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Heather Brown

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Heather Brown loves to put her innate curiosity to work to answer your Good Questions on WCCO 4 News at 10.

She returned to WCCO in October of 2012 after two years of reporting at WNYW, a Fox affiliate in New York City. In the Big Apple, she primarily covered New York City public schools, but had the opportunity to report on breaking news, Hurricane Sandy and the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11.

Heather had been at WCCO from 2006 through 2010. Some of her most memorable stories included the destructive forest fires in the Boundary Waters, the Republican National Convention in St. Paul and the 35W bridge collapse. She also reported for CBS News on the historic flooding in Fargo and tornadoes in western Minnesota.

Before her journey to Minnesota, Heather worked at WIS in Columbia, S.C. There, she covered the 2004 S.C. Democratic presidential primary, reported on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina from Biloxi and produced an award-winning education series that helped students get school supplies needed in many South Carolina classrooms.

Heather is a born-and-raised Philadelphia gal. She graduated with honors from Colgate University, so cold winters are nothing new! After college, Heather worked at CNBC in Los Angeles producing business news stories. She spent almost two years on the west coast before heading to Boston. In 2003, she earned a master’s degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

She’s proud of her Department of Natural Resources firefighting certification, participation in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program and nine marathons. (The 2010 Twin Cities race was her PR!)

There’s a good chance you’ll find Heather and her husband running the Chain of Lakes or hitting up fun restaurants around town. But, give her a good book in front a warm fireplace and she’ll disappear for hours.

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Good Question ‘Reply All’: Street Sand Removal, Lake Names & Population Signs

Ken from Roseville asked: What do the cities do with all the sand they sweep up in the spring? That depends on the city.

05/23/2014

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Good Question: Why Are Our Kids Obsessed With ‘Frozen’?

If you are a parent of a child under the age of 10, there’s a very good chance you know the words to “Let it Go.”

05/20/2014

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Good Question: What Do Equine Nasal Strips Do For Horses?

The New York State Gaming Commission ruled Monday to overturn its ban on nasal strips for racing horses. California Chrome, the horse hoping to take home the Triple Crown for the first time in 36 years, used the strips in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness.

05/19/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All’: Hiccups, Away Games & QWERTY

Toni asked: What causes hiccups? The diaphragm, the muscle just below the rib, gets irritated and starts to spasm. That causes a person to take in air quickly. When that air hits our vocal cords, out comes the hiccups. Eating and drinking too quickly, excitement, swallowing too much or smoking can be common causes of hiccups.

05/16/2014

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Good Question: Why Isn’t Dental Work Covered Under Most Health Plans?

Anyone who has had an infected tooth, a root canal or their wisdom teeth pulled might have wondered what Darlene from LeCenter asked us earlier this week: Why isn’t dental work covered under most health care plans?

05/15/2014

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Good Question: How Much Should We Be Saving?

A new study finds we’re not saving nearly as much as we should or could. Interest.com looked at typical household spending in the Twin Cities and subtracted it from the area’s media after-tax income.

05/14/2014

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Good Question: How Is Bail Determined?

Former University of Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson was out of jail Monday afternoon after posting $20,000 bail. He allegedly assaulted another man, leaving him in critical condition. But Neal Zumberge is still behind bars a week after he was charged with the murder of his neighbor. The New Brighton man WAS not able to make his $1.5 million bail.

05/13/2014

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Good Question: Is There A Natural Way To Induce Labor?

Over the past several months of answering viewer’s ‘Good Questions’, you’ve watched my belly grow. So, now that I’m closing in on end of this journey, I thought it appropriate to ask: Are there any natural tricks to inducing labor? According to father-of-three, Chris Shaffer, “It just takes a little sauerkraut and that baby will come right out.”

05/12/2014

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Good Question: Minnesota Wild Playoff Edition

On Tuesday night’s Game 3 of the Wild-versus-Blackhawks series, the Wild reported attendance was a record 19,416. So, Ruth and Greg asked: How does the Wild determine game attendance? “We get a report at the end of the night that tells us how many tickets were sold and that’s the number, like every other sports team, we put out,” said Wild spokesman Ryan Stanzel.

05/08/2014

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Good Question: Why Do We Like Getting Flowers?

This Mother’s Day, Americans are expected to spend an average of $163 on mom. According to the National Retail Federation, 81 percent of people will send cards and 66 percent will give flowers. Sweaters, books, CDs, gardening tools, a day at the spa and brunch rounded out the list.

05/07/2014

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Good Question: Why Do Our Allergies Make Us Feel So Terrible?

After our cold winter, experts are calling this spring a particularly bad season for allergy sufferers. All of that sneezing, itchy eyes, stuffy nose, and congestion can make for a miserable couple of months.

05/06/2014

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Good Question: Why Do We Pay CEOs So Much To Leave?

It’s not yet clear exactly how much newly resigned Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel stands to make from his severance package, but analysts say it could be anywhere from $9 million to $55 million. Target is expected to release its latest proxy statement this month.

05/05/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All’: Robin Eggs, Fine Money & Dog Smell

Toni Lynn from North St. Paul asked: Why are robin eggs blue? According to DNR bird expert Carol Henderson, the pigments in the blood of the mom robin are embedded into the egg shell as the egg passes through the oviduct before it’s laid.

05/02/2014

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Good Question: What Can Watching Sports Do To Our Bodies?

If you didn’t know any better, you’d think it was the athletes doing all the work in Thursday night’s Wild-Avalanche Game 7. But plenty of fans had increased heart rates, higher blood pressure and sweaty palms – and those were the people that weren’t jumping up and down.

05/01/2014

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Good Question: Do You Have To Turn Headlights On During Rain?

Over the past several days of rain, some WCCO viewers have emailed us wondering: Why do some drivers not turn on their lights in the rain? “Some people are forgetting and some people aren’t aware, and I think some people are choosing to ignore that,” said Lt. Chris Erickson with the Minnesota State Patrol. “I hope that’s not the case.”

04/30/2014

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