Nikki Tundel Feature Archive

Frey Haile is from Eritrea, Shege Kebede from Ethiopia. Both women are refugees from the brutal conflict between their homelands. Today they own and operate the Flamingo restaurant in St. Paul. Their goal is to share their East African culture with everyone they can. (03/02/2012)
Rapper NikeeJS began recording rhymes when he was 14 years old. Back then, his lyrics relied mostly on rap staples like Beamers and bling. Twelve years later, you might say the Jackson, Minnesota musician has flipped the script. Today, he draws more inspiration from cornfields than Cristal. (02/21/2012)
The rhythmic pounding of a 4,000-year-old Japanese drumming tradition will pulse through Minnesota in the coming weeks as the St. Paul-based Mu Daiko drumming ensemble embarks on its 15th anniversary tour. (02/15/2012)
St. Paul's Hunan Garden is home to one of the capital city's longest-running musical acts. One-man band Ray Evangelista has been belting out cover songs at the Chinese restaurant for more than two decades. (01/30/2012)
Artist Dougie Padilla is known for his loud and raucous paintings. He's exhibited his work at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and in museums from Fargo, North Dakota, to Paris, France. But Padilla himself is attracted to the calm and quiet. (01/17/2012)
If you want to learn the make-up of a city, just check out its public murals. Communities' ethnic and cultural backgrounds are often reflected on the sides of their convenience stores and barbershops, restaurants and apartment buildings. (01/09/2012)
Many urban churches are finding it increasingly difficult to get young adults through their doors. But one Minneapolis minister is engaging religion-wary teens and twenty-somethings by mixing a little hip-hop in with the holiness. (12/22/2011)
In Minnesota, it's common to see creches that portray Jesus with white skin and golden-brown hair. But that's just one version of the Christian Savior. (12/20/2011)
The term American Indian art often evokes images of beads and buckskin -- and that can be a challenge for contemporary Native artists, whose work has nothing to do with quills or birch bark. (12/12/2011)
Eric Kaler was officially inaugurated as the president of the University of Minnesota Thursday, and let those at the school know he's a tough boss who expects a lot from them. (09/22/2011)
The Minnesota State Fair draws to a close Monday night. Here's a look at some moments from The Great Minnesota Get-Together. (09/05/2011)
The State Fair has no shortage of activities, but sometimes the best thing to do is nothing at all. (08/31/2011)
Gourmet food trucks are now a summer staple in the Twin Cities. Food fanatics Chris and Cathy Lockyear are taking today's trend and giving it some old-school spin. (07/25/2011)
After working through the night and early into the morning, the Minnesota House and Senate passed 12 budget and spending bills on July 20. Here are some scenes from the all-night session. (07/20/2011)
The heat wave of 2011 rolls on, and the hottest air may be yet to come by Wednesday. Meanwhile, Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis is providing respite from the heat. (07/19/2011)