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Amelia Rayno is leaving the Star Tribune after 8 years

The sports reporter turned food & drink writer will leave the newspaper next month.
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Amelia Rayno is off to explore the world, leaving her role at the Star Tribune after eight years.

The versatile journalist joined the newspaper in 2010, making her name on the University of Minnesota Gophers basketball beat before switching in 2016 to the features department.

Since then she has been a food & drink, travel and features writer, but this will come to an end next month.

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In an Instagram post, Rayno revealed she's leaving the Strib in mid-June, and Minneapolis in July.

That's because she's "decided to take a leap" heading out into the world to travel – starting with South America.

Rayno describes herself as a "part-time Bigfoot hunter," so we imagine her travels will take her at some point to the Pacific Northwest.

Along the way she hopes to keep writing, freelancing "enough to pay the bills while diving into a few projects I've always wanted to do."

"I’m taking a chance on myself," she says, describing her feelings as "emotion soup" ahead of her trip.

While her byline is a familiar sight in the Star Tribune, Rayno herself became the subject of headlines in summer 2015 during the height of the Norwood Teague scandal.

Rayno wrote this piece describing a run-in with the former Gophers AD, in which he made a pass at her as they had drinks, touching and grabbing at her without her consent.

Teague, who was accused of sexual misconduct by other women including U of M employees, resigned from his position two days after Rayno's post was published.

Ahead of her departure, she paid tribute to Minneapolis, writing: "I’ve made so many amazing friends. I’ve eaten so much amazing food. I’ve had a few pretty cool jobs covering what amount to guilty pleasures. 

"But I also crave movement, change, discovery — fear even. I thrive on that. I need that. "

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