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Zoë Jackson

Reporter | Race and Immigration

Zoë Jackson is a general assignment reporter for the Star Tribune. She previously covered race and equity, St. Paul neighborhoods and young voters on the politics team.

Recent content from Zoë Jackson
Dig if you will this Prince guitar from his 'Purple Rain' era, yours for a not-too-low price

Dig if you will this Prince guitar from his 'Purple Rain' era, yours for a not-too-low price

The yellow "Cloud" guitar, in a distinctive shape often favored by the late Minnesota music icon, is expected to fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction this week.
A Memorial Day service was held in Minneapolis at Lakewood Cemetery near the Soldiers Memorial monument on Monday morning May 28,2012. Melanie Hall of

Six ways to spend Memorial Day in the Twin Cities

Check out a band by the lake, visit Lakewood Cemetery and more.
FILE - This April 22, 2014, file photo shows an employment application form on a table at a job fair in Hudson, N.Y. Middle-age white Americans with l

New Minnesota law will require salary ranges in job postings

Ranges in all kinds of job postings should be in "good faith" to increase pay equity.
A loon swims in an area on Lake One that was burned in the 2011 Pagami Creek Fire, July 6, 2023 in the Boundary Waters Area Canoe Wilderness near Ely,

Phone satellite coverage may soon come to Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Tech companies are scrambling to offer satellite cell service for ordinary phones.
In 2019, Sedona the mare was honored at a ceremony marking her retirement from the Minneapolis Police Department Mounted Unit.

Cyclist discovers 'shocking' mess on greenway. Minneapolis mounted police explain.

Droppings decompose quickly, the patrol unit says.
Shoppers at the Hy-Vee in Savage walk down an aisle stocked with That's Smart, a Hy-Vee private label.

Twin Cities grocery stores locked in on budget-friendly private label offerings

The market for cheaper items that mirror popular brands has exploded in recent years.
The new Minnesota state flag flies at half staff over the State Capitol in St. Paul on Wednesday in honor of officers killed or injured in the line of

Why are flags at half-staff today in Minnesota?

It's the first time Minnesota's new state flag will be at half-staff statewide.
Leslie Fhima of “The Golden Bachelor."

Golden Bachelorette announced, and it's not Minnesota's Leslie Fhima

A fellow contestant from "The Golden Bachelor" will star in the reality TV show airing this fall.
A runner jogs around Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis on Monday. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency extended an air quality red alert — consider

Air quality alert extended for Twin Cities, southern Minnesota. Here's how to stay safe.

The affected area includes the Twin Cities metro, Albert Lea, Marshall, Worthington, Rochester, Winona, Mankato and the tribal nation of Prairie Island.
Dave Doucot shows off the new ”Naz Reid” tattoo he got on his fingers by Marika George at Beloved Tattoo in Roseville on Friday.

Tattoo artist inks 'Naz Reid' on dozens of Timberwolves fans ahead of Game 3

More proof that love of the Timberwolves runs deep in Minnesota — skin deep.
Workers at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis have asked the theater to voluntarily recognize them as a union with IATSE Local 13

Guthrie Theater front-facing staffers move to form a union

Their request is under consideration, the theater said.
Anthony Edwards (5) of the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday, May 6, 2024, at Ball Arena in Denver.

Want Timberwolves playoff tickets? It will cost you . . . a lot.

How big is the demand for tickets for Games 3 and 4 of the Wolves-Nuggets series? And how much will it cost you to get a seat? Or a good seat?
Student Eleanor Wirtz, 21, carefully folds up a Palestinian flag as she and other protesters clear the encampment at the University of Minnesota on Th

Protesters pack up pro-Palestinian encampment at University of Minnesota campus

Interim U President Jeff Ettinger announced the deal to end the encampment in an email to students and faculty Thursday morning.
A pro-Palestinian tent encampment at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis on Tuesday.

Why some college students are protesting in Minnesota

Here's what to know about pro-Palestinian campus protests, which have spread across the U.S. in recent weeks.
The Minnesota State Capitol where the Legislature will convene on Monday Feb 12, taken on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024  St. Paul, Minn.  On the left is the

Walz selects leader for new state agency focused on children and families

The new agency will consolidate state programming for children into one unified jurisdiction.
FILE - This Feb. 25, 2020, file photo, shows the icon for TikTok in New York. TikTok says it's working to remove videos of a man apparently taking his

Minnesota TikTokers react to app's ban in the U.S.

On Wednesday, President Joe Biden signed into law the foreign aid bill that includes TikTok legislation.
We compare the prices of 15 items at Twin Cities grocery stores.

8 Twin Cities area grocery stores, ranked by affordability

We shopped at eight local grocery stores, some locally owned and some not, in search of the cheapest eats.
The post office sits on Bridge Square which is a small green park with a fountain and park benches. The USPS has had the downtown Northfield post offi

Minnesota's Northfield is named one of best places to live in U.S.

Money, the personal finance publication, has long compiled the list of U.S. communities that offer strong quality of life by a variety of measures. Enjoy those bragging rights, Northfield.
A wooden bench built and placed by a group called Minneapolis Public Seating Authority is available on Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis on Thursday.

Mpls. man behind mysterious wooden benches wants folks downtown to take a load off

In downtown Minneapolis, places to sit for a spell tend to be few and far between. A part-time woodworker decided to take matters into his own hands.

Longtime Uptown boutique closing in May

The Minneapolis location of Proper, a sibling-run boutique, will close after 10 years in Uptown.
Nicolae Miu takes the stand Tuesday to answer questions from Deputy District Attorney Brian Smestad during Miu’s trial at the St. Croix County Circu

Apple River stabbing trial, a day-by-day recap

Nicolae Miu is charged with homicide and faces life in prison in the 2022 killing of teenager Isaac Schuman at the Apple River recreational area near Somerset, Wis.
The Islamic Center of Minnesota held their Eid prayers at the National Sports Center Tuesday, June 4, 2019, in Blaine, MN. Here, Tajma Habib, 21, take

Minnesota Muslims prepare for Eid al-Fitr. Here's where to celebrate.

The holiday marking the end of Ramadan falls on Wednesday.
Bridget and Adam Gerenz, of St. Paul, take a sad selfie with their 10-month old son, Liam, after trying to get a view of the eclipse through the cloud

Solar eclipse a no-show in cloudy Minnesota

As other parts of the country basked in a few minutes of daytime dark, Minnesotans were left disappointed Monday as the phenomenon stayed behind clouds.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN JUNE 17: Rock The Garden festival at the Walker Art Center on June 14, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Credit: Tony Nelson

Walker Art Center's gallery guides agitate for right to sit on the job

The Minneapolis modern art museum says it's long had a policy that says gallery assistants must stand on the job, but workers pushing back on social media say they used to be allowed stools.
Travelers navigate the Uber/Lyft rideshare area in Terminal 1 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on March 22, 2024.

Twin Cities tourism business braces for impact of Uber departure

As rideshare giants Uber, Lyft prepare to pull out over driver pay dispute with Minneapolis City Council, local tourism industry leaders say lack of transportation options could leave downtown Minneapolis recovery in jeopardy.
Jerry Beyer shopped for vegetables, which have gone up in price, at a Cub Foods supermarket in Minneapolis in 2023.

Adults need to earn $90K to live comfortably in Minneapolis, survey claims

Comfort may be in the eye of the beholder.
The 19 Bar, seen in 2012, is closed after an accident outside sparked a fire.

Future of landmark Mpls. gay bar uncertain after weekend fire

The 19 Bar in Loring Park is closed until further notice after a traffic mishap led to a fire last weekend. Employees say they aren't sure when it will be back.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison joined AGs in 47 other states and the District of Columbia in the case against C.R. Bard. (MARK VANCLEAVE/Sta

Minnesota joins DOJ in Apple antitrust lawsuit

The complaint from the federal government and 16 states including Minnesota alleges that Apple has intentionally worked to make users more reliant on their products and services.
Want to shop Target's new designer collab with Diane von Furstenberg? Here's what to know

Want to shop Target's new designer collab with Diane von Furstenberg? Here's what to know

The new joint venture between Minnesota's retailing giant and the legendary designer drops at Target stores and online Saturday.
An order is handed of for delivery at a Shake Shack in New York, Monday, April 20, 2020. Shake Shack, the fast-food chain, said on Sunday that it was

No, Uber Eats is not leaving Minneapolis

Don't worry, you can still get your French fries delivered to your door if the rideshare company leaves the city.
Rep. Kristin Bahner, DFL-Maple Grove, is pushing legislation aimed at improving pay equity by requiring companies to disclose salary ranges in job pos

Minnesota lawmakers want to require salary ranges in job postings

Employers with more than 30 workers would be compelled to include salary ranges in job postings, an idea that has spread to more states as lawmakers look for ways to improve pay equity.
Trader Joe's Mini Canvas Tote Bag

People are losing their minds over Trader Joe's mini tote bags

The canvas grocery bags blew up on TikTok and flew off shelves at Twin Cities area stores.
An Uber and Lyft driver waited to pick up passengers at Lagoon Avenue and Hennepin Avenue after bar closing time in August.

Rideshare users see headaches if Uber, Lyft drivers pull out of Minneapolis

The Minneapolis City Council is voting on a plan to raise pay for rideshare drivers. Uber and Lyft have vowed to pull out of the city if it becomes law, leaving regular users wondering how it might affect their commutes.
Eid Ali, President of the Minnesota Uber &Lyft Driver’s Association was lifted up by drivers after the Minneapolis City Council approves rideshare d

Veto-proof Mpls. City Council approves rideshare driver pay hike; Frey vows veto

Uber and Lyft say they will leave Minneapolis -- and possibly all of Minnesota -- May 1 if the pay hike takes effect.
South Carolina celebrated its 64-49 win over UConn in the NCAA women's Final Four on Sunday at Target Center

Fan guide to Minneapolis events during Big Ten women's basketball tournament

The fun expands beyond Target Center with opportunities to shop, listen to music, eat, drink and even volunteer.
Monica Smith, president of LIUNA Local 363 and a Public Works employee of more than 20 years, speaks in support of a strike demanding fair wages and w

Minneapolis Public Works employees vote strongly in favor of new contract

Representatives of the union representing 400-plus city workers had complained of challenging work conditions in Minneapolis, and previously voted to authorize a strike.
SEIU members, janitors, nursing home workers, the Minnesota Nurses Association, join to rally outside the State Capitol during their Strike in St. Pau

Twin Cities nursing home employees walk off the job

About 1,000 nursing home workers and supporters picketed in front of the Estates at St. Louis Park on Tuesday morning, part of a one-day walkout of employees from a dozen senior facilities.
"Love is Blind" co-hosts Nick Lachey and Vanessa Lachey.

Is 'Love Is Blind' filming in Minneapolis? Fans think so

Twin Cities fans are eager to see how the cast navigates dating in an area that often feels like a big small town for singles.
Ryan family welcomes baby Isaac on Leap Day. Photo courtesy of Melissa Ryan family.

Leap Day babies pop up at Minnesota hospitals

A Cottage Grove mom whose son was born on Feb. 29 said she's glad little Isaac will always have a unique birthday.
Diners enjoy food and beverages at Surly Brewery in Minneapolis.

Early spring Twin Cities restaurant patio guide

Minnesotans are headed into a weekend that promises more unusually warm weather. Looking for quality time on a patio? These breweries and restaurants are game to help you welcome meteorological spring.
Outlook Good is a NA beer from Surly Brewing Co. in Minneapolis. Provided

Driest January: NA beer sales soar in Twin Cities

More Minnesota consumers are choosing non-alcoholic options.
Yet another store in Minneapolis' Uptown neighborhood will close. Paper Source will end its run March 23, an employee said.

Stationery store Paper Source to close in Uptown Minneapolis

At least two Uptown businesses have shuttered in 2024.
Wendy's CEO had said the burger chain would start testing dynamic pricing. But after the comments began to circulate widely, the company said it will

Wendy's now says it won't start using surge pricing similar to Uber, Lyft

However, the fast-food chain confirmed it is spending $20 million on AI-powered menu boards.
Sgt. Adam Medlicott: "Rest easy brothers" at memorial

Sgt. Adam Medlicott, wounded during standoff, remembers fallen Burnsville comrades at memorial

"Rest easy, brothers," Medlicott said in a eulogy at the memorial service that could be Minnesota's largest gathering of its kind.
Andre Agassi plays pickleball during a training session in Las Vegas in 2023. At first, Agassi was perplexed by the pickleball craze. He just didn’t

Life Time fitness names legend Andre Agassi to tennis, pickleball role

Like many Americans, the Olympic gold medalist recently fell in love with pickleball.
A flock of wild turkey roamed the streets Tuesday in Northeast Minneapolis. ] ANTHONY SOUFFLE • A flock of wild turk

Turkey beloved in Kenny neighborhood of south Minneapolis dies after vehicle strike

Kennethy, aka Gregory Peck and the Bachelor Turkey, "brought us so much joy."
Public workers of Minneapolis come together to announce their support of a strike in demand for fair wages and working conditions at the United Labor

Minneapolis public works employees authorize strike

The vast majority of the 400 Minneapolis employees — 99% — voted in support of the strike.
St. Paul Public Works Director Sean Kershaw

Undercover boss: St. Paul Public Works chief gets behind the wheel of a snowplow

Becoming certified in snow clearing — the city's most visible work — helps Public Works grow support for its work.
Dr. Shruti K. Gohil, associate medical director for epidemiology and infection prevention at UCI Medical Center, holds a dose of MMR, the vaccine agai

Two measles cases reported in Minnesota

MMR vaccinations in the state have fallen since the pandemic.
Iowa guard Caitlin Clark celebrates after making a 3-point basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan, Sunday, F

Caitlin Clark, the pride of Iowa, is the buzz of social media

Everyone's talking about Caitlin Clark, who will be playing in Minneapolis at the end of the month and again in March.
Daniel Durant signs the national anthem before the NFL Super Bowl 58 football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers.

All the Super Bowl Minnesota connections you missed last night

If you squint really hard, it's like Minnesota kind of made the Super Bowl.
After a program at the East Phillips Community Center, hundreds joined in for the MMIWR 2024: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relative March in Minnea

Hundreds of Minnesotans march for missing and murdered Indigenous relatives

Indigenous women and girls disportionately face violence in Minnesota. Supporters and families say "not one more," at march in Minneapolis.
A parked Goodhue police car Monday, August 14, 2023, at Goodhue City Hall in Goodhue, Minn. The Goodhue city council met for a special meeting to addr

The small-town Minnesota police forces that are no more

Amid tight budgets and requirement problems, 35 departments have folded in recent years.
Colleen Sievert of Silver Bay sat on the shore of Lake Superior near the Split Rock River and looked for agates Sunday afternoon. Warm weather has bee

Mild winter, Lutsen fire cast pall on North Shore tourism

Occupancy rates at Northern Minnesota resorts have been suffering thanks to a record-breaking warm winter. The fire that struck Lutsen Lodge this week came on a night where no guests were checked in.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey at City Hall on Jan. 31.

Frey calls people working from home 'losers,' later says he was joking

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said it's ridiculous to think he was serious when he said in a speech to the Minneapolis Downtown Council's annual meeting that people who work at home are losers.
Mayor Jacob Frey held a dog at a news conference at Minneapolis Animal Care and Control in Minneapolis. Nearing capacity, the city is waiving adoption

Looking for a furry friend? Minneapolis animal shelter waives adoption fees for residents

Pet adoption fees are gone for good for Minneapolis residents as the city animal shelter hovers at capacity.
Don't rake those leaves yet, Minneapolis says

Don't rake those leaves yet, Minneapolis says

Despite the persistently mild winter, city says please resist the urge to rake leaves that provide cover pollinators need.
Dogwood Coffee founder Dan Anderson, left, helped Houston White with his efforts to launch The Get Down Coffee Co. in north Minneapolis.

Black-owned businesses in Minnesota to check out during Black History Month, beyond

Here are 24 businesses to keep you busy this February.
Aid volunteers and residents of Camp Nenookaasi packed up their belongings as Minneapolis police cordoned off several city blocks near the intersectio

Minneapolis homeless encampment cleared for second time in one week

City officials said the situation at the new camp location had a high potential for safety issues.
It was smooth rowing on the Mississippi on Jan. 31 for the University of Minnesota crews.

Minnesota's weird winter lets U rowing teams practice on water

Gophers crew teams wore shirtsleeves on a rare day out on the Mississippi River, which typically is iced over and off-limits until spring.
Rep. Ilhan Omar approached the stage to deliver her address to the delegates.

Fact check: What Rep. Ilhan Omar actually said in viral speech

Republican leaders are calling for an investigation over a disputed translation of the congresswoman's comments.
Aid volunteers and residents of Camp Nenookaasi packed up their belongings as Minneapolis police cordoned off several city blocks near the intersectio

Minneapolis again closes relocated homeless encampment

The city closed the camp that formed after the larger iteration, dubbed Camp Nenookaasi, was closed earlier this month.
Actor Timothée Chalamet stopped by Hibbing High School during a rehearsal of the drama department's production and spent some time chatting with the

Actor Timothée Chalamet visits Hibbing High School, Duluth to prepare to play Bob Dylan

Chalamet, who visited Dylan haunts in Hibbing and Duluth, will play the singer in an upcoming biopic.
Able Seedhouse + Brewery in northeast Minneapolis.

Twin Cities area sees wave of brewery, distillery closures

The explosion of breweries and distilleries in the Twin Cites area has leveled off since the pandemic, and sometimes it seems like there are more high-profile closings than openings.
Jen LaShomb left, with kids Esmé and Nolan, watched the appearance of smoke coming from the mouth of “Sparky the Seal," standing at 21 feet tall an

Meet Sparky: The Bartz Brothers' newest snow sculpture

This year's sculpture at the Brightwood Hills Golf Course is bigger than ever.
Kellie Basswood, her partner William Lussier and their children William Jr., 2, Chance, 7, (hiding behind them) and Jade 12, along with the family's l

Wealth-building nonprofit will soon offer mortgage lending to Native Minnesotans

The homeownership gap in Minnesota is one of the largest in the U.S.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter celebrates and sings after the end of the 34th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast at the Minneapolis Con

Thousands of Minnesotans gather to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy

An annual fundraiser breakfast in downtown Minneapolis drew the largest crowd since before the pandemic.
Airport police responded to a Delta flight arrival from Tampa, Fla., on Monday

Anoka County Sheriff's Office reviewing alleged racial profiling incident involving employee on Delta flight

Two female passengers reported suspicious actions by a group of male passengers on a plane to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, but officers determined no action needed to be taken.
A Dakota Access Pipeline protest in Washington, D.C. People are holding a banner that reads "This is stolen land."

Connect land acknowledgement to action, Native leaders urge

Statements aim to recognize the treaty rights that mark Indigenous people as the historical stewards of the land.
Minnesota's population rises, but low birth rates, elevated deaths continue

Minnesota's population rises, but low birth rates, elevated deaths continue

The gain follows two years of slow growth or decline, due in part to the pandemic.
Tou Ger Xiong grew up in St. Paul and was valedictorian at Humboldt High School.

One in custody after murder of Twin Cities Hmong American leader Tou Ger Xiong in Colombia

"He never, ever felt unsafe. It's almost like a second home, he loved it there," his brother said.

New highway signs feature Dakota language in southwest Minnesota

The signs in Yellow Medicine County are the first to use the name a tribe culturally defined themselves.
Ukrainian ambassador to the U.S. Oksana Markarova leaned over to speak with Ukrainian soldier Oleh Bubovuy, who lost his legs in combat in Ukraine and

Ukrainian ambassador visits Minneapolis, urges Minnesota to remember Ukraine

The country feels supported by the United States, but losing the war would have major effects on Americans, speakers said in Minneapolis.
Jewish community members, left, gathered in solidarity in light of the attacks in Israel at Beth El Synagogue in St. Louis Park on Oct. 10. Thousands

To post or not to post: Israel-Hamas war plays out on social feeds

Some Minnesotans feel compelled to talk about the war online, while others stay quiet.
Sabrina Yahya and Council on American-Islamic Relations leaders shared at a news conference Tuesday details of the attack she experienced.

Minnesota Muslim community members urge vigilance amid Israel-Hamas war

The call came after a woman said an assailant assaulted her at a Minneapolis gas station and later uttered Islamophobic threats