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.
Please share your story ideas and Minnesota happenings with her at email@example.com. Or just drop her a note. She loves saying hi.
‘Tis the season to hop in the car with the family and take an evening drive to see all the Christmas lights in the neighborhood. Some houses have a string or two, while others go all out. So we asked where to find the best Christmas lights in Minnesota, and you picked a spectacular display in Willmar that took 900 hours to put up. And this isn’t a city display — it’s just one family’s house and yard.
Some Minnesota kids took a trip to a place most of us dream about visiting Tuesday night. They didn’t escape winter by heading someplace warm. They hopped a flight to the North Pole!
‘Tis the season to watch your favorite Christmas classic – “A Christmas Story.” Now imagine bringing those memories to life with song and dance. You voted “A Christmas Story, The Musical” the best holiday show in Minnesota. Sharon Hailey is the show’s director and choreographer.
There’s a new ad about to hit the airwaves that’s…unusual. In fact, it’s a giant apology from Arby’s to Pepsi. The whole ad consists of a shot of a pint of Pepsi in a white room. WCCO’s Natalie Nyhus spoke with the Minneapolis-based ad agency that saved the day after a big mistake.
After 22 years, Minneapolis said goodbye to the annual Holidazzle Parade in downtown Minneapolis. In its place is the new Holidazzle Village and Minneapolis Holiday Market.
While many will hit the malls shopping Friday, there’s a group in St. Paul spending it at church. Those looking to avoid long lines and shopper meltdowns flipped the Black Friday script and held a service at Unity Church-Unitarian.
There’s something about cutting down your own tree. It’s an experience. Just like the Fraser fir and balsam, the Wolcyn Tree Farm, and family, continues to grow.
We all need to exercise, but it’s pretty easy to find an excuse to skip a workout if you don’t have a gym, or if you’re going to the wrong one. Whether basic, big box, or boutique — not all are created equal. Small health clubs like Snap and Anytime Fitness offer a no-frills workout. They never shut off the lights. “Obviously we’re open anytime. That’s 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, even on holidays.
Like every other business in Excelsior, John Klick is preparing to open for the day. But there’s none like this in the area. It’s not just a brewery, and not just a bar. It’s a taproom! “It’s an awesome environment that a brewery can create all their own beers, they can only serve their own beers, you can’t serve hard alcohol, you can’t serve anybody else’s beer,” Klick said.
We all know women who rock, but what about those who have the courage to get up on stage and do it? Minnesota is home to many talented female musicians, and we are lucky enough to profile some of them on our show. This time we meet Katy Vernon, the woman who rocks on a ukulele.
Derek Engler is in the third generation of the family that started Pilgrim Dry Cleaners in Brooklyn Park. “Pilgrim started in 1940 with my grandfather. It continued with his daughter, my mother, Bonnie Engler. I came on in 2009,” Derek said. He says clothes are cleaned in a solvent-based method that’s green, organic and environmentally friendly.
Eighteen-thousand kids brought the energy to St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center Wednesday for We Day. Those who earned their way in through service saw celebs like Magic Johnson, rocked out with today’s hottest musicians and heard inspirational stories from speakers like J.R. Martinez, a soldier injured in Iraq who turned tragedy into strength. “I am where I am because of the support that I received from my community, and that empowered me not to hide behind a curtain, but instead show the world my scars and be proud of them,” Martinez said.
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 farmers that surrounded that,” Schmidt said. “They didn’t have a cold storage, so they would rent lockers from butcher shops and meat markets.” Nowadays, only some towns are lucky enough to still have one.
This Friday, little ghosts and goblins will ring your door bell looking for a trick or treat. But if it’s real scares you’re looking for, there’s one place in Minnesota that is the best. This isn’t the kind of place that will make you jump with fright, but it may make your skin crawl.
Owners of the iPhone 6 registered more than 1 million credit cards on Apple Pay in the first three days the service was offered. The app lets people pay for goods with their phone. In theory, when enough stores sign up, you won’t have to carry a credit card. For many people, cash has already been replaced by credit.
The name is simple, but the insides aren’t. Minneapolis’ Costume Rentals holds one-of-a-kind costumes you can’t find anywhere else. It’s a non-descript building in Northeast Minneapolis. The type you’d drive right by.
Everyone dreams of turning their hobby into a job, but not many people get to do it or are brave enough to. But one young lady took a leap of faith and turned her knitting hobby into a thriving business. Her name is Jessie McShane, founder of Wool and Whiskey. In Minnesota, we fight the cold any way we can. A hot drink, a blaze in the fireplace — or maybe some wool and some whiskey?
The football field at NRHEG High School in New Richland, surrounded by a sea of corn, is home to the best cheer team in Minnesota. The NRHEG Cheer Team’s 20 members practice up to five days a week, sometimes twice per day. “It might be a little cheesy, but we’re definitely like a family,” said cheer team member Jessica Nafe.
We’ve all heard about staging homes–bringing in special furniture to make the house more attractive and marketable.
But some upscale homes add people to the equation, and if you’re willing to think outside the box, it’s an opportunity to live a luxury lifestyle at a fraction of the cost.
When baking the best apple pie in the entire state of Minnesota, there must be some kind of secret ingredient. Pine Tree Apple Orchard has been in the Jacobson family since the 1950s, and today it remains a family business — run by six Jacobson siblings. “There’s something about this piece of ground,” said Bill Jacobson.
In the past, brick and mortar stores like Target and Wal-Mart have chased Amazon.com’s low pricing. But according to Wells Fargo study, that changed in the last six months. University of St. Thomas Marketing Instructor Jon Seltzer says all three are stepping up, but in different ways.
Growing up, there’s something really special about your bedroom. But for those who battle life-threatening illnesses, their spaces feel more medical than youthful. The charity Special Spaces Minneapolis takes those rooms and transforms them into dream rooms with the help of donations and volunteers.
Whatever you like in a landscape, we are lucky enough to have thousands of spectacular views in Minnesota. And if it’s falls colors you’re looking for, there’s one spot you keep ranking the very best. For the second year in a row, your votes sent us to Taylors Falls for the best view in Minnesota.
In the town of New Ulm, Minn., you might notice a slight German influence. OK, a lot of German influence! If you want to know New Ulm’s Oktoberfest and why it’s the best, just look for the guy in lederhosen. His name is George Glotzbach, and he’s as German as they come. Ask him anything you want, but be ready for more than a short story.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, unless it’s game day Sunday. Then you need to kick off your morning with a pregame brunch. As the football season starts, we went out in search of the “Best of Minnesota” for game day brunch.