Gretchen Brown

Gretchen has reported on the criminal justice system in rural Minnesota and covered everything from politics to millennial truck drivers for Wisconsin Public Radio. She is passionate about public media as a public service. She’s also into music and really good coffee. Follow her on Twitter @gretch_brown.

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How to Find a Roommate and Avoid a Craigslist Horror Story

When Laura Hauglid was a college sophomore, she used Craigslist to fill a room in the house she […]

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Author Malaka Gharib on Finding Her Own ‘American Dream’

Reading Malaka Gharib’s graphic memoir feels a bit like reading her teenage diary. There’s a story of her […]

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Experiencing Wage Theft? How to Know and How to Fix It

At the end of every shift as a server in Okoboji, Iowa, Rachel was required to pay up. […]

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Building a Better Bike Helmet by Reinventing the Wheel

Jordan Klein and David Hall’s ideal bike helmet doesn’t look like a bike helmet at all. It’s a […]

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4 Easy Lifestyle Changes to Be More Green in 2019

Earth Day is all about saving the planet. And, to be honest, that can seem like a tall […]

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Are You Posting Too Much About Your Kids Online?

Courtney Sullivan has one rule for posting photos of her 17-month-old son on social media: would 13-year-old me […]

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When You Have Student Loan Debt — and Your Friends Don’t

Each spring, Sarah Ober plans a vacation with her best friend. Ober, 26, has significant student debt. Her […]

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Finding a Mentor Can Be Tricky. Here’s How To Do It.

It was just an email. But that’s all it took for Alex Robinson, now a human resources manager […]

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How Much Should You Share On a First Date?

There’s a particularly tense episode of Netflix’s “Dating Around”— a reality show that sends people on a series […]

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How Our Student Loans Are Making Us Sick

By the time Camille Kraljic and her partner finish graduate school programs this May, they will have a […]

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In a Beer Town, This Bar Stays Afloat Serving Tap Water

Northeast Minneapolis, perched alongside the Mississippi River, has long been known for its brewing scene. Its residents are […]

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Why a Quarter-Life Crisis Might Actually Help You

There wasn’t one particular moment that convinced Randi Howry to hand in her two-week notice. At 25, she […]