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Excellent Educator: Joan Demeter Of Dowling Urban Environmental Learning Ctr.

WCCO paid a visit to one teacher just in the nick of time. After 35 years of teaching at Dowling Urban Environmental Learning Center in Minneapolis, Mrs. Joan Demeter is retiring next year.

04/24/2015

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1 Arrested After Shots Fired At North Branch Home

One man is in custody after a shooting in a North Branch home Thursday evening. Nicolas Goulette, 48, was charged with felony reckless discharge of a firearm.

04/24/2015

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‘Roots In Minnesota’ Celebrates Arbor Day With Local Planting

Do you have Minnesota roots? “Yes” sounds like the obvious answer. But, we’re not talking about heritage, we’re talking about green space.

04/24/2015

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Good Question: Just Who Gets Secret Service Protection?

A new report from the Inspector General of Homeland Security found it took the Secret Service a year to replace a broken alarm system at former President George H.W. Bush’s home. The Secret Service is responsible for protecting all former presidents and their spouses. So, who else do they protect?

04/23/2015

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Carpenter Alleges Workplace Racism After Finding Noose, Being Fired

A Twin Cities man believes he was targeted at his workplace because of his race. Lee Jackson says Lunda Construction hired him to work on the St. Croix Crossing project that will replace the Stillwater Bridge. After just a few months, he says he discovered a noose at the job site.

04/23/2015

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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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Fire Destroys Eagan Home

No one is hurt after a big house fire in the south metro. Police say the fire broke out on the 1500 block of Skyline Trail in Eagan sometime after 8 p.m. Smoke could be seen as far as six miles away. A man and two kids in the home smelled smoke and got out safely.

04/23/2015

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Gun-Weary Senate Makes Surprise Turn To Legalize Silencers

The Senate is moving to lift a ban on gun silencers even as Gov. Mark Dayton has promised a veto. Minnesota’s Senate and its Democratic leader had shown little interest in expanding the state’s gun laws this year.

04/23/2015

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Wis. Gov. Scott Walker Makes Unannounced Visit To Minn. Capitol

Wisconsin’s Gov. Scott Walker spent Thursday in his neighboring state. The potential Republican presidential candidate had three private events, including an unannounced visit to the State Capitol for a meeting with Republican state lawmakers.

04/23/2015

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Prescribed Burn To Help Eden Prairie Wildlife Refuge

Wildfires normally aren’t good news, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service set fire to a Twin Cities wildlife refuge on purpose on Thursday. About 95 acres of prairie grass burned near Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie Thursday morning to make wildlife areas and forests better homes for animals and birds

04/23/2015

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Sharing And Caring Hands Getting $5 Million Expansion

A Minneapolis homeless shelter is being torn down, so a new place can be built. Sharing and Caring Hands founder Mary Jo Copeland actually jumped into the driver’s seat of the bulldozer on Thursday morning.

04/23/2015

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State Patrol: Iowa Teen Killed In Brown Co. Crash

A 14-year-old girl is dead after a crash on a Brown County road late Thursday afternoon. The Minnesota State Patrol says a Chevy Malibu and a Ford Edge collided on Highway 4 and County Road 29 at about 4:49 p.m.

04/23/2015

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Charges: Man With Long Criminal History Burglarized St. Paul Home

A man with nine prior felony convictions is accused of burglarizing a St. Paul home last month, striking the two people inside and making off with a credit card.

04/23/2015

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Granlund Sculpture Stolen From Minn. Landscape Arboretum

A statue by world-renowned Minnesota sculptor Paul T. Granlund was stolen last week from the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska. The 42-inch high bronze statue “South Wind” was removed from the Nelson Shrub Rose Garden sometime between last Thursday night and Saturday morning, according to arboretum officials.

04/23/2015

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House GOP Shuts Down DFL Education Spending Proposal

House Democrats have the highest bid in Minnesota’s education funding debate.

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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4 Accused Of Trying To Join ISIS Ordered Jailed Until Trial

The situation was tense Thursday as four of the six Minnesotans accused of trying to leave the country and join the group ISIS appeared in federal court. There were angry outbursts and cries for justice as the suspects were ordered jailed until trial.

04/23/2015

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Judge Denies Pierre Collins’ Request To See Son’s Body

A judge has denied a request from the man charged with murdering his son, after he asked if he could be temporarily released to say his goodbyes to the boy. Pierre Collins is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his 10-year-old son, Barway Collins.

04/23/2015

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Former ‘CCO Sports Reporter R.J. Fritz Battling Stomach Cancer

Longtime WCCO sports personality Ralph Jon Fritz is battling a terminal stomach cancer. “This is, without a doubt, the most difficult email I have ever sent,” he said in a note addressed to colleagues and friends earlier this week.

04/23/2015

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Gov. Dayton Declares State Of Emergency Over Bird Flu

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has declared a state of emergency over a bird flu outbreak that’s killed millions of birds in the state’s poultry industry. The governor’s order activates an emergency operations plan to support the state response to the epidemic.

04/23/2015

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WCCO Radio Wins Murrow’s ‘Overall Excellence’ Award For 2nd Consecutive Year

For the second consecutive year, WCCO radio has won the Edward R. Murrow Award for “Overall Excellence” from the Radio Television Digital News Association.

04/23/2015

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Woman, 22, Arrested After Fatal Crash In St. Croix Co.

A Hammond, Wis. woman was arrested after fatally striking a pedestrian early Thursday morning. Alyssa Kochsiek, 22, was arrested for homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle.

04/23/2015

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Crews Battle Grass Fire In Ham Lake

With recent dry and breezy conditions across the state, much of Minnesota is still at risk for grass fires. The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office says crews responded to the scene of a grass fire in the area of Highway 65 and Bunker Lake Blvd. in Ham Lake late Thursday morning.

04/23/2015

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Drones, Officer Investigations Up For Vote In Senate

Changes in law enforcement surveillance and internal investigations are on the docket at the Legislature.

04/23/2015

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Man, 31, Killed In Sherburne County Crash

A 31-year-old Zimmerman is dead after a crash in Baldwin Township Thursday morning, according to the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office.

04/23/2015

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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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Spring Snowstorm – March 22

The calendar may have turned to spring, but for many parts of Minnesota it’s a return to winter’s snow and ice.

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St. Paddy’s Day Northern Lights

A severe geomagnetic storm ignited an epic outbreak of the aurora borealis across northern latitudes world-wide over the last two nights.

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Minnesota Marks MLK Day

Politicians commemorated the event at programs, demonstrators marched to highlight injustice, and Minnesota remembered the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Minnehaha Falls Ice Caves

Winter means ice caves at Minnehaha Falls near Hiawatha Avenue in southeast Minneapolis. Check out these views of frozen majesty.

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Protesters Shut Down 35W In Minneapolis

A crowd protesting the grand jury’s decision in the Michael Brown case have shut down northbound Interstate 35W in Minneapolis Thursday afternoon.

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Hunger Mission 2014 Radiothon

Check out images from the Hunger Mission 2014 radiothon.

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