Katie Fraser

Katie Fraser joined the WCCO web team as a web producer in February of 2014. In addition to helping write new stories and handling social media, she writes for the MNfusion blog that covers food, theater and entertainment in the metro. She also recently became a contributor to the Local Tap Talk blog that focuses on craft breweries around the Twin Cities.

Katie returns to the Twin Cities after spending almost seven years in Chicago. After graduating Roseville Area High School, she moved to Chicago to pursue a degree in journalism at DePaul University.

While at DePaul, Katie wrote and shot packages for the student-run TV program, “Good Day DePaul,” and also wrote a few opinion pieces for The DePaulia.

After trying her hand at several different journalism outlets as an intern, including WBBM News Radio, WFLD-TV and the Chicago Sun-Times, TV news won out. Prior to her time at WCCO, she worked as a web producer at Chicago’s WFLD and St. Paul’s KSTP.

After a long time away from home, Katie is excited to explore the Twin Cities as an adult. When she’s not writing and editing, she can be found eating at a local restaurant or enjoying a beer at a local brewery. She also loves running, yoga, concerts, traveling and reading.

Have a place she should try? Email Katie Fraser.

MNfusion: ‘Chef’s Choice’ Is Focus Of New Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant Mercy

Following the closure of yet another Nicollet Mall restaurant – Ling & Louie’s, a Hennepin Avenue spot is shuttering its doors. But, this time, hopes are it will reemerge as something familiar.

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MNfusion: Lakewinds, The Good Acre Launch ‘Maker To Market’ For 4 Local Food Producers

Faced with the problem of connecting food makers to retailers, and each other, Lakewinds Food Co-op stepped in. Together with The Good Acre, Lakewinds Food Co-op launched the Maker to Market incubator program in 2017.


MNfusion: St. Paul Artist Launches Sensory Exhibit ‘I Am’ In Lowertown

The newest series to open at The Show Gallery in St. Paul’s Lowertown neighborhood is a showcase featuring works of art that will stimulate all five senses. Kristi Abbott’s “I Am” series opens on March 31.


MNfusion: Mexican-Asian Fusion Restaurant Avenida Introduces New Menu Items

First it was bacon. Next, cupcakes. Then, ramen. Now, could it be Peruvian? Avenida is hoping so.


MNfusion: Spring Menu Items At Birch’s On The Lake

Just off of Highway 12, alongside Long Lake in the western suburb of Wayzata, lies Birch’s on the Lake. The Supperclub & Brewhouse, owned by restaurateur Burton Joseph and brewmaster Bennan Greene, opened a year and a half ago, and was a significant renovation.


MNfusion: Mooning Over Chanhassen Dinner Theatres’ ‘Grease’

Grease is the time, the place and the word at Chanhassen Dinner Theaters. For the first time in 10 years, “Grease” has returned to the main stage at CDT.


MNfusion: Seward Co-Op Awards Isuroon SEED Donations For MN FoodShare Month

For Minnesotans, March represents a lot of different things: crazy weather, the start of spring, St. Patrick’s Day. But for many that rely on Minnesota’s many food shelves, March is a pivotal month as it marks the annual Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign.


MNfusion: ‘Thurgood’ Star Asks Audiences To Keep Fighting For Best America

Almost two years to the day that it first opened at the Illusion Theater, “Thurgood” returns to downtown Minneapolis at the Illusion Theater.


Tap Talk: Brew-Off Pits Tin Whiskers Against 612Brew

It’s a battle of east and west once again as Tin Whiskers’ brew-off competition returns Thursday! After a few-months hiatus, the popular event returns with a match-up of the St. Paul brewery and Minneapolis’ 612Brew.


MNfusion: Brilliant Sets, Voices Tell Story Of Unlikely Friendship In ‘The King And I’

In the Hennepin Theatre Trust’s performance of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The King and I,” the story is one of a friendship formed under unlikely circumstances.


Tap Talk: Lakes And Legends Introduces Brewer’s Reserve Label, Root Cellar

After celebrating their first year of operation in December, Minneapolis’ Lakes and Legends Brewing Company decided it was time to unveil their newest offerings.


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MNfusion: CTC Announces 2017 – 2018 Season, AD Peter Brosius’ 20th Anniversary

The Children’s Theatre Company is about to embark on another season filled with colorful, poetic productions. This year, not only are there three premieres, but the CTC is also celebrating 20 years of growth and work from Artistic Director Peter C. Brosius.


Tap Talk: Town Hall Brews Up 12 Beers For Barrel-Aged Week

Deep into the descent of a Midwest winter, there are few things that can thaw a Minnesotan. But every February, one event does its best to warm bodies from the inside out – Minneapolis’ Town Hall Brewery’s barrel-aged week.


St. Paul Ballet To Perform Trio Of Works At Cowles Center

The Twin Cities are merging this weekend as the St. Paul Ballet comes to Minneapolis to preform three separate pieces at the Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts.


Tap Talk: Craftapped Celebrates Community, Culture Around Beer

Enter Crafttapped: a new rewards program founded in Minneapolis, whose founders said it’s for, “if you like beer and you like being around people, or even if you hate people but like craft beer.”


Tap Talk: Lift Bridge Raises Money For Military By Building Largest ‘Beer-Amid’

Be a part of history while helping Minnesota’s military families! Stillwater’s Lift Bridge Brewing Company is attempting to build Minnesota’s largest “beer-amid” this weekend.


MNfusion: Tullibee Chef Crowned Prince Of Pigs At Cochon555

Where’s the beef? Well, it made way for the pork. On Sunday afternoon in downtown Minneapolis, Twin Cities foodies celebrated the pig in all of its glory at Cochon555.


MNfusion: Jungle Theater’s ‘Anna In The Tropics’ Explores When Life Imitates Art

“Anna in the Tropics,” written by Nilo Cruz, tells the story of a cigar factory in Tampa run by a Cuban-American family. While all other factories are becoming modernized this particular one is still run by traditions, including the use of a lector.


MNfusion: Composer, Playwright Say Message Of CTC’s ‘The Sneetches’ Is Vital

A story of a population that divides itself based on physical characteristics, “The Sneetches” shares a timely message of what it is that really divides us and, more importantly, what it is that really connects us.


MNfusion: Authentic Sichuan Restaurant JUN Opens In North Loop

On Jan. 21, the authentic Sichuan restaurant JUN opened its doors along the main strip in North Loop. Situated where Rojo Mexican Grill and Shag were located previously, the Chinese restaurant is co-owned by mother-son team Jessie and Jack Wong, the pair behind Szechuan in Roseville.


Tap Talk: St. Paul’s Wabasha Brewing Company

Go big or go home. It’s certainly nothing new for those in the craft beer world. However, most of the time it is applied to flavor or technique. It’s rarely applied to space.


MNfusion: Dining Deals For Valentine’s Day

Whether you’re single, in a new relationship or been married for decades, everyone deserves a special meal on the day dedicated to love.


Tap Talk: Annandale History Built Into Spilled Grain Brewhouse

Take a trip up Highway 55 to Annandale to visit Spilled Grain Brewhouse.


Tap Talk: Lift Bridge Brewing Co. Taps ‘Silhouette’At Saturday Party

From the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships in Minneapolis to the Winter Carnival in St. Paul, Stillwater is giving Minnesotans one more reason to celebrate the winter season. On Saturday, Lift Bridge Brewing Company is tapping into their latest stout beer – Silhouette.


Ragamala Dance Company’s Newest Piece Has Limited Run At Cowles Center

For one weekend only, audiences in the Twin Cities can see Ragamala Dance Company’s latest work, “Written in Water” at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in downtown Minneapolis.



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