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Katy Read

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

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
Unpredictable March will bring Minnesota a lamblike week

Unpredictable March will bring Minnesota a lamblike week

Monday and Tuesday will bring highs in the 60s. One of those days is likely to set a record.
Glenn and Rose Ann Seutter at the convenience store they owned since 1974 and recently sold.      ] GLEN STUBBE • glen.stubbe@startribune.com   Thur

For 50 years, husband-wife team ran Minnetonka convenience store with friendliness, hard work

They retired and sold the store in January, when both were 75. Looking back, they say they've never regretted that long-ago choice.
Shallow depth of field image taken of yellow law enforcement line with police car and lights in the background.

Man dies in Meeker County shooting

Police who responded found a man outside of the home with a gunshot wound and he died at the scene.
The planned Pavilion in the Commons, coming to Excelsior, will be an open-air facility on Lake Minnetonka, replacing the 1976-era band shell.

New open-air pavilion will replace Excelsior's familiar old band shell

Fans, critics debate the aesthetic, acoustic and nostalgic qualities of the old and new designs.
The snow will start falling in western Minnesota after midnight, crossing eastward and falling until sometime Sunday morning. It seems most likely tha

Overnight snowfall could bring 2 to 6 inches to southern Minnesota

Forecasters aren't yet sure whether the snow will fall mostly south of the Twin Cities or shift farther north.
Sheletta Brundidge has been working to send carbon-monoxide detectors to Texans hit by the winter storm.

Carbon monoxide poisonings in Houston hit Twin Cities radio personality close to home

Sheletta Brundidge lost five family members to the poison during Hurricane Laura last year.
On Monday, February 8, 2021 in Chanhassen, Minnesota, residents create art work to express themselves.]RICHARD TSONG-TAATARII ¥ richard.tsong-taatari

COVID may increase youth homelessness across Twin Cities metro

Cooped up with stressed or abusive families, kids of all income levels may be more likely to run away or be kicked out.
2 arrested after crashing carjacked vehicle in downtown Minneapolis

2 arrested after crashing carjacked vehicle in downtown Minneapolis

The vehicle crashed downtown in yet another in a recent wave of violent carjackings.
A worker placed sheets of plywood Wednesday over windows that were shot out Tuesday at Allina Health clinic in Buffalo. One woman was killed and four

Fifth victim in Buffalo shootings is medical assistant, mom of 3

A community website offers information about each victim and online fundraisers for the women and their families. Gregory Paul Ulrich, 67, of Buffalo, faces seven charges in connection with the attack.
Luke Melchert     ] CARLOS GONZALEZ ¥ cgonzalez@startribune.com Ð Chaska, MN, February 4, 2021, After 52 years as the Chaska city attorney, Luke Mel

City attorney retires after 50-plus years of helping Chaska grow

He helped transform it in more than 50 years as city attorney.
Police said the overdoses may be related to a pill called “Perc 30,” a potent narcotic mixed with fentanyl, a dangerous synthetic opioid.

Two die in Roseville in sharp spike of apparent drug overdoses

Two other overdose victims had to be revived, and police are warning the public about a dangerous new narcotic.
St. Louis County Sheriff Ross Litman

Carjacking suspect pursued by St. Louis County deputies died by suicide, BCA says

The 34-year-old Duluth man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
A Minneapolis Fire Department crew.

Fire Department rescues woman trapped on Mississippi River ice

The incident was a reminder to be cautious about venturing onto ice, especially on a river, authorities said.
Tyler Nelson, in one of the Excelsior Hotel’s four rooms, and Jeff Verdoor n hope to open the boutique hotel by early March.

New hotel will be Excelsior's first in 60 years

It's the first one in 60 years in the city, which has had about a dozen in the past.
Designer Lisa Ball put up a new painting in a former office space, assisted by Bridget Zak. The volunteers turned institutional decor into colorful an

Volunteer interior designers turn girls' shelter from drab to dreamy for teens escaping sex trafficking

Volunteer interior designers turn Brittany's Place from drab to dreamy to encourage girls to stay awhile.
Mason Dunlap wore a Philadelphia Fliers jersey as he shoveled snow from the ice rink so he and friends could play pickup hockey Saturday at Windom Par

Snow will brighten southern Minnesota landscape overnight

And rugged residents have had to endure a warmer-than-usual January.
The Minneapolis Police Third Precinct, which was overrun by protesters and lit on fire during last week’s unrest.

Two more plead guilty to helping burn Minneapolis Third Precinct headquarters

The four officers charged in George Floyd's death worked out of the building.
John and Kelly Harrington’s renovations of this 120-year-old home in downtown Excelsior are butting up against historic preservation requirements.

Preservation rules hinder couple's plans to renovate old Excelsior property

Project couple thought would be 'really cool' has turned into 'a can of worms'
Jerry Miron, 72, of White Bear Lake, attended Saturday’s unveiling at Veterans Memorial Park of Blaine. The Vietnam vet said the passage of more tha

Monuments dedicated to five wars unveiled in Veterans Park of Blaine

They were unveiled, one at a time, by veterans of the wars they memorialize.
Carver County Commissioner Randy Maluchnik, who lost this year’s election after 14 years on the board, during his final board meeting Tuesday in Cha

Outgoing Carver County commissioner spent years fighting for the underdog

Maluchnik, a Democrat in conservative Carver County, lost the November election.
Mahad Ahmed was among those marching through downtown Minneapolis Saturday. Recent police shootings in Minnesota and Wisconsin led to the gathering, a

Fresh frustration fuels Minneapolis march for racial justice

Calling anew for racial justice, demonstrators cited inequity in how protests are handled.
Body found in burned car in Goodhue County

Body found in burned car in Goodhue County

An autopsy will be conducted to identify the deceased.
Jeff Potts

Bloomington police chief to retire

Jeff Potts will become executive director of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association.
A walking group is one of many activities that allow women to connect at a time when social isolation is a growing concern.

New Sociables helps women in southern Twin Cities suburbs form bonds, fend off loneliness

Through hard times and pandemic shutdowns, New Sociables serves as a "lifeline."
Belen Go Pavon

Belen Go Pavan, longtime corporate accountant for Dayton's, dies at 85

Belen Go Pavon took her pastimes seriously, researching until she mastered them. She predicted sports outcomes, invested shrewdly and scored frequent wins at casinos and…
Trees and homes on Third Street in Excelsior in 2019.

Excelsior raises tax levy 13.2% to cover infrastructure updates, other costs

Increase is higher than in many Minnesota cities, but Excelsior's overall tax rate is lower than most.
Alondra Cano at the June 7 “Path Forward” event at Powderhorn Park, a meeting between Minneapolis City Council and community members.

Minneapolis City Council Member Alondra Cano won't seek re-election

Her priorities have been social and environmental justice. She also has supported major changes to city policing.
“She had no clue she was going to someday marry this man.”

Marianne Anderson, an elementary school teacher who lived an epic love story, dies of COVID-19 at 89

Their story began during World War II and spanned multiple countries, several continents and 12 years before Marianne Baum ever even set eyes on her…
Various law enforcement agencies responded to the shooting of a police officer on the 6500 block of Georgia Avenue in Brooklyn Park on Friday night.

Investigation continues into shooting, wounding of Brooklyn Park officer

A suspect was taken into custody after Friday night's shooting.
Plymouth council votes to hire diversity, equity and inclusion coordinator

Plymouth council votes to hire diversity, equity and inclusion coordinator

The only opponent on the City Council called the action "politically divisive."
Wes and Lindsey Herold have put more than money into creating Urban Air in Plymouth, but COVID restrictions threaten to end their business dreams.

Shutdown leaves Plymouth adventure park in financial jeopardy

"We have everything invested … our time, money, heart and souls."
Former U.S. Rep. Jim Ramstad, with his wife, Kathryn, announced his retirement from the House at a 2007 news conference. Ramstad died Nov. 5

Public may view Jim Ramstad memorial service online Sunday

The former Minnesota congressman died Nov. 5.
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.