Nikki Tundel Feature Archive

Many Somalis in Minnesota came to the state to flee a civil war fueled by tribalism. Now, some in the community are fighting against this discrimination against Somalis from different tribes through discourse, music, poetry and dance. (06/05/2014)
When improvisational comedy is good, people in the audience may get the impression that it's by design. But the actors on stage would tell you their work is anything but scripted. (05/23/2014)
Comic book lovers, creators and dealers gathered for the Minnesota Comic Book Association's 26th annual SpringCon at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on May 17-18, 2014. The weekend event was a mix of character costumes, comic art and a comic book marketplace. (05/19/2014)
Sonny Knight's retro-style R&B may have finally found its time, and at 66, the Mississippi-born singer is reclaiming the stage. (05/02/2014)
American Indian dancers, young and old, gather for the 6th Annual Traditional Powwow at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minn. (04/02/2014)
In Minnesota, Lanae is best known as a stage actress. She has performed everywhere from the Chanhassen Dinner Theater to the Guthrie in Minneapolis. But in London, she's a singing sensation capturing fans with music that blends old-school and contemporary R&B, soul, jazz and funk. (03/28/2014)
The Dalai Lama observed Losar, the Tibetan New Year, in Minneapolis, Minn., on Sunday, March 2, 2014. More than 2,500 people packed a sports center at Augsburg College to hear His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama. His speech was followed by a celebration of the holiday. (03/03/2014)
Over the last 30 years, Heather Jansz launched Sri Lankan restaurants in Minneapolis and St. Paul and has cooked for everyone from Deepak Chopra to Black Sabbath. She may be the only chef to ever execute curry lutefisk. (02/18/2014)
Hend Al-Mansour practiced medicine in Saudi Arabia for nearly two decades, but it was still illegal for her to drive a car. Wanting freedom, she moved to Minnesota in 1997 and fulfilled her dream of becoming a full-time artist. (02/05/2014)
In St. Paul, Minn., the CAAM Chinese Dance Theater honored the New Year with a performance by 51 young dancers. They are performing "Homecoming: A Chinese New Year's Tale," which has been referred to as the Chinese version of the Nutcracker ballet. (01/29/2014)
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)