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum vegetable garden.

Beginners learn to be farmers at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

In its first year, the Sustainable Horticulture Training Program has offered hands-on education to students with a variety of goals.
Dave Free walked his dog, Dita, along a street in downtown Excelsior that has many charming older houses mixed in with larger, new construction that s

Excelsior residents are divided over tight new zoning rule

Some say it could help preserve charming old houses; others say it's too subjective.
An overhead view of the University of St. Thomas campus in St. Paul looking toward the Mississippi River.

University of St. Thomas student assaulted by a group in St. Paul

The victim tried to help a person he thought was on drugs, authorities say.

3 killed in Friday crashes on Minnesota roads

Six people suffered noncritical injuries, the State Patrol said.
Italian prisoners of war harvest onions near Princeton, Minnesota, at the O.J. Odegard farms, September 1943. Italian World War II POWs in Minnesota h

Did German POWs really work on Minnesota farms during World War II?

About 400,000 Axis prisoners of war captured during World War II were dispatched to 500 camps around the United States. Many Minnesotans are unfamiliar with this episode in history.
Under a new ordinance taking effect Oct. 1, Excelsior’s Planning Commission will review each housing design individually with input from an architec

Excelsior City Council votes to require case-by-case approval for new or expanding homes

Supporters said the new ordinance will preserve the city's character, while opponents argued it would be too subjective.
Michael and Carol Allen of Plymouth walked along Wayzata's new lakeside plaza with their dog Tug. The couple was out walking to celebrate Carl's birth

Long-awaited streetside plaza opens along downtown Wayzata waterfront

The development was already drawing visitors this week, and many said they liked it.
Several hundred people marched to the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul as part of the United We Stand & Patriots March for America on Saturday.

State Capitol rally denounces face masks, Black Lives Matter

A couple of hundred people — waving American flags, singing patriotic songs, wearing pro-Donald Trump T-shirts and eschewing face masks — gathered in front of the Minnesota State Capitol Saturday for an event billed as United We Stand & Patriots March for America.
Ricardo Baldazo

Man who allegedly shot at Burnsville police charged with attempted murder

Police responding to a 911 call said shots were fired from inside a house.

Woman shot and killed, man arrested in West St. Paul

Police heard a gunshot as they responded to a domestic disturbance call.
Anita Lovelace, left, and Lynn Strauss stood for a portrait at Mississippi Regional Park with Lovelace's dress, which brought them back together after

Great Minnesota Get-Together reunited long-lost friends

Lynn Strauss and Anita Lovelace missed each other for almost 50 years — until last year's Great Minnesota Get Together helped them get together

One shot, one arrested in Brooklyn Park

The victim is expected to survive, and one man was charged with second-degree assault.

Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber seeking donations to stay afloat

Forced by the pandemic to cancel the public events that pay most of its bills, the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce has asked the community…
Phai Thao got some help from his two sons, Michael 11, and Keng Kue, 5, as they worked to clear a downed tree from the sidewalk in front of their nort

Severe storms felled trees, knocked out power across Minnesota

Crystal, Robbinsdale were hit hard in the Twin Cities metro area.
The Minnesota State Capitol.

Mayor of Victoria bashes equity in run for Minnesota Senate

Tom Funk's campaign sparks backlash among Carver County residents and officials.
Renters and community members organized by Inquilinxs Unidxs Por Justicia and United Renters For Justice protested Saturday outside of what they said

Protesters demand extension of eviction moratorium – even as Walz extends it

The governor will formally extend the COVID-19 peacetime emergency at a special legislative session.
Demolition of the National Sports Center’s velodrome in Blaine was underway on Friday. Officials hope to build another in the metro area by 2023.

Velodrome at National Sports Center in Blaine comes down after 30-year run

Officials with a state cycling nonprofit said they hope to replace the 30-year-old bike-racing facility with a new track elsewhere in the metro area.
People in Forest Lake were wearing their masks Saturday as the state's mandate went into effect.

Statewide mask mandate begins just as COVID-19 confirmed in all Minn. counties

The order from Gov. Tim Walz about face mask use indoors generated mixed reactions from merchants and customers.
Cypress, a 1-year-old pit bull mix, sported a life jacket complete with shark fin as she cooled off in the water at Bde Maka Ska on a hot and humid Sa

After a steamy day, Minnesotans have another stormy night

Tornado warnings were popping up again around 10 p.m., after a number early tonight. Friday night's storms downed power lines and trees and triggered two house fires in the metro area.
More than 1,500 buildings in Minnesota, including this AutoZone in Minneapolis, were damaged or destroyed during riots and looting after George Floyd�

With FEMA aid to rebuild from riots denied, state looks elsewhere

As Minnesota leaders pondered their next steps, it's not yet clear what other sources of funds they may tap.
Todd Gerhardt

Retiring city manager oversaw Chanhassen's dramatic growth

In his 34 years working for the city, Todd Gerhardt saw its population more than triple. Now it's time to retire.

U receives $1 million to provide mobile health care

The program, to launch in Minneapolis with the donation from Otto Bremer Trust, will help at-risk populations.
Tanner Johnson, 11, set off fireworks in his Excelsior driveway on July 4, 2019.

Fireworks won't soar over Lake Minnetonka at Excelsior this year

Viral pandemic interrupts more than a century of lakeside celebrations.
People gathered to drink on the patio of Kollege Klub in Dinkytown on June 17. It was one of four bars identified by Minnesota health officials as con

Mankato bar owner defends efforts to avoid spread of COVID-19

Steve Wegman, owner of the 507, said he's invested in masks, gloves and cleaning supplies and taken many other steps to protect the health and safety of both customers and employees since Minnesota bars and restaurants reopened at limited capacity this month.

Fergus Falls man dies in motorcycle crash

A 45-year-old Fergus Falls man died Friday afternoon in a motorcycle crash on Interstate 94 in Wilkin County, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.The man,…
Archer Amorosi

Carver County agrees to pay for releasing private records about teen killed by deputies

The information released about their son has become "Archer's legacy," Donald Amorosi said.
A few hundred protesters gathered outside the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis on Saturday to take part in the "International

Emotions run high at Minneapolis protests

A crowd of several hundred gathered in downtown Minneapolis for two back-to-back protests calling for an end to police brutality and racism.
Audrey Larsen

Audrey Larsen, cheerful mother of nine, dies of COVID-19 at 93

Outgoing and cheerful, Audrey Josephine Larsen rarely missed an opportunity to make someone else smile or laugh. With friends and family, new acquaintances and even…
Cristo Rey student Maria Medel, part of a graduating class of 124, waved to her teachers, who cheered from the school’s roof during their drive-thro

Minneapolis high school sends off low-income graduates with high hopes for success

Cristo Rey students are graduating into uncertain world, but prepared to shine.
Wayne Berg worked with his staff on repairing and cleaning the heavily damaged St. Vincent de Paul thrift store, Friday, June 5, 2020 in Minneapolis

Wisdom, empathy help put back together a looted Minneapolis thrift store

Wayne Bugg got help to improve his life. Now he's paying it forward as he works to put the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store back together.
The "World's Largest Animated Talking Bunyan” — 26 feet tall, seated — at Paul Bunyan Land in Brainerd, Minn., Sept. 6, 2016. In this age of hyp

Which state has the best claim to Paul Bunyan?

The earliest reliable account a logging-camp tale was from — brace yourself, Minnesotans — Wisconsin. But Minnesota figures prominently in Paul Bunyan's journey after that.
Lisa Sayles-Adams

Amid racial conflict, Eastern Carver County chooses first black superintendent

Eastern Carver County schools have battled accusations of racist bullying, inequities.
St. Paul officers responding to a call in the 200 block of Belvidere Street East on Saturday morning found a man unconscious and not breathing with si

Police called to St. Paul homicide morning after neighbor heard gunshots

Police said a man was found dead at the home.
Seneca Krueger sat for a portrait with her dog Zelda Friday, May 15, 2020 outside her home in St. Paul.

St. Paul rescue dog leaves new home, goes on her own 'Incredible Journey'

She had no map, no GPS, not the vaguest sense of the metro area's geography. But somehow a rescue dog named Zelda found her way home.

Morgan Yesnes, who focused on living every day despite terminal illnesses, dies at 24

Born with a heart defect, he had open-heart surgery when he was four days old and spent most of his life in the shadow of dire prognoses.
Wabasha Street Caves.

St. Paul's Wabasha Street Caves venue will close in November

With revenue vanishing during the shutdown, the event center can't stay afloat, its owner said.
Steve Schussler said he is considering whether to take his lawsuit against Minnetonka Beach over a municipal dock further.

Rainforest Cafe founder, wife lose suit over dock in front of Lake Minnetonka property

Steven Schussler said he's mulling over whether to appeal the decision.
Bill Friedrich looked through books with his grandsons Will, 2, center, and Sully, 5, at Excelsior Bay Books.

Independent book stores finding path to survival during virus outbreak

People have more time to read or assemble jigsaw puzzles.
Rick Born wanted to build a five-story building on a site that currently houses his technology firm, RBA Consulting, along with other offices, a brewe

Big lakeshore complex won't happen, Wayzata officials decide

A Wayzata businessman who has failed three times to win city approval to put up a massive, multiuse building on Lake Minnetonka says he’s done…
Cars drove past the Harrison Sculpture Garden and Shrub Walk and its blooming magnolia and pear trees Friday afternoon at the Minnesota Landscape Arbo

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum opens to vehicle traffic

Visitors are excited to see the vivid spring gardens — even from their car windows.
Excelsior officials are considering zoning ordinance proposals that could make residential construction and remodeling standards the strictest in the

In fight to preserve character, Excelsior weighs strictest zoning rules in state

Proposed review board could also give Lake Minnetonka enclave the toughest residential zoning regulations in the state.
A woman, who identified herself as a registered nurse in a local emergency room, was taunted by a few protesters Saturday outside the governor's resid

With honks, signs and flags, about 250 protest Walz's antivirus measures

Minnesota's restrictions are 'killing a mosquito with a sledgehammer,' one protester complained.
Golfers kept more than the recommended social distance from one another as they putted on the first hole Saturday at Columbia Golf Club.

Golfers enjoy the 'new normal' as Minnesota courses reopen

On a warm and sunny Saturday — the first day Minnesota golf courses were allowed to open after a statewide shutdown began in March — just walking around on the course felt pretty good.
Differences in sun and wind can affect maple syrup yields in microclimates not far from each other.

Some Minnesota maple syrup producers report a sweet season, others not so much

In some parts of Minnesota, the sap flowed at record levels. In others, not so much.
A controlled burn clears the way for new plants, but visitors may not get to enjoy them.

Arboretum enters normally busy spring without visitors

A skeleton crew works to tend thousands of plants in the U's popular Carver County garden.
SE. Minnesota, part of Twin Cities metro under winter storm warning

SE. Minnesota, part of Twin Cities metro under winter storm warning

The Twin Cities metro area will also be in the storm's path; the forecast calls for about 5 inches at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
St. John's University campus and abbey from the air.

College of St. Benedict and St. John's University will share a president

The two Minnesota schools, one for women and the other for men, already share courses, facilities and programs.
Steve Schussler

Rainforest Cafe founder, wife sue over municipal dock in front of their Lake Minnetonka property

They say the structure is a safety hazard that limits the use of their shoreline.
The coastline of Park Point in Duluth in October 2019.

Two rescued after canoe capsizes in Lake Superior

The men had personal flotation devices on board but weren't wearing them, the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office said.
Plans for Panoway on Wayzata Bay include a streetside plaza with a water feature, bike path and other amenities.

Wayzata moves ahead with major lakefront project despite virus

Construction during shutdown could minimize any disruptions to business, city officials decided.
Volunteer Larry Macht and archaeologist Kelly Wolf cleaned and bagged artifacts unearthed during trail construction on Coney Island in Lake Waconia.

Small artifacts on Coney Island in Lake Waconia hold ancient stories

They might not look like much, but the tiny fragments contain clues about life on the island 1,500 years ago.
Shooting around together while staying appropriately distant, from left, Mac Doherty, Luke Bishop, Isaac Siegel and Jack Streibeich got in some basket

Minnesota weather cooperating with folks needing a quiet walk

It's a good year to be outdoors, one place you can still safely venture.
The bustling Pie & Mighty pie shop in Minneapolis sold 120 pies in about two hours on its opening day, which was Pi Day.

Shops, parks, other Twin Cities places are busy despite virus fears

Customers shrug off COVID-19 worries, line up to celebrate Pi Day at new Minneapolis pie shop.
Folks took advantage of Saturday's unseasonably mild weather to enjoy a walk on the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis.

Twin Cities enjoying warmest weekend since last October

People hit the outdoors during the warmest weekend since October.
Maria Jimenez, who has been working as a commercial janitor for 19 years, chanted and walked the picket line with other SEIU Local 26 members and supp

Twin Cities janitors: We'll strike Monday if no agreement by then

A union representing 4,000 janitors is still negotiating with 18 companies over wages and safety training.
Using marbles and jars, Victoria residents Sheila Butler, Jerret Coon and Christian Pederson practiced distributing budget items in Victoria's Citizen

Victoria's Citizens Academy shows the complexities of city government

Participants learn about utilities, road construction, public safety, sewers.
Police worked at the scene of a double shooting Saturday afternoon in southwest Minneapolis. Two people were wounded in what police called a domestic

Two shot, gravely wounded in southwest Minneapolis home

Police said a domestic dispute led to the gunfire.
John Sheridan-Giese, who has four children at East Union Elementary, joined a crowd of about 50 at the Eastern Carver County School District meeting i

Closing of tiny elementary school in Carver County postponed

Eastern Carver district must cut its budget by $14M after voters rejected a referendum in November.
Vials of naloxone, which is used to treat a narcotic overdose in emergency situations. Ramsey County deputies administered naloxone to all three of th

Rash of overdoses could mean contaminated heroin, Ramsey County Sheriff's Office warns

Within six hours, the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office responded to two heroin overdoses in Shoreview and one in White Bear Township.