Jennifer Simonson Feature Archive

A short stretch of North Washington Avenue in downtown Minneapolis is where a few of the best restaurants in the city are now clustered, says Star Tribune variety reporter Tom Horgen. (02/27/2013)
Butcher & the Boar was named on Tuesday a James Beard Award semifinalist for Best New Restaurant, and chef Jack Riebel was nominated as Best Chef in the Midwest. (02/20/2013)
Despite numerous challenges faced by its leaders Faye Price and Noel Raymond, Pillsbury House has changed people's expectations for what a community center can achieve with an injection of artistic talent. (02/18/2013)
Solveig Tofte owns and operates Sun Street Breads in Minneapolis with her husband Martin Ouimet. Tofte is in charge of baking and the kitchen, while Ouimet takes care of coffee and the front of house. (02/13/2013)
The Heartland Girls Ranch in Benson, Minn., is one of the few safe places to go for girls who are the victims of sex trafficking. (02/07/2013)
Maria Genne, the founder and artistic director of Kairos Dance, used to have a career that focused on dancing with young people. But as she grew older, Genne began looking at how she could create dance in which everyone felt welcome, and how music and storytelling could be used to stimulate the minds and bodies of the elderly in ways modern science is only beginning to fully appreciate. (01/28/2013)
Highlights of Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations in Minnesota on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 included the annual King Day breakfast in Minneapolis, and a march and program in St. Paul. (01/21/2013)
Even the most creative people sometimes find it difficult to find the right gifts for the holidays. But very few people would decline artisan chocolates. The following chocolates are locally produced. (12/19/2012)
Jeanne Calvit, our latest Art Hero, is the founder and director The Interact Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Minneapolis, which serves 130 artists with a range of physical and developmental disabilities. (12/17/2012)
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar enters the final weeks of her re-election campaign with a big lead in the polls and in the money race. (10/26/2012)
Michelle Hensley, artistic director for Ten Thousand Things Theater, brings quality theatrical performances to people in prisons, homeless shelters, women's shelter and fixed-income retirement homes. (10/15/2012)
Ananya Chatterjea is the founder and artistic director of Ananya Dance Theatre. (09/11/2012)
Compare photos of north Minneapolis taken before and after cleanup of the 2011 tornado. (05/22/2012)
About 2,200 Republican delegates gathered in St. Cloud Friday to endorse a candidate for U.S. Senate. They will also vote on Saturday to parcel out the remaining 13 delegates that will represent Minnesota at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. (05/18/2012)
Signs of spring can be seen several weeks earlier than normal in Minnesota. We visited Battle Creek Regional Park in Maplewood and the Peace Garden in Minneapolis to get a closer look. (03/30/2012)