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Kim Johnson joined the WCCO-TV team in May 2014. You can find her reporting on traffic and much more on WCCO This Morning, Monday thru Friday.

As a native of Maple Grove, covering stories in her home state has always been a dream. For Kim, there’s no better place to do it than WCCO. She interned here while attending the University of Minnesota.

Throughout her career, Kim’s peers have honored her with the prestigious Regional Edward R. Murrow award for her emotionally candid stories of breast cancer survivors. Her undercover investigations have stopped retail stores from selling FDA-banned drugs.  Her relentless questioning forced city leaders to finally fix a sewer pipe in a low-income Duluth neighborhood that had been flooding people’s basements for more than a decade. Kim’s work has earned her three Emmy Awards. She was also privileged to participate in the William Randolph Hearst National Television Broadcast News Competition.

Kim has covered the gamut from forest fires, the 35W Minneapolis bridge collapse to traveling with a local civil rights leader all the way to Washington D.C. for President Obama’s Inauguration. Kim’s thirst to cover the big political stories is partly what led her to Iowa just in time for the 2012 Republican Presidential caucuses where Kim produced and anchored a live newscast from caucus headquarters, giving viewers the latest numbers on the fly.

Kim is a big believer is giving back. When she’s not working in the newsroom, you can find her volunteering with one of her favorite charities: the American Cancer Society or in a classroom inspiring youth through Junior Achievement and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

She also craves the outdoors. So if you see her on the running trail, ski slopes or sipping a hoppy IPA on an outdoor patio, make sure to say hi! Kim is always looking for great story ideas. You can contact her at kmjohnson@wcco.com.

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Meet The Man Behind The Aquatennial Fireworks Show

It’s rated as one of the top five fireworks displays in the country and Saturday night, you can see it for yourself in Minneapolis. The 75th-annual Minneapolis Aquatennial will wrap up with a bang for the annual fireworks display.

07/26/2014

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Apple Valley Man Accused Of $100K+ Theft From Athletic Asso.

An Apply Valley man has been charged with theft for allegedly stealing $113,532 from the Rosemount Area Athletic Association (RAAA) where he was employed. Robert Reischauer, 62, has been charged with five counts of felony theft. According to the criminal complaint, while in between finance managers the RAAA conducted an audit and found large sums of money missing.

07/24/2014

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Audubon Society: New Stadium Could Be ‘Death Trap’ To Birds

A prominent ornithological group says the forthcoming Vikings stadium will be a serious threat to birds unless its glass is changed. The Audubon Society said that they are calling on the team and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority to modify the stadium’s current specs.

07/23/2014

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Authorities: Man Shot 17-Year-Old Girl Multiple Times In Beltrami Co.

A 40-year-old Eckles Township, Minn. man is in jail accused of shooting a 17-year-old girl multiple times at her home Monday evening, according to the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office. At around 10 p.m., the sheriff’s office received a 911 call from the girl, reporting that she was shot several times when she was standing on the deck of her home, located on the 6300 block of Palomino Drive NW in Eckles Township.

07/22/2014

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Logrolling Makes Mpls. Aquatennial Debut

It’s the opening weekend of the 75th Minneapolis Aquatennial. From water to food to music, there’s something for everyone – and new this year is logrolling. A Minnesota company will be providing free demos for anyone who wants to give it a spin.

07/19/2014

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Good Question: What Should You Do If Caught In A Lie?

There’s a catch to the story about a fan who nearly caught a ball at the Home Run Derby with his bare hand: It never happened.

07/17/2014

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Man Honored For Jumping Off Cliff, Saving Kid In St. Croix River

A good Samaritan who jumped into action was honored Wednesday for his heroism. In May, Calvin Vang, 11, fell into the St. Croix River while fishing in Taylors Falls. The boy’s uncle drowned trying to save him. But a bystander was able to leap from a 30-foot cliff into the raging river and pull Vang to safety.

07/16/2014

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Businesses, Baseball Fans Relish All-Star Experience

Baseball is referred to as America’s favorite past time, but for four days it’s been Minnesotans who’ve celebrated the game like no other.

07/15/2014

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WCCO Takes Evasive Driving Lesson From Navy SEAL

It’s crazy to think that the average American spends 540 hours per year behind the wheel of a car. And a lot of us make plenty of mistakes. Saturday in New Hope, Minn., an evasive driving course – which costs $350 per person – is being taught by Navy SEALs!

07/12/2014

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Minneapolis’ Witch’s Hat Tower Turns 100

The Witch’s Hat Tower in Minneapolis’ Prospect Park neighborhood is celebrating a big milestone this weekend. The famous water tower is turning 100, and the public is getting special access to the structure that’s atop the highest natural land area in Minneapolis. The tower and Tower Hill Park were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997, and both have a rich history going back to the 1830s

07/12/2014

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More Than 150 Employers Turn Out For Veterans Career Fair

The veterans career fair has become a regular event in Minnesota on the first Wednesday after the Fourth of July. And on this Wednesday, it featured 160 employers.

07/09/2014

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Minn. Woman Forgives Best Friend Who Shook Her Baby

It’s been more than three years since a Minnesota woman nearly shook her best friend’s baby to death. Tami Revering and Angie Pengelly had been friends since college. Their families enjoyed winter vacations together and their husbands were even friends.

07/08/2014

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New Brain Injury Medication To Be Tested In Minn.

You may be surprised to know what’s the number one cause of death in people younger than 40. It’s traumatic brain injury, and it can be caused by a car accident, a fall or a hit to the head.

07/08/2014

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Busy Moms Finding Zen On Paddleboards

You’ve likely seen paddleboards gliding across Lake Minnetonka or Lake Calhoun, and maybe you’ve even given it a try yourself. But if you still have yet to try out your stand-up paddleboarding legs, this summer may be the time to do it.

07/05/2014

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Give Back While Working Out At New Mpls. Fitness Store

If you like to look good while working out, you’ll love a brand new fitness shop that just opened in downtown Minneapolis. Lole has a great store front on Washington Avenue. But it’s what takes place on the roof, and what they do for charity, that caught our attention.

06/28/2014

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