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Heather Brown loves to put her 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!)

On the weekends, there’s a good chance you’ll find Heather, her husband and their two kids exploring the lakes, parks and restaurants all over Twin Cities. But, give her a good book in front a warm fireplace and she’ll disappear for hours.

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Good Question: How Did Minnesota Get Its Name?

On May 11, 1858, Minnesota officially became the 32nd state. So, Cassandra from Cannon Falls asks: How did Minnesota get its name? Good Question.

05/11/2015

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Good Questions: Hot Dogs, Traffic Maps & Social Security Numbers

Every Friday, Heather Brown tackles some of our viewers’ burning questions. This week, she’ll tell you why hot dogs are called hot dogs, how Google and MnDOT know about traffic conditions and how Social Security numbers are assigned.

05/08/2015

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Good Question: Do Employers Value Online Degrees?

Brown College announced Wednesday it will be phasing out its traditional classes and ultimately shutting down in light of a “more difficult higher education marketplace and challenging regulatory environment.” Instead, Career Education Corporation, the company that owns Brown, said it will focus on online courses.

05/07/2015

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Good Question: Why’s The Fishing Opener On Mother’s Day?

For seven of the past ten years, Mother’s Day and the Minnesota Fishing Opener have fallen on the same weekend. It’s an act that any fishing family has balanced long ago. So, why do these traditions often happen at the same time?

Good Question.

05/06/2015

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Good Question: Will There Be A Thanksgiving Turkey Shortage?

Across the country, about five million turkeys have been affected by the avian flu. Four million of those were in Minnesota.

05/05/2015

Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge show their newly-born daughter, their second child, to the media outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in central London, on May 2, 2015. (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

Good Question: Why Do We Have Middle Names?

Tradition tells us the Royals generally give two, sometimes three, middle names, but those extra names haven’t been around forever. So, why do we have middle names? Good Question.

05/04/2015

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Good Questions: Yogurt, Boat Wrap, Wind

Every Friday, Heather Brown tackles some of our viewers’ burning questions. This week, she’ll tell you why yogurt gathers a bit of water on top, what happens to all those winter boat wraps, and why those springtime winds tend to die down at night.

05/01/2015

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Good Question: How Old Are We When We Retire?

Growing up, many of us assume we’ll just retire by our own choice at age 65. But a new survey finds we’re actually leaving our jobs earlier than that.

04/30/2015

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Good Question: When Can Governments Call A Curfew?

On Wednesday, the city of Baltimore entered into its second night of a city-wide curfew. For the next five nights, no one is allowed in public spaces from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. Some exceptions are being made for medical emergencies or people coming from or going to work.

04/29/2015

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Good Question: How Does The National Guard Mobilize Locally?

Over the past decade, the Minnesota National Guard has been placed on active state duty 25 times. In just the past month, local troops have helped in the fight again wild fires in Northern Minnesota and the avian flu in western Minnesota.

04/28/2015

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Good Question: What Foods Contain GMOs?

Chipotle announced today says the food it prepares will be free of genetically modified organisms or GMOs. It’s the first major restaurant chain to make this change. So, what foods contain GMOs? Good Question.

04/27/2015

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Good Questions: Hat Trick Hats, Growlers, Ear Wax

The last time the Minnesota Wild scored a hat trick at the Xcel Energy Center was November 2014. Nino Niederreiter scored three goals against Buffalo. So, Lindsey from Maplewood asks: What happens to the hats people throw on the ice after a hat trick?

04/24/2015

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Good Question: Just Who Gets Secret Service Protection?

A new report from the Inspector General of Homeland Security found it took the Secret Service a year to replace a broken alarm system at former President George H.W. Bush’s home. The Secret Service is responsible for protecting all former presidents and their spouses. So, who else do they protect?

04/23/2015

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Good Questions: Lawn Dethatching, Fires, A Clinton-Clinton Ticket

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores lawn dethatching, 3-alarm fires and a Clinton-Clinton presidential ticket.

04/17/2015

Road Closed

Good Question: Why Does MnDOT Close So Much Roadway?

This weekend, MnDOT will close the six miles of Highway 100 between Highway 62 and I-394 as part of a larger project to widen the road.

04/16/2015

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Good Question: When Should You Get A Second Opinion?

Actress Rita Wilson revealed to People Magazine she was diagnosed with breast cancer, but she said her first doctor didn’t catch it. She went to another doctor after feeling something wasn’t quite right. It was that second doctor, and then later a third, who caught the cancer early. Now, she’s encouraging others to ask for second opinions.

04/15/2015

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Good Question: How Crowded Are Airplanes?

A new study out of Wichita State University finds people’s experience with commercial airline travel is getting worse. The study of major airline performance shows more flights are late, more bags are getting lost and the number of people packed on planes is at an all-time high.

04/14/2015

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Good Questions: Golf Terms, Seasonal Gas, Leggy Letterman

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores golf terms, summer gas and the David Letterman show.

04/10/2015

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Good Question: What Is The Tiger Woods Effect?

The odds of him winning the Masters Tournament are 25 to 1, but all eyes will still be on Tiger Woods this weekend.

04/09/2015

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Good Question: Where Does Our Drinking Water Come From?

On Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator, Gina McCarthy, visited the Twin Cities. She toured the St. Paul Regional Water Services Treatment Plant to highlight the importance of protecting the streams and wetlands that provide drinking water to a third of all Americans.

04/08/2015

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Good Question: What Does Organic Actually Mean?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture started regulating the use of the word “organic” on foods in 2002. Since then, there’s been huge growth in that category. Grocery stores like Kowalski’s say they’ve seen double-digit growth in demand for organics every year in the past decade.

04/07/2015

Easter Eggs

Good Questions: Movie Trailers, Easter Eggs, Strikeouts

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores how movie trailers got their name, the origins of Easter eggs, and the scorekeeping symbol for “strikeout.”

04/03/2015

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Good Question: What Are Our Busiest Freeways?

Millions of drivers use metro freeways in Minneapolis and St. Paul every day to get to and from work, run errands or just shuttle around. In fact, MnDOT says the Interstate 35W/Interstate 94 interchange can see up to 180,000 people a day.

04/02/2015

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Good Question: How Much Tax Refund Money Are We Getting?

As of March 20, 57 percent of American taxpayers filed their federal taxes. Just about 80 percent received a refund. The average federal refund amount is $3,038. That refund rate is expected to drop slightly as we head closer to April 15.

04/01/2015

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Good Question: How Did April Fools’ Day Start?

Wednesday is a day when you should trust no one, eat no food in the office and believe no stories that sound even remotely suspect. For centuries, we’ve been honoring April 1 as April Fools’ Day, trying to make fools out of our friends and family.

03/31/2015

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