December 4, 2019
Illustration by Ellen Schofield

How an outsider came to love the forbidding Minnesota winter

Thirty-one years ago, I moved from New York to Minnesota. I imagined myself as a character in Ole Rolvaag's "Giants in the Earth": far from family in a foreign land, the climate of which seemed designed to kill me.
November 14, 2019
Generational warfare in the age of memes.

Millennial asks: Is 'OK boomer' a generational insult or olive branch?

This viral meme sits at the center of generational warfare. But is it a weapon or a peace offering?
December 24, 2018
Winter fun! Watching my Californian neighbors puzzle over Minn. quirks

Winter fun! Watching my Californian neighbors puzzle over Minn. quirks

The new Minneapolis neighbors embraced and even improved upon our regional idiosyncrasies.
December 12, 2018
Author Brittany Chaffee has adapted well to living small in St. Paul.

Every woman should try living in a tiny apartment like my place on Grand Av.

Here's how living alone in a 400-square-foot space can be a great way to find yourself.
September 21, 2018
Junior and Daniela live in a tent in the Lyndale neighborhood, not far from the I-35 ramp.

Meet the tent dwellers on my Minneapolis block: 'We have children, you know'

The encampment has been a source of tension in my neighborhood — and in my own home.
September 1, 2018
Steve Aggergaard with his found wallet at the State Fair.

How a lost wallet at the State Fair renewed my faith in Minnesotans

I figured somebody had picked my pocket.
July 10, 2018
The author celebrated her 30th birthday.

I'm single and I love it, but Minnesotans don't seem to believe me

In Minnesota, the average age of a bride is 26.9. It's just not socially acceptable to be unmarried past age 28.