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Rachel Hutton

Reporter | Features
Phone: 612-673-4569
Location: Minneapolis
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Rachel Hutton is a general assignment reporter in features for the Star Tribune. 


Hutton was previously the editor of Minnesota Monthly and Midwest Home magazines and City Pages' food critic. She has written frequently about restaurants, travel, and design and enjoys profiling interesting people. A Minnesota native, Hutton returned home after stints in the Bay Area and New York City and has traveled the state extensively, from the Spring Grove Soda factory near the Iowa border to the Northwest Angle, which pokes into the Canadian one. She has a degree in product design from Stanford and co-edited an essay collection about life "before the mortgage" prior to settling in the Twin Cities.
Recent content from Rachel Hutton
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You don't have to play 'sidewalk chicken': Etiquette for social distancing while you walk

People are out walking in record numbers during the pandemic. Here's how to avoid pedestrian rage.
Rendering by Triebold Paleontology

St. Paul professor helps discover prehistoric mammal in Madagascar

The chairman of Macalester's geology department helped discover a new mammal.
Lt. William J. McGowan during his 1943 pilot training in Eagle Pass, Texas, right before he got his commission and wings.

MIA Minnesota war hero accounted for, 75 years after D-Day

A Minnesota war hero killed on D-Day will finally be buried in Normandy.
Lyric Robinson, a senior at St. Louis Park High School, posed for a portrait in her prom dress in Minneapolis.

Minnesota students show off prom finery even as the big event is canceled

With prom canceled amid the COVID-19 pandemic, high school juniors and seniors show off their formal-wear and share alternate plans for celebrating the rite of passage.
Jania Kloeppel and Kaytie Kamphoff.

Minneapolis teacher takes in former student during pandemic

At the end of the day, the two take walks, eat dinner, watch a little TV and have nightly dance parties.
Sisters Cece, 7, and Maddie Pierce, 13, and sisters Clara, 10, and Olivia Plumstead make a daily newspaper that they distribute through their neighbor

Stuck at home, Twin Cities kids publish their own neighborhood newspapers

No matter their angle or aesthetic, these newspapers are a source of community camaraderie.
Sheltering at home offers couples the opportunity to just talk.	iStock

Cooped up and clashing: How home-bound couples can cope

A therapist shares tips for how couples can maintain harmony even in close quarters.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum volunteer Mary Klacan helps cleans a piece of furniture made by the late American designer George Nakashima.	ELIZABETH F

Volunteers flock to preserve rare furniture at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

One day a year, arboretum staff and volunteers clean and preserve a rare collection of sculptural furniture.
The Buck family took a new family portrait at its home in Independence.

Minnesotans find the upside of stay-at-home order: 'A glimpse of the family we once were'

In the midst of COVID-19 confinement, some Minnesotans are discovering what really matters.
Professor Anton Treuer led the workshop pairing Ojibwe elders with transcribers, who take down the elders' traditional stories and sketch out storyboa

Meet professor on quest to keep one of Minnesota's oldest languages alive

In Minnesota, the country's last stronghold of native Ojibwe speakers, Anton Treuer is racing to preserve knowledge.
John Maring's Go Fund Me page has raised more than $10,000 to offer free hotel stays to Minnesota healthcare workers treating COVID-19 patients.

Fundraiser provides hotel rooms for Minnesota health care providers

Those treating COVID-19 patients can get some rest and keep their families safe.
Du Nord Craft Spirits owner Chris Montana (left) donates hand sanitizer to Lonny Evans (right) of Loaves & Fishes, the state’s largest free meal pro

Minneapolis distiller donates hand sanitizer — and gets a surprise from his past

Minneapolis distiller donates hand sanitizer to a local soup kitchen — and realizes it fed him as a kid.
“Wine & Crime” podcast co-hosts Lucy Fitzgerald, Kenyon Laing and Amanda Jacobson.

Hit Minnesota-grown podcast 'Wine & Crime' mixes murder, friendship, booze

Three Minnetonka H.S. alum talking taboo topics (and TMI) have become leaders in the true crime genre.
Marilyn Beddor

Graceful connector and amateur auto racer Marilyn Beddor dies at 86

Befitting the loving and beloved person she was, Beddor died on Feb. 14, Valentine's Day.
International Institute of Minnesota instructor Sara Skinner demonstrated how to shovel snow without injury.

'Life in Minnesota' class tackles the nuances of 'Nice' for newcomers

The eight-week cultural orientation class helps immigrants and temporary residents navigate myriad American systems — legal, education, health care — and more.
Three Rivers Park District employee Zack Mohlis pulled a block of ice from the water at Richardson Nature Center.

Minnesota ice harvesting tradition has a cool history — and an uncertain future

Richardson Nature Center's annual ice harvest recalls a time when gathering ice cubes involved as much work as farming a crop.
Nina Orezzoli, left, and Amy Matthews co-founded a nonprofit, And Now She Rises, to help domestic abuse survivors.

They shared an abuser – now, two high-profile Twin Cities women are speaking out

Born of an unlikely friendship, a nonprofit formed by two Twin Cities women supports abuse survivors.
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10 home design trends to try in 2020

Warmer colors, cheerful laundry rooms and bathroom seating are on the horizon, according to Houzz.
Dining rooms with personality are trending in 2020.

Twin Cities designers weigh in on home trends for 2020

Designers weigh in on the ways homeowners are personalizing and reinventing their spaces.
Bruce Vassar

Bridal fair 'Wedding Guy' Bruce Vassar dies at 57

He left behind detailed instructions for his final mass, down to his favorite hymns and gladiola-filled floral arrangements.
Visitors walked by and visited the popcorn stand in Bentleyville where animatronic elves making popcorn moved and came to life on Tuesday December 3,

Dayton's/Macy's elves, once abandoned, now reappear in Duluth holiday light display

The Bentleyville holiday light show reunites several figures from the beloved eighth-floor displays.
Longtime Travail Sexy Chef Calendar photographer Travis Anderson captures hair model Al Panchyshyn.

Zombies, Vikings and baby oil: Chefs get greased up for Travail Sexy Chef Calendar

Travail restaurant raises eyebrows and laughs with its seventh annual Sexy Chef Calendar.
DIY holiday craft ideas blogger Erin Francois at her Minneapolis home.

3 easy DIY holiday decor ideas from a Minneapolis style blogger

Three festive crafts from local style blogger Erin Francois that you can make yourself.
Nick Vanderkooi, left, a student at Ridgewater College, checked out his NERF gun as Syrena Maranell, Willmar Public Library's adult services librarian

Beyond books: Minnesota libraries find playful ways to remain relevant

Communities try novel approaches to engage readers, visitors
“A Beginner’s Guide to the End” helps people prepare for a life stage that many would prefer to deny.

New book offers 'advice for living life and facing death'

"A Beginner's Guide to the End" helps people prepare for a life stage that many would prefer to deny.
Isla Mujeres’ Punta Sur is the easternmost point in Mexico, a popular spot for watching the sun rise. (Rachel Hutton)

On a small Mexican island, finding the Minnesota touch with a hometown hotelier

On Isla Mujeres, a St. Paul man pours on the hometown welcome.
Mary and Art Bjorngjeld of Brooklyn Park danced together at the Eagles club in south Minneapolis, where the Monday Night Square Dance celebrated its 4

Twin Cities square dance group has been doing the do-si-do for 40 years

Monday Night Square Dance has been the local epicenter of "old-time music, dance and raging hormones" for four decades.
Chris Spangler, seen here at Lake Edina Park, is one of the top professional drone racing pilots in the world.

Bloomington video gamer turns professional drone racer (yes, that's a career)

How a Bloomington video gamer turned his fine-motor skills into a career as a professional drone racer.
Family members currently involved in the business: Julie Fallenstein, executive vice president, and Heather Madison, vice president; Jenice Fallenstei

Found a Halloween costume online? There's a good chance it came from here.

If you've ever bought or rented a Halloween costume online, there's a good chance it came from here.
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Val Swedberg, fabric store owner and beloved Byerlys sample lady, dies at 96

Rarely did her "social butterfly" mother visit anybody without something she'd made in hand, daughter Cindi Konitzer said.
Hannah Aylward and Shane Burcaw of "Squirmy and Grubs" filmed a vblog about their first crushes.

How 'interabled' Minnesota couple 'Squirmy and Grubs' became an internet sensation

He has a disability. She doesn't. To change how the world sees them as a couple, these two Minnesotans launched a vlog and became a YouTube sensation.
Hillary Clinton (left) and her daughter Chelsea (right)

Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton coming to Minneapolis

Mother-daughter speaking tour promotes "The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience."
The 2019 Twin Cities Pride Parade in Minneapolis. LGBT, the 1990s-era umbrella term for orientations and identities, has tacked on a few more letters

What is it like to be asexual? These Minnesotans explain

Long told they're in denial, those who don't feel sexual attraction see their stories on stage.
Leslie and Chholing Taha on the porch of their Anoka home with their pug Pebbles.

Shared creative spark unites cartoonist and painter decades after they met, married

Though they work in two very different corners of the art world, the couple share an understanding of both its challenges and its allure.
Star Tribune illustration / iStock

Why Ghost in the Graveyard and other 'night games' still endure today

These carefree outside games — from Red Light, Green Light to Kick the Can — are still a staple of backyards, schoolyards, playgrounds and camps.

Linden Hills jewelry artist LaDes Glanzer dies at 74

Glanzer and her husband made their careers as jewelers, traveling to juried art fairs around the country, winning awards and forming a network.
Colleen “Crash” Burke received her hobo queen crown in Britt, Iowa, last year alongside hobo king Dutchman and her son.

St. Paul Hobo Queen shares what it's like to ride the rails

Coming from hobo royalty, St. Paul's Colleen "Crash" Burke was destined to ride the rails.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, the Ohio State Fair unveiled life-size, full-body butter sculptures of hometown hero Neil Armstr

Did the Ohio State Fair outdo the Minnesota State Fair with this epic butter sculpture?

The Ohio State Fair has a long tradition of displaying butter sculptures, including Darth Vader, Mr. Monopoly and Wendy's founder Dave Thomas.
Lumhe (Micco) Sampson performed a hoop dance at Mears Park in St. Paul. He and his brother, Samsoche, who goes by Sam, have danced at venues around Mi

Stars of viral hoop dance video are Minneapolis brothers with incredible backstory

By performing Native hoop dance to hip-hop, two Minneapolis brothers are revitalizing an age-old tradition.
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Meet WACSO, the once-anonymous artist who sketches the soul of Minnesota

The artist known for Walkin' Around Checkin' Stuff Out scouts supper clubs, small-town bars and other places he doesn't quite belong.
Lisa Mer leads the Twin Cities chapter of Sidewalk Talk, which offers free listening sessions.

Something on your mind? Volunteer Twin Cities group will listen without judgment

Sidewalk Talk Twin Cities brings a nonjudgmental ear to public spaces.
Randy Shaver, right, talks with his son, Ryan, before they go on air during the Prep Sports Extra show at the KARE 11 studio in Minneapolis on Friday,

Ryan Shaver announces he's leaving KARE 11

The sportscaster, who is headed to Twin Cities Orthopedics as a Digital Video/Social Media Specialist, said it was "the toughest tweet I've ever had to write."
Quintessentially Minnesotan: "Spoonbridge and Cherry" at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

Popular Twitter feed @IndignantMN celebrates Minnesota's spirit, icons and quirks

Consider @IndignantMN a crash course in North Star culture.
Fabricator Elena Lavorato sewed a replica of a set of wings designed by Leonardo da Vinci for the “Inventing Genius” exhibit at the Science Museum

Science Museum's 'Inventing Genius' celebrates Leonardo da Vinci

While da Vinci might be best known for two of the world's most famous paintings, he was the Renaissance's ultimate Renaissance man.
Rowan and Bly Pope in the living room of their St. Paul home. Often Rowan will sit on the couch to draw, while Bly uses the easel in their basement st

These Minnesota twins live together, work together and produce art together

From an artistic Minnesota family, St. Paul's Pope brothers are creating photorealistic drawings that attract collectors worldwide.
Dave Magnuson served up a Chicago-style hot dog from his Walkin’ Dog counter at the Northstar Center food court in downtown Minneapolis.

Walkin' Dog's top dog relishes his role: Feeding downtown Minneapolis

Hot dog seller Dave Magnuson has provided bargain eats with a personal touch from his spot in Northstar Center for nearly three decades.
Students competed Saturday in a drone-racing tournament. St. Louis Park took home the team trophy. An Apple Valley student won the individual race.

Game of drones is Minnesota high school tourney first

Physics and engineering contest is a first for Minnesota high schoolers.
Barbara “Bobbie” Brown

Arts patron Barbara 'Bobbie' Brown dies at 88

Barbara “Bobbie” Brown was a lifelong learner who continued to educate herself up until her death on April 28, at age 88, after suffering a…
Ashlea Halpern took a photo of her Black Knight cocktail as Andrew Parks photographed the Professor at Royal Found­ry dis­till­er­y in Minneapolis

These world travelers could live anywhere – they chose Minnesota

A 40-state road trip led two NYC trans­plants to the Twin Cities. Now they know more about Minnesota than most of us.
Minnesota welcomes you sign at the state border

What is Minnesota Nice and where did the expressoin originate?

Tracking the roots of "Minnesota Nice" is difficult, partly because people don't agree on what it actually is.
A model wears a Love Your Melon beanie.

Compassion is in fashion with Minnesota charitable clothing companies

With cause marketing, young consumers wear their philanthropy on their sleeves — and heads and feet.
Students from St. Paul’s Parkway Montessori celebrated their year as members of the Minnesota Youth Story Squad at the State Capitol.

Minnesota Youth Story Squad helps tweens tackle tough topics with personal narratives

Middle-schoolers break the silence on tough issues with brave personal narratives
Good American's inclusive denim line comes in sizes 00-24.

Khloé Kardashian's size-inclusive brand Good American comes to Mall of America

This spring, the inclusive fashion brand will open its first Midwestern pop-up.
Oprah Winfrey is the latest -- and certainly the most famous -- model for Red Wing's Heritage boots.

Oprah wears Red Wings on cover of O magazine

The mega-celebrity shows off the Minnesota company's new women's boot line.
Lee Radzak climbed the spiral steps leading to the top of Split Rock Lighthouse near Two Harbors, Minn. After 36 years as the site’s manager, he is

The keeper of state's landmark lighthouse says goodbye

After nearly four decades of gale-force winds and prying eyes, Split Rock's Lee Radzak is leaving his iconic home after 36 years.
Ruth Hass

Ruth Hass, an Army nurse and union leader, dies at 96

Ruth Hass spent a lifetime caring for others, from tending wounded soldiers as an Army nurse during World War II to visiting shut-ins. She died…
Lorri Talberg’s “temperature scarf” depicts 2014’s weather. The colors represent each day’s high.

Twin Cities crafters reflect climate change with 'temperature' blankets and scarves

Local knitters' multicolored handiworks turn weather stats into art and a gentle form of activism.
Engaged St. Paul couple Jenny Ries and Craig Hirschey contacted Hershey Co., maker of Reese’s Pieces and Hershey’s bars, about the coincidences in

With these sweet names, Minnesota couple are 'Hershey PR team's dream come true'

For Minnesotans Jenny Ries and Craig Hirschey, first comes love, then comes a combo candy bar.
Architect James Dayton.

Celebrated Minnesota architect James Dayton dies unexpectedly at 53

Frank Gehry protégé designed the MacPhail Center for Music.
Stew Peters of the Twin Cities Apprehension Team has been bounty hunting for more than a decade and has gained national notoriety.

Minnesota's best-known bounty hunter captures state's most wanted

Using social media, an aspiring reality TV star is bringing his controversial profession into the digital age.
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Bail industry faces pressure to change

Opponents of bail argue that it creates a two-tiered justice system.
The Jayme Closs kidnapping has stoked fears about stranger abduction.

Terrified for your kids after Jayme Closs kidnapping? Here's how to react

Parents' natural response to abductions is to rein kids in. Experts say that's the wrong thing to do.
A Refined Custom Home next to an older home in the Pamela Park Neighborhood in Edina.

How Pamela Park became the epicenter of east Edina's teardown trend

The neighborhood's original housing stock, largely modest Cape Cods and ramblers, hadn't been significantly improved since the homes were built in the 1940s and 1950s.
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Looking for something to do? Use books or online resources to learn a new craft or skill, such as knitting.

How to survive a Minnesota holiday staycation with kids

Creating a family-friendly, generation-connecting, screen-free game plan for the days off.
KARE 11 news anchor and longtime “Prep Sports Extra” host Randy Shaver and his wife, Roseann, have established a research and community fund to pr

KARE 11 anchor Randy Shaver tackles cancer again

Twenty years ago, sports reporter Randy Shaver took on cancer and won. He's since become an anchor, taught his son the ropes — and is fighting his cruelest opponent once again.
Dot's Homemade Pretzels on display at the downtown Minneapolis Target.

How Dot's Pretzels became the Midwest's new food phenom

From two-sheet-pan operation to the Target shelves: A retiree's snacktastic success story outlasts the oil boom.
Girl Friday's Jasmine Hamsa blew up a 4-foot balloon to be placed on a decorative installation at the U of M's McNamara Alumni Center's large Memorial

Instagram-friendly balloon 'clouds' give Minnesota parties an 'elevated' look

Fueled by enviable Instagrammed party pics, arty arrangements are on the rise.
You don't need to eat all that candy when you can donate it.

Too much Halloween candy? Here's how you can donate it in the Twin Cities

Charities and clinics offer buybacks, donations and swaps for surplus candy.
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Hand out these Halloween candy alternatives without getting your house egged

Yes, you can skip the sugar for trick-or-treaters. Here's how.
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Millennials are now killing divorce?

Blamed for the demise of everything from dating to bar soap to golf, young people are lowering divorce rates.
Dave Ryan: “I’m flawed and I talk about it."

Has KDWB morning show host Dave Ryan finally grown up?

Dave Ryan has captained Booty Cruises and pranked everyone from parents to pet owners. But what if he's more mature than we think?
Roode

Judith Roode, artist and former MCAD professor, dies at 75

Roode left behind an inspiring body of work and a lasting influence on many other artists.
Moviegoers got cozy at Marcus Oakdale Cinema.

It's BYO blanket at movie theaters, but are folks getting too comfortable?

In emerging "sleeper" trends, Twin Cities moviegoers embrace theaters' efforts to replicate home.
The revamped Minnesota Children's Museum.

How Minnesota Children's Museum tweaked its recent $30M renovation

When the Minnesota Children's Museum rolled out its renovation, some visitors got confused, others got rowdy. The First 100 Days team was deployed to tweak the design.
MyPillow founder Mike Lindell spent a recent morning talking with fans — and getting his picture taken — at his booth at the Minnesota State Fair.

Mike Lindell's fitful journey from crack addict to MyPillow magnate

How the once bankrupt, twice divorced MyPillow peddler quit crack, found God, befriended Donald Trump and became Minnesota's quirkiest celebrity.