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Good Question: How Irish Are Minnesotans?

Though we like to celebrate the Patron Saint of Ireland, most Minnesotans originally came from Germany.

According to the 2013 American Community Survey, 34.3 percent claim German ancestry, followed by Norwegian (15.1 percent), Irish (10.6 percent), Swedish (8.1 percent), English (5.5 percent) and Polish (4.8 percent).

03/17/2015

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Good Question: Friday The 13th, Road Weight Restrictions, Fuzzy Microphones

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores Friday the 13th superstitions, road weigh restrictions and fuzzy microphones.

03/13/2015

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Good Question: What Happened To Boxing?

It’s a fight five years in the making that some say could determine the future of boxing. On May 2, the two biggest names in the sport will take the ring. Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will duke it out for a payday of more than $120 million and $80 million, respectively.

03/12/2015

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Good Question: What Happens When You Delete An Email?

Hillary Clinton has spent the past week under scrutiny for using a personal email account while she was the U.S. Secretary of State. On Tuesday, she told reporters that she handed over about 30,000 work-related emails, but “chose not to keep” another 30,000 personal emails.

03/11/2015

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Good Question: Where Does All The Dust Come From?

It’s that time of year when we get way back in the nooks and crannies of our homes with a mop, or a cloth or a broom. It’s also when we find dust in places we’d long forgotten to clean. Daniel from Sauk Rapids has been doing some deep spring cleaning, so he emailed WCCO wondering: Where does all the dust come from?

03/10/2015

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Good Question: How Do Babies Survive In The Cold?

Often, we hear stories about children defying the odds, whether it’s spending overnights outside in the winter or surviving several minutes submerged underwater in icy lakes. So, are children just better at surviving the cold? Good Question.

03/09/2015

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Good Questions: Recycling, Sleet, Inflamed Vocal Cords

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores recycling protocol, sleet vs. freezing rain, and why your voice gets lower when you’re sick.

03/06/2015

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Good Question: Who Are Minnesota’s Top Employers?

Earlier this week, the CEO of Target announced the company would cut several thousand jobs over the next two years at its Minneapolis headquarters.

Right now, Target ranks fourth when it comes to the number of employees in Minnesota, according to Twin Cities Business Magazine.

03/05/2015

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Good Question: What’s Wrong With Antibiotics In Our Food?

McDonald’s announced Wednesday that it will phase out its practice of using chickens raised with human antibiotics over the next two years.

03/04/2015

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Good Question: Why Are The U.S. And Israel So Close?

President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have spent the past week in a very public disagreement about negotiations over Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

03/03/2015

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Good Question: Where Do Our Immigrants Come From?

Some Republicans don’t want the President, among other things, to grant legal status to undocumented parents who have children born in the U.S. Where do our immigrants come from? And, how have those groups changed over time? Good Questions.

03/02/2015

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Good Questions: Water Towers, Creaky Cabins, Shivering

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores water towers, creaky houses and shivering.

02/27/2015

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Good Question: Why Do Our Noses Run In The Cold?

Most of Minnesota hasn’t gone above the freezing mark since Feb. 9, so anyone spending time outside might be feeling that drip, drip, drip from the nose. That had Carole from Hibbing wanting to know: Why do our noses run in the cold?

02/26/2015

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Good Question: What Triggers An IRS Audit?

New numbers from the IRS show just 0.86 percent of tax returns are being audited, which is the lowest level since 2004.

02/24/2015

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Good Question: How Much Do We Pay In 401(k) Fees?

With almost $5 trillion in assets, 401(k) plans now account for nearly one-fifth of all retirement assets, but many of us have no idea how much it costs to fund those accounts. So, how much do we pay in 401K fees? Good Question.

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Good Questions: Toenails, Cranes, Sneezes

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores toenails, construction cranes and sneezing etiquette.

02/20/2015

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Good Question: Why Do Companies Give Raises?

On Thursday, Walmart announced it’s giving raises to 500,000 of its lowest-paid workers. Starting in April, employees will make $9 per hour, which is $1.75 more per hour than the federal minimum wage.

02/19/2015

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Good Question: What Causes Road Rage?

Why do we act differently when we’re behind the wheel? Good Question.

02/18/2015

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Good Question: How Much Do We Pay In Taxes?

If you haven’t done so already, you might be gathering up all the paperwork you’ll need to send your money off to Uncle Sam.

02/17/2015

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Good Question: What Are The Perks To Being President?

It might be one of the toughest jobs in the world, but it does come with some significant benefits. So, what are the perks of being the President of the United States? Good Question.

WCCO-TV–02/16/2015

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Good Questions: Hangnails, Legal Settlements, American Accents

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores hangnails, legal settlements and American accents.

02/13/2015

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Good Question: Why Do We Kiss To Show Affection?

This Valentine’s Day, you’ll probably be doing a little smooching.
But why do we swap saliva to show someone we love them? Why do we kiss? Good Question.

02/12/2015

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Good Question: Can We Make People Get Immunized?

The outbreak of measles has generated lots of debate about vaccinations over the past month. Even politicians have weighed in on whether they should be mandatory.

But, opinions aside, can we actually force people to get immunized? Good Question.

02/11/2015

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Good Question: How Many American Hostages Are There?

On Tuesday, the family of ISIS hostage Kayla Mueller said it received confirmation via email that she had died. So, how many American hostages are there? Good Question.

02/10/2015

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Good Question: ‘Plus-Size’ Or Average Size?

This year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue will include two models who considered are plus-sized by the fashion industry. So what are our average heights and weights, anyway? Good question.

WCCO-TV–02/09/2015