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Tom Horgen

Assistant Managing Editor/Audience | Newsroom
Phone: 612-673-7909

Tom Horgen is the Assistant Managing Editor/Audience, 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.
President Donald Trump and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey.

Trump, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey clash on Twitter

The president called the Minneapolis mayor a "lightweight." Frey fired back with a "yawn."

Target designer partnerships through the years

From Zac Posen to Missoni.

Chef Jamie Malone spearheads an appealing new direction at Eastside

The mastermind behind Grand Cafe has improved Eastside, the stylish, three-year-old downtown Minneapolis restaurant.
Unveiling this year's designer showcase, a huge French-stye mansion on Lake Minnetonka Monday October 16,2017 in Orono, MN. ] JERRY HOLT • jerry.hol

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.

How to launch a small-town Minnesota newspaper in the digital era

Jana Peterson, editor and co-owner, recently debuted Pine Knot News.

See what's new at Esker Grove, Tullibee and McKinney Roe

New chefs at these three Minneapolis restaurants are adding their own flavors to the menu.
A scene from Jimmy Kimmel's 'I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy' prank.

Watch Jimmy Kimmel's 'I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy' prank

For the eighth year in a row, the late-night host shows viewers how to properly take candy from a baby.

Honorable mentions in Star Tribune's Halloween pet costume contest

These little guys almost made the final cut.

Gorgeous sweets are star attraction at Edwards Dessert Kitchen

Frozen foods giant Schwan's is going against type with a focus on elegant, intelligent desserts.

Balloon clouds, waterfalls and garlands are a hit on Instagram

Fueled by enviable Instagrammed party pics, arty arrangements are on the rise in the Twin Cities.

Saint Dinette team creates a bagel powerhouse at the new Meyvn in Minneapolis

The restaurant near Lyn-Lake offers up bagels, burgers and more.

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular takes over Minnesota Zoo

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular lights up the Minnesota Zoo for the first time ever.

'Wild' residents take to Minneapolis streets

From foxes on Nicollet Island to wild turkeys in the backyard.

A look inside Kim Bartmann's Twin Cities restaurant empire

She's the owner of 10 different restaurants.

New North Loop restaurant Sweet Chow packed with Asian flavor

The Minneapolis spot is approachable and fast.

First-class travel accessories by Minnesota makers

The best bags and more.
Surly's annual Darkness Day outgrows old location, moves to Somerset Amphitheater

Surly's annual Darkness Day outgrows old location, moves to Somerset Amphitheater

The brewery's popular concert-and-beer-release event expands to two days and a new home.
Colossal Cafe closing its Minneapolis location only a year after expanding

Colossal Cafe closing its Minneapolis location only a year after expanding

The brunch favorite says its two St. Paul outposts will remain open.
**Matt's Bar, Only in MN, Super Bowl Special

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.
Peace Coffee opens third downtown Mpls. location

Peace Coffee opens third downtown Mpls. location

For coffee lovers in downtown Minneapolis, there were once very few options outside of Starbucks, Caribou and Dunn Brothers. That changed in recent years.
Jimmy Fallon and Paul McCartney prepare for their elevator surprise.

Watch Jimmy Fallon, Paul McCartney surprise Go 96.3's Dana Wessel in an elevator

A Twin Cities radio personality was on hand for the latest "Tonight Show" prank.
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.

Spectacular Instagrams from the 2018 Minnesota State Fair

The best shots from our hashtag, #stribstatefair.

Where to eat breakfast at the Minnesota State Fair

These State Fair spots have great options.
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.

Wing Young Huie's photos shine a light on the true Minnesota

Wing Young Huie builds community, through his lens and in real life.

Meet the paparazzi taking photos of party people on Lake Minnetonka

Minnetonka goes Hollywood as boaters smile for the Tonka Paparazzi's camera.

Go inside Flyte Tyme Studios, once the storied hit factory of Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis

Flyte Tyme Studios — the hit factory of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis — will be razed for a housing complex.

Minnesotan is an expert at playing this ancient Chinese instrument

As a teen, Jarrelle Barton discovered an ancient Chinese instrument. Now it's the focus of his life.

The 1970s textile fad macramé is having a major moment

The craft that once filled homes with owls and plant hangers has a modern twist.
Beau, a 5-month-old champagne Burmese kitten, is pictured in the home of owner Brian Tripp Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 in St. Louis Park.

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.

Go inside the new Bungalow Club, located in former Craftsman space

The restaurant serves up stunning pasta dishes, and a great salad.
Tracy Gordon, of Minneapolis, danced in a parking lot near the American Swedish Institute on Tuesday night.

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.

Minnesotans taking a stab at the ax-throwing trend

See what it's like to participate in indoor ax throwing.

Take a tour of the Cafe Meow, Minneapolis' first cat cafe

In the cafe, cats relax on one side, while coffee is served on the other.

A look at the new additions to Nicollet Mall

Minneapolis's "Main Street" got a $50 million remake.

Rock on at this Twin Cities metal-loving church

The Minneapolis Metal Church makes a joyful — and loud — noise unto the Lord.

Tour a renovated brewery complex built in the 1860s

An collection of properties in Jordan are on the market.

Wineries near Rochester, Waconia make a name for themselves

Visit Minnesota's new 'wine country' with these two day trips.
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.

Step back in time at the brand-new Bell Museum

The beloved museum has a new home on the St. Paul University of Minnesota campus, showcased in a $79 million building.
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.

Fans pack State Theatre box office hoping to get 'Hamilton' tickets

Tickets to the mega-musical went on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday.

See what it's like to attend a car stereo contest

Forget muscle cars. In this decibel drag race, competitors empty their wallets to pack their beaters with speakers that blare windshield-cracking sound.
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. (AARON LAVINSKY)

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.

Minnesota's North Shore is dotted with exhilarating stops

What are the top stops along Hwy. 61, from Duluth to the Canadian border? Our guide helps you make the most of your drive.

Explore the extravagant pastries of Rose Street Patisserie

John Kraus, the owner of the hit bakery Patisserie 46, continues his tradition of artfully-sculpted pastries in Linden Hills with Rose Street Patisserie.

Artistic director has made Children's Theatre one of the best in the world

See the plays Peter Brosius has led through the years at Children's Theatre.

The 'Elderberry Queen' makes sought-after syrup during flu season

During this brutal flu season, a growing number of people are turning to elderberry syrup as a natural remedy. But does it really work?

Floral designers flock to museum's Art in Bloom

An annual ritual at the Minneapolis Institute of Art begins with a lot of fingers crossed.

Chef Tim McKee's Octo Fishbar is a big catch

See the plates and drinks that are making diners swoon in Lowertown.
The interior of MartinPatrick3, the pre-dominantly men-focused shop in the North Loop. Forbes' recently named the shop the "hottest retailer in Americ

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

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.
Amatriciana pizza with Italian red sauce, Red Table guanciale and pancetta, pecorino, cream, red onion, chili flake and black pepper. Photographed at

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; Tom Wallace/Minneapolis Star Tribune) ORG XMIT: MIN1708301232294344

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. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP) ORG XMIT: MIN2017092710440414

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.
The sign during better times.

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.

Go inside a rural Iowa farmhouse that a Minnesotan picked up for free

A house flipper from Anoka answered a Craigslist ad for a free farmhouse.

See the dishes and design that makes Lynhall a casual-dining powerhouse

Innovative, flavor-conscious and surprisingly affordable, the stylish Lynhall in Minneapolis pushes all the right fast-casual buttons.
Kevin Hart shines spotlight on minority stand-up comics in Twin Cities

Kevin Hart shines spotlight on minority stand-up comics in Twin Cities

The comedian taped this weekend's episode of 'Hart in the City' at Baddies Comedy Co. in St. Paul.
A Minnesota Vikings fan wears a turkey on his viking helmet during an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016.

Thursday's Vikings game blitzing some Minnesotans' Thanksgiving dinners

Are you planning your T-day plans around the big football game?
Chrissy Teigen poses at the 2017 Revolve Awards at the Dream Hollywood hotel on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in Los Angeles.

Chrissy Teigen wants to 'party' with Mpls. diners, hungers for a Jucy Lucy

The supermodel tweeted "Hi!" to Minneapolis, and Minnesotans responded with thousands of tips on where to eat.
Carla Clah is a Navajo community organizer from Chicago.

Stunning photography captures the Dakota Access pipeline protest in new Minneapolis exhibit

The exhibit, "Lakota Resistance: The Bison, the Horse, and the River," opens Friday at Minneapolis Photo Center.
Minneapolis' famous First Avenue club can now be built with Legos

Minneapolis' famous First Avenue club can now be built with Legos

The nightclub teamed with a custom Lego maker on the mini-replica.
credit: Tom Witta Joe Minjares of Pepitos and Parkway Theater

Louie Anderson, others join forces to help pay for Pepitos owner's lung transplant

With his restaurant up for sale and his health failing, Joe Minjares is getting some welcomed help from famous friends, including "MST3K's" Joel Hodgson.
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
Newly resurfaced 1936 video features a Mpls. 'fire cat' sliding down station poles

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.

See our favorite reader-submitted cat photos

From cats on the hunt to cat cuddling, these are some of the best kitty pics from Star Tribune readers.