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Finding Minnesota: Seeing Glensheen Mansion By Kayak

Thousands of families head to Duluth every year to visit the historic Glensheen Mansion. July and August are the busiest months at the mansion, and more than 84 percent of Glensheen’s income comes from tours.

08/23/2015

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Good Questions: Highways, Green Screens & Presidents

Every Friday, Heather Brown answers some of our viewers burning questions. This week, she’ll tell you about the names of highways, how green screens work and about the qualifications for the vice presidency.

08/21/2015

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Good Question: Why Are Minnesotans So Proud Of Their State?

So, why are Minnesotans so proud of their state? Good Question.

08/20/2015

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Good Question: What Are We Missing When We Dine Alone?

What are we losing out on when we dine alone? Good Question.

08/19/2015

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Public Garden In Minnesota

Steve Poppe loves plants. And with a name like “Poppe,” it is almost like he was destined to work with them. “I research horticulture, looking at and studying various aspects of growing veggies, flowers, fruits, raspberries, apricots, that sort of thing,” he said.

08/19/2015

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Finding Minnesota: Franconia Sculpture Park

You’ve heard the expression, “Go big or go home.” About an hour north of the metro, there’s a home where sculptors stay for weeks or months at a time and definitely get the chance to “go big.”

08/16/2015

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Good Questions: Moths, Crops, Dog Days Of Summer

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores moths, crops and the dog days of summer.

08/14/2015

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Outdoor Water Park In Minnesota

The Minnesota sun has been showing off this summer, and it is time to get wet and wild! Instead of driving hours to the lake, cool off at Cascade Bay in Eagan — voted the Best Outdoor Water Park in Minnesota.

08/12/2015

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Good Question: Why Do Bees Sting?

Why do bees sting? Good Question.

08/12/2015

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Good Question: Why Are Some Cancers More Deadly Than Others?

Why are some forms of cancer so much more deadly than others? Good Question.

08/11/2015

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Good Question: How Do We Pay For College?

According to Sallie Mae, the average American family will spend $24,164 this year on undergraduate college for 18-24 year olds. For four-year private institution, that number jumps to $41,875. For a two-year public college, it’s $13,531. So, how do we pay for college? Good Question.

08/10/2015

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Finding Minnesota: Children’s Museum Of Southern Minnesota

When they heard kids saying, “There’s nothing to do around here,” some educators and parents of small children in southern Minnesota couldn’t exactly disagree. So about ten years ago, they started laying the groundwork for what is now the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota.

08/09/2015

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Good Questions: The Vice President, Tornado Sirens & Seeing In The Dark

Every Friday, Heather Brown answers some burning questions from WCCO viewers. This week, she talks about seeing in the dark, the Vice President and tornado sirens.

08/07/2015

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Good Question: How Many Nuclear Weapons Still Exist?

The United States dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima 70 years ago Thursday. Estimates of causalities were anywhere between 90,000 and 160,000 people. It was the first nuclear weapon ever used, at a time when the United States was the only country with that capability. All of that has changed.

08/06/2015

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Good Question: Why Do Parents In U.S. Get Less Time Off Than In Other Countries?

If you are planning on having a baby, a good company to work for is Netflix. The company announced Tuesday they are starting an “unlimited leave policy,” meaning new moms and dads can take as much time off as they want, with pay, during the child’s first year.

08/05/2015

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Farmers Market In Minnesota

With buzz words like “sustainable,” “grass-fed” and “natural,” farmers markets are truly farm to table. And your favorite place to eat the food grown in rural Minnesota is right in the heart of our urban center — the Minneapolis Farmers Market. Farmers markets give us a chance to buy food fresh and local.

08/05/2015

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Good Question: How Does The DNR Count Fish?

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources shut down walleye fishing on Lake Mille Lacs Monday night for the first time in history. The decision was made because of the record-low walleye population on the lake, and because the quota was met for how many walleyes could be harvested this year.

08/04/2015

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Good Question: Can Deleted Text Messages Be Recovered?

During the NFL’s “deflategate” investigation, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady told the league he had destroyed his Samsung cell phone, and that meant the NFL couldn’t recover his text messages, as part of their investigation.

08/03/2015

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Good Questions: West St. Paul, Hiccups, Bumper Crops

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores the origin of West St. Paul’s name, bumper crops and hiccups.

07/31/2015

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Good Question: Who Still Has A Landline Phone?

Voicemails and landlines are going the way of dial-up.

07/30/2015

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Good Question: Why Are We So Passionate About Animals?

For the past two days, Cecil the lion’s story has been told over and over across the world. On Wednesday, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said that if Dr. Walter Palmer illegally killed the animal, he needs to be “extradited, charged, and, preferably, hanged.” That’s extreme, but many people are outraged.

07/29/2015

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Frozen Yogurt In Minnesota

Steamy summer days draw us in hordes to frozen yogurt shops to cool off with a swirl of sweet relief. But there can only be one serving up the Best of Minnesota, and it’s Sweet Toppings in Andover.

07/29/2015

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Good Question: Which Exotic Animals Can Be Hunted?

A Minnesota dentist is apologizing for killing a lion in Zimbabwe earlier this month. Dr. Walter Palmer said he thought the hunt was legal, but two guides are facing criminal charges for poaching because of where the lion was killed. The story has generated lots of anger and vitriol against the dentist across social media.

07/28/2015

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Good Question: How Do Polls Work?

The first Republican debate for President is less than two weeks away and sixteen candidates will be vying for ten spots. The people who make it to the stage will be determined by the average of five national polls. So, how do polls work? Good Question.

07/27/2015

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Finding Minnesota: A Laundromat Dripping With Dolls

The owner of L J’s Ye Old Wash in Spring Grove is providing his own unique spin for those waiting on the spin cycle. Lucky Volkenant, 72, has spent years covering the walls and ceiling of his laundromat with dolls.

07/26/2015

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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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