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Rachel Hutton

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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
An assortment of plants are depicted on the cover of Still: The Art of Noticing

Spring's hot gift book features gorgeous found-nature photos

4,000 images later, this Shoreview photographer is still searching for the beauty we usually miss.
Shoppers scoop up deals at Mike’s Discount Foods in Fridley, which sells heavily discounted items ranging from produce and cereal close to their “

Do Minnesota's discount grocery stores really offer cartloads of savings?

Looking past sell-by dates can yield big discounts on everything from pantry staples to produce. Here's what we found.
A screen grab from the Too Good To Go app.

Is the Too Good to Go restaurant discount app too good to be true?

We shopped the app that helps restaurants reduce waste while giving shoppers steep discounts.
Krtstina Van Moer, right, and Brianna Neil chatted on the upper level of Fitger's Brewhouse in Duluth Min., Wednesday, May 22, 2013. ] (KYNDELL HARKNE

Duluth pub responds to Cargill's diss by serving Cheerios with its beer

The community is also donating boxes of the cereal to local food shelves.
Monticello High School teammates work on their entree during the 18th annual Minnesota ProStart Invitational. Students were judged by local chefs on t

A Minnesota chef trusted these kids to cater his wedding

High-school culinary students cook like pros at their bacon-scented state championship.
Ojai Valley Trail Riding Co. takes visitors through the Ventura River Valley Preserve on horseback.

Charming Ojai is Hollywood's playground for a reason

Just outside Los Angeles, this hidden gem has ranches, vineyards and spas for a great girlfriends getaway.
Nickelodeon Universe. ] GLEN STUBBE * gstubbe@startribune.com Thursday, June 2, 2016 Jess Nelson, MOA case manager, Oasis For Youth, walks through the

Not going anywhere for spring break? Try these fun Twin Cities area family activities

Get slimed, grab a joystick, brave a cold plunge.
Exterior rendering of Southdale's forthcoming luxury shopping wing.

Gucci, Max Mara, and Breitling are coming to Southdale

The Edina center is renovating a new luxury shopping wing , redefining "the mall."
Nancy Cameron's Kia Soul has been stolen and broken into multiple times.

A Minneapolis woman's Kia was stolen 5 times: 'I am going out of my mind'

Thousands of Minnesotans have experienced the material and psychological toll of having their vehicles stolen.
A small flock of wild turkeys briefly caused a traffic jam as they crossed Johnston Street Northeast while foraging for food Thursday.

Questions surround death of Minneapolis neighborhood turkey 'Gregory Peck'

The demise of a neighborhood turkey is a study in what can go wrong between urban wildlife and their human neighbors.
North is a real-estate and lifestyle magazine focusing on the Duluth area.

North is a new real estate and lifestyle magazine for Duluth

The glossy publication celebrates life on the North Shore.
Lives of fallen Burnsville police and firefighter celebrated in multi city ceremony

'Nothing could be more honorable': Fallen Burnsville police, firefighter mourned in massive ceremony

Thousands attended in person and watched the livestream sending off the first responders.
Members of the honor guard fold the flags for each of the three fallen public servants.

Burnsville responders mourned: 'May you forever rest in peace'

The BCA said 10,000 people filled Grace Church, hundreds more attended Prince of Peace Lutheran Church to watch the 2-hour service. More than 20,000 watched the livestream.
Friends are the key to health and happiness. Here's how to make (and keep) them.

Friends are the key to health and happiness. Here's how to make (and keep) them.

As Americans' precious social time erodes, friendships help stave off loneliness, build connection and cultivate a healthy "social biome."
Jaw-dropping rainbow hues at Naniboujou Lodge near Grand Marais.

After Lutsen, what is the state of classic lodges in Minnesota?

These old-time lodges are steeped in history for Minnesota travelers.
Wild Rumpus in Minneapolis is under new ownership.

New owners keep tiny door of beloved children's bookstore, Wild Rumpus, open in Minneapolis

Don't worry, the famed menagerie is staying put.
Allison Kaplan peruses the racks at Requisite boutique for her startup, Mother Of, a website that curates mother-of-the-bride fashions.

Ali shops. Ali edits. Ali influences. What doesn't Twin Cities media maven Allison Kaplan do?

The longtime writer and serial entrepreneur brought substance to style. Now she's making business news more relatable.

How does the Minneapolis FBI operate? Citizens Academy offers a rare peek inside.

The Minneapolis FBI's Citizens Academy is designed to educate the public and cultivate a diverse group of informal ambassadors, as well as humanize agents.
Marti Gudmundson pulled boxes of pie crusts from pallets in the alley behind Harvest of the Heart food pantry in south Minneapolis. She found out abou

What were 48,000 pie crusts doing in the alley behind a Minneapolis church?

The modern manna from heaven was a rare hiccup among millions of pounds of food that the church helps rescue every year.

Why is Gen Z obsessed with Snoopy? These Minnesotans offer a few clues.

Teens and twentysomethings are stalking CVS stores and donating blood to show their love for the 1950s beagle.

In frugal, freewheeling Buy Nothing groups, even dryer lint and used deodorant find new homes

Neighbors engaging in mutual aid turns household effluvia into social glue.

Alexandria death investigated

A man was found unresponsive in a home Friday night.
Artist Kada Goalen envisioned Mary Poppins’ magic gone wild in a City Center storefront.

Dayton's holiday figures return to downtown Minneapolis

In Holidazzle's absence, artist-designed displays of the old eighth-floor statues enliven Nicollet Mall storefronts.
Lila Monetti, from St. Paul, is 2024’s Girl of the Year.

New American Girl doll hails from St. Paul

Lila Monetti is 2024's Girl of the Year.
There's only one cranberry farm in Minnesota, and it's run by a 21-year-old woman and her brother

There's only one cranberry farm in Minnesota, and it's run by a 21-year-old woman and her brother

For this second-generation farmer, harvest is a beautiful season — and a big responsibility.
The Englund family’s drive-thru lefse stand featured on the Quirky Minnesota Places Facebook page.

What could be more Minnesotan than a lefse drive-thru — in a converted deer stand?

Rural family sells the Norwegian holiday treat, plus a few others, from their front yard.
In 2011, Robert Janssen trudged into Painter’s Marsh near Lake Minnetonka chronicling birds to help the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District with a ha

A Minnesota birding 'pioneer,' expert and author dies at 91

Robert Janssen was considered the "pioneer of ornithology in Minnesota."
Artist Russell Sharon walks through a grove of his upside-down tree sculptures at his home in Randall, Minn.

Upended tree sculptures' surprising backstory links the '80s East Village art scene, rural Minnesota

Artist Russell Sharon continues to create bold, nature-based work at his Little Falls farm.
What's it like behind the scenes at one of the Twin Cities area's largest scream parks?

What's it like behind the scenes at one of the Twin Cities area's largest scream parks?

Dead End Hayride's creepy actors share their scare tactics.
Dan Callahan and several of his GWG Life co-workers watched a 2017 solar eclipse in Commons Park, downtown Minneapolis.

Where to watch the Oct. 14 solar eclipse in the Twin Cities area

Minnesota viewing events offer solar activities, astronomers and more.
The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck comes to Ridgedale on Saturday, Oct. 7.

Why is a Hello Kitty Cafe Truck coming to Minnesota? And why do we still care?

The Japanese cat has cultivated fans for nearly 50 years, while other Gen-X cuties faded away.
Houston White photographed in his “barbershop” “office” in the Webber-Camden neighborhood office.

North Mpls. entrepreneur talks Black excellence, cultural appropriation and eagle-watching

Houston White's new book reads like a memoir, but serves as a guidebook for creative entrepreneurs.
Aging But Dangerous releases a tastefully nude calendar featuring women 50+, including 81-year-old Faye.

Aging But Dangerous women of Minnesota produce a nude calendar

The group's 83-year-old co-founder helps older women break taboos.
On Oct. 11, three veteran Minnesota broadcasters host an event to improve our relationship with death.

Pat Miles, Don Shelby and Cathy Wurzer discuss living — and dying — well

The three veteran journalists will explore "Living With the End in Mind" at an Oct. 11 event.

Ojibwe Word of the Day spreads the ancient language on social media

James Vukelich Kaagegaabaw's new book, "The Seven Generations and Seven Grandfather Teachings," shows how language carries cultural wisdom.
The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum releases its Jessie Diggins statue today.

Olympic skier Jessie Diggins gets a bobblehead

Hometown hero gets the "nod."
Sharon Day leads a Nibi Water Walk around Lake Superior near Washburn, Wis.

Ojibwe woman leads 1,200-mile walks around Lake Superior 'for the love of the water'

For Indigenous advocate Sharon Day, "water walk" ceremonies make spiritual and human connections.
WATCH: One of two Fargo police officers wounded by gunfire leaves hospital to loving applause

WATCH: One of two Fargo police officers wounded by gunfire leaves hospital to loving applause

Andrew Dotas was critically wounded in a shooting that killed fellow officer Jake Wallin.
Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.

After three years of cautioning Minnesotans, Osterholm got long COVID

The White House adviser is optimistic about new boosters — but still sleeps with one eye open.
Betty Lou Brooking

Betty Lou Brooking, Pillsbury food scientist, dies at 95

She helped develop microwave mixes, K-rations, Space Food Sticks and more.
Bill alkofer sits in his bed alone after the sunset Friday, June 02, 2023 at Shirley Chapman Sholom Home East in St. Paul, Minn.

'Portrait of death': How we documented and photographed Bill Alkofer's final weeks

A Star Tribune reporter and photojournalist share how they got the story.
Unicorn World’s magical forest comes to the Minneapolis Convention Center July 15-16.

Should you go to Unicorn World this weekend?

The immersive display of animatronic unicorns and a fairy forest is magical — but pricey.
Bill Alkofer lays back to nap in his bed in a St. Paul nursing home in April. Living with ALS, he is almost completely paralyzed, but can turn his hea

What's it like to die of ALS? A St. Paul photographer shares his last weeks with us

Suffering from ALS, the ever-unconventional Bill Alkofer bared vulnerable moments in his final months.
Members of the Blackduck High School Trap Team enter the range to compete during the State Championship event. The Minnesota State High School Trap Sh

Minnesota youth trap shooting explodes — with help from the NRA

How two local admen sold an impossible combination — guns and schools — and turned competitive shooting into one of the fastest-growing high-school sports.

Minnesota youth trap shooting explodes — with help from the NRA

How two local admen sold an impossible combination — guns and schools — and turned competitive shooting into one of the fastest-growing high-school sports.
With PBS North’s docuseries “Minnesota Historia,” Hailey Eidenschink is a young, winking guide to Minnesota’s weirdo past.

PBS counts on Gen Z to keep Minnesota history quirky

Move over, Ken Burns. With "Minnesota Historia," generation TikTok tackles ghost mushers, shipwreck hunters and "phantom kangaroos."
Volunteer abortion doulas offer support to abortion patients.

Minnesota's abortion doulas provide logistical and emotional support

A network of volunteer companions offers abortion patients information, rides and a listening ear.
Elizabeth Ries and co-host Ben Leber shared a laugh during the 15th anniversary episode of “Twin Cities Live,” which some liken to “Twin Cities

'Twin Cities Live' co-host Elizabeth Ries: 'I want to celebrate our community'

The longtime co-host was an influencer before there was Instagram.
At last year’s Walk for the Animals, thousands of animal lovers, both with and without pets, strolled through the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

Saturday's Walk for Animals at Minnesota State Fair will go on, but without dogs

Minnesota dogs told to social distance, to curtail the spread of canine influenza.
Betsy Graca, known online as the Fighting Loaf, chronicled her experience with terminal cancer.

Betsy Graca, cancer chronicler 'the Fighting Loaf,' dies at 36

Her raw, unfiltered posts shed light on terminal illness and formed powerful connections.
Multimedia artist Nancy Stephani sells her work at Andy’s Gallery in CHS Field.

St. Paul Saints bring baseball, humor and art to the people

Minnesota's minor leaguers may have the largest arts program of any sports team in the country — including an in-stadium gallery.

Review: 'Immersive Disney Animation' in Minneapolis puts fresh spin on familiar films

Review: 'Immersive Disney Animation' in Minneapolis puts fresh spin on familiar films

The show drops viewers into a medley of Disney-scapes, from "Bambi" to "Frozen."
Margo Biestuzheva, 9, skated up and down the ice with her teammates during hockey practice at Minnehaha Ice Arena.

Ukrainian family adapts to U.S. thanks to 'a very deep part of Minnesota culture'

Separated for eight years, the war brought them together in Minneapolis, where their daughter's hockey team has immersed them in American life.
Meet Team Trans, the pioneering hockey team for transgender and nonbinary athletes in the Twin Cities

Meet Team Trans, the pioneering hockey team for transgender and nonbinary athletes in the Twin Cities

This new team normalizes the hockey experience for athletes whose identity doesn't fit the usual gender divide.
Local radio activist, author and broadcaster Sheletta Brundidge listens to her youngest son, Daniel, who had become rattled at morning breakfast durin

Who is Sheletta and why is she everywhere?

She's been told she's "too much," but she won't tone it down. Minnesota's boldest broadcaster gives the Black female perspective its due – and puts the powerful on blast.

Meet the trainer of the St. Paul Saints' 'ball pig' — and help name this year's mascot

For more than 30 years, a Wisconsin couple has taught, costumed and wrangled the team's beloved mascot.

KARE 11 reporter Lou Raguse's book reveals bungling of infamous cold case

Law enforcement assumed two missing girls had run away. Later, they assumed they'd been murdered. It took 40 years to prove both theories wrong.
Seven Seas Beach in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

Looking for a tropical family getaway? Puerto Rico is a 5-hour flight away

The U.S. territory pairs an international feel with domestic convenience.
Scott Seekins works on one of his self-portrait paintings Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023 at his art studio in Minneapolis. ]

He wears only black or white, roams Minneapolis and considers himself a work of art

Artist Scott Seekins has a surprising past — and staying power.
Ted Matthews, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s director of rural mental health, checked his schedule at his office in Hutchinson, Minn.

Meet the Minnesota psychologist who provides free help to farmers

Like many farm families he counsels, the state's longtime ag psychologist is passing the torch to the next generation.

Minnesotans seeking 'biggest and best birthday' turn to slumber party planners

Minnesotans seeking 'biggest and best birthday' turn to slumber party planners

With mini-tents, themed decor, sleepovers for kids — and adults — get a makeover for the social-media era.
Barry Bonoff, inspirational Minnesota retailer.

Barry Bonoff, inspirational Minnesota retailer, dies at 91

Owner of Jackson Graves womens shop would give you the shirt off his back.
St. Paul’s own big top Circus Juventas in St. Paul offers youth, from toddlers to young adults, training in a wide variety of circus arts.

10 novel 'kidsperiences' make great gifts

Dogsledding, llama-hugging, indoor ziplines and more offer fresh thrills for kids of all ages.
Now you can become a human burrito — or lefse roll. (Carnitas or butter and sugar not included.)

Lefse blankets are the new Minnesota Snuggie

Also known as "burrito blankets," these cozy wraps make the wearer look good enough to eat
Mark Johnson skinned a roadkill doe at his home in Minnetonka, on Friday, Dec. 9, 2022. Mark and his wife, Sofia, have gleaned about a deer a year by

Minnesota roadkill enthusiasts eat thousands of animals killed by cars

'Tis the season for animal-vehicle crashes. Meat-gleaners see a silver lining.
Snow White and “Nutcracker’s” Prince of the Dolls from Dayton’s holiday shows on display at Doug Flanders & Associates.

Dayton's 8th floor holiday show figures return, at 50th and France

Window display helps refurbish 34 figurines collected by Hennepin Theatre Trust.
“Rural by Choice” host Cory Hepola (second from left) holds fish he caught with Otter Tail County resident Adan Abarca at Lake Lida, flanked by se

Cory Hepola hosts 'Rural by Choice,' Season 2, in Otter Tail County

The Twin Cities broadcaster explores his hometown with fresh eyes, hoping to bridge the urban/rural divide.
Minnesota pup Kira was chosen to be the face of Busch’s new turkey-flavored Dog Brew.

Minnesota pup wins 'bark bracket' and lands on cans of Busch's Dog Brew

Perham couple's dog is the furry face of a new, alcohol-free animal beverage.
Mike Sharp shows how to handle a gun safely in Sharpe caters to a growing group of gun owners — urban liberals, many of whom identify as women, LGBT

Minneapolis firearms instructor takes aim at gun culture's toxic masculinity, including his own

With gun ownership rising and its demographics broadening, Mick Sharpe teaches those who — like him — defy stereotypes.
Lost jacket seeks owner online. “You can tell a lot about a person by their curated pin collection, and I like this person,” one commenter wrote.

Internet sleuths help reunite Minneapolis woman with stolen 'button jacket'

Strangers came together on social media networks to find the rightful owner of a jean jacket found in an alley.
Resident Cynthia Lamas, in her Avivo Village residence, spent most of last year living in her car. “My goals right now are to be productive and keep

Avivo Village offers tiny homes for 100 homeless people in North Loop warehouse

Minneapolis community offers transitional housing and support services to reach people who've opted out of traditional shelters in favor of living outdoors.

Man dies after being shot outside Loring Park barbershop

Altercation outside an after-hours party led to gunfire.