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Katy Read

Reporter | Carver and western Hennepin Counties
Phone: 612-673-4583

Katy Read writes for the Star Tribune's Inspired section. She previously covered Carver County and western Hennepin County as well as aging, workplace issues and other topics since she began at the paper in 2011. Prior to that, she was a reporter at the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, La., and the Duluth News-Tribune and spent 15 years as a freelance writer for national and regional magazines.


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
FreeWriters founder Nate Johnson said the program offers people in jail an opportunity for creative expression and emotional release.

Jail writing program helps reduce stress, clear heads, gain insights

While prison courses are intended to teach writing skills, this jail program has other goals.
Children at Lake Harriet United Methodist Church in Minneapolis played in a pile of (plastic-wrapped) pillows, which will be donated to local homeless

Pillow fort at Minneapolis church is more than just fluffy fun

The pillows donated for the fort will provide comfort for homeless families.
Arielle Grant, founder and CEO of Render Free, a communal wellness organization for women of color, sat for her interview in “Shot of Influence.”

Documentary showcases power of women, including its Minneapolis director

In Gabrieline Reece's documentary, local women share their thoughts on women's influence.
Two bodies found in Scandia lake

Two bodies found in Scandia lake

Witnesses noticed boaters in trouble Friday afternoon on Big Marine Lake in Washington County.
Star Tribune photographer Carlos Gonzalez won a first-place National Headliner Award for this photo of Luke Loewe (12) of Minnesota, as he was blocked

Star Tribune wins five National Headliner Awards

Photographers and columnists received awards.
Christina Woods will sit on the U.S. Senate’s Curatorial Advisory Board.

Duluth Art Institute director expanding involvement by artists of color

Christina Woods has been named to the U.S. Senate's Curatorial Advisory Board.
Bloomington accountant who championed community theater from behind the scenes dies at 76

Bloomington accountant who championed community theater from behind the scenes dies at 76

William Muchow, who died at 76, gave his money, time and knowledge to theaters throughout Minnesota and beyond.
Verde CEO Jason Sundby

Disposal bags help in the battle against drug abuse

Minnetonka company's campaign aims to curb spiking overdoses.
Dorothy Molstad

Dorothy Molstad, who helped promote hopeful authors, dies at 79

Marketing books was just one of the Brooklyn Park woman's many passions.
Ice-out on Lake Minnetonka is considered the official start of the boating season.

Ice-out call opens boating season on Lake Minnetonka

The lake typically is the last in the metro area to melt.
Minneapolis police responded around 11:35 p.m. Friday to a report of a shooting inside the building on the 300 block of Hennepin Avenue.

10-year-old boy dies after shooting in Minneapolis apartment building

Police spokesman calls juveniles alone with access to gun "a bad recipe."
Zenobia Silas-Carson used her computer to access training programs for people with vision impairment.

Losing her eyesight, Minnesota woman helps others who are also losing theirs

Zenobia Silas-Carson of Brooklyn Park shares her struggle to adjust to midlife vision loss.
Roseville officer shot on the job is discharged from hospital

Roseville officer shot on the job is discharged from hospital

Fellow officers, bystanders cheered officer Ryan Duxbury as he left the hospital following surgery.
One dead, two severely injured in Burnsville crash

One dead, two severely injured in Burnsville crash

The victims appear to be teenagers.
U of M student Ashley Walker, on a veterinary internship at the Greek feline rescue program Let’s be S.M.A.R.T., spays a cat.

Minnesota veterinary students travel to Greece to help stray cats

Program rounds up cats from city streets and gives them room and board and medical care.
Jackie Renzetti

Minneapolis program hires citizens to serve as reporters

Documenters cover Minneapolis and Hennepin County government and the Minneapolis school board.
Judge Luis Bartolomei presided over a courtroom at the University of Minnesota Law School, as St. Louis Park Middle School student Lucia Versalles, ri

Minnesota middle-schoolers learn legal skills, confidence in mock trial program

Diverse students participate in UPLIFT, a program started by a Minneapolis law firm.
Minnesota public defenders reached a tentative contract agreement late Friday night.

Minnesota public defenders reach deal to avert strike halting courts

The tentative agreement forestalls a walkout that could have brought much of the state court system to a standstill.
Nils Richards

Minneapolis man loved literature and philosophy but succumbed to drugs

Brilliant and passionate, Nils Richards struggled with depression, grief and heroin.
Teammates, from left, Alice Bruno, Jonas Costa and Alessandra Rosa Policarpo stood in the Idea Lab, which provides space and raw materials for Macales

In 24-hour marathon, Macalester students devise app to protect domestic violence victims

The app would be disguised as a calculator to conceal it from abusers.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar meets with soldiers from Minnesota in the 82nd Airborne Division in Poland on Saturday.

Sen. Klobuchar meets with military leaders, others in Poland

She's part of a bipartisan congressional delegation that will travel to the border to talk to Ukrainian refugees and aid workers.
14-year-old Duluth boy held in death of family member

14-year-old Duluth boy held in death of family member

Duluth police say 19-year-old woman died at home officers had visited earlier in the night.
S. Doré Mead

S. Doré Mead, former Minneapolis City Council member, dies at 73

Friends call Mead tough and principled — "the original disrupter."
Mariana Pykivska (middle row, second from left, in white shirt), with Sue and Jerry Untiedt (right of Pykivska, in gray shirts) celebrate the 50th ann

From safety of a Minnesota farm, Ukrainian watches horrors unfold at home

Recent Biden administration move will let Ukrainian visa holders stay on in U.S. for at least the next 18 months.
Gary Harris

Minnesota man's prostate cancer ordeal inspired book, support groups, charitable fund

Gary Harris wants to raise awareness of the second most deadly cancer in men.
MCAD students Madison Mead and Darryl Thomas III host a livestream look at “Joining Forces: The Super Exhibition,” an event designed to raise awar

Minneapolis art students join forces in the fight against human trafficking

Students at Minneapolis College of Art and Design held an exhibit and contributed to a fundraising site on behalf of an organization that works to rescue and help trafficking survivors.
Retired Twin Cities cooking teacher Lois Lee dies at 95

Retired Twin Cities cooking teacher Lois Lee dies at 95

She taught students the importance of learning the basics.
Because Alex Lee joined pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, sometimes speaking before large crowds, he believes he’d be imprisoned in China so is s

Man on grueling bike trip to highlight Hong Kong pro-democracy protests

Now passing through Minnesota, Alex Lee spent weeks in rehab after being hit by a truck in North Dakota.
Dr. Anna Ruelle listened to the heartbeat of Kevin the ferret at her Camden Pet Hospital in Minneapolis.

Gift baskets help brighten dark days in Minnesota veterinary clinics

As veterinarians face intense pressure, emotions and expenses, the baskets are a reminder they're not alone.
Sheriff: Driver dead after 'exchange of gunfire' with Eden Valley officer

Sheriff: Driver dead after 'exchange of gunfire' with Eden Valley officer

The driver fled, then was shot during an exchange of gunfire, the Meeker County Sheriff's Office said.
Lilydale man dies in Eagan accident

Lilydale man dies in Eagan accident

The 87-year-old veered into the median on Hwy. 77.
Irma Cragun

Irma Cragun, former operator of popular Brainerd resort, dies at 87

She helped develop and operate Cragun's Resort.
7 Minneapolis men face federal charges for violent crimes

7 Minneapolis men face federal charges for violent crimes

Charges include carjacking, firearms violations and drug trafficking near the intersection of Chicago and Franklin avenues.
A man died early Saturday morning in Minneapolis, apparently of gunshot wounds fired after he allegedly forced entry into a home

Man dies after apparent shooting at home in south Minneapolis

Preliminary information indicates that a man forced entry into a home and assaulted an occupant.
Melissa and Nicholas Zielinski

Siblings guilty of killing man during 2020 robbery of Lino Lakes home

A jury found Melissa Zielinski guilty of aiding and abetting the murder to which her brother pled guilty in January.
Nicole Peter displays a “vision board” she made indicating her hopes for the future.

These mothers share grief, shame — and hope

A Twin Cities-based support group connects mothers without parental rights with mothers who have felt their pain.
Rice County deputy strikes, kills woman with squad car in Morristown

Rice County deputy strikes, kills woman with squad car in Morristown

Sheriff says deputy was on-duty but not responding to an emergency at time of crash.
Kris Kaiser provides foster care for Snapple, who has wobbly cat syndrome.

Plymouth woman helps cats with disabilities have happy lives

Special care gives kitties with wobbly cat syndrome a new lease on life
William Dunlap

William Dunlap, former CEO of Minneapolis ad agency Campbell Mithun, has died

At Campbell Mithun, he worked with brands including 3M, General Mills, Dairy Queen and United Airlines.
Bridget O’Keefe Dunn owned Body Sense Pilates and Wellness Studio.

Man pleads guilty in Blaine hit-run that killed woman walking her dog

He was driving with a suspended license.
The “Wounded Warrior” group — Jaa’ques Brown, Mason Lundequam, Kobie Yang, Talliah Swims, and Malena Sloan — make their presentation before

White Bear Lake students raise money for charity, 'Shark Tank' style

In Minnow Tank, kids form teams to persuade judges to donate to their chosen charities.
Kim Harms contributed books and dental training to Rwanda.

Sending books to Rwanda turned Bloomington woman's grief to hope

Kim Harms, a retired dentist, has raised money to send 254,000 books, as well as dental instruction materials, to Rwanda.
Oluwatobi Oluwagbemi, right, stopped by the Batacali Fashion Design booth owned by Rosa Mensah, center, at the MLK Now 2020 event on Saturday, Jan. 15

Local groups heed calls by King's family to fight for voting rights

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the focus locally and nationally is the passage of the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act.
Samuel E. Frey is in the foreground of this surveillance image from inside Great Health and Nutrition in St. Paul.

Brooklyn Park man gets two years for St. Paul store fire in unrest after George Floyd killing

Samuel Elliot Frey pleaded guilty in July in the fire at Great Health Nutrition on University Avenue.
Ethna McKiernan

Ethna McKiernan, Minneapolis poet and champion for the homeless, dies at 70

Her major passions were Irish culture, poetry and homeless outreach.
Sue Larson

St. Louis Park community organizer Sue Larson dies at 98

When Larson saw a problem that could be fixed, family said, she went ahead and did it.
Beverly “Bee” Bush of Champlin made a special patchwork bear for her late husband; he died in September holding Patches.

Champlin woman knows the value of a bear hug

At 89, Beverly "Bee" Bush has made about 7,600 teddy bears that she gives away to children— and adults.
LaVerna and Darel Leipold at Leipold’s in Excelsior. Leipold’s celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Over 50 years, Excelsior has changed a lot — but Leipold's hasn't

In an increasingly upscale lakeside city, a gift and antique store offers its classic hodgepodge.
A family tours the Round Tower in June 2021.

What is the oldest building in Minnesota?

The storied 200-year-old structure is much older than the state itself.
Gov. Tim Walz has ordered flags on government buildings to fly at half staff on behalf of Upsala firefighter Brian D. Lange, 55, who died Dec. 11 of a

Gov. Tim Walz orders flags at half staff to honor Upsala, Minn., firefighter who died in line of duty

Capt. Brian Lange died from a medical illness related to line of duty service.
James Clifford Kelly

Longtime Minneapolis resident James Clifford Kelly, football star and family man, dies at 100

He considered his greatest accomplishment to be raising nine "happy, healthy children."
Mary Knoll, of Minneapolis, took an afternoon stroll along Bde Maka Ska in Minneapolis on Friday.

Twin Cities area digging out after record Dec. 10 snowfall

Snow amounts ranged from 1 to 4 inches north of the metro area to 15 to 20 inches in Woodbury and southern suburbs. Several metro area cities declared snow emergencies.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey visited Lakes & Legends Brewing Company, in Minneapolis on Saturday. Frey raised a glass of 5-Weight Cream Ale after toas

Minneapolis mayor celebrates a hoped-for downtown resurgence, at brewery's anniversary

Business is still far below prepandemic levels, but Jacob Frey expects to see "a series of little bursts."
Faron Jackson Sr., chairman of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, prepared to cut the ribbon at the new Leech Lake Market.

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe buys local market

The former Teal's Market, a fixture in Cass Lake for 80 years, is now called Leech Lake Market.
Elissa Cottle

Stillwater poet and community organizer Elissa Cottle dies at 62

She helped organize and open the Stillwater's Zephyr Theatre.
A man held a portrait of Daunte Wright against the fence during a protest outside the Brooklyn Center police station in April.

Brooklyn Center City Council debating whether to allow post-Potter verdict curfew

The council may vote to authorize a possible curfew at its meeting Monday.
Karl Krause, left, and Lindsay Kruh looked at the Human Toll exhibit at the Hennepin History Museum recently.

When nation's freeways were built, Black communities paid the price

An exhibit at the Hennepin History Museum shows how construction of freeways across the country divided and destroyed Black communities, with effects still felt today.
David Weissbrodt

David Weissbrodt, longtime U professor who founded its Human Rights Center, dies

Later he launched the world's largest human rights library and was the first U.S. citizen to chair a U.N. human rights body since Eleanor Roosevelt.
Kris Schiffler, right, the owner of Shady’s Hometown Tavern in Albany, Minn., told supporters outside his business that he was not opening his bar a

State settles suits with 2 Minn. restaurants that challenged COVID mandates

Shady's, Boardwalk Bar will pay fines for resisting emergency orders to stem COVID transmission.
Matthew Saldivar in “A Christmas Carol” at the Guthrie Theater. Photo by Jenny Graham

Audience member disrupts Guthrie's 'A Christmas Carol'

A woman delivered a hostile rant before the theater's first in-house production since March 2020.
Snow lightly fell during the first winter storm of the season Saturday in downtown Minneapolis.

Several inches of snow, slippery roads expected

Snow and wind led to 'crashes, spinouts, jackknifed semis,' the State Patrol said.
Leland Anderson

Engineer Leland Anderson, who helped restore Nikola Tesla's legacy, dies at 93

How reading an obituary as a teenager led to Anderson's lifelong fascination with Tesla is something of a mystery.
Michael Deering at his father’s grave eating popcorn as they often did together, May 9, 2020.

25 years of daily photos have documented the richness and complexities of ordinary life

When he turned 30, Michael Deering started taking a photo every day. Twenty five years later, he's still at it.
Two dead in Red Lake County vehicle rollover

Two dead in Red Lake County vehicle rollover

The passenger was not wearing a seat belt, the State Patrol said.
Man dies in Fridley crash

Man dies in Fridley crash

The man's SUV struck another SUV on University Ave. NE.
Man charged with murder in shooting death of his wife at Eden Prairie hotel

Man charged with murder in shooting death of his wife at Eden Prairie hotel

Two small children were staying in the room where the shots were fired.
Tim Jacobsen

Tim Jacobsen, Lake Minnetonka charter-boat captain, dies at 70

He was widely considered one of the best captains on the lake — partly because he was good at handling a boat and partly because he was good at handling people.
Kulu high-fived a young visitor at St. Paul’s Como Zoo in October.

Como Zoo's new polar bear tests tracking device developed by 3M scientists

Kulu is helping scientists keep track of his endangered relatives.
Excelsior’s downtown commercial district has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune.

Downtown Excelsior, the Steamboat Minnehaha named to the National Register of Historic Places

Four sites in all were added to the register this year from around Lake Minnetonka.
Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan received the positive test after caring for her 8-year-old daughter, she said.

Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan has tested positive for COVID

Flanagan, who was vaccinated, began feeling symptoms while caring for her daughter, who had tested positive.
James Clark, a Lead For Minnesota fellow working to preserve the Ojibwe language and culture, with elders Bette Sam, seated, and Shirley Boyd.

Blaine man returns to Mille Lacs reservation to help preserve Ojibwe ways

Inspired by his great-grandfather, young scholar longed to know more about his Native heritage.
The St. Croix River bridge connecting Minnesota and Wisconsin, photographed just prior to its completion in 2017.

How did Minnesota get its shape on the map?

Minnesota could have extended into present-day South Dakota, with a chunk bitten out by Wisconsin. Each of the borders is a separate tale.
Pete Peterson

Pete Peterson, former St. Louis Park teacher, dies at 87

In "Raising Arizona," one of their earliest movies, Joel and Ethan Coen slipped in a subtle reference to Pete Peterson, a teacher who led a…
While working near Clearbrook, Minn., Enbridge dug too deeply into the ground and pierced an artesian aquifer. This image is from the site on Sept. 28

Enbridge fails to meet aquifer cleanup deadline

An aquifer near Clearbrook, Minn., was ruptured during construction of the Line 3 pipeline. The DNR is investigating two other sites where the company may have caused additional groundwater damage.
Karla Hult founded So Many Goodbyes to help families of loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease.

Twin Cities mentor to families facing Alzheimer's disease reminds them to 'Look for the joy'

After her father died after 10 years of suffering deepening dementia caused by Alzheimer's disease, KARE-11's Karla Hult was inspired to help other families.