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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
Executive Director Zachary Robinson ambitiously calls Spark-Y's Minneapolis base its 'World Headquarters.'

Minneapolis program sparks youth careers through community projects

Spark-Y offers hands-on classroom learning, internships and apprenticeships to help kids achieve their "destiny."
Pat Leseman and Rosemary Fagrelius sit side-by-side hugging their sons, Mike and John.

St. Paul club offers 'a lot of fun stuff' for people with developmental disabilities

The Highland Friendship Club was organized by the moms of two members.
Macalester student Vyen Hayag sits with patient Michael Casalenda at Our Lady of Peace Hospice in St. Paul.



Students from Macalester who are taking

Volunteering in hospice helps Macalester students contemplate death's mysteries up close

"Just being there" can be a comfort to people in their final days.
Nicholas Gaudette from Edina High School warms up backstage with other music educators before Saturday's concert.

Minnesota music teachers play alongside Minnesota Orchestra members in special concerts

Each of 54 educators sat beside an orchestra member playing the same instrument for a performance of Gustav Holst's "Jupiter" during season sampler concerts.

Two die in Wyoming, Minn., crash

Two others were injured when a vehicle crossed the center line.
Mike Waldron hugs a man in a stars and stripes outfit while standing on a stage.

Minnesota veteran makes 1,000-mile 'gratitude walk' for program that helps vets

Daniel Crawford hiked in honor of 23rd Veteran, a Duluth program that turns trauma triggers into positive vibes.
A retiree watches his golf shot at a Chaska driving range in 2013.

What are the financial pros and cons of retiring in Minnesota?

The state has higher taxes. But it is also important to look at the "whole picture."
Barbara Swartwoudt sits in a chair donating blood while Cindy Anderson accompanies her.

At 90, Northfield woman looks back on 57 years of blood drives

Cindy Anderson helped recruit volunteers and set up the spaces.
Lambeau, a mobility assistance dog from Can Do Canines, lays next to Nora Guerin’s walker as she chats with Sahra Ahmed, 18, at Edison High School i

Service dog helps Minneapolis high-school counselor cope with MS

Fortunately, Lambeau's name was no problem for Nora Guerin, an avid Green Bay Packers fan.
Bill Crane, 60, talks with his guardian Christy Marchand in front of his untitled artwork as part of an "I AM” show on display in the lobby of the U

Twin Cities exhibit traces 'Unfinished Journey' for people with developmental disabilities

From lifelong confinement to voting rights: Some of the milestones providing more opportunities and independence are disturbingly recent.
Photographer Kathleen Sheffer takes a photo of herself in a mirror with her shirt unbuttoned, showing a line of scars from a heart and lung transplant

Artists offer ideas for improving the health care system

What sounds like a monumental task is doable if lots of people get involved, they say.
Dogs gathered in one of the two play areas where dogs are separated by size at Adventure is Barking in Hopkins on March 7. The business has opened a �

Owner of Hopkins doggie day care shares tips for helping pups learn good manners

Every dog has its day at Adventures in Barking.
Ella Alexander, 3, hugs her dad Jonathan and mother Allison at Jack's Basket's 10-year anniversary open house.

Twin Cities program helps parents celebrate their babies with Down syndrome

Jack's Basket counters "insensitive" delivery of the news with baskets of baby gifts and family resources.
Picture of Katy Burke, executive director of TeamWomen, speaking at a podium.

Women in Twin Cities group help each other develop their careers

TeamWomen's members, representing a variety of career levels and industries, get together to share experiences and strategies.
Piero Soria, a data analyst for global services operations, stands at his desk as he works at Groupon in Chicago on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. The stor

University of Minnesota researcher studies health effects of sit-stand desks

A University of Minnesota professor partnered with a colleague from Arizona State University to study how sit-stand desks affect workers' health.
Portrait of Dick and Polly Bramer in which Dick is wearing glasses with a small device on the right lens.

Little-known devices restore vision to people who can't be helped by regular glasses

Bioptic telescopic glasses can help people read, walk and see loved one's faces, but hardly anyone has heard of them.
Photo of Jessalyn Akerman-Frank giving two thumbs up.

St. Paul woman advocates on behalf of access and equity for other deaf people

Jessalyn Akerman-Frank has won awards for creating innovative programs for the deaf community.
Jim Henderson in his AI portrait studio.

Eden Prairie photographer creates portraits of dogs using AI

Is artificial intelligence a threat to artists or a useful tool? Maybe both, Jim Henderson says.
Kristen Helton, Herself Health’s CEO, explained the clinics and their services at a recent open house.

Twin Cities area clinics offer holistic care to women over 65

Herself Health focuses on women's health and wellness from a perspective that's different from the one used for men.

St. Paul consultant helps 'solo seniors' deal with dilemmas of aging

Linda J. Camp is working for systemic change to help those without close relatives or friends to deal with health care, financial challenges and more.
Toni Kay Mangskau visited the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul on her way to watch Gov. Tim Walz sign the law launching paid family and medical lea

Rochester woman turns stories of her own struggles into advocacy for others in need

Caregiving challenges, homelessness, chronic disease, drug addiction and lack of medical insurance are among the problems Toni Kay Mangskau's family encountered.
Brian McNeill, president of Dignity Twin Cities, spoke in support of Pope Francis’s statement approving blessings of same-sex couples.

Local leaders welcome pope's statement on LGBTQ couples

Archbishop Hebda says it's a reminder "that all of us are loved by God." Dignity Twin Cities calls it a "landmark decision."
Members of the writers’ group at the Waters in Edina include (from left) Anne Franco, volunteer leader Kathleen Novak, Sally Stein, Mary Ann Hansen

Residents of Edina senior housing meet monthly to write, read, remember

A writing group at the Waters has published four books that share their stories.
Mike Day and his wife, Laura, hiking the lava field of the Fagradalsfjall volcano in Iceland, which erupted in 2021, one of the adventures recounted i

An Imax producer shares his travel secrets

"The World Has a Big Backyard," by former Science Museum executive VP Mike Day, is part travel memoir, part advice book.
Maddy Loch displays a couple of the free items available at Twin Cities Pride’s Rainbow Closet.

Minnesota LGBTQ organizations offer support to newcomers seeking trans refuge

With a new Minnesota law making the state a refuge for people seeking gender-affirming care, local organizations are offering support to transgender and nonbinary arrivals.
Brothers Brian (left) and Byron Hendrickson examined an item at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, where their own art hangs in a different gallery.

Formerly homeless Minneapolis brothers develop passion for drawing in Mia class

Through the Vitality Arts projects, they explored their range of interests, from mythology to World War II to Taylor Swift.
Chaz Sandifer founded Stories Behind the Menu to start conversations across cultures.

Dinners by top Minnesota chefs serve up 'courageous conversation'

Stories Behind the Menu founder Chaz Sandifer wants people to form connections across cultures by breaking bread together.
Bethel University’s 2021 graduates include students with disabilities in the school’s inclusive Build program.

Exhibit shows progress in lives of Minnesotans with developmental disabilities

Once labeled "feeble-minded" and institutionalized, people with disabilities now have more control over their lives and choices.
Carole Johnson, a resident of the Pillars of Prospect Park, tries out virtual reality tennis with personal trainer Ian Williams of FitVive.

Minnesota therapists use virtual reality to help patients conquer fears

Whether it makes you feel like you're playing an enjoyable game or confronting your worst fears, VR is gaining interest as effective therapy.
Hamze Jama, a former member of a Futsal Society team, served customers at Fawkes Alley Coffee, where he works and receives mentoring.

9 Minnesota coffee shops that pour profits back into the community

These coffee shops have missions that extend beyond their brews.
High school senior Taara Verma said teens can use the Feel Now app to log and track their emotions.

Edina teens create free app that lets kids track their emotions

Users of Taara Verma's Feel Now get a reminder each day to log their moods.

Minneapolis woman's introspective memoir examines the emotions of caregiving

Savita Harjani's "Postcards From Within" isn't a how-to book as much as a personal journal about what it meant.
Some of the 2022 Minnesota State Fair scholarship recipients, and State Fair Board members.

New $2,000 Minnesota State Fair scholarship aids study of skilled trades

Lex Lewison of Owatonna will use his scholarship to learn increasingly complex automotive service technology.
Catherine Squires leads a “Cozy Yoga” class at Reviving Roots, a mental health therapy and wellness center for Black people.

Minneapolis wellness center offers Black people a space where others 'get it'

Reviving Roots offers an all-Black staff and therapy designed for the Black community.
“She’s hitting times that would be impressive on a traditional [nondisabled] high school swim team,” said coach Adam Warden.

Minnesota teen swimmer has broken more than 100 bones, but her spirit is unbreakable

After winning gold in a national tournament, Sophia Nohre wants to compete in the 2028 Paralympics — among other things.
Jennifer Trebisovsky, aka Jennifer Universe, published “Make it a Good Day” in 2018 and published its sequel, “Make it a Good Night,” this yea

Minneapolis author tells kids how they can make their days and nights 'good'

"Make it a Good Day" and "Make it a Good Night" offer young readers tips for making things go well.
James Page spoke to a support group at Grace Temple Church in Minneapolis.

St. Paul man wins national recognition for helping others through recovery

Writer, speaker and mentor James Page Jr. developed a set of inspirational cards he named "Spiritual Apples."
Everett Forbes (right) had a stroke while having brain surgery when he was 3, leaving his right side weaker than his left. Nevertheless, climbing was

Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota gets $5 million donation for Camp Oz

The gift is by far the largest the organization has ever received.
Tom Fugleberg (far left) and Brian Kroening (holding guitar) got together with collaborators at Drum Farm Studio in rural Menomonie, Wis.

Minnesota dads harness 'power of music' to help kids with mental health struggles

The Twin Cities duo wants to raise money to help children struggling with anxiety and depression.

Minnesota father and son develop app to monitor loved ones with dementia

Scott and Paul Carpenter created BoundaryCare after finding little available to protect family members — including their own.
Tony Drews founded Nashke Games — including MiiGwech, a card game — as a fun way to learn about Ojibwe language and culture.

Minnesota man develops games to help kids learn Ojibwe culture and language

Cards and puzzles give Native American youngsters a chance to speak Ojibwe.

To help his riders, Twin Cities Uber and Lyft driver goes the extra mile

Mark Daigle of Minnetonka pays for people's rides, gets them to safety if needed — and more.
Jean Cerisier, known as Ms. Jean, greets students during a school carnival.

Retiring Minneapolis teacher 'Ms. Jean' has offered a living lesson in caring

School to salute "Ms. Jean" Cerisier, who is "respected and revered" by her peers and students alike.
Michael Hewitt (third from right, orange shirt) hangs out with Effective Altruism practitioners at a local Meetup event.

How do you decide how to give? These Minnesotans practice Effective Altruism

The practice aims to save lives using logic — but why is it so controversial?
At a Vikings alumni weekend, Maya Washington took a selfie with her father Gene, left, along with Clinton Jones, a college and NFL teammate.

Former Vikings star's daughter wants to help other families tell their stories

Filmmaker and author Maya Washington has designed a program on making a creative project.
Donna Traefald, center, surrounded by kids and grandchildren.

Lakeville mom has more than 100 kids: 'If there's room in the heart, there's room in the home'

Donna Traefald raised nine adopted children and fostered more than 100, much of that time as a single mother working full time.
In Open Studio sessions, participants are invited to help themselves to assorted art materials and make whatever they like.

Curiosity Studio in Minneapolis offers open-ended approach to art therapy

Programs include Open Studio, in which participants can create whatever they want while interacting with others.
Names of people lost to suicide are listed on a memorial wall inside the SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education) offices in Bloomington.

Why has Minnesota's suicide rate been steadily rising?

This heartbreaking public health trend has mirrored a similar increase across the country.

These Minnesotans channeled their grief into 'a force for good'

For some people, a project offers a way to cope with grief and honor the memory of a loved one.

Blaine mom helps school understand son, other kids with Down syndrome

Sana Soussi hopes the program she organized will lead to more acceptance and inclusion of kids with special needs.

Blaine mom helps school understand son, other kids with Down syndrome

Registered nurse Chris Niederer with SoleCare for Souls gives a hug to Brian Campbell after working on his feet Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at the Cathol

16 Minnesota volunteers discuss the rewards of giving time

During March, the Star Tribune explored volunteering, from how to find opportunities to how helping others can make your life better. Each week, four volunteers explained how they give back and why they volunteer.
These Minnesotans volunteered to help others. They ended up helping themselves.

These Minnesotans volunteered to help others. They ended up helping themselves.

Folks who participated in the Star Tribune's Volunteer Challenge talk about the joys of helping others.
Emily Meister gives medicine to a three-legged sheep at Farmaste in Lindstrom, Minn.

Minnesota volunteers discuss rewards of sanctuary farming and other roles

'Isn't that cool?' White Bear Lake artist's autism helps shape his futuristic work

Michael Engebretson's paintings and drawings reflect his fascination with advanced technology and other universes.
Volunteer Chris Niederer talks with Brian Campbell about his feet at SoleCare for Souls at the Catholic Charities Opportunity Center in Minneapolis.

Minnesota volunteers discuss rewards of medical outreach and other roles

Volunteers say helping others helps them, too: 'It's a two-way street'

Volunteers say helping others helps them, too: 'It's a two-way street'

When you improve other people's lives you might wind up improving your own.
As numbers decline, the nature of volunteerism is changing

As numbers decline, the nature of volunteerism is changing

The pandemic opened new avenues for serving while closing others.
Sando Cooke is one of the foster grandparent volunteers at the Northside Child Development Center.

Minnesota volunteers discuss rewards of foster grandparenting and other roles

Dog foster parent Leah Anderson of Robbinsdale plays with Biscotti, who was in her care in February.

Minnesota volunteers discuss rewards of animal rescue and other roles

Irene Ford, 68, of Minneapolis, spends time with infants as one of the foster grandparent volunteers at the Catholic Charities Northside Child Develop

Minnesota volunteers say they get more than they give: Take our annual reader challenge

This year's installment of our annual Reader Challenge series invites you to join the 35.5% of Minnesotans (more than 1.5 million) who volunteer.
Teresa McClain, a lawyer and former labor and delivery nurse, shows how she would explain a birth problem to a jury.

Minneapolis nurse turned lawyer fights on behalf of children injured at birth

In evaluating cases, Teresa McClain uses knowledge acquired as a labor and delivery nurse.
Memory Mission organizer Jan Haeg celebrated a wall of stuffed and tied bottles.

Eden Prairie company organizes trip to build school in Guatemala out of plastic bottles

Employees of Eden Prairie-based Lifetouch, accompanied by educators, helped expand a school using pop bottles stuffed with discarded plastic bags.
Dylan and Hayden Moan, born extremely prematurely, are now lively fourth-graders.

Minnesota mom's gift of Potato Heads comforts other parents of 'micro-preemies'

Kristin Moan liked measuring her tiny daughters' growth with Potato Heads and decided to share that comfort through her nonprofit Potato Head Project.
Mike Nordberg, a senior account executive at the John Roberts Co., shows the Rev. Erich Rutten of St. Odilia’s parish pages of the Heritage Edition

Coon Rapids printing company donates valuable reproduction of St. John's Bible

The printed version is a careful achievement of state-of-the-art printing technology.
In “The Way We Play,” young animals cheerfully accept each other’s different levels of ability.

Minnesota medical student has message for kids: It's OK to be bad at some things

Eden Prairie native and friend published children's book "The Way We Play" to help combat ableism.
Crafters Gerri Broome, Nancy Benson and Lorraine Purcell at the counter of The Landing Shop in Minnetonka.

Minnetonka's Landing Shop sells items made by residents ages 55 to 96

"As we get older, we want something to do," one crafter said.
Anne Emerson placed an ornament on a tree honoring those who have had drug-related deaths.

Christmas trees at Brooklyn Park treatment center honor loved ones lost to drugs

Wanting to commemorate her fiancé, Anne Emerson put up a Christmas tree at Valhalla Place in 2018 — and the project is still growing.
Jordyn Brennan.

Minneapolis artist focuses on the 'positive, beautiful experience' of caregiving

Artist Jordyn Brennan's MCAD master's thesis was based on firsthand experience.
The downtown Minneapolis skyline, photographed in 2014.

Why workers are reluctant to come to Minnesota, but stay once they're here

The state is grappling with one of the worst workforce shortages in the country.
St. Paul firehouse dog helps rescue the rescuers: 'It's just her presence'

St. Paul firehouse dog helps rescue the rescuers: 'It's just her presence'

The trained service dog helps first responders deal with the pressures of their work.

St. Paul firehouse dog helps rescue the rescuers: 'It's just her presence'

Host J.P. Der Boghossian, right, spoke with William Burleson, author of “Bi America: Myths, Truths, and Struggles of an Invisible Community,” in a

Minnesotan's podcast showcases 'life-saving' books with LGBTQ guests

On "This Queer Book Saved My Life," host J.P. Der Boghossian asks guests what books made them feel "seen for the first time."
“To see all those people show up for that cause was heartwarming and emotional,” said Lamin Dibba, who in 2012 walked across the Gambia, distribut

Minneapolis man has helped send 1 million books to Gambia, his home country

Lamin Dibba wants to give back to a country where library shelves are empty and few people own books.
Anne Tudor, 75, leads a popular fitness class for older people at the Ridgedale YMCA in Minnetonka. Her classes draw more participants than any other

Meet the 75-year-old YMCA 'exercise goddess' whose classes are Y's most popular

Anne Tudor's fitness classes help people in their 70s and 80s stay active and healthy.