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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.
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Your votes sent Natalie Nyhus to Masu in northeast Minneapolis.
What started thousands of years ago as a mode of transportation has evolved into something that lets us enjoy the outdoors, even in winter. Snowshoeing makes hiking through the snow simple. So we went looking for the best place to do it in Minnesota, and ended up in Collegeville for a visit at St. John’s Abbey Arboretum.
Caroline Smith’s story is a coming-of-age tale. Only hers was done publicly, through music. In the matter of a few years, she went from playing folk rock as Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps, to Caroline Smith: soul-singer, chorus belter and feminist leader. Smith grew up in Detroit Lakes, her mom helping land her first show at a Minnesota summertime staple.
Winter is long, cold and dark in Minnesota, especially for golfers. Instead of daydreaming about warm weather and your favorite course, you can still play the game inside. That’s why we went in search of the best indoor golf in Minnesota.
Yoga class is a place to feel calm, cool. But at CorePower Yoga in Highland Park, the place you voted Best of Minnesota, it’s hot. “CorePower is different because we create an environment in which the yoga is fun,” Regional Manager Amanda Ford said.
The new year means new beginnings and a fresh start. To keep with the theme of freshness, we went in search of some fresh juice and wanted to know where to find the best juice bar Minnesota. Your votes sent us to Rochester and Tonic Fresh Juices & Local Food.
Making a resolution is one the first things we do in the new year. Many make them, most don’t keep them. So rather than resolving to do something in 2015, Life Time Fitness is observing “Commitment Day,” hoping to help people commit to something.
While Gopher fans focus on Thursday’s bowl game, Governor Mark Dayton is thinking ahead to next season. The governor doesn’t want the Gophers starting any more home games before noon. In fact, he’d like to see a law in Minnesota making those early starts illegal.
With the holidays winding down, it’s time take a deep breath, relax and order in dinner, which for many means Chinese food.
Every day as the sun sets in Minnesota, thousands of Christmas displays light up. But as this season comes to an end, the future of one beloved tradition in White Bear Lake became uncertain.
Santa has been busy making stops all over the world to hear Christmas wishes. So we wanted to know, where is the best place to visit Santa Claus?
‘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.