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Nicole Hvidsten

Deputy Design Director/Features | Newsroom
Phone: 612-673-7563
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Nicole Ploumen Hvidsten is an editor and design director for the Star Tribune. She's worked as a reporter, copy editor and designer before settling into her roles as a designer and editor for the Star Tribune Magazine.

Hvidsten grew up in Minnesota and knew that journalism was her calling way back in middle school, when the Star Tribune published two of her essays. She graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a degree in mass communications and a love for all things journalism and politics. Hvidsten worked at newspapers across the country for several years before finally returning to where it all started. She and her husband are proud parents of three amazing kids and one amazing dog.
Recent content from Nicole Hvidsten
Sunglasses from Skyline Specs.

Gear up for summer outdoors with Minnesota-made must-haves

Big family reunions and music festivals might have to wait, but being prepared for summer doesn't. These Minnesota must-haves will have you set for the…
Tips on putting your best foot forward for summer.

Tips on putting your best feet forward for summer

Summer is hard on feet. What can we do to keep them looking good?
Infants have only one way of expressing themselves: crying. So it’s OK to hold them why you figure things out.

New parents are tired – of unsolicited advice

We asked local pediatricians to weigh in so we can confidently say 'thanks, but no thanks' when we're cornered.
Throwing a holiday party doesn’t need to be stressful.

Experts share tips on throwing a stress-free holiday party

From crafting the perfect playlist to cutting off guests who've had too much to drink, here's how to plan a fun and stress-free gathering.
Cars in a ditch after the 1940 Armistice Day blizzard.

The storm no one saw coming

Photo originally published November 1940   Weather forecasters were predicting a few flurries and lower temperatures, but Armistice Day in 1940 began with blue…
Minnesota nice carries over to buying and selling home -- most of the time.

Has HGTV made Minnesota home buyers out of touch?

Are local home buyers and sellers always Minnesota nice?
Lake Harriet Pavilion after being damaged by a storm on July 8, 1925.

Vintage Minnesota: The tragic history of Lake Harriet's pavilion

Two fires and a windstorm over the years destroyed the precursors to the Lake Harriet Band Shell in Minneapolis.
Waxing is still the tried-and-true method for removing unwanted hair.

Everything you want to know about waxing, from brows to Brazilians

Tip: Liquid courage does more harm than good.
The 1992 High School Quiz Bowl. Photo originally published March 6, 1992.

Vintage Minnesota: High School Quiz Bowl no trivial pursuit

The 1992 High School Quiz Bowl championship went down to the wire between Chaska and Breck.
1978: The spring flower show at Como Park Conservatory in St. Paul featured popular spring blooms and drew more than 10,000 people a day.

Vintage Minnesota: Spring flower shows

Even the hardiest of Minnesotans can use a gentle reminder that spring isn't far away. And for almost 100 years, spring flower shows have done just that.
Circuit convertible backpack by Strey Designs and the Continental Backpack from J.W. Hulme.

9 must-have, Minnesota-made, leather travel essentials

Raise your travel game with these must-have leather essentials, all made in Minnesota. Durability has never looked so good. (Photos above)
Cara Anderson of Plymouth in her favorite costume circa 1983: Princess Leia.

From Princess Leia to a paper bag, Minnesotans show off 60 years of Halloween costumes

We asked readers to send in snapshots of their favorite costumes from years past. Most of the costumes were homemade.
Rachel A. Meyers, Minneapolis: Ben the Norwegian spent the first part of his life on the streets; we adopted him three years ago. He is also a fan of

Minnesotans sent in their favorite cat photos, and they're purrretty cute

Take a break from the depressing news to enjoy these cute Minnesota cats.
Joel Jannetto applied a second coat of glaze to a tray of Mercury Mosaics’ signature Moroccan Fish Scale tiles.

Tile as art for all

Mercedes Austin's Mercury Mosaics does handmade work for homeowners.
Bindi, an 11-year-old Chihuahua, loves the water and riding on air mattresses. Vickie Shank of Rogers adopted Bindi after she had eight babies!

Minnesota pooches enjoy the dog days of summer in hilarious reader photos

More than 100 readers sent in pictures showing how their pooch beats the heat during the summer.