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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
Twins fans like friends Jake Renner, 6, and Cameron Leapaldt, 5, from Chanhassen, will be happy to hear about the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions inc

Minnesotans rejoice that daily routines are about to return

An indoor mask-wearing mandate will end no later than July 1 and COVID-19 restrictions on business and social gatherings will end May 28 under a plan that Gov. Tim Walz hailed Thursday as a path to a "great summer" for Minnesota.
After creating the trending news site 22 Words, Abraham Piper turned his attention to offline pursuits: painting and starting a puzzle company. JEFF W

How a Twin Cities blogger made millions off clickbait

TikTok star's company made millions off internet nonsense.
Oprah Winfrey

Oprah praises Minneapolis activist Nekima Levy Armstrong for justice work

The talk show host sent flowers to the Minneapolis woman who helped turn George Floyd's killing into a global conversation.
A George Floyd mural at 38th and Chicago created by artist Peyton Scott Russell.

How and when should you talk to your kids about race?

A Minnesota Children's Museum virtual discussion and new MPR podcast offer tips on how to address racism.
An American Psychological Association survey of 3,000 American adults found many are drinking  more and sleeping less, with 61% saying they experience

Reports shows Americans gained weight during pandemic

With so many people spending their days kitchen-adjacent, readily indulging in fat- and carb-laden comfort foods, the "quarantine 15" was expected early in the pandemic.But…
Shoppers entered a Uniqlo store in lower Manhattan on April 13, 2021. Retail sailes surged in March.

Will Minnesotans 'revenge shop' to get back at COVID?

After a year at home, vaccines and anticipated outings bring shoppers back to the stores.
Scott King

Scott King, founder of Red Dragonfly Press, dies at 56

He was an engineer early in his career, as well as a naturalist who documented his encounters with camera and pen, and the author of several books on insects.
Anne Andrus, who has owned Honey + Rye Bakehouse for more than seven years, worked the kitchen, Friday, March 26, 2021 in St. Louis Park, MN.  She has

Can we keep the positive life changes we made during the pandemic?

Some Minnesotans would like to continue the routines the pandemic helped them establish.
The North Star State led the nation in phrases such as “I hate virtual meetings” and “I hate zoom meetings.”

Why Minnesotans rank No. 1 in Zoom fatigue

Perhaps because of our famed reserve, we lead the nation in tweeting our hatred for virtual meetings.
Michael Osterholm alerted Congress to the dangers of a viral pandemic that would overwhelm hospitals, kill millions and devastate the global economy i

Pandemic predictor Michael Osterholm gives us science and the hope to cope with it

Michael Osterholm warned of a global pandemic more than a decade ago. Now he's getting us through it with science — and heart.
Chef JD Fratzke.

COVID spurs a move, a divorce and a career change

These Minnesotans are embracing the changes the pandemic has brought to their lives.
Harmony Kaplan and her duet-partner husband, Joel.

Minnesota grandparents go viral on TikTok for their COVID-themed songs

The grandkids taught this Edina couple to use TikTok. Now their singing parodies have gone viral.
Thompson and Hannah Aderinkomi have joined their kids Basil, 4, and Enoch, 10, and embraced snow pants as a way to enjoy the outdoors.

Adult Minnesotans have rediscovered the comfort of snow pants: 'Warmth is cool'

Adults embraced snow pants this winter, and wondered why they gave up the warmth they knew as kids.
Rose Bayuk

Rose Bayuk, Army nurse and nursing home director, dies at 105

Rose Bayuk was a feisty 5-footer who, at 104, still hosted near-weekly dinner parties for her large circle of family and friends.The former Army nurse…
Brittani Senser has a poem tattooed on her arm from daughter Aria Burch-Senser, a 13-year-old African American student at Lake Harriet Upper School wh

Daughter's death drives Minneapolis woman to fight 'fire' of teen suicide

After her 13-year-old daughter took her own life, a Minneapolis mom devoted herself to addressing the teen suicide epidemic at its roots.
Top, park keeper Leslee Hagberg sprayed another layer of water on a Minneapolis skating rink. Above, Ali Hassan helped keep his 4-year-old daughter, S

The art (and science) of making outdoor ice rinks in Minnesota

Minneapolis rink-makers wield fire hoses and flood boxes, shovel ice shavings, and fight frost boils to provide smooth ice.
Mel and Sue Awes of Edina died of COVID-19 on Dec. 10 after 60 years of marriage. Mel was known to call every friend and relative on their birthdays

Together in life and death: Couples battle coronavirus

As COVID-19 has ravaged the elderly, couples who have spent nearly a lifetime together are dying together — days, sometimes hours apart. For some families, the losses are even more painful because a vaccine was almost within reach.
final gift With funeral attendance unlikely for many during COVID, photographs of the day can make those grieving from afar feel more included.

Minnesota photographers offer comfort through funeral and remembrance photography

Funeral photography, while still rare, is growing in the age of COVID as families seek new ways to remember.
December is traditionally a time for family and friends to gather and celebrate. But while the pandemic will make this season difficult for many, ritu

Tide overs and rain checks: How to cope with changes to your holiday tradition

Modified and postponed plans can still tap the surprising benefits we get from rituals.
Food, music and big names come to Great Northern Festival for 2021

Food, music and big names come to Great Northern Festival for 2021

A new executive and artistic director adds culinary, cultural, and artistic programming.
Matt “Sweets” Jorgenson, the man largely responsible for bringing the kendama craze to the United States, talked about his extensive collection of

Minneapolis' Sweets Kendamas sells the hottest quarantine toy you've never heard of

A Minneapolis man is fueling the global craze for the hottest quarantine toy you've never heard of.
Kate Nordstrum, the new head of the Great Northern, talks about her plans to expand the festival ... and how they've been modified by covid. Kate Nord

Minnesota's expanded Great Northern festival is a 'bright light' for the winter ahead

Here’s something else the pandemic has put in short supply: things to look forward to. So this year’s Great Northern (Jan. 28 through…
One reason we may be grumbling more about winter: Increased traffic combines with Minnesota’s snow for some gnarly commutes.

Are Minnesotans becoming wimps about winter?

Even as our winters "shrink and warm," we're complaining more.
Michaela Mahady in Agrigento Italy.

Michaela Mahady, influential residential architect, dies at 68

  Michaela Mahady’s journey to creating widely lauded art and architecture began in the summer of 1974, when she was a recent graduate of Macalester’s…
Fatal shooting in St. Paul brings city's homicide tally to 30

Fatal shooting in St. Paul brings city's homicide tally to 30

One person was fatally shot Saturday night near the State Capitol, according to St. Paul police.The shooting occurred near Rice Street and Sherburne Avenue, just…
“COVID-19 doesn’t operate along party lines, and neither can we,” Gov. Tim Walz said in a tweet on Saturday, criticizing the state GOP caucus fo

Walz criticizes Senate GOP for not disclosing COVID cases

Republicans say no DFLers were exposed to members who had tested positive at caucus or special session.
Alan Miller prepared to host an episode of ‘Access to Democracy.’ The interview series which was recorded in the studio at Thomson Reuters, is now

Octogenarian hosts top Minnesota politicians on Eagan cable access show

In an era where elected officials speak in sound bites and tweets, an Eagan cable access show goes deep and stays civil.
Minneapolis author John Rosengren.

Minneapolis author's experience with addiction and recovery inform a new novel

In his latest book, a Minnesota author uses his past to explore addiction and redemption.
Erin’s Duininck’s family plans ahead when they’re having friends over to watch the outdoor movies. Provided

Heated seats and fire pits help extend season for pandemic socializing

Minnesotans are turning to blankets, heaters and even electric furniture to warm their outdoor spaces for COVID-safe gatherings.
Holidazzle, Minneapolis' holiday market, goes virtual

Holidazzle, Minneapolis' holiday market, goes virtual

Loring Park's annual holiday festival moves online.
During a visit to Emily Hofher’s grave site, Hofher’s husband Rob Raub and their daughter Ruby Raub, 4, share a quiet moment together in July in M

A young mother, a cancer diagnosis and a year of grieving

When cancer hijacked a new mother's happily ever after, she planned a death as unconventional as her life. A year later, her husband is the father he never expected to be, carrying on her legacy.
Unicorn Riot’s Niko Georgiades filmed his colleague Georgia Fort interviewing Merry Rosario, mother of Brian Quinones, at a rally on the first anniv

Unicorn Riot's protest coverage brings global notice to the alternative media group

With immersive, on-the-ground social justice coverage, nonprofit incorporated in Minneapolis adds a different perspective.
Anyone can add a message to Lakewood Cemetery’s Living Memory Tree.

Visiting one special tree is a new tradition for mourners at Minneapolis' Lakewood Cemetery

Hundreds of ribbons are tied to its branches to commemorate loved ones lost.
A camera is trained on Judy Corrao as she and the crew prepare to film The Judy Corrao Show at The Minneapolis Television Network in Minneapolis Decem

Former Minneapolis City Council Member Judy Corrao dies at 78

A dynamo of social and political worlds, she spent her life listening to others.
Minnesota Orchestra brass ensemble member Michael Gast performed before Lyngblomsten Senior Center residents, Thursday, Aug. 27, in St. Paul. This pas

Specter of socially distant winter sends shivers through many in Minn.

On a sunny afternoon, Hawo Abdi was among the women in vibrant dresses and headscarves clustered near the entrance to Minneapolis’ Riverside Plaza apartments, chatting…
Above, longtime butter sculptor Linda Christensen communicated via video call with her apprentice, Gerry Kulzer, who was working on the bust of the 20

Minnesota State Fair's longtime butter sculptor gets ready to pass the knife

Longtime sculptor puts State Fair butter heads in the hands of her apprentice.
Jasmine Brett Stringer is the organizer of the social media campaign #sharethemicmn.

Social media campaign amplifies diverse Minnesota voices

#sharethemicmn invites local Black and brown women to "take over" social media accounts of an ally of another race.
Elise Schneider, 6, dissected an owl pellet for bone fragments.

Help for Minnesota parents comes in the form of kids' camp-in-a-box

Minnesota museums, nonprofits and stores are packaging up activity kits for home use. We tested some on real kids.
A couple wearing swastika masks (behind the front customer) made defiant gestures at other shoppers who reacted negatively to their masks on Saturday

Couple flaunt swastika face masks at Walmart in southwestern Minnesota

At the request of the Marshall, Minn., store, the two were told they'll face arrest if they return there.
“One step at a time, one day at a time.” Lonnie Dupre has climbed Denali in winter, alone.

'One day at a time': To weather pandemic, learn how to bounce back

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the world's daily rhythms and sense of security.
Presidential adviser Ivanka Trump, seen at a Colorado child-care center on Friday, will visit Minnesota on Monday.

Ivanka Trump to visit Duluth and Bloomington on Monday

U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt will join her.
When the museum reopens there will be no face-painting station.

Minnesota Children's Museum announces reopening plans

The St. Paul institution will soon offer ticketed reservations.
The nation found ways to grieve after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. “Grief shared is grief diminished,” said funeral services provider Bill McRea

Lack of collective mourning shows way pandemic has altered grief

Though the country's pandemic casualties are now greater than those of World War I, the country has not acknowledged its millions of mourners with so much as a, "Sorry for your loss."
Skiers gingerly dismounted after forming an 18-person pyramid along the Mississippi last summer.

Minnesota's top waterski daredevils perform improbable stunts

On Thursday evenings in summer, spectators spread blankets on the banks of the Mississippi in northeast Minneapolis at a spot near Broadway Avenue, where the…
Jamil and Sara Stamschror-Lott outside All Square on Minnehaha Avenue S.

Mpls. therapists hope to heal communal pain: 'Let's try to build a bridge'

With weekly events, the couple aims to bring people together to share their perspectives and listen to one another, while incorporating exercises to calm the body and mind.

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.
Double floating vanities

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.

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.