Rachel Hutton | Star Tribune
Reporter | Features

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.


Where did the term Minnesota Nice come from, and what does it really mean?

Tracking the roots of "Minnesota Nice" is difficult, partly because people don't agree on what it actually is. Some see it as genuine kindness, while others are sure it describes the veneer of sweetness that masks darker sentiments.


Compassion is in fashion with Minnesota charitable clothing companies

With cause marketing, young consumers wear their philanthropy on their sleeves — and heads and feet.


Minnesota Youth Story Squad helps tweens tackle tough topics with personal narratives

Middle-schoolers break the silence on tough issues with brave personal narratives


Khloé Kardashian's size-inclusive brand Good American comes to Mall of America

This spring, the inclusive fashion brand will open its first Midwestern pop-up.


Oprah wears Red Wings on cover of O magazine

The mega-celebrity shows off the Minnesota company's new women's boot line.


The keeper of state's landmark lighthouse says goodbye

After nearly four decades of gale-force winds and prying eyes, Split Rock's Lee Radzak is leaving his iconic home after 36 years.


Ruth Hass, an Army nurse and union leader, dies at 96

Ruth Hass spent a lifetime caring for others, from tending wounded soldiers as an Army nurse during World War II to visiting shut-ins. She died…


Twin Cities crafters reflect climate change with 'temperature' blankets and scarves

Local knitters' multicolored handiworks turn weather stats into art and a gentle form of activism.


With these sweet names, Minnesota couple are 'Hershey PR team's dream come true'

For Minnesotans Jenny Ries and Craig Hirschey, first comes love, then comes a combo candy bar.


Celebrated Minnesota architect James Dayton dies unexpectedly at 53

Frank Gehry protégé designed the MacPhail Center for Music.