Deputy News Director at Minnesota Public Radio, editor of MPR News' metro unit. Former media jackal. Edina resident and mom. ND native, proud UND grad.

To fence, or not to fence the Shakopee women's prison — Dozens of women in white prison uniforms crowd around the door to the only dining room in the Shakopee prison. The room can hold about one-quarter of the prison population, so mealtime takes place in shifts. "We do three breakfasts, four lunches and four dinners," explains Warden Rick Hillengass.

Red door opens for Gilda’s Club Twin Cities — The signature red door officially opens in Minnetonka later today. Anyone who's either battled cancer or watched a loved one fight the battle is probably familiar with Gilda's Club, named in memory of comedian Gilda Radner, who died from cancer in 1989. The clubs are gathering places where people living with cancer can come for...

Twin Cities cookbook author John Michael Lerma dies — I first met John Michael in 1999, after I moved into the house across the street from him in St. Paul's Highland Park neighborhood. I was coming home from a meeting one night, and the power was out on our block.

Wednesday Wishlist — There are so many great Summer pieces of clothing right now out there in the shops - it is really hard to make a decision and pick just one thing. My favourite trends right now have to be bright prints and floral patterns especially on dressses and cigarette pants.

Life without power for many metro residents — My morning tweet got quite a few responses from frustrated Twin Cities residents still without power after several days. @MPRsLauraMc @cathywurzer @mprnews Ours is one of those homes. Last time I showered or shaved other than by candlelight was last Thursday. - Joe Thiegs (@jthiegs) June 24, 2013 I also heard from Nick Gasper of...

Saints ballpark to cost nearly $9 million more than budgeted — Representatives from the city of Saint Paul, Ryan Companies, Saint Paul Saints and the Saint Paul Port Authority have a conference call at 3 p.m. to talk about the Lowertown Ballpark including recent soil contamination findings. This letter went to city officials in advance of the call.
Oct 14, 2014

Mpls school for troubled kids finds yoga helps them find calm w/in chaos - hear @sashaaslanian's piece on ATC tonight…

Oct 13, 2014

had a wonderful time at dinner with your in-laws, @DeRushaJ! Pete and Pat are great. (my husband is their invest advisor)

Oct 13, 2014

.@madeleinebaran reports Archdiocese reaches settlement in key clergy abuse case - presented to Ramsey Cty district judge this morning

Oct 13, 2014

housing/labor crunch in NW MN - Polaris flies in workers from Mexico, story from @john_enger:…

Oct 13, 2014

RT @KerriMPR: You've got to see the list of banned or challenged books to believe it. Bissinger, Fitzgerald, Baldwin, Lowry, Rowling! Daily Circuit at 9.

Oct 10, 2014

Mpls closes downtown streets for zombies. As @brandtmpr notes, you've been warned.… via @mprnews

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