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Good Question: Will Recent School Closures Cut Into Summer Vacation?

In his twelve years as superintendent at Minnetonka Public Schools, Dr. Dennis Peterson has called off school three, maybe four times. Each time it was for snow, not cold.

01/23/2014

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Good Question: Are Bigger Headphones Better For You?

Throughout the day, many of us listen to music at the office, on the bus and on the street.

01/22/2014

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Good Question: How Is Food Tax Decided?

Right now, Papa Murphy’s is fighting a push to tax its take-and-bake pizza. The pizza is not considered “prepared” food, so it’s exempt. Looking at your grocery receipt to see what’s taxed often doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. So how is food tax decided? Heather Brown takes a close look at this Good Question.

01/21/2014

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Good Question: How Did MLK Jr.’s Birthday Become A Nat’l Holiday?

The third Monday of every January is one of ten national holidays that government employees get every year. Most children have no school and every state and federal employee receives a paid day off. The first official observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a federal holiday was on January 20, 1986 – 18 years after the Civil Rights leader was shot. But David Chang, a professor of U.S. history at the University of Minnesota, says the idea for the holiday came just four days after the assassination in 1968.

01/20/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All’: Contagious People, Prongs & The Golden Dome Seat

Kathy from Roseville asked: How long is a person with the flu contagious? The Minnesota Department of Health follows the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control when it comes to influenza.

01/17/2014

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Good Question: Do Airline Mergers Hurt Or Help Us?

American Airlines plans to end its direct flights from MSP to New York’s LaGuardia and Washington’s Reagan National Airports. The changes are part of a deal with the Justice Department to push through American’s merger with U.S. Airways. American agreed to give up some of its airport slots to lower-cost airlines. So do airline mergers hurt us or help us? According to Myles Shaver, a professor business strategy at the Carlson School of Business, opinions are mixed.

01/16/2014

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Good Question: How Does Minnesota Rank In Recycling?

Minnesota is considering a new recycling program where you could return your drink containers for 10 cents a piece. On Tuesday, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency held a public hearing to release a report that argued our can and bottle recycling rate could rise from 45 percent to 84 percent with a 10-cent deposit fee. The report said a new program would add 1,000 jobs in the state, but costs beverage producers $29 million.So that had us wondering: How does Minnesota rank in recycling?

01/15/2014

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Good Question: What Does Minnesota’s Lieutenant Governor Do?

LT. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon announced on Tuesday she will not seek re-election with Gov. Mark Dayton this fall. The former DFL state senator and Duluth city councilwoman said she considered her work on health care and seniors most rewarding during her term, but that she had “expected to be more involved in some policy initiatives and I found ways to do that.”

01/14/2014

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Good Question: How Can We Keep Our Shoes Clean In Winter?

If you’ve made it through a Minnesota winter, then you’re familiar with those whitish-grey shoe stains from all that salt. From commuting shoes to just allowing the salt to take over, everyone has a coping strategy. Bob Fisher, owner of Bob’s Shoe Repair in Wayzata, says Winter is a great time for business. He’s been repairing shoes, or “saving souls” as he puts it, for 43 years.

01/13/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All’: Gas Meters, 3-Alarm Fires & Hat Tricks

This one came to us without a name, but it’s from someone who wanted to know: How do they read our gas meters?

01/10/2014

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Good Question: Is The PC Dead?

From curved televisions to connected cars, this year’s Consumer Electronics Show has all the latest tech trends. But what you won’t find much about is the traditional personal computer. That prompted a blogger with the Washington Post to declare: “The PC is dead.”

01/09/2014

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Good Question: How Much Does Insurance Fraud Cost Us?

More than 100 former New York City workers – including police officers and firefighters – were charged Tuesday with defrauding the disability system. Some are accused of fishing or doing karate after saying they were too injured or too depressed to work. Prosecutors say the alleged scams cost the federal government about $400 million. Every year, Americans pay $1.1 trillion in private insurance premiums, but a big chunk of that money goes to pay out false insurance claims.

01/08/2014

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Good Question: Why Do Our Houses Make Noise When It’s Cold?

This winter, you’ve probably heard your house make some scary noises — a pop, a bang, sometimes it’s even loud enough to wake us up in the middle of the night.

01/07/2014

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Good Question: How Often Should We Start Cold Cars?

On Monday, AAA and mechanics across the Twin Cities were flooded with calls from people whose car batteries had died. So, that had Jeff from Minneapolis and Kristen from Cottage Grove wondering: How often should we start our cars when it’s this cold? Paul Hagen, owner of Hagen’s Auto Body, says cars are made very differently from twenty years ago, making them more likely to start in the cold.

01/06/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All’: Extreme Cold Edition

Ila from Bemidji wanted the answer to a Good Question we get all the time: How do they keep from water in a water tower from freezing?

01/03/2014