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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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.


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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Beach In Minnesota

Your votes sent Natalie Nyhus to an urban oasis: Thomas Beach at Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis.


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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best BBQ In Minnesota

Charlie Johnson is the owner and BBQ master at Q Fanatic in Champlin. And he wants everyone to get one thing straight: BBQing and grilling is not the same thing. “BBQ is slow smoking or slow cooking with low heat,” Johnson said. “Grilling is direct, high heat.”


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WCCO Flies High With U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds

Ahead of this weekend’s Minnesota Air Spectacular in Mankato, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds took our own Natalie Nyhus up in the sky to defy gravity and see the world from a whole new angle.


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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Men’s Shop In Minnesota

With Father’s Day this weekend, we gave dad a little attention in this week’s “Best of Minnesota.” Your votes sent Natalie Nyhus to one of the oldest stores in the state — Josephson’s Clothing Store in Red Wing.


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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Little League Field In Minnesota

There are movies made about stories like that of Russ and Ann Mann’s. “I really wanted to build something that nobody else had,” Russ said. There are two little league baseball fields, nestled in Isanti County, built from the sheer drive of two salt-of-the-earth people.


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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Food Truck In Minnesota

Midwesterners love their tater tots. The diminutive tot has been a starchy staple for decades, often sitting on the side. Enter Dan Docken. “I am the Tot Boss,” Docken said.


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Melanoma Rates Up Dramatically Among Young People

A deadly skin cancer is on the rise. A new report says melanoma rates are up by 250 percent among young people in the U.S., especially in women.


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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Bike Tune-Up In Minnesota

For a state crisscrossed with hundreds of miles of trails of all kinds, keeping your bicycle in tip-top shape is just a Minnesotan thing to do.


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Minnesota Fishermen Reel In Catch Of A Lifetime

A Brownsdale, Minnesota, man just made that catch in the Mississippi. But what happened between setting the line and reeling it in is where the real legend lies.


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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best American Legion In Minnesota

This weekend we honor our veterans, the men and women who serve our country and preserve our freedom. In honor of them, we went looking for the best VFW or American Legion in Minnesota.


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Long-Time Hygienist Graduates U Of M Dental School At 60

Spring time is graduation time, when young people look forward to what’s next.
But there was a commencement at the University of Minnesota Friday morning that featured one graduate who is 60 years old.


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School District Self-Funding Health Care, Saving Money

A newly adopted insurance program in Prior Lake-Savage area schools is saving them more than $1 million this year. They’ve switched to a self-insured program. Natalie Nyhus spoke with the district about how the model works.


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2 Men Arrested In Killing Of 90-Year-Old Carver Co. Farmer

Sheriff’s deputies say a tip helped them find the men responsible for killing a 90-year-old farmer in his home.


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Minnesota Man’s Design Could Be Next LEGO Set

A Minnesota man has combined his favorite book and favorite hobby for a shot at creating a toy to be purchased all across the globe. There are certain toys that span generations, never going out of style.


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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Manicure, Pedicure In Minnesota

Just in time for Mother’s Day, we went in search of the best manicure and pedicure in Minnesota. Your votes sent Natalie Nyhus to White Bear Lake for a little pampering at Indulge Salon and Spa.


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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Guacamole In Minnesota

The avocado is really having a moment. A Google search yields hundreds of recipes from soups to even ice cream. But the original avocado recipe is guacamole, especially at St. Paul’s Boca Chica — which WCCO viewers picked as the Best of Minnesota.


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Dog Rescue Group Says Van Stolen With 5 Pit Bull Puppies Inside

A Minnesota dog rescue organization took to social media to say their van had been stolen with five pit bull puppies inside. The group Rescued Pets Are Wonderful said the silver Dodge Caravan was stolen in the Maplewood area Tuesday morning after the dogs were loaded into the vehicle.


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Minnesota Man Fired From Job After Mall Of America Protests

A Minnesota man says he can no longer work after being arrested during a Black Lives Matter protest at Mall of America. More than 900 people have signed an online petition, asking that Tadele Gebremedhin be allowed to go back to work at the mall’s Microsoft store.


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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Burgers In Minnesota

Miesville, Minnesota is a town you could easily drive right through. Halfway between Hastings and Red Wing on Highway 61, this town of about 130 residents is home to the best burger in Minnesota — or maybe I should say burgers!


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Tree Pollen Levels Through The Roof In Minnesota

Though it doesn’t feel like it now, we’ve had a great start to spring. But warm weather in March and April brought an unwanted Minnesota guest: allergies.


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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Limo In Minnesota

Being chauffeured in a stretch limousine is the ultimate display of luxury for the rich and famous.

But from proms to weddings, just about everyone has at least one occasion that puts them in the backseat of a limo.


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Sheriff: Woman With Knife Shot By Robbinsdale Officer

A woman is hospitalized after being shot Thursday evening by a Robbinsdale police officer. Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek says police were called to an apartment building on the 3700 block of Hubbard Avenue North at about 5:40 p.m. on a call about an unwanted person.


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Freebies & Deals Offered Tax Day

The upside of Wednesday’s tax deadline is the freebies. Whether you owe money or you’re celebrating a return, ease your tax pain with these freebies and discounts.


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‘Pot (The Movie)’ Features Plight Of Minnesota Family

A movie premiering Saturday at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival is taking on marijuana. Michael Hope’s film, “Pot (the movie),” tells the plight of a Minnesota woman who gave her son medical marijuana.