Nikki Tundel Feature Archive

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)
Fallen leaves aren't the only objects covering Minnesota lawns these days. Faux cemeteries, full-sized skeletons and wailing zombie dolls are also on display in neighborhoods around the Twin Cities. (10/31/2014)
In the spirit of Halloween, artists mix the devil-may-care mindset of skateboard culture with the macabre imagery of the season. (10/14/2014)
At Light Grey Art Lab, gallery shows are often collaborative group projects. The four-member team develops a show concept, then invites designers from around the world to submit their artistic interpretations. Their upcoming show, Skate or Die, is inspired by the dark aesthetic of the skateboard subculture. (10/14/2014)
The Minneapolis institution has served Lake Street for decades. As the end nears, staff and customers are trying to savor it all. (10/06/2014)
As Roberts Shoe Store closes after 77 years in business, some customers are angry and others are sad. The scramble by others to find bargains and special deals while the doors are still open is a story all its own. (10/06/2014)
From Hopkins' Raspberry Festival to Barnesville's Potato Days, countless community events revolve around produce. But what's the appeal? (09/02/2014)
A new exhibit at the Walker Art Center traces the history of Minnesota's Muslim community from 1880 until the present. (08/01/2014)
The Annual Agate Days Stampede took place in Moose Lake, Minn., on Saturday, July 19, 2014. Trucks layered Moose Lake's main street with 400 pounds of agates, which were mixed in with 2,000 quarters and four tons of rock. An estimated 3,500 people practically dived over one another to try to find as many agates as they could. (07/21/2014)
For his latest work, Duluth-born Wing Young Huie focuses his camera on his own background in a series called "Chinese-ness" -- an exploration of Chinese identity, one that for him has long been distant. (07/09/2014)
The Turnblad Mansion -- from its kitchen to bathroom to stairwells -- is the set for the world premiere dance-theater piece KOM HIT! (Swedish for "Come here!"). (07/07/2014)
The annual Rhubarb Festival in Lanesboro marks the start of our weekly photo gallery of Minnesota festivals. Whether you want a rhubarb fashion show, rhubarb soups and beverages, or even rhubarb facials, Lanesboro was the place to be on Saturday. (06/09/2014)