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Good Question: What Should You Do With Unwanted Gifts?

One of the most awkward parts of the holiday season is that moment when you unwrap a strange gift and try to act like you love it.

12/25/2014

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Good Question: Why Do We Stick To Traditions?

Why do we stick to traditions? Good Question.

12/24/2014

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Good Question: Why Do We Send Holiday Cards?

Every December, my husband Joe and I look forward to getting the mail. We’re suckers for Christmas cards. We love the letters from the dogs, the sweet note from Grandma and the pictures of all the kids we haven’t seen that year. “You don’t get mail anymore, you just get emails, so to have something to open that’s not a bill is just nice,” said Joe.

12/23/2014

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Good Question: Are We At The Peak Of Flu Season?

State health officials say they can’t remember the last time Minnesota has had such an early widespread flu.

12/22/2014

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Good Questions: Christmas Snow, Holiday Wreaths And Wrapping Presents

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores the weather, holiday wreaths and gift wrapping.

12/19/2014

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Good Question: How Often Do Hackers Get Caught?

The White House said Thursday it believes “a sophisticated actor” with “malicious intent” was behind the Sony hack. But a White House spokesman said it won’t blame North Korea. Over the past few years, there have been several high-profile cyber crimes against large companies, including Target and Home Depot, that have resulted in little, if no, consequences for the criminals.

12/18/2014

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Good Question: How Many Of Us Get Flu Shots?

This year’s flu vaccine isn’t a good match for this year’s most common strains of influenza. According to the Centers for Disease Control, only 48 percent of flu virus samples taken through last month were closely related to this year’s North American vaccine.

12/17/2014

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Good Question: Why Do Presidential Candidates Announce So Early?

On Tuesday morning, Jeb Bush announced on Facebook that he would “actively explore the possibility of running for President.” With 692 days until the 2016 race, he’s the first potential candidate to officially say he or she is thinking about running, even though there has been speculation about several others over the past year. So, why do candidates announce so early?

12/16/2014

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Good Question: Is Free Shipping Really Free?

With $61 billion of our online dollars up for grabs this holiday, many more retailers are offering free shipping this season.

12/15/2014

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Good Questions: Plastic Recycling, Mileage Signs, LEGO Structures

Good Questions: Plastic Recycling, Mileage Signs, LEGO structures

12/12/2014

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Good Question: What’s The Best Way To Combat Dry Skin?

We love our Minnesota winters, but we all know they come with a few side effects, like very dry skin. When the temperatures drop, so does the amount of water in the air, which can lead to flaky, itchy spots all over our bodies. So, what is the best way to combat dry skin?

12/11/2014

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Good Question: What Happens To Our Debt When We Die?

A new study from CreditCards.com found almost 1 in 5 people think they’ll never get out of the debt. That’s twice as many people who gave that same response last year. So, what happens to our debt when we die?

12/10/2014

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Good Question: How Has Air Travel Changed?

In March, Delta Airlines will start offering five different levels of pricing, ranging from a bare-bones “basic economy” all the way to an elite first-class “Delta One” ticket. It’s a far cry from the 1960s, when airlines used to print their prices weeks in advance. So, how has airline travel changed?

12/09/2014

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Good Question: Does Twitter Reflect Public Opinion?

When big news happens, it can seem like everyone flocks to Twitter. But, studies show only 19 percent of adults who use the Internet are on Twitter and only 3 percent use it regularly.

12/08/2014

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Good Questions: Eggnog, Glue, & One-Way Plane Tickets

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, John Lauritsen explores one-way plane tickets, glue containers and eggnog.

12/05/2014

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Good Question: How Much Sick Time Do We Take?

It’s the time of year when the sick list can get long. The common cold, the flu and strep throat can leave businesses a bit understaffed. So over the course of the year, how much sick time do we take? The average American worker is given about eight to 10 days of sick leave a year, but most people only take between 3 and 6.

12/04/2014

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Good Question: What Are The Mumps?

Wild fans hoping to see Ryan Suter in action Wednesday night got some disappointing news. Suter had played 153 consecutive games with the Wild, but was held out Wednesday because of “mump-like” symptoms.

12/03/2014

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Good Question: What Makes A Baby Name Popular?

BabyCenter.com announced Tuesday the most popular baby names of 2014. The most popular girls’ name was Sophia for the fifth year in a row. Jackson topped the boys’ list for the second year in a row. Behind every name there’s a story. For 2-month-old Davis, it’s pretty straightforward.

12/02/2014

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Good Question: How Long Do Leftovers Last?

How long can holiday leftovers stick around?

12/01/2014

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Good Questions: Gopher Trophies, Runny Noses & Bell Ringers

Dick from Stillwater asked: When was the last time the Gophers had possession of the Pig, Jug and Axe? Earlier this season, Minnesota beat Michigan to take the Little Brown Jug and Iowa for Floyd of Rosedale. If the Gophers beat the Badgers on Saturday, they will also be in possession of Paul Bunyan’s Axe. The last time that happened was 1967.

11/28/2014

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Good Question: How Can We Keep The Peace With Family?

Let’s be honest, by now someone in your house for the Thanksgiving holiday is getting under your skin. Surviving time with our relatives can sometimes be more work than cooking the big meal.

11/27/2014

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Good Question: What Happens To Our Bodies When We Eat Too Much?

You might as well get out the sweatpants right now, because we all know we’re throwing moderation out the door for Thanksgiving. The average person consumes about 4,000 calories on Thanksgiving, or twice what we eat on a daily basis.

11/26/2014

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Good Question: When Can Planes Fly In Bad Weather?

This Thanksgiving holiday, Mother Nature apparently didn’t consult the calendar. Wednesday will be one of the busiest travel days of the year. That makes for particularly bad timing because a Nor’easter capable of dropping many as 13 inches along the East Coast is set to hit Wednesday morning.

11/25/2014

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Good Question: Why Do We Eat Turkey On Thanksgiving?

Almost 90 percent of Americans will eat turkey for Thanksgiving, according to the National Turkey Federation. The average turkey will weigh 16 pounds.

11/24/2014

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Good Questions: College Vs. University, Black Friday, & Pool Tables

Every Friday, Heather Brown takes a look at some of the random Good Questions viewers have asked her recently. Here are this week’s short takes.

11/21/2014