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Good Question: How Did They Measure Weather In The 1800s?

We are going to fall about a quarter-inch short of breaking a 140-year-old rainfall record. The record for the most rainfall in June was set in 1874 with 11.67 inches. We’ll finish at about 11.35 inches.

06/30/2014

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Good Question – ‘Reply All’: Sandbags, Fair Food & Ash Trees

Emily from St. Cloud wants to know what happens to all the sandbags after the flooding is over? If the sand isn’t contaminated with floodwater, it can be used as fill for things like playgrounds and sidewalks. But in most cases, the sand is contaminated.

06/27/2014

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Good Question: What, Exactly, Is Metro Mobility?

You see them all over the Twin Cities: Metro Mobility buses. Ridership increases nearly 10 percent every year, and it’s almost impossible not to notice them.

06/26/2014

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Good Question: Why Aren’t Aerial Or Exploding Fireworks Sold In Minn.?

The Fourth of July is fast approaching. And as it gets closer, you’ll hear a lot of Minnesotans say they’re going to Wisconsin or South Dakota to buy fireworks.

06/24/2014

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Good Question: How Do They Forecast Flooding?

When our state has flooding, experts are able to tell us days out exactly how high a river will rise. And they’re usually correct within a couple inches. With millions of gallons of water involved, how do they know?

06/23/2014

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Good Question: Who Actually Needs Flood Insurance?

Flooding is so widespread across Minnesota that families from the Canadian border to the Iowa border are trying to dry out. And many homeowners are seeing water seep into their homes and basements.

06/19/2014

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Good Question: Is There Such A Thing As Mowing Too Much?

With all the rain we’ve had this spring, lawns have never looked better. And when we get a dry day or two, it’s usually time to mow.

06/18/2014

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Good Question: What Age Is It OK To Start Babysitting?

Summer vacation means more free time for kids, and more parents looking for someone to watch their kids. Occasionally parents need a time-out for themselves, which is when a qualified babysitter can capitalize.

06/17/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All’: World Cup Edition

Every four years, soccer fans get in line just to get their kicks at Brit’s Pub in Minneapolis. Shane Higgins is the general manager at Brit’s and an amateur soccer player. “Last week was a record-breaking week for us and there were only three World Cup games, ” Higgins said.

06/16/2014

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Good Question: Why Do We Spend Less On Father’s Day?

Father’s Day is this Sunday. But unlike moms, dads shouldn’t expect to be showered with gifts. The National Retail Federation finds Americans are expected to spend $7.4 billion less on dads this Father’s Day than they spent on moms for Mother’s Day.

06/12/2014

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Good Question: How Much Time Do We Really Need To Relax?

Technically, it’s still spring, but summer vacation season is heating up. Science tells us we all need a break, but studies show only half of all Americans use all the time they’re given. So, since we’re supposed to taking time away from work, we wondered: How much time do we really need to relax?

06/11/2014

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Good Question: What Is Crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding is used for weddings, funerals and medical care, even college tuition. Relatives of passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 are the latest group to turn to crowd-funding to help solve the mystery. They launched a crowd-funding campaign in hopes of raising $5 million as a reward for a whistle-blower for information on the missing plane, and to start their own investigation.

06/10/2014

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Good Question: What Regulations Do Truck Drivers Have To Follow?

The truck driver accused of causing the deadly crash that critically injured actor Tracy Morgan reportedly hadn’t slept for more than 24 hours before the accident. Investigators say the Wal-Mart truck driver failed to slow down for traffic in New Jersey early Saturday, tried to swerve at the last minute and smashed into the back of Morgan’s limo bus.

06/09/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All’: Windshields, Fruit Stickers & Mosquito Bites

Brad from Watertown wants to know: Why are there dots on our windshields? Our friends from Abra Auto Body and Glass helped us with this one. Basically those dots are there to stop UV rays from coming in from the sun. Without the dots, UV rays could burn the adhesive that holds the windshield in place.

06/06/2014

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Good Question: How Do They Set Speed Limits?

Many Minnesotans will likely be heading to the cabin or lake this weekend. And as they drive, the speed limit will be 55 mph in some areas, 65 mph and maybe even 70 in others. Kevin Gutknecht is the communications director for the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

06/05/2014