Nikki Tundel Feature Archive

May snow storms, tall ships, annual rituals and small towns fighting for survival all were part of the stories told with photographs from around the state this year. Here are a few of our favorites. (12/23/2013)
Soviet tree ornaments were designed to replace the traditional Christmas decorations and highlight triumphs of the USSR. (12/23/2013)
Santa Lucia Day is a Scandinavian festival that takes place on one of the darkest days of winter. It was originally created to honor St. Lucia, one of the earliest Christian martyrs. (12/19/2013)
What better way to get to know someone than over dinner, asks artist Aki Shibata, whose exhibit consists of a dinner date where where she cooks meals for strangers. (12/11/2013)
For many, it's the season of fish. For others, it's the lutefisk, to be exact. Lots and lots of lutefisk. (11/27/2013)
A report out today has named ZIP code 55101 as the top hipster market for real estate in the country. (11/21/2013)
Many misconceptions can be found of Native American spiritual practices. For America's indigenous people, late 19th century Christianity meant forced assimilation and cultural domination. And generations later, Native Americans who chose Christianity are sometimes said to have "sold out." (11/13/2013)
All Saints' Episcopal Indian Mission in Minneapolis is a tiny church -- services average about 20 attendees - and one of just a handful of ministries in the country that unite the spiritual customs of indigenous communities with the religious traditions of Christianity. (11/13/2013)
Some people put out pumpkins for Halloween. James Broden prefers zombie babies (the plastic kind, of course). (10/31/2013)
A national gallery once existed in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. But years of war led to its destruction. The new Twin Cities museum aims to fill the void. (10/18/2013)
A national gallery once existed in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. But years of war led to its destruction. The new Twin Cities museum aims to fill the void. (10/18/2013)
High-heels serve as canvases in a new exhibit for the community art project, "A Mile in My Shoes," which showcase biographies of local black women. (10/09/2013)
Carly Schmitt's Curiosities of Lyndale Project brings together the community by asking them to share objects that they think best represents them. The result: public art covering some of the neighborhood's ugliest public structures. (09/11/2013)
Artist Carly Schmitt asked people in the Lyndale neighborhood of Minneapolis to share objects that they thought best represented them for her Curiosities of Lyndale project. She then photographed the images and photoshopped them to make them appear like they are in curio cabinets along Lyndale. The result: public art covering some of the neighborhood's ugliest public structures. (09/11/2013)
MPR's Nikki Tundel documented some of the many young people who showed their animals at the 2013 Minnesota State Fair. (09/02/2013)