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Now’s The Time To Take That Beach Vacation

Travel agents say now is a good time for that beach vacation. With the state of the economy and low gas prices, spring break trips are booking fast. If you want to save some money and avoid the lines, experts say to try some last minute deals.

01/12/2015

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Average MN Gas Prices Have Fallen 7 More Cents In 1 Week

Minnesota drivers are paying 7 cents less per gallon than a week ago. The state’s average is now $1.93, which makes it the sixth-cheapest state in the country for gas currently.

01/12/2015

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Talking Points: Gas Prices, Keystone Pipeline

As gas prices continue to drop, the debate over building the Keystone pipeline is heating up. Supporters say the pipeline will help keep prices low. But critics warn the pipeline could actually increase prices in our region and will only lead to few permanent jobs.

01/11/2015

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Falling Dairy Prices Bad For Farms, Good For Pizza Parlors

Good news for your next grocery trip: Dairy prices are lower than they’ve been in years.

01/10/2015

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Scientists: Great Lakes Teeming With Tiny Plastic Fibers

Scientists who have reported that the Great Lakes are awash in tiny bits of plastic are raising new alarms about a little-noticed form of the debris turning up in sampling nets: synthetic fibers from garments, cleaning cloths and other consumer products.

01/09/2015

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Yoga Class In Minnesota

Yoga class is a place to feel calm, cool. But at CorePower Yoga in Highland Park, the place you voted Best of Minnesota, it’s hot. “CorePower is different because we create an environment in which the yoga is fun,” Regional Manager Amanda Ford said.

01/08/2015

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Better Business Bureau Lists ‘Top Scams Of 2014′

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) says scammers tried out some new tricks in 2014, but stuck with the classics as well, according to its informal list of the top 10 scams of 2014.

01/08/2015

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The ‘X’ Delays Launch Of Beer Vending Machine

As the Minnesota Wild hopefully snap their two-game losing streak Thursday against the Chicago Blackhawks, some fans may enjoy a new way to order some suds. Xcel Energy Center is launching a first-of-its-kind beer vending machine, placing a Budweiser “smart” beer vending machine on the main concourse near section 113.

01/08/2015

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Subaru Recalls 199K Vehicles To Fix Brake Line Rust

Subaru is recalling about 199,000 cars and SUVs for a second time to fix rusty brake lines that can leak fluid and cause longer stopping distances.

01/08/2015

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Winter Fashion Is More High-Tech Than Ever

When it’s this cold outside, you have to protect yourself by wearing the right clothes and gear. But dressing for the weather is not what it used to be. It’s gotten a lot more high-tech. WCCO went shopping to see what you can find in stores these days. We hear a lot about dressing in layers and covering exposed skin.

01/07/2015

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Pracna On Main To Reopen In The Spring, Building Owner Says

It seems Minneapolis’ oldest bar may have closed its doors for good. On Tuesday, would-be customers and passersby noticed that Pracna on Main was closed. The bar and restaurant was built in 1890 and sat along the cobblestones of the city’s oldest street.

01/07/2015

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Rainforest Café Uproots For More Temperate MOA Location

The fake trees and shrubbery of the Mall of America Rainforest Café will be felled later this month and replanted in mall’s canopy.

01/07/2015

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Wet Seal To Close 7 Store Locations In Minn., 338 Nationwide

Young women’s clothing retailer Wet Seal announced Wednesday that 338 of its stores will close nationwide – seven of them being in Minnesota. The retailer said it decided to close the stores after reviewing its financial condition and failing to negotiate meaningful concessions from landlords.

01/07/2015

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Gloves Or Mittens: Which Keeps You Warmer?

Nobody wants frozen fingers or frostbite this time of year. So we tackled the tough question: Are gloves warmer than mittens? The answer we got wasn’t exactly cut and dry. At the REI in Roseville, you can find a good pair of gloves or mittens anywhere from $30 all the way up to $275.

01/06/2015

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Good Question: Why Do We Still Have Fuel Surcharges?

Twice a month, CitySprint, a courier company based in Edina, adjusts its fuel surcharge. It generally adjusts down one percent for every 10 cent drop in gas. Larger delivery companies, like UPS, have also reduced their fuel surcharge.

01/05/2015

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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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