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Great-Grandma Says She’s Going Solar For Her Grandchildren

Solar power technology is coming to the city of Plymouth, and it’s all thanks to a great-grandmother who’s passionate about her family’s future.

04/16/2015

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Dunkin’ Donuts Opening 1st Metro Location By ‘End Of The Year’

The good news just keeps on coming for donut and coffee fans in Minnesota. On Thursday, Dunkin’ Donuts announced that 10 locations are in the works for the Twin Cities area.

04/16/2015

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Netflix Seeing Biggest Subscriber Gains In Streaming-Era History

Netflix is enthralling viewers and investors alike as popular original programming such as “House of Cards” lure subscribers at a quickening pace. Netflix said Wednesday that it gained 4.9 million subscribers in the first three months of the year.

04/16/2015

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Baby Food Maker Recalls Products That May Contain Glass

Beech-Nut is recalling nearly a ton of baby food products that may contain small pieces of glass. The USDA says the affected baby food is 4-ounce glass jars of Stage 2 Beech-Nut Classics Sweet Potato and Chicken.

04/16/2015

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Target Settles Data Breach Lawsuit With MasterCard For $19M

Target and MasterCard say they’ve agreed to settle lawsuits over the discounter’s pre-Christmas 2013 massive data breach. Target said late Wednesday it has set aside up to $19 million pretax for MasterCard issuers who were caught in the data breach that compromised 40 million credit and debit card accounts between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15, 2013.

04/15/2015

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Bird Flu Outbreak Could Head Eastward With Fall Migration

Some scientists say that eastern U.S. poultry producers should brace for the potential arrival of a deadly bird flu virus outbreak that farmers in the Midwest have struggled to stop. The fear is that if the virus isn’t already lurking in the Atlantic Flyway, it could spread there this fall when wild ducks fly south for the winter.

04/15/2015

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Freebies & Deals Offered Tax Day

The upside of Wednesday’s tax deadline is the freebies. Whether you owe money or you’re celebrating a return, ease your tax pain with these freebies and discounts.

04/14/2015

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DNR Offers Turkey Hunting Tips For Areas Near Bird Flu

Turkey hunting season starts Wednesday in Minnesota, and the Department of Natural Resources is offering a few precautionary tips for areas near turkey farms struck by the bird flu.

04/13/2015

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Gas Prices Fall Across The Nation

The average national price for a gallon of regular gas dropped five cents over the past month to $2.39 a gallon.

04/13/2015

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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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New Eats At Target Field

On Tuesday, April 7, Target Field unveiled some of the new foods available for the 2015 Twins season. Here are some of the highlights.

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The Best New Food At The MN State Fair

With With so many new foods being offered this year at the Minnesota State Fair, how does one choose? Allow us to help narrow down the list. Here are a few of our best bets.

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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 + 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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