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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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Finding Minnesota: Couple Wins A Café

Two years ago, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity opened up in southern Minnesota: a chance to win a free restaurant through an essay contest.

04/12/2015

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Good Questions: Golf Terms, Seasonal Gas, Leggy Letterman

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores golf terms, summer gas and the David Letterman show.

04/10/2015

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Good Question: What Is The Tiger Woods Effect?

The odds of him winning the Masters Tournament are 25 to 1, but all eyes will still be on Tiger Woods this weekend.

04/09/2015

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Bookstore In Minnesota

There’s nothing better than curling up with a good book, especially during a cold snap in the middle of spring. But where’s the best place to find a good read? You voted, and sent WCCO to St. Cloud to discover Books Revisited.

04/09/2015

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Good Question: Where Does Our Drinking Water Come From?

On Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator, Gina McCarthy, visited the Twin Cities. She toured the St. Paul Regional Water Services Treatment Plant to highlight the importance of protecting the streams and wetlands that provide drinking water to a third of all Americans.

04/08/2015

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Finding Minnesota: TC Media Now

Want to see a long-haired Mark Rosen anchoring a 1976 sportscast? How about a fresh-faced Mike Binkley covering the 1987 World Series? Thanks to one man’s fascination with vintage television, hundreds of classic Twin Cities TV moments are available to watch online.

04/05/2015

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Good Questions: Movie Trailers, Easter Eggs, Strikeouts

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores how movie trailers got their name, the origins of Easter eggs, and the scorekeeping symbol for “strikeout.”

04/03/2015

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Good Question: What Are Our Busiest Freeways?

Millions of drivers use metro freeways in Minneapolis and St. Paul every day to get to and from work, run errands or just shuttle around. In fact, MnDOT says the Interstate 35W/Interstate 94 interchange can see up to 180,000 people a day.

04/02/2015

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Easter Brunch In Minnesota

Easter Sunday is just a few days away, and many families will celebrate with a classic Easter brunch. It’s a holiday tradition for Minnesotans, and WCCO wanted to know who is serving up the best. Your votes sent us to Jax Cafe, a northeast Minneapolis mainstay that’s spanned more than 80 years and three generations of the Kozlak family.

04/02/2015

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Good Question: How Much Tax Refund Money Are We Getting?

As of March 20, 57 percent of American taxpayers filed their federal taxes. Just about 80 percent received a refund. The average federal refund amount is $3,038. That refund rate is expected to drop slightly as we head closer to April 15.

04/01/2015

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Reality Check: Major League Soccer & Public Stadium Funding

Minnesota lawmakers are showing a deep reluctance to wade into another stadium debate at the Capitol. That’s after Major League Soccer awarded a professional franchise to a group of Minnesota investors, who may ask for public stadium funding — the same kind of funding every other professional sports team got.

04/01/2015

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Good Question: How Did April Fools’ Day Start?

Wednesday is a day when you should trust no one, eat no food in the office and believe no stories that sound even remotely suspect. For centuries, we’ve been honoring April 1 as April Fools’ Day, trying to make fools out of our friends and family.

03/31/2015

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Good Questions: Gas Prices, Mississippi Structures, Gray Hair

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores gas prices, strange structures in the Mississippi River and gray hair.

03/27/2015

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Good Question: How Effective Are Lie Detector Tests?

Ten-year-old Barway Collins has now been missing for a week. On Tuesday, Crystal police called his father a suspect in the boy’s disappearance. They say he failed a lie detector test.

03/25/2015

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Good Question: How Is ‘Natural Born Citizen’ Defined?

Ted Cruz announced Monday he’s running for President of the United States. The U.S. Senator from Texas was born in Calgary and moved to the U.S. with his family when he was four years old.

03/24/2015

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Good Question: What’s The Criteria For An Amber Alert?

In the disappearance of Barway Edwin Collins, 10, of Crystal, police have released surveillance photos and put out a crime aler, but they haven’t put out an Amber Alert, saying it didn’t meet the criteria. So what is the criteria for issuing an Amber Alert? Good Question.

03/23/2015

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Good Questions: Tax Returns, Unsold Girl Scout Cookies, Folding Hands For Prayer

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores tax returns, unsold Girl Scout Cookies and folding hands for prayer.

03/20/2015

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Good Question: Why Aren’t There More D-1 Minn. Schools?

Minnesota didn’t make it to the “big dance” this year, but three of the four Division 1 schools from Iowa did: Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa. Our neighbor to the south has a little over half the population of Minnesota, but four times the number of D-1 schools.

03/19/2015

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For The Best Shoe Shine In Minnesota

A good shoe shine not only makes your shoes look great, but it also makes you feel great. There are a lot of opinions when it comes to the right way to shine a shoe, so we went in search of the best of Minnesota.

03/19/2015

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Finding Minnesota: Bike For Beer

He might seem a bit young to be running a brewery, especially since he only reached legal drinking age seven years ago. But when it comes to beer, Ilan Klages-Mundt, 28, already has a world of experience.

03/15/2015

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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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