Matt Brickman

Matt Brickman puts on makeup and points at numbers on WCCO This Morning, Monday through Friday. Growing up in New England, Matt actually prefers winter to summer so Minnesota is a great fit. Matt came to the Midwest to attend the University of Illinois and hasn’t left since. He still can’t figure out why people put ranch on everything.
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VITALS
Joined WCCO: 2011
Hometown: Windsor, Connecticut
Alma Mater: University of Illinois

FAVORITES
Music: Weezer
Movie: The Royal Tenenbaums
TV Show: Breaking Bad
Author: Chuck Klosterman
Food: Fried Chicken
Sport/Exercise: Golf
Vacation Spot: Tahiti

THIS OR THAT
Facebook or Twitter? Twitter
Cats or Dogs? Both (2 cats, 1 dog)
Beatles or Rolling Stones? Beatles
Comedy or Tearjerker? Comedy
Phone Call or Text Message? Text
Mac or PC? Mac
Coffee or Tea? Coffee, always coffee
Paper or Plastic? Paper
Morning Person or Night Person? Morning
East Coast or West Coast? East
Star Trek or Star Wars? Star Trek: The Next Generation
‘Grey Duck’ or ‘Goose’? Goose

Matt Brickman puts on makeup and points at numbers on WCCO This Morning, Monday through Friday.

Growing up in New England, Matt actually prefers winter to summer so Minnesota is a great fit. Matt came to the Midwest to attend the University of Illinois and hasn’t left since. He still can’t figure out why people put ranch on everything.

When he isn’t forecasting the weather Matt is usually at home with his wife Kate, son Henry, and pets Hot Sauce, Crash & Gus. When he can get out of the house, Matt loves going to movies, playing golf and eating more pizza than he should.

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Mpls. Digging Into Urban Agriculture

In the summer, there’s nothing better than fresh fruits and vegetables from the garden. But a large percentage of our community simply doesn’t have access to that. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is trying to change that.

08/12/2014

WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Winery

With 160 acres of rolling hills and grape vines, Carlos Creek Winery is the type of place where you can you forget you’re in Minnesota. But make no mistake, this is Minnesota wine.

08/06/2014

Viewers’ Best MN Massage: Special Touch In Redwood Falls

In the summer, Minnesotans love to be outside. That might mean kayaking, golfing, hiking or just gardening. But all that activity can leave you a little sore. So this week, Matt Brickman went to find the best place in Minnesota to get a massage.

08/01/2014

WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Drive-In

At the Long Drive-In in Long Prairie, Minn., the show starts at sundown. But most people have already been here for hours, according to projectionist Dan Hilsgen. “If you guys walked around tonight and you’ve seen some of the stuff where the families are sitting in the back of the truck, they’re all sitting together,” Hilsgen said.

07/23/2014

WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Food Truck

Over the last few years, we’ve gotten used to seeing food trucks pop up all over the Twin Cities. There are usually dozens in downtown Minneapolis over the lunch hour, and we wanted to find the best.

07/16/2014

WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Rooftop Dining

On a beautiful summer day, we all want to be outside. That might mean grabbing a drink or dinner on a patio or rooftop. So, that got us wondering: Where’s the Best Rooftop Dining in Minnesota?

07/09/2014

WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Tattoo Shop

It’s not something reserved for sailors and bikers anymore. These days, more and more people are getting tattoos. So we wanted to know: Where’s the Best Tattoo Shop in Minnesota? Thousands of you voted and sent me to get some ink at Olde Town Tattoo in St. Cloud.

07/02/2014

Kaleb Gets Clubhouse, Plays Ball With ‘The Great Hambino’

It’s a wish that was weeks in the making. A little boy named Kaleb wanted a clubhouse like the one in his favorite movie, “The Sandlot.” So WCCO teamed up with Make-A-Wish Minnesota to make his dream a reality.

06/30/2014

WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Ice Cream Sundae

It’s summer, which means you have about three months to eat as much ice cream as you can. You might prefer malts or cones, but we wanted to find the best ice cream sundae in Minnesota. Your votes sent me three hours northwest of the cities to the Dorset House.

06/25/2014

WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Zip Line

If you’re looking for a break from your summer routine, you might think about zip lining. Several zip lines have popped up across Minnesota over the last few years, and we wanted to find the best. Your votes sent me an hour southwest of the Twin Cities to Henderson for the Kerfoot Canopy Tour.

06/11/2014

A Preview Of The North Star Bicycle Race

Next week, world-class athletes from across the globe will come to Minnesota and Wisconsin to compete in a one-of-a kind event. The North Star Bicycle Race is the only pro-stage race in the Midwest. It’s not every day you get to see elite athletes this close, according to David LaPorte – the race’s executive director.

06/07/2014

WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Cupcakes

No matter how old you are, a cupcake is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. In our search for the best in the state, more of you voted for this week’s pick than any other “Best of Minnesota” winner. You sent me to the northwest metro to try Nadia Cakes in Maple Grove.

06/04/2014

WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Community Garden

If you like your fruits and veggies, you’ll like the St. Cloud State University Community Garden. “This we call our field of greens,” said Dr. Tracy Ore, coordinator of the garden. “Tomatoes, at least 25 different kinds. We’ve got peppers, we’ve got onions, we’ve got potatoes, we’ve got okra, we’ve got collard greens.”

05/28/2014

WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Lakeside Restaurant

Tom Hanson started Zorbaz 45 years ago when he bought a failed candy shop on the north shore of Detroit Lake. “I was a school teacher, and nothing to do in the summer time, and because I learned how to drink beer and eat pizza in college, I thought I was qualified,” Hanson said.

05/22/2014

WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Omelet

We just got done with the Super Bowl of brunch: Mother’s Day. But there’s no off-season for breakfast foods. So this week, I went in search of the best omelet in Minnesota.

05/15/2014

Tips For Biking In Traffic From Mpls. Bike Patrol

Whether you’re on two wheels or four, it’s easy to get a little frustrated when sharing the road. A lot of that boils down to some confusion about what cyclists can and can’t do on the roads.

05/10/2014

WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Bait Shop

For most people going fishing this weekend, their first stop will be at a bait shop. You can get minnows and nightcrawlers at any one of them. But we wanted to find the Best of Minnesota.

05/08/2014

Minnesota Going Wild Over Stanley Cup Playoffs

After a thrilling overtime win Wednesday night against the Colorado Avalanche, hockey fans have been rushing to get their hands on anything with a Wild logo on it. “This city is pumped. I mean this state’s pumped. We are ready to go,” said Corey Reding, one of many fans with an arm-full of merchandise Friday at The Hockey Lodge inside the Xcel Center.

05/02/2014

WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Tacos

Cinco de Mayo is less than a week away, and we wanted to make sure you’re prepared. So we asked you to help us find the best tacos in Minnesota.

05/01/2014

Slither Over To Minn. Reptile Show

If you’re looking for a pet, but a cat or dog just won’t do, we’ve got the perfect event for you this weekend. Hundreds of snakes, lizards, turtles and spiders will be crawling across the State Fairgrounds.

04/26/2014

Meet Minneapolis’ New Walker Library

A library that’s taken years of planning opens its doors Saturday in Uptown Minneapolis. The first thing you notice inside the new Walker Library is it’s a lot more colorful than the one you grew up with. And, it’s more than just paint, according to librarian Lois Lenroot-Ernt.

04/26/2014

Artists Salute ‘U’ Professor At 45th Minn. Iron Pour

Piles of old, rusty radiators that lay outside a University of Minnesota building will soon become works of art. The Minnesota Iron Pour has been creating castings for 45 years. The creations start in a cupola, where iron pieces are heated up to 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Professor Wayne Potratz.

04/25/2014

WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Meat Raffle

Meat raffles are as much a part of Minnesota culture as hot dish and hockey. And if you walk into a VFW or American Legion on a weekend night, it’s a good bet you’ll find one in progress. But where can you find the best?

04/24/2014

Veteran Given Mortgage-Free Home In Shoreview

On a quiet street in Shoreview, Lance Cpl. Tom Jacobson and his girlfriend Cassie are seeing their new home for the first time. They’ve been renting a house with Tom’s sister and two brothers, so this is a welcome change. Tom likes the kitchen with new appliances, and the bar in the basement. Cassie loves all the closet space.

04/23/2014

WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Fried Chicken

Who makes the best fried chicken in Minnesota? Your votes sent Matt Brickman to a tiny town near New Ulm to try the chicken at Carl’s Corner.

04/17/2014

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