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Rachel Hutton

Reporter | Features
Phone: 612-673-4569

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
Brenda Trulove

Brenda Trulove, pioneering Hennepin County hearing officer, dies at 71

Public servant was a humble leader devoted to her children.
Matt Wells stands for a portrait Saturday at the Canterbury Expo Center in Shakopee

Derby Day brings fashionistas to Canterbury Park

This year, a runway fashion show joined the state's largest Kentucky Derby party.
Colleen Grey, left, with her husband, Dale Grey, at their Bloomington home in 1993.

Sweetheart scams targeting seniors wreck finances — and devastate families

Is Mom or Dad's new squeeze a fraud? Or are "helicopter children" butting in where they don't belong?
Eco-conscious artist Stephanie Dillon diverts clothing from landfills and gives them a second life.

Minnesota 'slow fashion' artist upcycles discarded clothing to create wearable art

Citizen T's hand-painted, hand-dyed jackets, T-shirts and handbags give cast-offs a second life.
Man shot in leg on St. Paul light-rail train

Man shot in leg on St. Paul light-rail train

Man was wounded while riding the green line
Olivia man charged in stabbing death of 13-year-old during assault on boy's mother

Olivia man charged in stabbing death of 13-year-old during assault on boy's mother

Houston Morris accused of fatally stabbing the teenager during a domestic dispute with his mother, who was also seriously injured.
Staff photographer Carlos Gonzalez was recognized for his sports photography, including this image of Luke Loewe (12) of Minnesota being blocked while

Star Tribune wins visual journalism awards

Photography and design competitions recognize coverage of COVID-19, zoning and Daunte Wright's death.
Minnesota pup Kira is among the finalists in the “final fur” bracket created by Busch’s Dog Brew to select the face of its new flavor.

Minnesota pooch in 'Final Fur' for alcohol-free Busch Dog Brew campaign

Vote in the "bark bracket" to get a Minnesota pup's pic on the can.
Dave Anderson with the All-American Feast at Famous Dave’s, the restaurant he founded.

How 'Famous Dave' Anderson earned his accidental moniker — and became America's Rib King

Following his induction to the National Native American Hall of Fame, the legendary pitmaster reflects on his winding path to success.
Kym Garvey gives Lemon the donkey a kiss on the snout. Lemon was born with wry nose which makes her look different from other donkeys, causing them to

Minnesota's only donkey rescue is on a mission to Save the Brays

Donkeys are becoming popular pets — increasing the need for protecting them, too.
Kate Swenson kisses her son Cooper as he watches Thomas the Tank Engine on his iPad at home in Woodbury. Kate Swenson has written a book called Foreve

A Minnesota mom shares the secret world of autism – and how it transformed her life

Through a blog, social media and now a book, Kate Swenson fosters greater understanding of disability.
Henna crowns empower those without hair

Henna crowns empower those without hair

The ancient art form changes perceptions about appearance.
Artist Ashlea Karkula created her “Midway at the State Fair Candy Art” by hot-gluing sweets to a 3- by 4-foot canvas.

Minneapolis artist outsmarts her candy-snitching dogs to create sweet replica of the State Fair midway

Interact Center artist trades in paintbrush for hot glue gun and acrylic for candy.
Leinenkugel’s limited-edition heated shorts go on sale Feb. 21 at 11 a.m. (CST).

Leinenkugel's selling heated shorts (with beer holster) to encourage a pants-free winter

Wisconsin brewery celebrates our quirky penchant for wearing shorts in winter.
Jenner Rauscher of Joe’s Sporting Goods wore a pair of Hotronic heated socks.

Battery-operated clothes are the secret to staying warm this winter

Better tech and lower prices bring electrically heated jackets, gloves, socks mainstream.
A thief broke into a vacant storefront next to Punch-Out Gaming and then smashed through the wall to access the game shop’s storage areas.

Thief busts hole in wall, steals 250K in Pokémon goods from Forest Lake shop

After breaking into an adjacent storefront, the intruder crawled through a hole in the wall to access the pricey trading cards inside Punch-Out Gaming's storage room.
Dr. Amit Sood  heads the Global Center for Resiliency and Wellbeing.

Feeling like a failure? 'Happiness Doctor' offers tips on bouncing back

A Minnesota resiliency expert encourages us to heal those we've wronged — and ourselves.
Chip Dulin,7, moves in on an open net on Bill Traff’s Olympic size rink in Long Lake, Minn., on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Minnesota is the country’s

Minnesota's coolest backyard ice rinks, complete with floodlights and homemade Zambonis

From Long Lake to Bemidji, backyard rinks are a labor of love in the State of Hockey.
With Covid precautions in place, saunas have reopened around the Twin Cities.

Gonna make you sweat: Twin Cities has abundant sauna options

From the 612 Sauna Society to the Hewing Hotel, the Scandinavian tradition comes in all forms.
Zoom mullet attire: button shirt on top, bare feet on the bottom.

What's a 'Zoom mullet' and am I wearing one? Should I be?

Research compares the psychological impact of professional, casual or mixed remote workwear.
St. Paul coach Nell Hurley led Megan Vanderbilt through a workout at her in-home fitness studio.

A new exercise routine can help you change your relationship with alcohol

It doesn't need to be a hardcore workout — even a walk is effective.
Drag queen Latrice Royale will perform at the Mall of America in a ‘90s-themed anniversary show.

MOA to celebrate 30th anniversary with 'Back to the '90s' drag show

Stars from "RuPaul's Drag Race" will perform retro hits from the Mall of America's early days.
Florence Francis

Florence Francis, CEO of the Barbers Inc., dies at 85

She was a savvy businesswoman known for celebrating people.
Want a low-stress new year’s resolution? Start by vowing to know what day it is.

Want to make a New Year's promise you can keep? Try these 11 Low Effort Resolutions

Need an emotional boost as we head into what could be another tough year? Make a resolution you know you can achieve.
The GLOW Holiday Festival at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds announced it will close a day early due to upcoming sub-freezing weather. The light show�

Cold, COVID cancel Minnesota concerts, New Year's Eve parties

From First Avenue to GLOW, entertainment venues across Minnesota are going dark this week.
WCCO Radio reporter Susie Jones at the station she’s been with for 25 years.

For WCCO Radio's Susie Jones, Mom's advice saved her life

A recent car accident turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
Artika Tyner debuts her latest book, on inclusive leadership.

Law professor's book on inclusive leadership outlines steps for promoting diverse, equitable workplaces

The director of St. Thomas' Center on Race, Leadership and Social Justice defines a new approach to DEI.
QR codes are everywhere. Scan them for instructions, contact-free interaction  or sometimes just for fun.

COVID spurs a QR code comeback. But are the loved and hated widgets here to stay?

DIY digital transactions are used in stores, parking meters and especially restaurants, where they're disrupting notions of service, for better and worse.
Frances McDormand plays the role of Marge Gunderson, the local police chief in the move 1995/96 “Fargo” made by the Coen brothers (native sons of

Why do Minnesotans have accents?

The state's well-known accent has come to symbolize folksy charm. But it has also been gradually evolving.
*** FOR WINTER MAGAZINE USE ***  As seen on HGTV’s Starting Over with Nate and Jeremiah, Jeremiah Brent and Nate Berkus pose in the design studio. (

HGTV stars Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent design homes that tell stories – and share their own

Native son Nate Berkus and his husband, Jeremiah Brent, have a new TV show that makes design personal.
With the holiday season fast approaching, there seems to be little appetite for another round of Zoom celebrations. Yet, aside from getting vaccinated

Heading into our second COVID winter creates conflict for some Minnesotans

As we head indoors and holidays approach, there's a wide range of opinions — and lack of guidance — on pandemic precautions.
A photo from Shane and Hannah Burcaw’s wedding featured in the music video for “Spaces.”

Wedding of popular Minnesota vloggers 'Squirmy and Grubs' featured in music video

Couple portrayed in new song hope to increase visibility of the disability community.
Camper cabins at Whitetail Woods Regional Park. HGA

Designer camper cabins offer chic overnights in Dakota County's Whitetail Woods

Mod cabins are close enough to have pizza delivered — but feel worlds away from the city.
Utah’s Salt Lake County Health Department tweeted this chart comparing vaccination rates by zodiac sign.

Among zodiac signs, Leos supposedly most vaccinated, Scorpios least

Utah health department fights message fatigue by comparing vaccination rates of astrological signs.
Even though it happened 30 years ago, we keep the memory of the 1991 Halloween Blizzard alive in Minnesota.

Why Minnesotans can't stop talking about the Halloween Blizzard of 1991

It's the 30th anniversary of one of the biggest weather events in recent Minnesota history. So we should note it, right?
Amy Sullivan, a professor of U.S. history at Macalester College, has taught classes on medicine, drugs and addiction.

'Opioid Reckoning' questions the 'Just Say No' and 12-step approaches

Macalester prof's new book examines Minnesota's opioid epidemic.
Duluth Trading Co.’s Go Buck Naked women’s underwear featuring Adam Turman’s “Lumberjack Legends” design.

St. Louis Park illustrator Adam Turman designs undies for Duluth Trading Co.

From building facades to boxer briefs, local artist works in media that are highly visible — sometimes discreet.
At Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, puppy nanny Hope Lyberg held a mini-goldendoodle before she flew with it across the country to a new ow

Fargo 'flight nannies' chaperone pandemic puppies to their new homes

Sisters ferry puppies from local breeders to new homes around the country.
HGTV stars Jeremiah Brent (left) and Nate Berkus in their design studio.

HGTV stars Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent's new show personalizes design

The married designers debut "the Nate and Jeremiah Home Project"
Suni Lee and Sasha Farber on “Dancing With the Stars.”

Suni Lee cha-chas into 4th place on 'Dancing With the Stars'

After two weeks of competition, Suni Lee and her professional partner, Sasha Farber, are in fourth place.
Al Franken spent the most of the summer trying out stand-up material in New York City clubs, such as the Comedy Cellar in the Village Underground. 

Al Franken's back in the limelight with a national comedy tour

He went from "SNL" satirist to the U.S. Senate. Nearly four years after his resignation, a national comedy tour sets the stage for a different sort of political influence.
Irene Kilpatrick

Irene Kilpatrick, Minneapolis teacher and principal, dies at 80

Wherever she went, Irene Kilpatrick always seemed to bump into someone she knew. And if she hadn't yet made someone's acquaintance, the longtime Minneapolis North…
Megan and Lewis Kellin at the Hotel Rapids they renovated in Grand Rapids, Minn.

How a Grand Rapids entrepreneur helped make the North Woods hip

A Grand Rapids entrepreneur returns to her hometown to rebrand life Up North.
Minneapolis Public Schools are facing a bus driver shortage like other districts such as Stillwater, which sued its provider for breach of contract be

Stillwater sues, St. Paul turns to transit amid bus driver shortage

St. Paul ready to ask some high-schoolers to take Metro Transit.
Father-daughter team Moid Alwy and Kiran Alwy on “Top Chef Family Style.”

St. Louis Park father-daughter duo compete on 'Top Chef Family Style'

A teen culinary star is back in the spotlight — teamed up with her dad.
Oliver MacKinze, left, 13, of Florida, and Russo Capel, 13, of Plymouth, played in the lake together during Camp True Colors.  BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

Camp True Colors in Minnesota gives LGBTQ+ teens a place to be themselves

At Camp True Colors, LGBTQ+ teens can express their true selves, make connections and find understanding.
Eric Perkins, who spent 25 years at KARE 11, realized while working from home during the pandemic that his “life/work balance” was out of whack. H

Pandemic triggers 'great resignation' as employees reassess work/life balance

Workers quitting in record numbers as even "dream jobs" seem less attractive.
Fish, a 13 year-old cat belonging to Zach Randolph, sits on the porch of Zach’s home in the Wedge neighborhood.

Wacky tour of window cats draws hundreds in Mpls.

Minneapolis' Wedge neighborhood hosts the world's only window cat tour.
Hilal Ibrahim got her start in fashion designing hijabs for medical workers.

Minnetonka hijab maker debuts Nordstrom collection

A young entrepreneur launches a luxury hijab line at Nordstrom.
At Blue, the developer talked about how the logo and brick exterior are both red, in contrast to the building’s name, to pique curiosity about why i

Living in Flux, O2 and the Julia: Behind the trend in quirky apartment names

In the hot Twin Cities area multifamily market, a memorable moniker is a way to stand out.
Michael Fleming

Michael Fleming, former Pioneer Press classical music critic, dies at 71

Fleming held strong opinions and wasn't the sort to back down from them.
Alexandera Houchin rode her bike through the Pine Valley trail system near Cloquet, Minn., one of her favorite spots to ride when she isn’t training

A Native American woman was the unlikeliest of athletes – until she started winning races

Nothing about Alexandera Houchin's background would predict she'd end up among the country's best ultradistance, off-road cyclists.
A large group watched the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra perform at downtown St. Paul’s Mears Park in early June.

When will pandemic 'end'? It'll largely be individual decision

There's no COVID "on/off" switch so it will be over when it's over for you.
Jason DeRusha sat for a portrait at The Dapper Wolf Friday.

WCCO's Jason DeRusha breaks the mold of broadcast news

WCCO's Jason DeRusha straddles old media and new by pushing boundaries — including his own.
Kiddie pools aren’t just for kids.

How Minnesotans can beat the heat in practical and kooky ways

It's hot, and it looks like it's going to stay that way. You can hide out in your basement or get creatively cool.
St. Paul poet Michael Kleber-Diggs’ work explores his race, gender and the issues of the day – what he calls “socially responsible poetics.”

Prizewinning St. Paul poet reflects on fatherhood, police violence and being Black in America

Poetry is having a moment. And a St. Paul poet's prizewinning collection speaks to the times.
Laura and Jeff Soderquist, left, and Sally and Scott Taylor, right, met for a picnic at Lakewood Cemetery, Sunday, May 23, 2021 in Minneapolis, MN.  T

A random act of kindness in a Minneapolis cemetery led to an awkward moment – and a lasting connection

A soldier's grave, a spontaneous gesture and a serendipitous friendship.
Mukhiya and Konnie Gurung in Nepal in 2001. They’ll go back this fall.

Mendota Heights couple head to Nepal, giving back to the country where they met

Mendota Heights couple celebrate anniversary with a service project in Nepal — giving back to the country where they met.
Pre-pandemic, Misha Estrin gave out free hugs at St. Paul’s Grand Old Day festival. Provided

Not all Minnesotans are welcoming the return of hugs with open arms

Touch benefits our physical and emotional health. But after a year without hugs, some are still running for cover.
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.