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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.


You don't have to play 'sidewalk chicken': Etiquette for social distancing while you walk

People are out walking in record numbers during the pandemic. Here's how to avoid pedestrian rage.


St. Paul professor helps discover prehistoric mammal in Madagascar

The chairman of Macalester's geology department helped discover a new mammal.


MIA Minnesota war hero accounted for, 75 years after D-Day

A Minnesota war hero killed on D-Day will finally be buried in Normandy.


Minnesota students show off prom finery even as the big event is canceled

With prom canceled amid the COVID-19 pandemic, high school juniors and seniors show off their formal-wear and share alternate plans for celebrating the rite of passage.


Minneapolis teacher takes in former student during pandemic

At the end of the day, the two take walks, eat dinner, watch a little TV and have nightly dance parties.


Stuck at home, Twin Cities kids publish their own neighborhood newspapers

No matter their angle or aesthetic, these newspapers are a source of community camaraderie.


Cooped up and clashing: How home-bound couples can cope

A therapist shares tips for how couples can maintain harmony even in close quarters.


Volunteers flock to preserve rare furniture at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

One day a year, arboretum staff and volunteers clean and preserve a rare collection of sculptural furniture.


Minnesotans find the upside of stay-at-home order: 'A glimpse of the family we once were'

In the midst of COVID-19 confinement, some Minnesotans are discovering what really matters.


Meet professor on quest to keep one of Minnesota's oldest languages alive

In Minnesota, the country's last stronghold of native Ojibwe speakers, Anton Treuer is racing to preserve knowledge.