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Colin Smith

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Colin is a morning anchor/reporter for WCCO-AM.

A Minnesota native, Colin comes from KTAR-FM in Phoenix, where he covered the Supreme Court hearings on the state’s controversial immigration bill and the recovery of wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, among other stories. He also hosted a news-talk program.

Before that, Colin was an anchor/reporter in the political-rich state of Ohio. He covered the contentious presidential elections of 2004 and 2008, where presidential candidates made several visits to try and earn the Buckeye State’s coveted 20 electoral votes.

He graduated with a degree in Political Science from The Ohio State University. He attended Apple Valley High School.

When not at work, Colin enjoys the Twin Cities’ endless good restaurants and golf courses. He’s a sports fanatic (Vikings season ticket holder) who enjoys the variety of the Vikes, Twins, Gophers, Wild and Wolves. He’s also a horse-racing enthusiast.

Colin’s parents and grandparents live in the south metro area. He’s happy to be home!

most recent stories2 Colin Smith

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Catholic League Seeks To ID The Archbishop’s Alleged Victim

With St. Paul police investigating Archbishop John Nienstedt, who’s accused of inappropriately touching a boy’s behind, the Catholic League wants to independently identify his accuser.

12/18/2013

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Study: 1 In 5 Minneapolis, St. Paul Students Opt For Charter Schools

For the first time ever, one-in-five students in the school districts of Minneapolis and St. Paul attend public charter schools, according to a new study. The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released its annual market share report findings on Wednesday, indicating that Minneapolis-St. Paul had surpassed 20 percent charter school attendance.

12/11/2013

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Snow Removal Companies Celebrate Winter’s Arrival

A storm expected to dump three to six inches in the Twin Cities metro and heavier snow in northern suburbs is good news for a business that is almost entirely dependent on weather.

12/04/2013

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8 St. Paul Bars Offer ‘Any Beer, Any Time’ To Furloughed Workers

As the government shutdown enters day 15 with some progress on a deal, eight bars and restaurants in St. Paul are doing what they can to help furloughed employees. And what better way than with free beer.

10/15/2013

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Canterbury Park Breaks Season Record

Celebrating a resurgence of racing, Canterbury Park wrapped up one of its most successful seasons in its colorful history. Over the course of 69 days, attendance and handle, which is the amount of money bet on Canterbury races, rose to the highest levels since 1995.

09/15/2013

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Much Room For Drivers To Improve Around School Buses

In our culture of distracted driving, school buses have become increasingly vulnerable. In 2012, 553 school buses were involved in accidents, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

09/12/2013

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Female Race Announcer To Make History At Canterbury Park

It is a day that Angela Herrmann will never forget: May 2, 1998. As an 11-year-old girl, Herrmann sat transfixed in front of her television as Real Quiet won the Kentucky Derby.

09/06/2013

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Elk River Chief Attends Arizona Firefighter Memorial

Elk River’s fire chief is one of thousands of firefighters attending a memorial service in Arizona on Tuesday to help lay 19 of his brothers to rest. District Chief Phil Collins left Sunday, beginning a 25-hour drive to pay his respects.

07/09/2013

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Positively Minnesota: Fixing Broken Smiles

More than 1,000 dentists, hygienists and volunteers will provide $1 million in free care this weekend, part of the Minnesota Mission of Mercy campaign. The 2012 event, held in Mankato, helped 2,062 patients with more than $1.3 million in free dental work.

06/13/2013

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FBI Ranks Minnesota 13th In U.S. For Sex Trafficking

It’s a story being written in the halls of schools across the Twin Cities — girls as young as 12 are being recruited as sex workers. The FBI ranks Minnesota 13th in the nation for highest incidence of sex trafficking.

06/12/2013

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UMD Researchers Develop ‘Nuclear Option’ To Fix Potholes

Researchers at the University of Minnesota-Duluth have developed a revolutionary new treatment for those pesky potholes: Just nuke them. A decade of work has uncovered the unlikely combination of magnetite and microwave energy, a mixture that could lead to smoother roads and fewer orange barrels.

06/06/2013

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Positively Minnesota: Mississippi Paddleboarding Tour A Rare Treat

It could be the best two hours you spend this summer. Whether you’re new to the area or have lived here your entire life, a paddleboarding tour down the Mississippi River offers some the most breathtaking views of the Twin Cities you’ve ever seen.

06/06/2013

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Gas Station Owners Feel The Pain Of High Fuel Prices

Before you blame the messenger for gas prices still hovering around $4 per gallon, service station owners want you to know something: They’re hurting, too. The biggest pinch comes from credit and debit card fees, charges which rise in lockstep with soaring pump prices.

05/30/2013

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Elk River Drowning, Pool Openings Spur Water Safety Reminder

As Memorial Day weekend marks the opening of many public pools, a Twin Cities foundation is pushing parents toward a water safety pledge. Edina-based Abbey’s Hope is promoting the Water Watchdog Tag, a physical reminder for parents.

05/27/2013

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Positively MN: Nonprofit Curbs Growing Homeless Youth Population

Minnesota’s homeless youth population is growing. On any given night, 2,500 young people spend the night on couches, car backseats, or worst of all, at city parks across the Metro. More than 10,000 Minnesotans younger than 18 will experience homelessness in some form this year.

05/16/2013

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