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Tom Horgen

Senior Manager of Audience Strategy | Newsroom
Phone: 612-673-7909

Tom Horgen is the Senior Manager of Audience Strategy, leading the newsroom to build new, exciting ways to reach readers across all digital platforms.

Tom's worn many hats at the Star Tribune, including stints as a features editor, video personality, arts writer and nightlife scene chronicler. A lifelong Minnesotan, Horgen lives in St. Paul with his wife and two young children. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in film studies. He only watches children's movies these days (because he has two young children). But one day he hopes to once again watch movies that do not contain cute, talking animals.
Recent content from Tom Horgen

Review: 'Dust Child,' by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai

FICTION: In her second English-language novel, an acclaimed Vietnamese author gives voice to the forgotten children of war.
A huge French-stye mansion on Lake Minnetonka.

Love looking at other Minnesotans' homes? We have a newsletter for you

Every Saturday, our new Floored newsletter will take you inside the state's most eye-catching homes.
The legendary Jucy Lucy at Matt’s Bar in Minneapolis.

Bon Appétit ranks Twin Cities' best Juicy Lucys, eating 9 burgers in 9 hours

The magazine produced a 17-minute video showcasing its Juicy Lucy eating extravaganza.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs loves Young Joni.

Vikings' Diggs names his favorite Twin Cities eating, shopping spots

The wide receiver showed Bleacher Report around town in a new video.
Alex Frecon in the video “I’m From Minnesota.”

Rapper's goofy music video 'I'm From Minnesota' is a viral hit on Facebook

The rap video makes a case for "Duck, Duck, Gray Duck" and features a cameo by Justin Morneau.
State Fair goers spun nearly 100 feet in the air on the Sky Flyer at the Mighty Midway.

N.Y. Times sends reporter to State Fair, discovers Minnesota's greatness

Our beloved Minnesota State Fair gets a glowing feature — and they didn't even make fun of us.
The Minnesota State Fair's Midway by Instagrammer @k.turner24 (Kyle Turner).

Share your best State Fair photos to Instagram, get featured in Star Tribune

Before you eat that Pronto Pup, make sure to snap an Instagram.
File photo of a cute 5-month-old champagne Burmese kitten from 2015. Deserves its own cat video.

5 most-watched cat videos of all time will prepare you for St. Paul's feline film fest

Get ready for the Cat Video Festival at CHS Field tonight with these classic clips.
Damion Reid, of the Lind-Bohanon neighborhood of Minneapolis, reached over officer Erin Grabosky, with a Minneapolis police mounted unit, during a Nat

Night of community-police partnerships draws big crowds

More than 2,000 block parties gathered around the Twin Cities, which have some of the highest attendance rates in the country.
Screen grab of Chad Nelson's viral video from Twitter.

Video of Minn. toddler playing fetch with dog over fence racks up 10M views

The internet is gushing over this adorable game of fetch that takes place through a fence.
The Minnesota teen who got her head stuck in a tailpipe was featured on Jimmy Kimmel's late-night show.

Jimmy Kimmel hams it up with Minnesotan who got her head stuck in tailpipe

Video of the incident went viral, with the 19-year-old dubbed "tailpipe girl" across the internet.
Marvel Bar in Minneapolis was named to Esquire's "Best Bars in America" list.

Two Minneapolis bars named to Esquire's 2018 'Best Bars in America' list

The acclaimed Marvel Bar gets a nod, as does the surprising Gyst Fermentation Bar.
Preparing a cocktail at Tattersall Distilling in Minneapolis.

Minnesota is home to 'America's coolest drinking city' says new WSJ magazine

Five bars in Minneapolis and St. Paul -- considered one city in the rankings -- get a spotlight in the gushing article.
Martin­Patrick3 received big kudos from Forbes recently.

Forbes calls North Loop shop 'hottest retailer in America's hottest retailing city'

MartinPatrick3 has grown into a 17,000-square-foot store specializing in interior design and menswear.
Anna and Elsa in Disney on Ice presents “Frozen.”

Let it go: A dad's guide to Disney on Ice's 'Frozen' at Target Center

Disney on Ice brings the mega-hit musical to Target Center.
Pizza at Young Joni in Minneapolis, Minn.

Barstool Sports reviews Minnesota's beloved pizza joints – trashing a few favorites

The guys behind this popular sports site are taste-testing Twin Cities pizza spots and posting them on YouTube.
Club Jager in Minneapolis (File photo).

Club Jäger reopens ahead of Super Bowl, months after David Duke controversy

The bar had been closed since employees learned its owner donated to the ex-KKK leader's failed Senate campaign.
Surly Brewing wrote a funny primer on Minnesota, capping it off with a photo of the deflated Metrodome.

Surly trolls entire state of Minnesota with hilarious Super Bowl primer

The popular Twin Cities brewery wrote an explainer for out-of-towners, but locals will have a laugh, too.
Justin Timberlake, shown here at a recent show in Tennesse.

Justin Timberlake sightings: Pop star dines at Manny's and Octo Fishbar

The pop star was already in town this weekend eating at some of the Twin Cities' best restaurants.
Screen grab from @WedgeLIVE's Twitter showing the Arby's in Uptown.

Decades-old Arby's with iconic sign abruptly closes in Uptown Minneapolis

After years of holding its ground in a continually changing Uptown, this fast food outpost finally closed its doors.
Ike's Food & Cocktails in downtown Minneapolis.

Ike's pulls Super Bowl menu after firestorm over $36 guacamole

The downtown Minneapolis restaurant is catching internet heat for its high-priced Super Bowl menu.
A Minnesota Vikings fan wears a turkey on his viking helmet during last year's Detroit Lions game in Detroit.

Thursday's Vikings game blitzing some Minnesotans' Thanksgiving dinners

Are you planning your T-day plans around the big football game?
New map shows the best-selling Halloween candy in each state according to

In ranking of each state's favorite Halloween candy, we appear to be suckers

A new map shows the best-selling candy in each state, just in time for Halloween
Screen grab of Mickey the Minneapolis Fire Cat in a newsreel clip posted on Facebook by Old Minneapolis.

Newly resurfaced 1936 video features a Mpls. 'fire cat' sliding down station poles

Watch this hilarious newsreel clip from 1936 featuring Mickey the Minneapolis Fire Cat.
This screengrab shows Kate Swenson and her son Cooper in a video that won Jimmy Fallon and the "Today" show's "Everything is Mama" contest.

Minnesota mom and autistic, nonverbal son win Jimmy Fallon's 'say mama' contest

The "Tonight Show" host found out that not all kids say "mama" the same way.
This is what a Nerf battle looks like (photo taken at a Hasbro Nerf event in September in Providence, R.I.).

Minnesotans could break world record for largest Nerf gun battle this weekend

The "Great Minnesota Nerf Battle" will take place at the National Sports Center in Blaine — and is happening for a good cause.
Cafe Meow has a signed a lease to become Minnesota's first cat cafe.

Minnesota's first 'cat cafe' signs a lease in Uptown Minneapolis

The Cafe Meow isn't a cafe for cats. It's a coffee shop where customers would be able to hang out with some friendly felines -- and maybe adopt one.
Screen grab of Andrew Zimmern's Instagram featuring his buddies Al Franken and Al Roker.

Al Roker, Paula Deen, other celebs eat like Minnesotans on State Fair's first day

Recapping the famous faces eating Gizmos and other fair favorites on opening day.
The Midway at the Minnesota State Fair.

Post your best Minn. State Fair photos to Instagram, get featured in Star Tribune

Are you ready to eat tons of food at the Minnesota State Fair? More important, are you ready to take tons of photos of yourself eating tons of food?
This Hanoi alleyway contains several small restaurants, a massage spa and two hotels.

In Vietnam, a Minnesotan discovers his mother's country for the first time

A Minnesotan finally travels to Vietnam, arriving to both a strange land — and home.
The Arrowhead 135 Ultra Marathon, from International Falls to Tower Minnesota, follows the scenic and rugged Arrowhead State Snowmobile Trail and attr

10 magical places in Minnesota that look like the North Pole

From reindeer to ice castles, there are plenty of enchanted experiences to behold in Minnesota.
Screen grab from a video showing members of the Gopher men's basketball team doing the Mannequin Challenge.

Watch the Vikings, Minneapolis police take on the 'Mannequin Challenge'

The viral video trend continues to freeze participants in its tracks, including the Vikings, an ice cream shop and P.O.S.
Vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., walked on stage Wednesday night at Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Twitter explodes with dad jokes for VP nominee Tim Kaine

The main response to vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine at the Democratic National Convention last night? He is everyone's dad.
Macklemore at Power 106's 'Cali Christmas' 2015 in Inglewood, Calif.

Has white rapper Macklemore done enough to confront white privilege?

Macklemore raps about it, but has the hip-hop superstar done enough to acknowledge the role that skin color has played in his success?
Selena Gomez in Beverly Hills, Calif., Sept. 14, 2015.

How did Selena Gomez become the most followed person on Instagram?

At press time, Gomez's account on the photo-sharing network stood at a gargantuan 70 million followers. Suffice it to say, she's come a long way since "Barney & Friends."
Zac Efron and Robert De Niro in “Dirty Grandpa.”

'Dirty Grandpa' is latest asterisk in De Niro's career

Robert De Niro's cinematic legacy is set in stone. But wow if he isn't trying to smash that glorious filmography to smithereens.
Daisy Ridley stars as Rey, with BB-8, in a scene from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

'Star Wars' superfans react to 'Force Awakens' — no spoilers!

For some people it's just another big movie. For others, it's the most important cultural event in the history of important cultural events. Ever. Like, ever-ever.
Max Rebo led the band in "Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi."

Rock out like Max Rebo with this Twin Cities 'Star Wars' party guide

Want to celebrate "The Force Awakens"? Fans will have lots of opportunities to whoop it up.
The Star Wars Millennium Falcon bed retails for $3,999.

Wookiee approved: The ultimate 'Star Wars' gift guide

This holiday season, "Star Wars" merchandise is as abundant as Stormtroopers who can't shoot straight. Here's a gift guide that focuses on the essentials.
A scene from the video game “Star Wars Battlefront.”

Find your 'Star Wars' fix with video games, comics, TV shows

If anticipation for "The Force Awakens" has you bouncing off the walls like a CGI Yoda, we have your calming fix. Here are three picks from video games, publishing and TV.
Satchel Moore, right, wore raw denim at BlackBlue in St. Paul, which he manages. Owner Steve Kang was reflected in the mirror.

Jeans: In the Raw

Why are some guys wearing the same pair of $200 jeans for six months? The answer lies in the story of raw denim.
“The Peanuts Movie” opens Nov. 6.

'Peanuts' Fall Festival hits St. Paul Tuesday to celebrate new movie, Charles M. Schulz Day

Celebrate Charles M. Schulz Day with Snoopy and friends this Tuesday.
Peter Pasquale attended the 2014 Cat Video Festival at Walker Art Center in Minneapolis with Jack, a tabby mix.

Review: 'Cat Is Art Spelled Wrong,' edited by Caroline Casey, Chris Fischbach and Sarah Schultz

NONFICTION: Cat videos get millions of clicks and are often adorable. But are they art?
Hannibal Buress

Grown-up fun for fall: The big 5 events include Darkness Day, Haunted Basement, Zombie Pub Crawl

Darkness Day The lines for iPhones and boy bands have nothing on a chocolately-dark Russian Imperial stout that goes by the name Darkness. Every year,…
Through your eyes: Amazing reader photos from State Fair

Through your eyes: Amazing reader photos from State Fair

We asked, you delivered — and then some. Check out the top reader photos from our Instagram meetup — the "Great Minnesota Gram Together" at the Minnesota State Fair.
The Minnesota State Fair is filled with eye candy, ready made for Instagramming.

Hey, Minnstagrammers: Let's meet up at the State Fair

The Star Tribune is partnering with the local Insta-experts at @Minnstameets on the Aug. 29 event, which we're calling the Great Minnesota Gram Together.
A strong cast conjures the power of 1980s gangsta rap crew N.W.A., with O'Shea Jackson Jr. (right) as his dad, Ice Cube.

'Straight Outta Compton' captures birth of N.W.A. without pulling a punch

REVIEW: Dramatizing the formation of Dr. Dre's influential group N.W.A., the film is a sprawling, pulsating, nonstop feat of filmmaking that follows the young men to the heights of hedonistic rap stardom.
A pier welcomes those who cross the St. Croix River to Hudson, Wis. At right, from top: Store manager Brandon Stahnke worked on a bike at Art Doyle’

Day trip to Hudson finds fun in a historic setting

When you cross the Minnesota-Wisconsin border, something happens. At least, locals in Hudson like to think so. "People say the blood pressure just drops," said Ruth Misenko, a local gallery owner.
An injured Sandor Clegane, better known as The Hound, portrayed by Rory McCann, left, and Arya Stark, portrayed by Maisie Williams, appear in a scene

Who will survive in 'Game of Thrones' season starting Sunday?

"Game of Thrones" doesn't care about your feelings. Never has, never will. Season 5, premiering Sunday, promises to be a heavy one. Use our survival guide to bring yourself up to speed on the coming carnage.
Kim Kardashian: Step away from the Periscope!

Who should – and shouldn't – use new live-stream video apps

Even though livestreaming has been around for years, a batch of new apps -- such as Periscope -- is bringing personal live video-streaming to the masses.
Comic book author Scott McCloud.

Q&A: Cartoonist Scott McCloud talks about 'The Sculptor'

Scott McCloud wrote the book on comic books in 1993. Twenty years later, people are still hanging on his every word balloon.
Should Tony Montana become Tina Montana?

Beyond 'Ghostbusters': 7 movies that need a gender reboot

The recent news of an upcoming all-female "Ghostbusters" cast got us thinking: What other dusty old movies could use a gender reboot?
Melissa McCarthy, right.

Beyond 'Ghostbusters': These old movies need a gender reboot

We're anticipating from the just-announced all-female cast of the new "Ghostbusters" movie. The shake-up got us thinking: What other dusty old movies could use a gender reboot? Ditch the male leads for women, or vice versa. Could be fun.
Doug Flicker of Piccolo.

Twin Cities chefs explain their tattoos

Tattoos have become a badge of honor among local chefs. We offer a look and share the stories behind these permanent markings.
Doug Flicker of Piccolo.

These Twin Cities chefs sport some serious ink

Tattoos have become a badge of honor among local chefs. We offer a look and share the stories behind these permanent markings.
Martin Patrick 3's new women's gift department, called "Apology."

Men's shop Martin Patrick 3 unveils women's dept.

The popular North Loop menswear destination wants guys to bring home something for the ladies.
Franklin Adams captured the Minneapolis intersection of 22nd Street and Pleasant Avenue S. blanketed in fall color.

Readers frame the season with fall photos

Clearly, Minnesotans are addicted to snapping the changing colors of fall. Who can blame them? This autumn gets an A-plus for eye candy.
Augie's owner Brian Michael monitors the inside and outside of the downtown Minneapolis strip club, looking for signs of trouble.

Oct. 20, 2012: Baring it all at Augie's

The owner of a storied downtown strip club isn't afraid to bring voyeurs behind the scenes.
Fall colors light up Dunham Lake in Burnett County, Wisconsin.

Share your best fall color photos

Post your colorful pics on social media or send them to us via e-mail.
This ghastly creature, seen only in shadow, is a denizen of the very spooky Haunted Basement at the Soap Factory in southeast Minneapolis.

Top frights: Readers pick their favorite haunted houses

Opinions are like pumpkins: Everyone has one (at Halloween). With that in mind, we asked readers to wax poetic about their favorite haunted houses in the Twin Cities area. Here's what we scared up.

Insider's guide to food, shopping on the Green Line

Dive into our interactive guide to the best dining, shopping and entertainment along the Green Line. Double-click on the map to zoom in, or select a station to get a better look.

Blast from the past: Reader-submitted retro prom pics

This year, the big high school dance seems to be inviting looks from across the decades. What's old can be new again, apparently.
Under the Uptown marquee.

New York Times dissects 'modern style' in Uptown

The newspaper produced a style video in the trendy Minneapolis neighborhood.

Oscars fashion: Best and worst of Hollywood's big night

The stars at the Oscars are usually on their best behavior — stylishly speaking. Nevertheless, there were plenty of dresses worth debating. And two snarky voices are better than one.
Detail from Plate 11 of Joe Sacco’s 24-foot, accordion-fold book, “The Great War: July 1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme.”

War's infinite panorama reflected in 'The Great War' by Joe Sacco

GRAPHIC NOVEL: Cartoonist Joe Sacco re-creates the Battle of the Somme in intricate, tragic detail.

Star Tribune readers submit their best T-shirts

We asked readers to submit their best tees, and the response spoke to the shirt's undisputed popularity. Of the 100-plus entries, these are our favorites.
Anders Nilsen

New indie fest celebrates comics, music and art

First, there's the name.The curators of Sunday's Autoptic festival — which will celebrate independent comics, music and art — say they're aiming for something…
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak at Aster Cafe.

Nightlife: R.T. Rybak plays favorites

Mayor R.T. Rybak, who likes to stage-dive and still be home by 10, tallies his favorite Minneapolis bars.
Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love at Hubert's.

Nightlife: Cold ones with the Wolves' hot star Kevin Love

After collecting every rebound in sight, where does the Timberwolves' biggest star unwind? Kevin Love dishes about his five favorite bars.
From left: Hilary Hubanks, Joseph McGreevy and Jerry Woulf show off their outfits at the Walker Art Center's first Internet Cat Video Film Festival, i

Aug. 31: 10,000 fans at Walker scratch itch for cat videos

Walker Art Center drew herds of people (and a few felines) for its first Internet Cat Video Film Festival.
Caliann Lum, left, and Nancy Jones struck a pose wearing their best after they watched the Olympic Opening.

E scenes: Downtown Minneapolis nightlife scene has many faces

You can see them all around Block E.
An illustration from “Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow,” by Anders Nilsen.

Talking about graphic memories

Upon returning home to Minneapolis, a comic book star re-releases a painful memoir about losing his fiancée to cancer.
Owner Matty O'Reilly at the new Republic in Calhoun Square in Minneapolis: "We want people to walk in and feel like it had been there for years."

Nightlife: Seven Corners craft-beer bar adds Uptown spot

Plus-size beer roster at the Calhoun Square location of Republic will feature 52 tap handles.
Insert Coin(s), the new arcade-themed nightclub in downtown Minneapolis.

The Dig: A new level of gaming at new downtown club Insert Coin(s)

A big club in the former Karma space is mixing its drinks with Donkey Kong, Mario and a vast library of video games.

Nightlife: Boo and booze in the 'burbs

Halloween partygoers might want to look beyond downtown, says Myth's massive costume ball. Also on the agenda: three new restaurants open their doors.