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Minnesota House Speaker: Sunday Liquor Sale Vote Will Occur

Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt says advocates of full liquor sales on Sundays can be assured that a vote will be held before the Legislature adjourns this year. But the top Capitol Republican stopped short of guaranteeing an outcome in the perennial fight.

04/10/2015

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Minnesota Pushes Bid To Land 2023 World’s Fair

After landing an upcoming Super Bowl and a Final Four, Minnesota is ready to push for its next big event: the 2023 World’s Fair. Organizers are preparing their bid for an event they hope will lure millions of tourists to see the latest in global technology and culture in the Twin Cities area.

04/10/2015

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Gov’t Safety Regulators: Wash Your Cars, Minnesotans

The U.S. Government wants you to wash your car if you live in an area where salt is used to clear the roads of snow and ice. This National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wrapped up a five-year investigation into rusting pipes carrying brake fluid in five million older vehicles.

04/10/2015

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Teens & Technology: Study Finds 25 Percent Are Online ‘Almost Constantly’

A new study by the Pew Research Center shows just how much teens are using technology and social media.

04/10/2015

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Bookstore In Minnesota

There’s nothing better than curling up with a good book, especially during a cold snap in the middle of spring. But where’s the best place to find a good read? You voted, and sent WCCO to St. Cloud to discover Books Revisited.

04/09/2015

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High Schoolers Spend Big On ‘Promposals’

Prom marks the end of the year for high schoolers, and prom season is in full swing. A new survey found on average students plan to spend more than $900 on the big day. That’s actually down a bit from last year, but the survey also found the average cost of just asking a date to prom — often called a “promposal” — is $324.

04/09/2015

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Spring Beauty Tips To Keep Your Look Fresh

Spring is here — we know because the April showers are in full force this Thursday — and you want to make sure you are looking your best.

04/09/2015

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Minn. East African Leaders Call For MSP Airport Wage Increase

Minnesota’s East African leaders are calling for a $15 an hour minimum wage at the airport. That’s nearly double the state’s current minimum wage of $8 an hour. A new employment report shows thousands of East Africans working at the airport are earning poverty-level wages.

04/08/2015

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UnitedHealth Stock Growth Yields Potential Windfall For CEO

UnitedHealth CEO Stephen Hemsley realized a potential gain of more than $45 million from exercising stock options last year, as the share price of the nation’s largest health insurer topped $100 on the way to setting all-time highs. The 62-year-old executive exercised options to buy 850,000 shares of stock at the end of 2014 at discounts of as much as 56 percent to UnitedHealth’s share price of $102.24 when he exercised the options.

04/07/2015

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Teens Spend Average Of $324 On ‘Promposals,’ Survey Finds

An annual survey of prom spending finds teens will spend a staggering amount of money on those so-called “promposals,” or in other words, those elaborate ways to ask a sweetheart to the big dance.

04/07/2015

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US Internet Expanding Fiber Service In South Minneapolis

US Internet is expanding its fiber internet service to dozens of new south Minneapolis streets.

04/06/2015

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Mpls. City Council Approves Updated $129M Target Center Renovation

The Minneapolis City Council has approved an updated Target Center renovation – now estimated at $129 million – with an 11-2 vote Friday morning.

04/03/2015

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Easter Brunch In Minnesota

Easter Sunday is just a few days away, and many families will celebrate with a classic Easter brunch. It’s a holiday tradition for Minnesotans, and WCCO wanted to know who is serving up the best. Your votes sent us to Jax Cafe, a northeast Minneapolis mainstay that’s spanned more than 80 years and three generations of the Kozlak family.

04/02/2015

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Survey: MN Spent Nearly $100 Per Capita On Lottery In 2014

Recently-released research figures show that Minnesotans spent on average close to $100 per person during 2014. The figures were released by the Pew Charitable Trusts, who analyzed data from Stateline pertaining to the amount of money people in the U.S. shelled out for lottery tickets.

04/02/2015

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Study: Instant Access To Information Results In Unrealistic Sense Of Knowledge

How smart do you think you are? Because you may not be as intelligent as you think. A new study from the American Psychological Association suggests that instant, online access to information may be inflating people’s sense of their own intelligence.

04/02/2015

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Delta Air Lines Offers ‘Pet Tracking’ Device

Pet owners know that traveling can be stressful. You either have to find someone to take care of your furry family member, or take them with you. And if you’re flying, that’s a whole other level of stress. If your dog or cat is too big to fit under the seat in front of you, they have to go into the cargo space of a plane.

04/01/2015

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Economic Report Points To Slow Growth In Midwest, Plains

Slow economic growth likely lies ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states, according to a monthly survey report issued Wednesday. The overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped to 51.4 in March from 57 in February, the report said. The January figure was 54.8.

04/01/2015

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Need Some Great Easter Brunch Recipes? Try These

Have you started thinking about what you’re going to bring to Easter brunch? Kirsten Shabaz of Valley Natural Foods has some healthy but fun recipes for us. One includes how to sneak spinach into your child’s dessert without them knowing!

04/01/2015

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Service Workers Intend To Strike On Tax Day Over Wages

A group of workers in the fast food, janitorial, and other service industries say they will strike in protest of low wages. The group, known by the name Fight for $15, said that they are planning to mobilize on Tax Day — April 15.

03/31/2015

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Study: Roughly Half Of Americans Not Saving Enough

A new survey reveals many Americans aren’t doing a good job when it comes to saving their income. According to Bankrate.com, roughly half of all Americans save 5 percent or less of their incomes.

03/31/2015

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Family Denied Refund After Baby Mistakenly Books Rental Car

A Minnesota family can’t believe how a well-known company has reacted after their baby made a costly mistake. “He hit the enter button and booked our rental car. He bought us a $609 minivan for our vacation,” Mandy Ellingson said.

03/30/2015

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Amid Bird Flu Outbreak, Turkey Farmers Increase Security

Poultry producers in the nation’s top turkey state are taking extra steps to protect their flocks after a devastating strain of bird flu was confirmed at two Minnesota farms in as many days last week, a disease that had already slammed the doors shut on some key export markets.

03/30/2015

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On-Ice Success Leads To Big Business For Minnesota Wild

As the season winds down for the Minnesota Wild, a postseason run seems more and more likely. With six games left in the regular season, the team has a firm grip on the wildcard spot and that means fans are taking steps to lock in seats to see the playoff action.

03/30/2015

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State Looking To Crack Down On Tax Suppressing ‘Zappers’

A high-tech device available online is said to be cheating the state out of tens of millions of dollars every year.

03/30/2015

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Some McDonald’s Locations To Serve Breakfast All Day

Ever rushed to get breakfast at McDonald’s before they switch the menu over to lunch? Someday, it might not be too late if you’re craving an Egg McMuffin for dinner.

03/30/2015

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MOA Expansion Renderings

Crews are breaking ground on the Mall of America expansion on March 18, 2014. Here are some renderings of what you can expect to see there soon.

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Target’s Top Holiday Toys For 2013

Target just announced their hottest toys for the 2013 holiday season. Here are some of the best-selling items.

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New Foods At 2013 MN State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair has announced a line-up of almost 50 new food items to debut at 2013’s Great Minnesota Get-Together.

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Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection

Following months of anticipation, Target and Neiman Marcus unveiled their unprecedented holiday collection. The collection, which features 24 of America’s preeminent designers — all members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America — will be available Dec. 1 at all Target and Neiman Marcus stores, as well as online at Target.com and NeimanMarcus.com.

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Price Comparison: Same Makeup, 5 Different Stores

WCCO’s Esme Murphy went shopping at five popular stores for the same five makeup products and found price differences as great as 50 percent. See the price changes for yourself!

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Before And After Eyelash Treatments

It’s the hottest thing since Botox and there are dozens of “eyelash bars” sprouting up around town. Take a look at some before and after images of some treatments to enhance your eyelashes.

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Farmers Market In Minneapolis

The Minneapolis Farmers Market runs down Nicollet Mall from 5th Street to 10th Street. It starts at 6 a.m. and goes till 6 p.m. every Thursday. The market has a plethora of shopping options: locally […]

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