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Good Question: Why Do We Get Ice Cream Headaches?

The scientific name for the brain freeze we can get from eating something cold too fast is called “sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia,” which means pain in your nerve on the roof of your mouth. Why exactly it happens isn’t quite clear, even to neurologists.

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Good Question: Why Do We Have Statutes Of Limitations?

Reality TV star Josh Duggar has apologized for what he called “wrongdoing” in response to reports he molested five girls starting in 2002. Authorities have reportedly said he can’t be prosecuted because the statute of limitations has run out.

05/26/2015

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Good Question: Why Do Mosquito Bites Itch?

It’s a sign of summer — when Minnesota’s unofficial state bird takes over our barbeques and baseball games. The mosquito can do quite a number on our skin. So why do mosquito bites itch? Good Question.

05/25/2015

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Good Questions: Prom, Birds & The HOV Lane

Every Friday, Heather Brown tackles some of our viewers’ burning questions. This week, she’ll tell you how “prom” got its name, where birds go in rainstorms, and how police enforce the HOV lane on the highway.

05/22/2015

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Good Question: What Does CHS Do?

The St. Paul Saints played their first game in their new stadium Thursday: CHS Field. The Inver Grove Heights-based Fortune 500 company bought the naming rights to the ballpark last fall, and acknowledged not many people knew who they are. So, what does CHS, Inc. do?

05/21/2015

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Good Question: What Happens At The County Workhouse?

What most people, including judges, lawyers and inmates, know as the Ramsey County Workhouse is actually called the Ramsey County Correctional Facility. It’s located on Century Avenue, on the border of Maplewood and Woodbury ,and sits next to a county nine-hole golf course. There are two separate areas for men and women.

05/20/2015

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Good Question: How Often Are There Special Sessions?

On Tuesday, Gov. Mark Dayton sent a veto letter to House Speaker Kurt Daudt for what the governor called an “insufficient” $17 billion education budget bill.

05/19/2015

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Good Question: How Much Of A Threat Are Biker Gangs?

On Monday, prosecutors in Texas charged 170 members of rival motorcycle gangs with engaging in organized crime. So, how much of a threat are these biker gangs? Good Question.

05/18/2015

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Good Questions: Turkey Eggs, Newspapers, MOA Money Ponds

Connie from Blaine wants to know: Why don’t we eat turkey eggs? Chickens lay eggs more often than turkeys — usually once a day versus a turkey’s every other day. Chickens also don’t incubate their eggs as long as turkeys.

05/15/2015

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Good Question: How Does Facial Recognition Technology Work?

A man was shot in New York City Thursday after he attacked an NYPD officer and four others with a hammer. Investigators had been able to identify David Baril by linking a subway surveillance photo with an old mug shot through facial recognition software.

05/14/2015

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Good Question: Is There A Safe Amount Of Sun?

The picture of a 27-year-old Alabama woman with skin cancer has gone viral. Tawny Willoughby, a registered nurse, posted the photo to Facebook of the damage caused by her basil cell carcinoma. She has what look like bloody cuts and burns on her face.

05/13/2015

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Good Question: Why Is AOL So Valuable?

You’ve got mail! Remember that slogan? It’s probably what many people think of when they hear about AOL. But, on Tuesday, the communications company was back in the news after Verizon announced it will buy AOL for $4.4 billion.

05/12/2015

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Good Question: How Did Minnesota Get Its Name?

On May 11, 1858, Minnesota officially became the 32nd state. So, Cassandra from Cannon Falls asks: How did Minnesota get its name? Good Question.

05/11/2015

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Good Questions: Hot Dogs, Traffic Maps & Social Security Numbers

Every Friday, Heather Brown tackles some of our viewers’ burning questions. This week, she’ll tell you why hot dogs are called hot dogs, how Google and MnDOT know about traffic conditions and how Social Security numbers are assigned.

05/08/2015

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Good Question: Do Employers Value Online Degrees?

Brown College announced Wednesday it will be phasing out its traditional classes and ultimately shutting down in light of a “more difficult higher education marketplace and challenging regulatory environment.” Instead, Career Education Corporation, the company that owns Brown, said it will focus on online courses.

05/07/2015

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Good Question: Why’s The Fishing Opener On Mother’s Day?

For seven of the past ten years, Mother’s Day and the Minnesota Fishing Opener have fallen on the same weekend. It’s an act that any fishing family has balanced long ago. So, why do these traditions often happen at the same time?

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05/06/2015

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Good Question: Will There Be A Thanksgiving Turkey Shortage?

Across the country, about five million turkeys have been affected by the avian flu. Four million of those were in Minnesota.

05/05/2015

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Good Question: Why Do We Have Middle Names?

Tradition tells us the Royals generally give two, sometimes three, middle names, but those extra names haven’t been around forever. So, why do we have middle names? Good Question.

05/04/2015

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Good Questions: Yogurt, Boat Wrap, Wind

Every Friday, Heather Brown tackles some of our viewers’ burning questions. This week, she’ll tell you why yogurt gathers a bit of water on top, what happens to all those winter boat wraps, and why those springtime winds tend to die down at night.

05/01/2015

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Good Question: How Old Are We When We Retire?

Growing up, many of us assume we’ll just retire by our own choice at age 65. But a new survey finds we’re actually leaving our jobs earlier than that.

04/30/2015

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Good Question: When Can Governments Call A Curfew?

On Wednesday, the city of Baltimore entered into its second night of a city-wide curfew. For the next five nights, no one is allowed in public spaces from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. Some exceptions are being made for medical emergencies or people coming from or going to work.

04/29/2015

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Good Question: How Does The National Guard Mobilize Locally?

Over the past decade, the Minnesota National Guard has been placed on active state duty 25 times. In just the past month, local troops have helped in the fight again wild fires in Northern Minnesota and the avian flu in western Minnesota.

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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Good Questions: Hat Trick Hats, Growlers, Ear Wax

The last time the Minnesota Wild scored a hat trick at the Xcel Energy Center was November 2014. Nino Niederreiter scored three goals against Buffalo. So, Lindsey from Maplewood asks: What happens to the hats people throw on the ice after a hat trick?

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