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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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Finding Minnesota: Collecting Fish Stories

From classic lures known as “lazy Ikes” to vintage motors with the nickname “knuckle busters,” the evolution of fishing is on display at the Minnesota Fishing Museum.

05/10/2015

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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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Reality Check: Who Pays Estate Taxes?

Minnesotans are like everyone else when it comes to the end of our lives. But unlike 31 other states, some of us pay estate taxes after we’re gone… and it’s not popular.

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?

Good Question.

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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Finding Minnesota: YouTube Singing Marathon

The neighbors on his quiet block may be unaware of his online fame, but Zachary Scot Johnson has developed a national following.

05/03/2015

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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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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Guacamole In Minnesota

The avocado is really having a moment. A Google search yields hundreds of recipes from soups to even ice cream. But the original avocado recipe is guacamole, especially at St. Paul’s Boca Chica — which WCCO viewers picked as the Best of Minnesota.

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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Finding Minnesota: The Flower Bomber

A Minnesota man plots bombing missions across the United States in which no one gets hurt.

In fact, David Cook, 50, hopes to achieve the opposite effect.

04/26/2015

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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

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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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Good Question: What Is The History Of The Hot Dish?

It’s something many Minnesotans grew up with and many still enjoy today: hot dish.

It’s become an annual contest among the state’s congressional delegation. On Wednesday, Sen. Al Franken hosted the 5th annual hot dish competition in Washington, D.C., putting partisanship aside in favor of a culinary tradition. Rep. Betty McCollum’s “Turkey, Sweet Potato, and Wild Rice Hot Dish” took first place.

04/22/2015

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Good Question: What Does Google Know About You?

Earlier this year, Google quietly introduced a new feature that may raise some eyebrows. The mega search engine announced that you can now download your entire search history. As long as you’ve been logged in, Google has saved each and every search.

04/21/2015

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Good Question: What’s The Windiest Month In Minnesota?

The wind is a sign of spring, a time when Minnesota sees double-digit averages. So what is the windiest month in Minnesota? Good question.

04/20/2015

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Finding Minnesota: Country Music’s Northern Mecca

Going into its 33rd year of hosting outdoor concerts, WE Fest now bills itself as the largest country music and camping festival in the world.

04/19/2015

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Good Question: When Should You Get A Second Opinion?

Actress Rita Wilson revealed to People Magazine she was diagnosed with breast cancer, but she said her first doctor didn’t catch it. She went to another doctor after feeling something wasn’t quite right. It was that second doctor, and then later a third, who caught the cancer early. Now, she’s encouraging others to ask for second opinions.

04/15/2015

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Good Question: How Crowded Are Airplanes?

A new study out of Wichita State University finds people’s experience with commercial airline travel is getting worse. The study of major airline performance shows more flights are late, more bags are getting lost and the number of people packed on planes is at an all-time high.

04/14/2015

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Good Question: What’s The Difference Between First, Second and Third Degree Murder?

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office could file charges as early as Tuesday against Pierre Collins in the death of his 10-year-old son, Barway. On Monday, the Crystal Police Department announced they’d arrested […]

04/13/2015

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Spring In Bloom On The WCCO Rooftop Studio

We celebrated our first 70-degree day in six months on the rooftop studio — a brand new feature you’ll be seeing a lot of this summer.

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Boathouses At Latsch Island

Finding Minnesota checked out some of the floating houses Latsch Island in the middle of the Mississippi River near Winona.

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Finding MN: WWII Museum At Granite Falls Airport

Ron Fagen and his family have a passion for all things related to World War II. And because of this passion, aircraft that went on raids over Germany and France now come and go from Granite Falls.

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Finding Minnesota: North Shore Waterfalls

Mike Binkley went to some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the state, along the North Shore. Check out a few of the places he visited in our gallery.

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