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Amelia co-anchors the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. news Monday through Friday. She’s been with the station since 1996. Ten years later, her husband, Frank Vascellaro, joined her as co-anchor. They are the first married couple to co-anchor a news program in the Twin Cities.

Before coming to Minnesota, Amelia anchored the weekend news at WTIC-TV in Hartford, CT. She started her career in Washington, D.C., at WUSA, where she was a reporter trainee. From there, she went to WETM-TV in Elmira, N.Y., where she anchored the weekend newscasts. Then she moved on to WNEP-TV in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pa. as a reporter and anchor.

Amelia was born in Alexandria, Va. She grew up in a career military family and lived in Virginia, Japan and Texas. She attended Marywood University in Dunmore, Pa.

City Pages editors named her Best Newscaster in the Twin Cities in 2000 and 2013. Readers of The Minnesota Women’s Press picked her as their favorite local female television personality.

Amelia and Frank are deeply involved with the community and frequently serve as the master of ceremonies at some of the Twin Cities premier charity events.

They live in Minneapolis with their three kids and two dogs.

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‘Simon Says Give’ Provides More Than Free Backpacks

With 9-year-old Jayden and 7-year-old Andrew, Karen Wettanen is always busy. And when back-to-school time arrives, she’s almost always strapped. The working mom from St. Louis Park lives on a fixed income, so filling up their backpacks stretches her budget.

07/29/2014

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After 10 Years, Minn. Business Makes Emotional Name Change

A Minnesota business that has stores throughout the country is about to get a new name. Hot Mama will change its name Monday, but WCCO got a peak at the new logo Sunday night. Not to mention an explanation of the surprising reason behind the change, and what it means to an owner so closely connected to the original name.

07/13/2014

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Former High School Hockey Player Has A Prom To Remember

It’s one of the most memorable milestones for any high school student. Ten, twenty, thirty years later, we all remember who we went with and what we wore. Of course, we’re talking about prom. For one student, their memories will also include Mark Rosen.

05/05/2014

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Finding A Summer Camp Is Easier Than Ever

There’s a fresh coat of snow on the ground, but don’t let that fool you. Some parents already feel like they’re behind on their summer planning. With so many choices for day and overnight camps, and for every possible interest area, sorting through it all can feel like doing your taxes. “It’s hard to imagine how early you need to get it all done,” said Lindsay Litman, a mother of two from New Hope. “Not only do camps fill up, but you need to save money for them.”

03/19/2014

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Founder, CEO Of Hot Mama On Booming Business

Mixing work with family can be tough for a married couple. But one duo seems to have done it, building a booming business despite very limited experience. “I didn’t have a retail background and I opened up a store called Hot Mama,” said Megan Tamte, the founder and CEO of Hot Mama. “I think those are two things right there that set you up for a lot of naysayers.” But Tamte has been proving those naysayers wrong for nine years. The third grade teacher turned business mogul was recently named Ernst and Young’s Midwest Entrepreneur of the Year. So Amelia Santaniello sat down to talk to her about building a business, with kids, without any experience, and with her husband as a partner. Watch them getting ready for a family dinner, and you can tell that Megan and Mike Tamte know how to work together. They preach teamwork to 16-year-old Allison and 13-year-old Roian, and say it’s one of the secrets to their success in an unexpected business.

11/25/2013

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Queen Noor Empowers Youth At We Day

Some 18,000 were mesmerized by the music at the first ever We Day at the Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday. But they were also transfixed by the message from a 62-year-old American who became the Queen of Jordan.

10/08/2013

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Controversy After Mpls. Marks ‘Park’ Off Limits

Two months after storms slammed the Twin Cities, downed and weakened trees are still getting in the way. In an area of undeveloped land that sits right on the border of Edina, St. Louis Park and Minneapolis, the storms knocked down several trees, and the city of Minneapolis decided to post “no trespassing” signs.

08/21/2013

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Minn. Workers Can Soon Take Medical Leave To Care For Family Members

If you work at a Minnesota company with at least 21 employees, there’s a change in the law you should know about. It has to do with sick leave benefits.

07/31/2013

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Nat’l Wildlife Refuge Goes To The Cows

The Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge is a recreation destination. But this summer, some of the biggest animals there are cows. About an hour north of the Twin Cities, the refuge is more than 30,000 acres of oak savanna and wetlands. But some invasive plant species are threatening to change this habitat. So they’re trying a new way to control the undesirable plants, letting cows eat them.

07/29/2013

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Twins Give Thrill To Boy Who Lost Dad To Cancer

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – An 8-year-old boy celebrated a special Father’s Day at Target Field Friday afternoon. Tyson Hill was just 3 when he lost his father to a brain tumor. His grandmother, Barb Probst, reached [...]

06/14/2013

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Prominent MN Women React To Facebook COO’s ‘Lean In’ Book

A controversial new book on women and leadership is topping best-seller lists and it’s got people talking.

06/02/2013

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Birdhouses Building Relationships At St. Paul Elementary School

When other schools are quieting down for the summer, one school gets louder. Kids at Obama Elementary in St. Paul are building birdhouses as part of their Career Explorations class. On paper, they’re learning about architecture. In practice, they’re learning a whole lot more.

05/30/2013

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Start Seeing Women Motorcyclists, Including Amelia

When you’re out driving, you’re more and more likely to see women on motorcycles. In the last 10 years, the number of women riding motorcycles in Minnesota has grown more than 58 percent — from 31,576 riders in 2002 to 53,784 in 2012. And one of the brands that is seeing the most growth is the one that is considered the most masculine — Harley Davidson.

05/20/2013

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Following Jolie’s Mastectomy, What Are Your Options?

Actress, activist and philanthropist Angelina Jolie revealed in the New York Times she had a voluntary double mastectomy, and said her decision came after learning she had an 87 percent risk of getting cancer.

05/14/2013

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Interview: Marilyn Carlson Nelson On Retirement, Business & Human Rights

Marilyn Carlson Nelson has been recognized by the White House and will receive the Public Leadership Award from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs next week for her work to stop sex trafficking.

04/30/2013

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