Reporter, Editor | Home+Garden | Homes

Kim Palmer is editor/reporter for the Homes section of the Star Tribune. Previous coverage areas include city government, real estate and arts and entertainment 

Born and raised in the Twin Cities, Palmer currently lives in Eden Prairie with her husband, Jim. She graduated from St. Olaf College with majors in English and Psychology. After many years as a hockey/figure-skating mom, she now spends her leisure time singing in choirs.


Farm with custom home in the heart of Maple Grove hits market for $2M

This oasis in suburbia includes a horse barn, riding ring, vineyard, beehives, a "sugar shack" for making maple syrup and an enormous pool.


Crafting a new kitchen for a Prairie School gem in Minneapolis

A functional modern-day kitchen has details inspired by the 1910 house, designed by prominent architects William Purcell and George Elmslie.


Last call for Beautiful Gardens

Nominate a garden that is beautiful in spirit.


New lake home near Brainerd is paradise on the point

A new lake home finally rises on land that had been in the owner's family for decades.


Gardens that make a difference

Nominate a garden that is beautiful in spirit.


$3.75M Kenwood estate offers a view of Lake of the Isles from every room

The landmark house sits on a half-acre parcel of land at a curve in Lake of the Isles Parkway, giving the home 180-degree views of the water.


Old screen house in Golden Valley is reborn as 'Darth Vader's Gazebo'

A Golden Valley homeowner's DIY repair project turned into a complete rebuild.


$1.399M log home in Silver Bay sits on a rock ledge overlooking Lake Superior

"Standing on the deck, you feel like you're in the bow of a ship — you're that close to the water," the real estate agent said.


$850K midcentury modern home in Plymouth by acclaimed architect was saved from tear-down

Ralph Rapson designed the open-concept house with walls of glass to bring the outdoors in.


New Minnesota-hardy Japanese maple was first discovered in a Twin Cities yard

Discovered growing in a Twin Cities yard, a tough variety of a popular plant is now a hot seller at area garden centers.