Our Team

Make MN Magazine is published by a small, hardworking team headquartered in Minneapolis, MN. Additionally, we collaborate with a community-centric network of talented contributors on print and digital content. If you’re interested in collaborating, contact us.


Kara Larson / Editor-in-Chief

Kara is a Minneapolis-based writer and casual business lady who finds a great deal of inspiration in building this magazine. Read more about Kara in Our Story

Sara Fowler / Art Director

Sara is a Minneapolis-based graphic designer and illustrator, working primarily for artists, arts organizations, and mission-driven folks.


Matt Frank / Feature Editor

Matt originally hails from Chicago, and currently based in St. Paul. As a freelance writer, he focuses on capturing his passions for urban agriculture, regenerative landscape design, and food justice issues through storytelling. His articles highlight Minnesota people, places, and producers working to create positive change in our local communities. Matt strongly believes in the power of narratives to shape minds, open eyes, and shift perspectives.


Lisa Frank / Contributor

Lisa is the founder of Rettlers, and has set forth on a journey to reconnect to her rural southern roots by discovering those sentiments in the Midwest. Her background in Sociology and Environmental Sustainability informs her vision of intentional hospitality as part of a greater movement towards building stronger communities, preserving natural resources, local economies, and equity within our country’s ethos. (

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Kelsey Roseth/ Contributor

Kelsey is an award-winning freelance multimedia journalist whose experience includes serving as a news anchor/reporter for a Fargo, ND news station, a corporate communications specialist for a national IT company, and a copywriter for an ad agency in Duluth. Kelsey and her husband live in Duluth, exploring the North Shore through hiking, canoeing, photography and bird-watching. (

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Cody Mastel

Cody is motivated by a constant fire of acquiring, mastering, and sharing skills that inspire others to learn through hands-on experience. He helps facilitate learning throughout the Upper Midwest with organizations like Tiny Diner, MCTC and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Cody is the owner of Land by Hand and co-founder of Open Hearth Permaculture Education. He graduated from the U of MN College of Design, and is a certified Permaculture Designer and Educator. (

Domini Brown / Contributor

Domini is a writer and photographer living in Richfield, Minnesota. Her work focuses on elevating everyday occurrences and observing how space, place, and environment affect our pursuits. Her work has appeared in The Growler, Midway Journal, children’s nonfiction books, and at the MPLS Photo Center. Other writing and photographic prints are available at


Colby Wegter / Contributor

Colby grew up near a town without a stoplight, then worked in NYC’s Chinatown, and has finally landed in St. Paul. He looks to converse, to learn and attempt to tell. He feels more at home in Minnesota than anywhere else and enjoys her beauty on the daily. He’s also the founder of A Look Into (, an online editorial that tells the stories of the people behind the products we love.

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Betsy Nelson / Contributor

Betsy is better known as “That Food Girl,” and has been working with food for most of her life. As a child, she would create and write her own recipes to share with family and friends. After college, she worked her way through some of the finest Twin City restaurants, refining her style and technique. She has imbued her inherent passion and creativity with food into her food styling business. (


Kayla Elefson

Kayla is a sustainable farmer, dance artist, and homesteader. She operates Turtle Hare Farm with her husband, Eric, growing microgreens, gourmet garlic and running their farmstay located in Two Harbors, Minnesota. Kayla is passionate about slow living and all things local, especially food! To see what’s happening on the farm or to book a getaway, check out


Lindsay Strong / Contributor

Lindsay was born in Texas, raised in Missouri and Utah, went to college in South Dakota, and upon moving to Minnesota two years ago, quickly adopted the North as home. She teaches yoga, takes pretty photographs, and is in graduate school to be a therapist. Check out Lindsay’s And I Am Project at


Lisa Wentworth / Contributor

Lisa lives in Duluth, MN with her husband and kids, works as a school counselor, and loves to make healthy, colorful food at home. She strives to support the Duluth community by using local ingredients and products. You can follow Lisa’s love of food at


Mandy Dobosenski / Contributor

Mandy is an “accidental entrepreneur" and founder and owner of BeeNaturalz, an all-natural luxury skincare line where she incorporates at least one “bee power” ingredient into all of her handcrafted products (such as beeswax, honey, pollen, etc.). Outside of her own business, Mandy works full-time as the Director of Human Resources at a nonprofit mental health agency in MN and spends all of her spare moments with her husband, son, and two kitties. Learn more about Mandy and her skincare line at