Nikki Tundel Feature Archive

There's Fat Tuesday. And Mardi Gras. Then there's Shrove Tuesday. In the United States, it's one of the lesser-known pre-Lent festivities. It revolves around pancakes. Lots of them. (02/18/2015)
For generations, Cupid has been a symbol of Valentine's Day. But that chubby, winged toddler brandishing a bow and arrow started out as someone much different. (02/13/2015)
Customers at Kopplin's Coffee on the western edge of St. Paul are paying higher prices that give workers a raise. But many still want to tip. (02/01/2015)
Chanida Phaengdara Potter's blog "Little Laos on the Prairie" has become a gathering spot for the Lao diaspora across the nation. Now, she's telling their stories in a new exhibit. (01/23/2015)
As a singer who is rooted in the struggle for equality, PaviElle French wants to honor her people. She also wants her audience to stand up against racism and brutality. (01/14/2015)
Minnesota celebrated the art of body modifications with tattoos, piercings and rings at the sixth annual Tattoo Arts Convention at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis on Saturday. (01/11/2015)
While 2014 held momentous events, it also introduced us to fascinating people across the state. (01/09/2015)
As the year draws to a close, we took a look back at some of our favorite photographs of year -- images that give us a glimpse into the people, places and events that helped shape life in Minnesota in 2014. (12/30/2014)
When he's not in his workshop or up on a rooftop, the jolly old elf shows up in shopping malls, sports bars and even a museum. (12/24/2014)
Hundreds of parishioners gathered to honor the Virgin of Guadalupe on December 12, 2014, at the Church of the Risen Savior in Burnsville, Minnesota. The Catholic church celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with music, dancing, tamales and evening Mass. (12/17/2014)
Mohamed Barre began snapping pictures of Somali life in Minnesota so his kids could see what it was like for the first refugees. He didn't expect they would become art. (12/12/2014)
Amel Al Sammarraie and Mohammed Al Azzawi were targeted by militias in Iraq for cooperating with the United States. They were able to get U.S. visas, but their grown children were not. (12/01/2014)
The Dur-Dur Band was Somalia's preeminent party band of the 1980s , but civil war forced the group to dissolve. (11/14/2014)
Organizers of the 9th annual Twin Cities Arab Film Festival hope to dispel misconceptions of Arabs in a broad array of films that include comedies and dramas. (11/07/2014)
A Minneapolis exhibit aims to show how the ancient Jewish tradition of tzedakah boxes serves as a reminder to give to the less fortunate. (11/03/2014)