Natalie Nyhus

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Joined WCCO: 2011
Hometown: Woodbury, Minnesota
Alma Mater: University of St. Thomas

Music: Prince
Movie: Dirty Dancing
TV Show: Downton Abbey
Book: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Food: Fresh Seafood
Local Restaurant: Monte Carlo
Hidden MN Gem: St. Mary’s Point Beach
Sport/Exercise: Yoga
Historical Figure: Judy Garland
Famous Minnesotan: Prince
Quote: “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” — Wayne Dyer
Word: Yes
Vacation Spot: Palm Springs, California
Holiday: Halloween
Planet: Earth

Facebook or Twitter? Instagram
Cats or Dogs? Dogs
Beatles or Rolling Stones? Beatles
Comedy or Tearjerker? Comedy
Phone Call or Text Message? Text
Mac or PC? Mac
Coffee or Tea? Tea
Paper or Plastic? Paper
Morning Person or Night Person? Night
East Coast vs. West Coast? West
Star Trek or Star Wars? Neither
‘Grey Duck’ vs. ‘Goose’? Grey Duck

Natalie Nyhus joined the WCCO-TV team in January of 2011. She anchors Saturday mornings and the “Best of Minnesota” franchise. Prior, she was awarded multiple daytime Emmy awards with WCCO This Morning, where she anchored and reported on traffic, entertainment, health and lifestyles.

Natalie is a Minnesota native (east side) who studied broadcast journalism, print journalism and theology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. She’s happy to work in her hometown and keeps her ear to the streets for the latest in Minnesota arts, entertainment and nightlife.

In addition to working with WCCO, you may see her reporting for Fox Sports North and Big Ten Network where she got her start on air. Prior to WCCO, she was on court with the Minnesota Timberwolves for five seasons as their in-arena host and as a fan. She also worked with Hollywood 411 out of Los Angeles, hosted an arts and entertainment talk radio show on MyTalk 107.1 FM and covered nightlife at The CW Twin Cities.

Natalie loves talking music, pop culture, dining and fashion with viewers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Please share your story ideas and Minnesota happenings with her at Or just drop her a note. She loves saying hi.

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Fall Colors In Minnesota

Just as Mother Nature slowly steals our daylight, she gifts us with the crispness of fall and a colorful treetop palate. Many would argue that the natural beauty that surrounds the Cuyuna Trail System, voted Best of Minnesota, is unsurpassed by any in the state.

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New Prague Woman Creates Realistic Wigs For Cancer Patients

Cancer is a difficult diagnosis, and treatment often means losing your hair. But a New Prague woman is making sure that women who lose their hair don’t lose their style.


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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Apple Orchard In Minnesota

With more than 100 orchards to choose from, everyone has their favorite, but we asked you to vote for the Best of Minnesota and you sent Natalie Nyhus to Pleasant Valley Orchard in Shafer.


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Bloomington’s Hyland Hills Set To Open New Chalet

An outdated chalet at a heavily-used Twin Cities ski area has finally been replaced. The new $14 million Hyland Hills Ski Chalet in Bloomington is complete, after pulling together public financing and bonds.


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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Fall Hiking Trail In Minnesota

Gooseberry Falls State Park is the unofficial gateway to the North Shore. And its beauty is such a draw that you cannot drive by without stopping to explore. Thousands of people visit each year, anticipating the vision of Gooseberry Falls and the memories they will make there.


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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Color Guard In Minnesota

The history of flag bearing goes back as far as the military itself. The color guard used them to guide troops and communicate maneuvers on the battle field. And today they are just as precise and disciplined. The Rosemount High School Color Guard, voted Best of Minnesota …


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Did MN Teen Angler Make World-Record Catch?

A Minnesotan could soon hold a world record for the giant sturgeon he caught over the weekend.


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Expect A Big Apple Crop In Minnesota This Fall

Minnesota apples will be plentiful this season. Great weather has given local growers a bumper crop. Natalie Nyhus went to Pine Tree Apple Orchard in White Bear Lake to see when the best picking will start.


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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Nachos In Minnesota

Your nachos are only as good as the tortilla chips you build them with. That is the secret to the Best Nachos in Minnesota, which can be found at Grace’s Tex-Mex in Owatonna.


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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best ATV Trail In Minnesota

Your votes took Natalie Nyhus to Pine River.


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Noise Takes Center Stage At Meeting On Airport Expansion

What was intended to be an informational community meeting quickly turned into a passionate debate Thursday night.


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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Kayaking In Minnesota

We went searching for the best kayaking in Minnesota, and your votes sent Natalie Nyhus to the North Shore.


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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Public Garden In Minnesota

Steve Poppe loves plants. And with a name like “Poppe,” it is almost like he was destined to work with them. “I research horticulture, looking at and studying various aspects of growing veggies, flowers, fruits, raspberries, apricots, that sort of thing,” he said.


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Training Never Ends For Firefighters

Rain would be very much appreciated in the western United States where dozens of wildfires are burning. And several crews from Minnesota have been deployed to help. A crew out of Grand Rapids just left for Montana. They are the eighth Minnesota group deployed to help battle the fires.


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New Eye Technology Can Help Diagnose Brain Injuries Faster

Brain injuries are the No. 1 cause of death and disability in Americans under age 35, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Now, a new technology that looks at your eyes can help doctors diagnose brain injuries better than any other tool.


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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Outdoor Water Park In Minnesota

The Minnesota sun has been showing off this summer, and it is time to get wet and wild! Instead of driving hours to the lake, cool off at Cascade Bay in Eagan — voted the Best Outdoor Water Park in Minnesota.


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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Farmers Market In Minnesota

With buzz words like “sustainable,” “grass-fed” and “natural,” farmers markets are truly farm to table. And your favorite place to eat the food grown in rural Minnesota is right in the heart of our urban center — the Minneapolis Farmers Market. Farmers markets give us a chance to buy food fresh and local.


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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Frozen Yogurt In Minnesota

Steamy summer days draw us in hordes to frozen yogurt shops to cool off with a swirl of sweet relief. But there can only be one serving up the Best of Minnesota, and it’s Sweet Toppings in Andover.


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More Closures On Twin Cities Highways This Weekend

There was some relief on the road Friday as westbound 394 in Minneapolis reopened after being reduced to just two lanes for weeks.


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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Horse Trail In Minnesota

It is your typical Minnesota campground: shared stories, laughter around the campfire — even the “neighsayers.” Yes, this is a place for people and their horses. Zumbro Bottoms it is your pick for Best Horse Trail in Minnesota.


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Women Who Rock: Haley Bonar

Haley Bonar has been in the Minnesota music scene for twelve years as a singer-songwriter. She talks to WCCO about how she has struck a balance between music, ambition and motherhood.


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Minneapolis Artist Found Dead In Home After Break-In

Minneapolis police say officers responded to a welfare check at a home on the city’s north side Thursday morning and found a woman’s body inside.


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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Golf Hole In Minnesota

There are hundreds of golf courses with thousands of golf holes. We went looking for the best hole in Minnesota.


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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Sausage In Minnesota

Back in the day, every town had to have a meat market. They were a necessity, says Ryan Schmidt, owner of Schmidt’s Meat Market in Nicollet. “Meat markets, butcher shops in small towns used to service a 10-mile area of the famers that surrounded that,” Schmidt said. “They didn’t have a cold storage, so they would rent lockers from butcher shops and meat markets.”


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Study: Sleep Pill Takers 2X More Likely To Have Daytime Car Accidents

Nearly seven percent of the population takes prescription sleep medications like Restoril or Ambien to sleep. But the American Journal of Public Health says those who take these pills at night are twice as likely to have a car accident during the day.