Erica Ross

Erica was raised in Stillwater, MN and never thought she would leave the Twin Cities area. However, this extroverted librarian was on the hunt for a new challenge. At the end of 2018, she convinced her high school sweetheart, their two-year old son Milo, and their three cats to move to Rochester. She has been having a wonderful time exploring the area and later sharing her treasured finds with loved ones. In her spare time, Erica is constantly binging audiobooks and podcasts, wrangling her toddler, working on sassy embroidery and trying out new recipes (but dreads the clean-up). She has decided her new life’s goal is to convince friends and family, one by one, to move to the charming city of Rochester. Follow Erica on Instagram @ericarossmn

Candid Conversations with Rashell Sugiyama

Candid Conversations gives us the opportunity to hear the stories, life, and work of BIPOC people living in Rochester MN. We invite you to read to learn, seek to understand, and thoughtfully engage. Were you...
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Candid Conversations with Shruti Saraswat

I remember after school, on hot summer days, sitting in air conditioning with my sister enjoying the Daal rice my mom prepared as we told her about our day. Daal rice is the first thing I cook when returning home from a long trip.

A Horror Lurking in Your Home

Our aerator wasn't designed to screw off, so we soaked the kitchen faucet in some vinegar and dish soap for a couple hours and then we vigorously scrubbed the nozzle.
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Give 5: Indigenous People of Mni Sota Makoce

November is Native American Heritage month, also referred to as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. It is "a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people."

The Lollipop: A Potty-Training Tale

She bends down so she is at my son’s level and says, “I heard you went potty! Good job, buddy!” She then hands him this a huge lollipop and his eyes light up.
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Give 5: Minnesota Musicians to Diversify your Music

This month, we’ve put together a list of BIPOC Minnesotan musicians. This list is in no way comprehensive, but just a starting point.

Field Trip Friday: Stillwater

Welcome to my hometown! Stillwater is the birthplace of Minnesota and a gorgeous historic town right on the St. Croix River.
Rochester Skyline

A One-Day Itinerary to Show Off Rochester

Here is my general itinerary for when my dearest friends come to Rochester MN for a one-day visit.
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Meet the Contributor: Erica Ross

When Erica is not working as a Librarian at Mayo Clinic, she is consumed by creative projects. She has poured her heart into making thousands of masks during the pandemic, and now is more focused on making polymer clay jewelry.
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Give 5: Diversify the Artists and Makers You Support

This month, we've put together a list of BIPOC artists local to the Rochester area, the greater state of Minnesota, and a few national artists as well.