Jamie Yuccas is a morning person.
If you want evidence, just tune into WCCO This Morning from 4:30 am until 7. Her co-anchor, Jason DeRusha, usually comments on her overabundance of energy even when she gets into work at 3 a.m.!
Jamie grew up in Maple Grove, Minn. (Go Crimson!) and her family was a CCO’ household. While attending the University of Minnesota (Go Gophers!), Jamie interned for WCCO and always knew she wanted to come back.
Since her arrival, Jamie has covered numerous local and regional stories, as well as produces and anchors the Saturday Morning show, which launched in September 2010.
Jamie has reported for the CBS Evening News and CBS This Morning — including flooding in Minot, the Minnesota State Government Shutdown and Winter Storm Blasts. She also flew to New York to help out our sister affiliate WCBS during Super Storm Sandy.
Jamie started her career in Rochester, Minn. Then spent a number of years in the spring training home of the Twins — Fort Myers, Fla. She felt at home during her time there. Many call it “Minnesota South.”
She won a Florida AP award for a long form feature story about a U.S. Marshals Operation. She also covered multiple hurricanes, brush fires and presidential candidates as they swung through the exciting political state. She was also very active in the American Cancer Society, emceeing the Cattle Barron’s Ball, American Heart Association hosting and acting spokesperson for Go Red for Women events and the Lee County YMCA as a board member.
In her spare time, Jamie walks and occasionally runs around the Chain of Lakes, Loring Park and the Kenwood neighborhood with her husband, John, and their dogs, Dottie and Murphy. She also enjoys volunteering, cooking, doing anything on the water, and checking out new restaurants around Minneapolis and St. Paul.
While many stars are born, others are made. No building could tell that story better than First Avenue. From the outside walls to the performers who take the stage, it’s the spot that put Minneapolis on the map in world of music. But it’s the person running the venue who is truly a shining star to her family and hometown.
You’ve likely heard his voice on the radio, know you’ve heard his name somewhere before or needed to run into one of his family’s stores when the sink starts leaking or toilet breaks. With 19 stores and growing, Mike Frattallone is this week’s Minnesotan to Meet. The first Frattallone’s Ace Hardware and Garden Store opened in 1975.
A lot of us now shop online. But the Twin Cities are on the map for a lot of consumers because of Mall of America. And there’s one woman who has shopped every square inch of it, providing tips and insider info. But you probably will never guess how she got her start on the shopping beat.
Our connection to music is a strong one. It can put you in a better mood or help you go to sleep. But one scientist is now making music by using brain waves.
Scientist, Engineer, Mathematician. How about being appointed board member of the National Museum and Library Services by President Barack Obama? No, seriously, one man does it all.
Peace Core. High school art teacher. Wedding dress designer. Three totally different careers — with different paths to success. Unless your name is Joy Noelle Teiken.
Sometimes you just get “dogged” by the pursuit of a dream. That’s the case for one Twin Cities family. John Sturgess spent 20 years operating and developing hotels before having his career go to the dogs. In 2011, he, his wife, Stacey, and daughter, Ellie, decided to combine the families love for Fido with John’s business background.
Wearable tech has become big business. Fitbit and Jawbone are just two of the products people are wearing to track their physical activity and monitor their progress. It was only a matter of time before somebody tried to do it for pets.
Now that summer’s winding down, a lot of us are going from working out outdoors to a more regular gym routine.
If you like to eat, go to a show or check out new window art, there’s one driving force behind it all in downtown Minneapolis. We’re talking the Ivey Awards, Charlie Awards and the Made Here initiative. His name is Scott Mayer. He also has his own company to represent profit and not for profit businesses.
A North Loop motorcycle business sells fantasy fulfillment. Customers range from local professionals to visitors, but the real character could be the shop’s owner. From family owned hotels to the restaurant business and rock and roll night clubs, a family fight and divorce eventually drove Dan Johnson to Midwest Motorcycle Rentals and Tours.
A doctor turned dancer? Sounds like it could be a sitcom right? But for Cassandra Shore, it was her real life decision. While pre-med, she traveled to Chicago and saw belly dancers. It changed her life, leading her to study the art in California and come back to Minnesota to teach thousands of students over 36 years.
There are many professions you just don’t see a lot of anymore: Seamstresses, Shoe cobblers — or how about pipe makers There is a smoke shop downtown Minneapolis where a father and son are still in the business of making the perfect pipe.
Many of us strive for success at work. So, listen to this resume: Accenture, Best Buy, Wells Fargo, Seabury and Cargill. Sounds like you’d be set in corporate America, right? Well, not Jodi Mayers. A health scare forced her to reevaluate what she wanted out of life. Then, she took a gamble, bought clothing boutique “corset” and started styling women: racks of clothes, diverse displays of jewelry, handbags and shoes.
The winning recipe for a small business is a good plan and a good product. That’s why when Jamie Yuccas spotted a tricycle with a freezer box and radio attached, she had to meet the rider.