Sunday, July 27, 2014

Erica Rivera On Nursery Design Trends


Erica Rivera interviewed several new moms in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area for "Making Room for Baby," a Star Tribune story on nursery trends. Read the piece on the front page of the Sunday Homes section or online here.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Erica Rivera Interviews Camera Obscura


Erica Rivera interviewed Camera Obscura, a Glasgow-based band that's been making music together for 18 years. Read the Q&A in this week's issue of Vita.mn or online here.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Erica Rivera Interviews Sharon Van Etten


Erica Rivera spoke to Sharon Van Etten, the velvet hammer of indie singer-songwriters. Rivera asked Van Etten about mysticism, violence in her lyrics, and toxic relationships. Read the Q&A in this week's print issue of Vita.mn or online here.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Erica Rivera Profiles Leadership Minnesota


Erica Rivera profiled Leadership Minnesota, a program designed by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce to help business leaders better understand the state's economy. Read about this training program in the July 2014 issue of Minnesota Business magazine or online here.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Erica Rivera Profiles tenKsolar


Erica Rivera profiled tenKsolar, manufacturer of revolutionary solar panels that are making green energy even greener. Read about the company's product and its success in the marketplace in the July 2014 issue of Minnesota Business magazine or online here.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Erica Rivera Profiles The Emily Program


Erica Rivera spoke to the founder and several staff members of The Emily Program, a groundbreaking treatment center for eating disorders that began in Minnesota and is expanding nationally. Read about this life-changing approach to health care in the July 2014 issue of Minnesota Business magazine or online here.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Erica Rivera Profiles Filson and Shinola


Erica Rivera profiled Detroit-based bicycle maker Shinola and Seattle-based outerwear company Filson, both opening new storefronts in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis. Read about these fashion forward companies in the July 2014 issue of Minnesota Business magazine or online here.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Erica Rivera Profiles Von Hanson's Meats


Erica Rivera profiled one of the rare butcher shops in the state of Minnesota that has thrived as a chain. Read about Von Hanson's growth in the July 2014 issue of Minnesota Business magazine or online here.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Erica Rivera Interviews Julie Allinson of Eyebobs


Erica Rivera interviewed Julie Allinson, founder of Eyebobs, a company whose stylish reading glasses have been seen on the likes of Katie Couric and Andrew Zimmmern. Read the company's growth story in the July 2014 issue of Minnesota Business magazine or online here.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Erica Rivera Writes Cover Story for Minnesota Business Magazine


Erica Rivera interviewed Hans Early-Nelson, founder of Primitive Precision, for the cover story of the July 2014 issue of Minnesota Business magazine. Read the feature on this modern day metalworker in print or online here.

Monday, June 30, 2014

A New Arrival


Erica Rivera and family have adopted an eight-week-old domestic shorthair kitten. Now known as Tom Waits, the black and white kitten was likely a farm orphan before arriving at the Animal Humane Society of Minnesota in Buffalo, where the Riveras fell in love with him. Tom Waits joins fellow shorthair cat Anna, dachshund Mister, and hamster Martin.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Erica Rivera Interviews Valerie June


Erica Rivera spoke to Southern musician Valerie June about finding her voice in the church and managing diabetes on tour in anticipation of her Rock the Garden appearance. Read the Q&A on Vita.mn here.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Erica Rivera Interviews Dan Madsen of Dusty Signs


Erica Rivera interviewed Dan Madsen of Dusty Signs, a company bringing back the art of hand-painted advertising. Read about his latest projects in the June 2014 issue of Minnesota Business magazine or online here.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Erica Rivera Profiles Clockwork Active Media


Erica Rivera interviewed Meghan Wilker and Nancy Lyons, COO and CEO of Clockwork Active Media in Minneapolis. Read how these "Geek Girls" empower creativity in the June 2014 issue of Minnesota Business magazine or online here!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Erica Rivera Interviews Jean Kane of Welsh & Colliers


Erica Rivera recently interviewed Jean Kane, one of the few women at the top of the commercial real estate industry in the state of Minnesota. Read how she came to run Welsh & Colliers in the June 2014 issue of Minnesota Business magazine or online here.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Erica Rivera Profiles Sanborn Canoe Company


Erica Rivera profiled the Winona based Sanborn Canoe Company for Minnesota Business magazine. Read about this artisanal return to boat making in the June 2014 issue or online here.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Erica Rivera Profiles Salon Rouge


Erica Rivera explains why you should head to Salon Rouge tout de suite for some Paris-themed pampering in the June 2014 issue of Minnesota Business magazine. Read it in print or online here.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Erica Rivera Profiles Bill Perrine


Erica Rivera profiled Bill Perrine, an event planner for Land O' Lakes who believes in the value of face time. Read the article in the Summer 2014 issue of MN Meetings + Events or online here.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Erica Rivera Interviews Sean Patton


Erica Rivera interviewed comic Sean Patton, an opinionated New Orleans native. Read up on Patton's brain-bullying concept, why he doesn't get offended by other comics' jokes, and the lack of relationship humor in his act in the Q&A on Vita.mn here!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Erica Rivera Wins First Place in the Dakota County Library Poetry Contest


Erica Rivera has been awarded the First Place prize in the 2014 Dakota Country Library's Poetry Contest. This is the third time Rivera's poetry has won an award in the contest.

Unforgotten

I reach across the mystery of you with words, write
a phosphorescent spotlight to tempt you towards the page
you were never really mine but our memory is
and I hold onto it, steadfast, love it

harder than the whiskey that sours you from the inside out
harder than the gaggle of pretty girls that giggle at your wit
harder than you devour bloody steaks business deals bank accounts 
harder than you hate your mean-fisted father

Maybe I didn’t truly know you but I knew what I wanted to
that was enough, Irish eyes, and in the end
we all want our secrets told
this is mine: I miss you still, and will, ‘til every tomorrow dies

~ Erica Rivera
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