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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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Local Tap Talk: Urban Growler — MN’s First Women-Owned Brewery

When co-founders Deb Loch and her partner, Jill Pavlak, decided to make a major life change they had no idea they’d be making history in Minnesota. Truth is they just wanted to bring people together at a turbulent time in United States’ politics.

03/30/2015

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Get Movin’ Monday: April Deals

This week we turn another page on the calendar and welcome in April. Deals expert Carrie Rocha Gets Us Movin’ with great bargains this month.

03/30/2015

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DeRusha Eats: Joan’s In The Park

When Chef Susan Dunlop and her partner in business and in life, Joan Schmitt, bought a former pizza place in St. Paul, they had to pick a name. “‘Joan’s In The Park’ sounds better than ‘Susan’s In The Park,'” Susan said.

03/28/2015

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‘Mill City Fineries’ Are Outfitting Necks Internationally

As undergrads at the University of Minnesota, Brad Wellman and Matt Brunnette were the go-to style guys for their friends. Connected by a shared sense of style, each also has a family connection to handmade goods. Matt’s mom is a quilter, and Brad’s dad is a woodworker.

03/28/2015

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Best Buy Fires 1,500 In Canada, Shutters Future Shop Brand

Best Buy is laying off 500 full-time and 1,000 part-time employees in Canada as it consolidates operations. The Richfield, Minnesota-based company also announced Saturday that it will close 66 of its Future Shop locations and rebranding the remaining 65 as Best Buy stores. The Future Shop website will be folded into Best Buy’s site.

03/28/2015

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3rd Minnesota Turkey Farm Hit By Bird Flu Outbreak

A third Minnesota turkey farm has been struck by a bird flu strain that’s deadly to poultry. The federal Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service on Saturday confirmed that a commercial turkey flock in Stearns County of central Minnesota has been infected with the highly pathogenic H5N2 strain of avian influenza.

03/28/2015

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Outbreak Of Bird Flu At 2nd Minnesota Turkey Farm

State and federal officials have confirmed an outbreak at a second Minnesota turkey farm of a form of bird flu that’s deadly to poultry.

03/27/2015

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Ridebooking, Insurance Companies Say They Have Safety Deal

Services like Uber and Lyft connect drivers with fare-paying riders through smartphone apps. Minnesota is one of many states where lawmakers pitched plans to require extra insurance for drivers. They want to ensure drivers are sufficiently covered in case of an accident.

03/27/2015

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Dayton, Lawmakers Say No Public Money Should Go Toward Soccer Stadium

One day after Major League Soccer awarded a new franchise to Minnesota, the governor said the owners should not expect public financing for a new stadium.

03/26/2015

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Downtown Soccer Stadium Funding Has Yet To Be Worked Out

While Minneapolis cheered the announcement of a new Major League Soccer franchise, it’s not clear how the owners plan to pay for a new 18,500 seat stadium, and whether they’ll ask for the public’s help.

03/25/2015

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The Sunday Liquor Sales Ban Won’t Be Lifted This Year

Supporters of legalizing Sunday liquor store sales in Minnesota may have to put a cork in it this year.

03/25/2015

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Wintry Weather Good News For Maple Syrup Lovers

For those who love Minnesota-made maple syrup, enduring this week’s wintry weather isn’t so tough. Because of the recent cold spell, the state’s maple syrup season has been prolonged.

03/25/2015

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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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