With 2013 right around the corner, people are starting to think about their resolutions. A popular one is always getting in shape.
Struggling to get above zero is less than ideal, especially when you spend more time getting dressed for the weather than actually being in it. But believe it or not, the cold does have some health benefits. We have the flu bug, but no other bugs to deal with, according to Dr. Christina Manders, a family physician with Fairview Clinics in Savage. “We don’t see Lyme disease, we don’t see West Nile. So tick-borne infections, mosquito-borne infections are not a factor,” Manders said.
Jen from St. Paul asked: Why can’t we recycle wrapping paper? In some places, like Minneapolis, you can.
This time of year, many of us talk about getting our finances in order. A WCCO-TV viewer named Rachael from St. Joseph wrote us asking how long she should keep her financial documents.
About 40 percent of us will make New Year’s resolutions for 2014. But,according to research by University of Scranton psychologist Dr. John Norcross, those lofty goals fall by the wayside after six months for more than half who set them. In his study, success rates were 71 percent for two weeks, 64 percent for one month and 46 percent for six months.
Every year, billions of people spend time with friends and family on December 25th to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. But, there’s no mention of Jesus’ birthdate in Bible, so why do we celebrate on the 25th? Good Question.
It’s that time of year when we might not even be able to see the real color of our car. When that familiar shade of dirty whitish-grey appears, it seems the cars themselves are screaming for a soapy brush. Nick Burlow, owner of Isles Auto Repair, says it’s probably not a bad idea to wash your vehicle at least once a week.
Sara from Bloomington, Katie from Savage and Elisabeth from Owatonna asked: Why do we decorate with lights at Christmas?
During the holidays, many of us thank the people who have helped us throughout the year. According to a Consumer Reports survey from the 2011 holiday season, a little less than half of Americans tip during the holidays — sometimes, it’s with cash, gift cards, home-baked cookies and gifts.
Christmas is one week away, but the National Retail Federation says about half of us haven’t finished our shopping and 14 percent haven’t even started. “I’m just lazy,” said Mohammed Abdelfathah of Fridley. “I say I’ll do it in another hour, then another hour, then tomorrow.”
We know Christmas must be close when we see poinsettias decorating offices, public spaces and homes. “I like them because they’re pretty and last long,” said 8-year-old Abby, who was buying one for herself and one for her mother at Bachman’s on Tuesday night.
The new Weather Watcher sign atop the WCCO building has been alerting TV viewers and passersby to changes in the air since the day after Thanksgiving. That has prompted several Good Questions from WCCO viewers, including one from 10-year-old Alex of Glenwood City, Wis. He wanted to know: How do we decide when to change the color? For example, flurries were in the forecast for Monday night, but warmer weather is on the way. The Weather Watcher was shining red. “I was watching the news and it was showing red on the thing, and I looked at it and said snow is coming, too,” Alex said.
The Pavek Museum of Broadcasting in St. Louis Park is a broadcast bridge between past and present. From radio receivers to transmitters and televisions, it has a little bit of everything, including how WCCO became WCCO.
The seemingly never-ending battle between Coke and Pepsi bubbled over Thursday when Pepsi signed an exclusive deal with Golden Valley-based Buffalo Wild Wings. And when we go out to eat, it’s always one or the other.
He pulled the papacy out of the palace and into the streets. That’s just one reason why Time magazine says it named Pope Francis its “Person of the Year” Wednesday. Only two other popes have ever won that distinction.