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Dry Spring Has Farmers Ahead Of Schedule

Dry conditions continue to plague much of Minnesota, with seasonal rainfall far below normal. The problem is most severe in the northwestern part of the state, where farm fields are crying for much-needed moisture.

05/01/2015

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Coming Soon To A Brewery Near You: Sunday Growler Sales

Minnesotans will soon be able to take home bottles of beer from their favorite craft breweries on Sundays. Gov. Mark Dayton signed a package of liquor regulation changes into law Friday including legal Sunday growler sales.

05/01/2015

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2 More Turkey Flocks Presumed To Have Bird Flu In Minnesota

The presumed cases reported Friday are in Kandiyohi and Meeker counties. Both counties have already been found to have infected flocks.

05/01/2015

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Guacamole In Minnesota

The avocado is really having a moment. A Google search yields hundreds of recipes from soups to even ice cream. But the original avocado recipe is guacamole, especially at St. Paul’s Boca Chica — which WCCO viewers picked as the Best of Minnesota.

04/30/2015

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Minnesota Turkey Farmer Shares Story Of Stress, Hope

Minnesota turkey farmers are on edge, trying to stop the spread of an avian flu that’s killed millions of birds. Scott Heymer is the owner of Red Bridge Farms in Princeton. He’s been in the turkey business for nearly 40 years, with about 60,000 turkeys on his farm

04/30/2015

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DeRusha Eats: Gray Duck Chai In St. Paul

It started with one cup of chai tea a young chef brought to her restaurant coworker. That tea sparked a growing, successful company — and a loving, romantic relationship. DeRusha Eats takes a look inside Gray Duck Chai, a commercial kitchen and small – but growing – bottling line in St. Paul.

04/30/2015

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Hold Onto Your Hats, Mpls. Prepares To Celebrate The Kentucky Derby

With the sun expected to be shining this Saturday, the Kentucky Derby is a great excuse to rock awesome head gear. WCCO This Morning’s Ali Lucia spoke with one local milliner, Karen Morris, about the hat trends for this Derby season.

04/30/2015

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Dayton Outlines Possible Loan Program For Turkey Farmers

Gov. Mark Dayton says the state may set up a low-interest loan program for farmers hit by a deadly bird flu outbreak. Fifty-six farms had been hit with the virus as of Tuesday, costing farmers more than 3.3 million birds.

04/29/2015

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Mpls. Restaurant To Donate 100 Percent Of Proceeds To Quake Relief

south Minneapolis restaurant owned by Nepal natives says it’ll donate all the money it earns from three days next week to relief efforts in earthquake-ravaged Nepal.

04/29/2015

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Minnesota House Defeats Sunday Liquor Sales In Close Vote

It was last call Tuesday at the Minnesota State Capitol for Sunday liquor store sales. The Minnesota House defeated Sunday sales, shutting down the effort for another year. The Senate defeated a similar measure two weeks ago.

04/28/2015

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Minnesotan To Meet: Gittelson Jewelers’ Father-Son Team

It’s a tiny space with big sparkle, and if you walk the skyway in Downtown Minneapolis, you’ve likely walked right by it. Gene Gittelson opened his store Gittelson Jewelers 30 years ago, and now his son is following father’s footsteps.

04/28/2015

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Good Question: What Foods Contain GMOs?

Chipotle announced today says the food it prepares will be free of genetically modified organisms or GMOs. It’s the first major restaurant chain to make this change. So, what foods contain GMOs? Good Question.

04/27/2015

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Lund’s & Byerly’s Branding Together With New Name

Byerly’s and Lund’s stores have been owned by the same company for 18 years, and starting Thursday, the grocery stores will share their name: “Lund’s and Byerly’s.”

04/27/2015

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Get Movin’ Monday: Organize Your Closet

Spring cleaning isn’t fun — especially that disorganized closet! In Minnesota, it’s actually important to organize as we move season to season; otherwise you’re stuck with sweaters on T-shirt days or vice versa!

04/27/2015

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Dayton And Franken Talk Bird Flu At Central Minn. Turkey Farms

Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Al Franken were in Willmar Saturday to meet with emergency responders and poultry producers and talk about the ongoing response to the virus in Minnesota.

04/25/2015

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Study: Almost Half Of U.S. Parents Don’t Have Will, Living Trust

If you’re a parent and you don’t have a will, you’re not alone. According to a new study, only a little more than half (56 percent) of all American parents have a will or living trust document.

04/24/2015

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Burgers In Minnesota

Miesville, Minnesota is a town you could easily drive right through. Halfway between Hastings and Red Wing on Highway 61, this town of about 130 residents is home to the best burger in Minnesota — or maybe I should say burgers!

04/23/2015

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Stores Anticipating Price Hike Following Bird Flu Outbreak

With so many farms and turkeys affected by avian influenza, some grocery chains are wondering how shoppers will react.

04/23/2015

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With Bird Flu Spreading, USDA Starts On Potential Vaccine

As losses to poultry producers continue to climb from a deadly strain of bird flu, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is working on a potential vaccine in response to the current outbreak.

04/22/2015

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Mille Lacs Business Owners Make Plea To Lawmakers Over Walleye Regulations

Minnesota lawmakers got an earful Wednesday from Mille Lacs County business owners about tough new walleye limits on the state’s most famous lake. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources imposed a one-walleye limit on Mille Lacs two weeks ago to try to revive the fish population.

04/22/2015

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Xcel: Thousands In Parts Of Twin Cities Affected By Power Outage

Around 23,000 customers have been affected by a large power outage in parts of the Twin Cities early Wednesday afternoon, according to Xcel Energy.

04/22/2015

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Good Question: What Does Google Know About You?

Earlier this year, Google quietly introduced a new feature that may raise some eyebrows. The mega search engine announced that you can now download your entire search history. As long as you’ve been logged in, Google has saved each and every search.

04/21/2015

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New Mpls. Takeout Container Rules Go Into Effect On Earth Day

Wednesday is Earth Day, and new rules on restaurant takeout packaging will go into effect in Minneapolis.

04/21/2015

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Bird Flu Takes Biggest Toll Yet As Virus Hits Chicken Farms

Poultry producers and scientists have been hoping warmer weather would knock down a virulent strain of bird flu that has hammered the Midwest, but the virus recently took its biggest toll yet, hitting a farm in Iowa that held more than 5 percent of the state’s egg-laying chickens.

04/21/2015

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Lilly Pulitzer’s Family Couldn’t Beat The Rush At Target

Lilly Pulitzer’s own family couldn’t beat the “Pink Sunday” rush for the brightly colored limited edition collection at Target.

04/21/2015

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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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