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Frank Vascellaro

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Frank co-anchors the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. news Monday through Friday with his lovely wife by his side. On June 29, 2006, Vascellaro and his wife, Amelia Santaniello, became the first married couple to co-anchor a daily news program in the Twin Cities.

Frank has been an anchor in this community since 1996. Before coming to Minnesota, Frank worked at WAND-TV in Decatur, Ill. and at WHOI-TV in Peoria, Ill. as an anchor/reporter.

Growing up in Denver Co., Frank attended the United States Air Force Academy before transferring to the University of Colorado at Boulder. He later studied broadcasting at Columbia College in Chicago, Ill.

The Society of Professional Journalists recognized Frank with its broadcast award for Investigative Reporting in 2008. He was awarded the 2011 and 2012 Regional Emmy for Best Anchor. Frank and Amelia are deeply involved with the community and frequently serve as the master of ceremonies at some of the Twin Cities premier charity events.

Frank married Amelia in 1999 in Florence, Italy. They live in Minneapolis with their three kids — a son Sam and twins Joseph and Francesca — and two dogs.

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‘Operation Walk’ Helps Provide Free Hip, Knee Replacements

Michelle Williams’ energy is ever-present. And so is her limp. The online auction manager never stops moving around her 4,000 square-foot warehouse. But when running her forklift became more than just a pain, Williams realized she needed help. “I like to have fun,” Williams said.

06/17/2014

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Blindness Isn’t Stopping This 15-Year-old H.S. Senior’s Quest For Knowledge

When the Wayzata Science Bowl team practices, they mean business. They just won the state championship, and they are now getting ready for nationals in Washington, D.C.

02/18/2014

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Paying Your Kids To Do Chores, Homework? There’s An App For That

On paper, allowances should be easy. But if you’ve ever tried to motivate a kid to study or do chores or forgot to pay off when they did, you know otherwise. So now a Minnesota start-up is introducing a high-tech solution: It’s a new app to help families manage allowances without the nagging or haggling.

02/11/2014

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Hopeful Snow Messages Appear Outside St. Cloud Hospital

In this coldest of winters, somebody is doing something special to warm the hearts of patients at a Minnesota hospital.

02/10/2014

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New CEO Single-Handedly Turning Best Buy Around

Best Buy has a new strategy and is excited about the holiday shopping season. But just 12 months ago, many business analysts wondered if the iconic Minnesota retailer would even survive. The stock was in free fall, the former CEO was accused of having an affair with an employee and was ousted, and the founder of the company was attempting a hostile takeover.

11/06/2013

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Painless Treatment For Children: That’s This Doctor’s Mission

Most children get anxious if they have to go the hospital, or even the doctor’s office for a shot. Pain is scary for kids. So in this age of modern medicine, why isn’t a bigger effort made to alleviate pain in children? Answering that question led to a cutting-edge program at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics. There, a doctor who came all the way from Germany is taking away the pain of kids in the Twin Cities.

10/23/2013

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Sports Psychotherapist: How Losing Teams Can Turn It Around

The Minnesota Vikings got off to a horrible start to this year’s season. But is it too late to turn things around? Rick Aberman is a sports psychotherapist who works with dozens of professional and college teams and large corporations. “I help people perform up to their potential,” Aberman said. “I help them understand how their thoughts and emotions impact whatever they do in a positive way or a negative way.” Aberman says the key is to prepare as best you can and focus on the process – not the results.

10/21/2013

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Urban Ventures: Using Music To Keep Kids In School

Urban Ventures has been helping kids break the cycle of poverty for 20 years. It’s an organization built around academics and mentorship, but one of its most successful programs uses the power of music.

09/25/2013

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Fasting: The Key To Quick, Healthy Weight Loss?

The Movement Minneapolis, a hardcore gym known for intense workouts, is a noisy place at lunchtime. But owner David Dellanave says after the workouts, not much is spoken about lunch. “If you’re not hungry, why are you eating?” Dellanave said. Members like Lacy Morgan and Martin Rittenbery skip eating once or twice a week. “I’ve heard them preaching about it, so I decided to give it a go,” Morgan said.

09/23/2013

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Fired Totino-Grace Teacher: ‘I’m Not Ashamed Of Having Said I’m Gay’

A former Catholic school teacher and campus minister opened up Wednesday night after losing her job at a school she still loves. Kristen Ostendorf still has strong feelings for Totino-Grace and her religion, even though she was fired after revealing her relationship with another woman.

09/11/2013

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Construction On Penn Ave. Shuttering Businesses For The Summer

Penn Avenue in south Minneapolis is being rebuilt and widened, and the work is taking from May through October.

07/30/2013

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‘Just A Regular Guy From St. Paul’: Frank Remembers Vince Flynn

Vince Flynn will be remembered around the world as the man who wrote enthralling political thrillers that millions of people couldn’t put down.

06/19/2013

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Minn. Teen Loses 165 Pounds, Becomes Inspiration For Others Online

One-third of all kids and teenagers are considered overweight or obese.  Yet we hardly ever hear about kids who’ve lost a lot of weight. Frozen dinners aren’t what most 15-year-olds eat. But Nate St. Martin isn’t like most teenagers.

06/17/2013

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Grand Rapids’ Judy Garland Museum Is Still Big Draw

John Kelsch has helped put Grand Rapids on the map by celebrating the life of its biggest star – Judy Garland. Some say “The Wizard of Oz” is the most-watched film of all time. “Three-and-a-half billion people have seen ‘The Wizard of Oz,’” Kelsch said. This feat makes Grand Rapids’ native Garland – born Frances Gumm…

06/10/2013

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$6M Of Skyways For The Vikings Stadium?

Now that plans for a new Vikings stadium have been determined, what happens to the area around it is still in the works.

06/04/2013

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