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

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.
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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.
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10 TikTok Hacks that Will Change Your Adulting Life

All of this scrolling has not been time-wasted! I have gathered my top 10 TikTok adulting hacks that you should definitely get excited about!
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Give 5: Podcasts to Diversify Your Playlist

Here, we are introducing some podcasts, many of them hosted by people of color, and highlighting some specific episodes that focus on anti-racism.

A Year With My Bidet: What a Blast!

But one thing I do not regret at all is...Getting sprayed in the face by a bidet this time last year. It was one of the best decisions I made.
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Give 5: Social Media Accounts to Follow to Diversify Your Feed

Diversify your social media feed by including those deidcated to diversity, activism, racial justice, and anti-racism in our country and local community.