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Good Question: What Kind Of Beer Do We Drink?

Craft beer has been growing dramatically, while the big players — like Budweiser — have faltered over the past decade. But what beers are Americans really drinking? Heather Brown answers this Good Question.

02/04/2015

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Good Question: Why Do We Use Less Sand On Roads?

Every winter, cities, counties and the state spend millions clearing our roads of snow and ice. Each method comes with costs and benefits, but crews have really cut back on abrasives. Over the past decade, there’s been a move away from spreading sand to cut down on the slippery spots.

02/03/2015

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Good Question: Why Is Our MNsure Open Enrollment Time Limited?

The deadline to enroll is MNsure is this Feb. 15. After that, you’ll have to wait to sign up until the next open enrollment period, which will likely be later this year.

02/02/2015

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Good Questions: RSVP Etiquette, Car Tabs, Stomach Gum

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores the myth about gum’s durability in the human stomach, the source of car tab convenience fees and etymology of RSVPs.

01/30/2015

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Good Question: Why Do The Vaccinated Get Sick?

On Thursday, the Minnesota Department of Health confirmed that the U of M student sickened with measles had been vaccinated. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control had reported six of the original 52 people who contracted the virus at Disneyland had gotten the shot as well.

So how can you get sick if you’ve had the vaccine? Good Question.
The Minnesota Department of Health confirmed Thursday that the University of Minnesota student sickened with measles had been vaccinated.

01/29/2015

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Good Question: How Do We Save For College?

A government study found only between 3 percent to 7 percent of all families use a 529 account. So how do we save for higher education?

01/28/2015

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Good Question: Where Can You Fly A Drone?

Early Monday morning, a drone crashed on the White House grounds. On Tuesday, we learned that a government worker has been operating the drone. He told investigators that he had been drinking before he lost control of the device. The incident raises questions about drone guidelines and regulations.

01/27/2015

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Good Question: Where Does Our Money Go When We Buy Gas?

Gas prices have been a little more tolerable for a while now. Or at least we don’t cringe every time we pull up to the pump. But as cheaper gas flows into our cars and less money leaves our pockets, how much of that $2 per gallon gas is helping with road repairs?

01/26/2015

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Good Questions: Super Bowls, Game Shows, & Uncle Sam

Every Friday, Heather Brown offers a few short takes on some of our viewers Good Questions. This week, she’s looking at game show winnings, Uncle Sam, and the Super Bowl.

01/23/2015

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Good Question: Is It OK To Bribe Your Kids?

It might be an M&M to sit on the potty, a little toy for behaving in Target or a dollar for 10 minutes of peace and quiet. Sounds like a negotiation you’ve recently had with your child? Well, we’ve all been there. But is it OK to bribe our children? Parenting expert Toni Schutta says it’s alright, but only under certain conditions.

01/22/2015

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Good Question: Why Has The Teenage Birth Rate Fallen?

In 2013, Hennepin County reported a 15 percent drop in the number of babies born to teenage mothers. Across the state, the decline was 9 percent and nationwide, it was 10 percent.

01/21/2015

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Good Question: When Should You Refinance Your Home?

Mortgage rates have dropped once again to near all-time lows. This week’s average rate for a 30-year fixed loan is right around 3.6 percent. That’s almost a point lower compared with rates 12 to 15 months ago. It also has mortgage brokers’ offices four times busier than a typical January.

01/20/2015

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Good Question: Who Makes Up The Top 1 Percent?

A new report from Oxfam International finds that by 2016, the top one percent of people will own 50 percent of the world’s wealth. That’s up from 44 percent in 2009.

01/19/2015

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Good Questions: Dog Tails, Idle Lawmakers, & WCCO

Every Friday, we rapid-fire answer some of your various Good Questions. This week, Heather Brown takes a look at dogs, the 2016 legislative session, and WCCO itself.

01/16/2015

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Good Question: Why Don’t Most Schools Have Recess Before Lunch?

When we were growing up, you always had recess after lunch. But new research shows that children will eat 54 percent more fruits and vegetables at lunch if they eat after recess. “Recess is often held after lunch so children hurry to ‘finish’ so that they can go play. This results in wasted fruits and vegetables,” Dr. David Just of Cornell University said.

01/15/2015

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Good Question: Is MN’s Road Construction Season Year-Round?

Ever hear the saying there are two seasons in Minnesota? “Yes,” Marsha Johnston of Minneapolis said. “There’s winter and there’s road construction.” But over the past few decades there have been more road, ramp and bridge closures throughout the winter.

01/14/2015

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Good Question: How Did Minnesota Become The State Of Hockey?

Hockey Day Minnesota is this Saturday. High school, college and pro teams will play outside throughout the day on a specially-made rink. It’s a celebration of the state’s official sport that an estimated 100,000 Minnesotans play.

01/13/2015

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Good Question: What’s The Difference Between ISIS, Al-Qaeda?

Last week, terror attacks in Paris killed 17 people in three incidents over three days. Now, two familiar groups have claimed responsibility.

01/12/2015

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Good Questions: Flat Tires, Gov. Swearing In, & NFL Fines

Every Friday, we like to answer some of the emails you’ve send to us throughout the week. This week, you wanted to know about NFL fines, flat tires why does the Governor have to be sworn in again?

01/09/2015

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Good Question: Who Takes Care Of Us When We Get Older?

A new study from the University of Minnesota finds we vastly underestimate the amount of help we’ll need later in life,

01/08/2015

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Good Question: Where Does This Cold Weather Originate?

We all know Minnesota winters can be long and hard, but negative double digits is pretty cold, even for the heartiest Minnesotans. So, that had David from Red Wing wanting to know: Where does this cold weather start? Basically, the air circulates all over the world. In theory, you could balloon around the world if you caught the right winds.

01/07/2015

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Reality Check: The ‘No Session 2016’ Movement

An interesting new idea from some Minnesota lawmakers this year: Cancel next year’s legislative session. The “No Session 2016″ movement began the first hour of the first day of the 2015 legislature, when top leaders revealed that they’re talking about it.

01/07/2015

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Good Question: Who Makes Up Our Congress?

On Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden swore in 71 new members to the 114th Congress, including the first Black Republican woman elected to the U.S. House from Utah. This group of 535 people is now the most diverse in U.S. history.

01/07/2015

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Good Question: Why Do We Still Have Fuel Surcharges?

Twice a month, CitySprint, a courier company based in Edina, adjusts its fuel surcharge. It generally adjusts down one percent for every 10 cent drop in gas. Larger delivery companies, like UPS, have also reduced their fuel surcharge.

01/05/2015

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Good Questions: Gatorade Dump, Mayday, Colds

We fielded viewers’ questions on football game Gatorade protocol, international distress signals and the cold-cold correlation.

01/02/2015