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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Taproom In Minnesota

Like every other business in Excelsior, John Klick is preparing to open for the day. But there’s none like this in the area. It’s not just a brewery, and not just a bar. It’s a taproom! “It’s an awesome environment that a brewery can create all their own beers, they can only serve their own beers, you can’t serve hard alcohol, you can’t serve anybody else’s beer,” Klick said.

11/20/2014

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Good Question: Why Do We Still Have Catalogs?

This holiday season, retailers are expected to send us nearly 13 billion catalogs. According to the American Catalog Mailers Association, that’s down from the peak in 2007 — 20 billion — but it’s still 41 catalogs for every man, woman and child in the U.S. every year.

11/20/2014

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NYT Admits ‘Grape Salad’ More Of A ‘Regional’ Dish, Not Minnesotan

It’s a story as old as time itself. Coastal elites presume to know something about flyover country and miss the mark by a country mile. The New York Times’ recent interactive feature “The United States of Thanksgiving” was deemed a turkey by Minnesotans when their state was represented by the not even remotely traditional dish of “grape salad.”

11/20/2014

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Consumer Group Lists ’10 Worst Toys’ For Kids

A light-up bow whose arrows are advertised as flying up to 145 feet and the “Catapencil” — a pencil with a miniature slingshot-style launcher on its end — are on an annual list of unsafe toys released Wednesday by a Massachusetts-based consumer watchdog group.

11/20/2014

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Graco Recalling 4.7M Strollers Over Amputation Concerns

About 4.7 million strollers are being recalled because, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, they could amputate children’s fingers. The CPSC said the folding hinge on the side of a number of Graco strollers could pinch a child’s finger, which could lead to serious injuries.

11/20/2014

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Best Buy Reports Surprise Sales Gain In 3Q

Best Buy says its revenue edged up in the third quarter, a positive sign for the electronics retailer as the holiday season kicks off.

11/20/2014

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Good Question: How Do Assessors Determine Our Homes’ Worth?

Earlier this week, cities and counties began sending out 2015 proposed property tax notices, including the estimated market value of your home. In Ramsey County, the assessments increased by an average of 10.4 percent. In Hennepin County, there was an average increase of 8.4 percent and in Anoka County, the average jump was 18.7 percent. So, how do cities and counties figure out how much our homes are worth?

11/19/2014

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Minn. Case Causes NHTSA To Call For Expanded Airbag Recall

People across the country are taking their vehicles in to get a defective airbag replaced. When activated, Takata airbags have sent metal fragments flying at drivers and passengers. At least four people have died and 139 people have been injured, including a Minnesotan. Right now the recall applies only to drivers in southern states.

11/19/2014

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With The Parade No More, Holidazzle Village Readies For Its First Year

Some of the hammering and construction noise in downtown Minneapolis lately has nothing to do with a new high-rise. It’s the creation of a new open air village to attract Minnesotans during the holiday season.

11/19/2014

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Does MN Love ‘Grape Salad’ For Thanksgiving? The NYT Thinks So

Does grape salad come to mind when you think of Thanksgiving dinner in Minnesota? Probably not. However, The New York Times seems to think the recipe evokes Minnesota.

11/19/2014

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Vascular Solutions Subsidy Scrapped

Minnesota’s economic development agency has withdrawn a hefty subsidy offer to a medical-device company after the firm and its leader were hit with criminal charges.

11/19/2014

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Klobuchar Leads Push For Airbag Recall After Minnesotan Blinded

The government is demanding a recall of millions of airbags in the United States. Government officials said defective Takata airbags are responsible for at least five deaths and more than 100 injuries — but they’ve only been recalled in southern states. The defective airbags have exploded incorrectly and sent shrapnel at drivers and passengers.

11/18/2014

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Minnesotan To Meet: Salsa Lisa

When you have lemons, you make lemonade. When you have a garden full of tomatoes, you make salsa … lots of salsa. Lisa Nicholson first lugged 120 cans of the homemade stuff to the Farmer’s Market. When a vendor didn’t show, she got in.

11/18/2014

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Minnetonka Man’s Website Tracks Products As Prices Fall

A Twin Cities man’s website tracks more than 4 million products at over 2,000 shopping sites.

11/17/2014

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Turkey Prices Low, Despite High Production Costs

Turkey time is right around the corner, and the country is in the middle of a turkey shortage. The number of birds being raised on farms in the U.S. is the lowest it’s been in nearly three decades.

11/17/2014

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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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