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.
Two Minnesota guys took their love for man’s best friends and turned it into a successful company. Chuck and Don’s is still expanding, more than 20 years after opening their first store. Most businesses cater to people, but this one has to also keep up with everyone’s beloved pets.
Hunting generates around $420 million in salaries and wages in Minnesota. And once you bag that prize buck, it’s hard not to want to employ a taxidermist. The experts at Trophy Time Taxidermy in Pequot Lakes
Hunting is a tradition in itself, but there are also traditions that go along with just being up north. Meat raffles go right with that annual tradition, and we went to Pestello’s Bar in Pequot Lakes to take in one of the best.
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 student’s lives. Many teachers are special, but special education teachers are in a league of their own.
Halloween is a night for fright, but what if you spend every day of the year convinced your home is haunted? The Twin Cities Paranormal Society gets dozens of requests to investigate so-called “haunted houses.”
Running is something most do for different reasons. Whether you want to lose a couple of pounds or test yourself somewhere like the Twin Cities Marathon, you want to hit your stride the right way.
If you’ve been on Lake Minnetonka, it’s a house you’ve most likely seen. In fact, it’s hard to miss the nearly 23,000-square-foot property. And it’s going for a comparative steal.
Science and Math can be tough for a lot of kids. Unless you’re really into it — like Mike Augustyniak, who eventually became a meteorologist. You also have to have a good teacher, which Augustyniak took on last week at Minnetonka High School.
While lunch is usually a break for students, the WCCO Morning Show team found out just how much work it is for the ladies who serve it up. At Minnetonka High School, they prepare their menus two months ahead of time.
You can spot a Taylor Swift fan in every foot inside St. Paul’s RiverCentre Saturday afternoon. When fan Isabelle Wyman was asked about what she likes about Swift, she clearly stated her case. “Everything. She’s nice, she’s pretty. Everything,” Isabelle said. We found a non-typical fan in her dad, Dave Wyman.
One Minnesota State Fair fan has been enjoying the Great Get-Together for a century. That’s right — Loretta Ecklund still walks the fairgrounds at 100 years young. “I can still get up and dance,” she said, and then did.
Between the barns, the bathrooms and all the sticks left behind from fried food, there’s a lot to clean up at the Minnesota State Fair. Once gates close at midnight, the workers have to get everything presentable again — and it’s no small job.
It’s considered one of the dirtiest jobs at the State Fair, also one of the hottest. But it also boasts one of the highest retention rates. Clearly there’s just something about working at the roasted corn stand that gets people coming back for more.
Many kids will soon feel the heat as they head back to school. Starting can be so stressful. Then once you get into the schedule, things pile up, sports practices, tests, homework. One local yoga studio wants students to breathe and feel the heat in a different way.
Calling all artists. A new project is being launched in Block E and the Hennepin Theater Trust wants your work. The idea is to give business owners a whole new perspective on what available usable space can offer them, energizing the area by filling blank store front canvasses with art.