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Jamie Yuccas

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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.

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Cities Running Low On Salt During Extra-Snowy Season

This winter hasn’t just been tough on our commutes and our psyche, it’s been rough on city budgets, too.

02/24/2014

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Local Co. Finds Success With Promotional Postcards

Most people love getting a postcard from loved ones on a trip, but it turns out bargain hunters love getting them from businesses, too. That’s how local company Printz found success in promotional postcards. And cards were just the beginning.

02/20/2014

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Doctor: More Should Screen Heart Health In Their 30s

When you think about screening for heart disease, you probably think of blood pressure and cholesterol levels, but at the University of Minnesota Rasmussen Center there’s so much more. The best way to beat a heart attack is to prevent it from happening in the first place.

02/20/2014

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Company Keeps MSP Airport Shopping Local And Unique

Shopping at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is taking off with consumers, and one small business saw an opportunity to take their own business to new heights. St. Croix Promotions and Retail now has five stores at MSP, all with different looks and concepts for the 33 million people on the go.

02/18/2014

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Many Women Unaware Of Heart Disease’s Threat

Only one in five women are aware that heart disease is their greatest health threat, but new campaigns like Go Red for women are trying to get the message out that it’s the number one killer. When you think of heart disease, you likely think it’s mostly a problem among men. But since 1984, women have died more often.

02/13/2014

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Outdoor Thrill-Seekers Flocking To Lake Superior Ice Caves

Along the shore of Lake Superior in northern Wisconsin, the ugly winter has created something truly beautiful. Ice caves, some as high as two-story homes, are drawing thousands some driving hours to see the carvings by nature.

02/06/2014

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Be Prepared To Perform CPR In An Emergency

February is Heart Disease Awareness month. Every year, 1,300 Minnesotans have a heart attack, and of that number, only 200 survive. WCCO’s Jamie Yuccas went to the University of Minnesota to learn what to do at home in an emergency.

02/06/2014

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Winter Fun: Dogsledding With The Hastings Huskies

Most of us struggle to take the dogs out for a quick walk in this weather, but a dog sledding group in Hastings is offering rides and educational opportunities no matter how cold. Hastings Huskies recently offered rides to a local YMCA program at Spring Lake Park.

01/23/2014

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Excellent Educator: Kristin Stapleton At Plymouth Middle School

This morning, the WCCO Morning Show is honoring another excellent educator in the metro who has gone above and beyond to make a difference in students’ lives. This week, Jamie Yuccas got to surprise Kristin Stapleton, who teaches math at Plymouth Middle School.

01/17/2014

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Enjoy The Unique Health Benefits Of Cheerleading

It’s the second full week into the New Year and those of you with resolutions to lose weight may already be getting a little bored. That’s why the WCCO Morning Show went tumbling into some unique workouts. Jamie Yuccas found one that will have you cheering yourself on to lose weight.

01/14/2014

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New Local Blog Giving Moms Sassy Ideas

A new local blog is hoping to connect moms and not just through talking about butt cream or breastfeeding. And this blog is meant to be sassy. The founders are two working moms who wanted a resource where they could find everything from date night to the best blowouts in the Twin Cities.

01/07/2014

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‘U’ Shows Off Highly Attractive New $8M Toy

The University of Minnesota just got a cool new toy, thanks to an $8 million grant from the Institute of Health. It will lead to all kinds of research on the human body — specifically the brain.

12/30/2013

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Making Homemade Lefse, The ‘Norwegian Tortilla’

It’s no secret that many Minnesotans love Lefse. It’s a traditional soft, Norwegian flatbread made out of flour, potatoes, sour cream and sometimes lard. While it’s a holiday tradition Jamie Yuccas has tried before, she never experienced how to make it until now.

12/27/2013

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Horse Blood Donor Saves Lives Every Year

His name is shared with a mythical Greek hero. He’s a mascot and he saves lives every year. Meet Hercules, a 2,000-pound horse blood donor. Not only is Hercules tall in stature, he’s become quite the celebrity.

12/23/2013

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Local Jeweler Offers Unique Antique Gifts

You’ve likely heard the saying “everything old is new again.” One local jeweler likes to think of her work as Modern with a vintage twist. All week the WCCO Morning Show will be featuring unique local gifts. Jamie Yuccas got to sit down with Susan Plunkett, the maker of L’donna Jewelry.

12/09/2013

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