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Working For The Weekend: Entertainment Best Bets

Hanukkah is underway, and Christmas and Kwanzaa festivities begin next week. So what’s better than a little family fun to get you into the holiday spirit? Here are some of Jason Matheson’s best bets for weekend entertainment.

12/18/2014

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Chain Restaurants To Post Calorie Counts On Drink Menu

In recent years, calorie counts have become more present than ever before at restaurants. Now, alcoholic beverages are joining the list.

12/18/2014

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Guest Pass: Woodbury’s Bielenberg Sports Center

It’s news to no one that in Minnesota, it gets cold in the winter. So a lot of communities have built inflatable sports bubbles so students athletes can get in off-season practice. But, Woodbury just ditched it’s dome for a gorgeous new sports complex that’s not just for kids.

12/18/2014

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Boy Seeks To Bring Sleigh Of Toys To Children’s Hospital

As part of his treatment plan, 12-year-old Jarrett Michie, who suffers from juvenile arthritis, gets an infusion once a month at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.

12/18/2014

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Take A Rare Look Inside A Red Kettle

The Salvation Army raises around $3 million every year in the Twin Cities through their red kettle campaign. The campaign started in San Francisco in 1891. Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee came up with the idea to collect money to feed the poor during the holiday season. He used a single iron kettle for donations.

12/17/2014

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Good Question: How Many Of Us Get Flu Shots?

This year’s flu vaccine isn’t a good match for this year’s most common strains of influenza. According to the Centers for Disease Control, only 48 percent of flu virus samples taken through last month were closely related to this year’s North American vaccine.

12/17/2014

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Elk River Family Who Lost Parent Get Year Of Free Rent

For most Americans, rent is by far their biggest household expense. But now, one Elk River family doesn’t have to think about it at all for 12 months. For 4-year-old Cayden, the prize of the day is his new Lego set. For his 9-year-old sister, Lexy, it was the scooter.

12/17/2014

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Mother Fights Charges Of Giving Injured Son Marijuana

A mother charged with giving her son medical marijuana months before it becomes legal in Minnesota wants her case to be dismissed. Angela Brown went back to court Wednesday. She is facing jail time for treating her 15-year-old son with cannabis oil after he suffered a traumatic brain injury in a baseball game.

12/17/2014

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U Of M Study Finds Ethanol Worse For Air Quality Than Gasoline

For years, the state’s corn and ethanol industries have touted the environmental benefits of burning the alternative fuel in our vehicles. But newly released research from the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering is raising eyebrows.

12/17/2014

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Target Ad Features Stillwater Toddler With Down Syndrome

Our mailboxes and newspapers are stuffed these days with ads from stores showcasing what’s on sale. This week a Target ad features a toddler from Stillwater. Her name is Izzy.

12/17/2014

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4 Charged In $4 Million Gov’t Benefits Scam

A former daycare operator is in jail while police search for her husband as part of a multimillion-dollar fraud investigation. Yasmin Ali of Fridley and her husband, Ahmed Mohammed, are charged with felonies along with two other men — Joshua Miller of St. Paul and Jordan Smith of Cottage Grove.

12/17/2014

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After Threat, Top Theaters Choose Not To Show ‘The Interview’

The nation’s largest theater chains have decided to pull Sony Pictures’ “The Interview” following threats of violence from hackers calling themselves the Guardians of Peace.

12/17/2014

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WCCO Radio Holiday Programming Schedule

Tune into special holiday programming on WCCO Radio for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

12/17/2014

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