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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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Commercial Sandwich

Depending on which part of Minnesota you’re in, you might call it an open-faced sandwich, a hot beef or a beef commercial. But the basics are the same: Bread, meat, mashed potatoes and lots of gravy. So who makes the Best in Minnesota?

02/27/2014

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Viewers’ Choice For Best Warming House In Minnesota

You probably haven’t given much thought to that building on the edge of the ice rink where you lace up your skates or come in from the cold. Warming houses are a staple of the Minnesota skating experience. So WCCO’s Matt Brickman set out to find the best one.

02/21/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Snowmobiling

We’re not quite done with winter just yet, and that means there’s still time to enjoy your favorite winter activities — like snowmobiling. I asked WCCO-TV viewers where the Best Snowmobiling in Minnesota can be found, and they answered. It’s in Crow Wing County.

02/13/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Romantic Restaurant

Valentine’s Day is almost here and if you’re still trying to figure out what to do, we’ve got you covered. I went in search of Minnesota’s Best Romantic Restaurant, and your votes sent me west of the cities to Alexandria for Bella’s on Broadway.

02/04/2014

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Make-A-Wish Sends Minnesota Teen To Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is Sunday night in New York, and as always, it’s one of the toughest tickets of the year. But one Minnesota teenager will be inside MetLife Stadium Sunday night thanks to the Make-A-Wish foundation. Our Wish of Month series continues with Anders’ Super Wish.

02/01/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Cold Day Getaway

With school closures due to the extreme cold again this week, some parents may have been wondering what to do with their kids to stave off cabin fever. Since it’s too cold for outdoor activities like sledding or making snowmen, I went in search of the Best Cold Day Getaway in Minnesota.

01/28/2014

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Was Winter Really Worse ‘Back In The Day?’

We’ve all heard something like this from our parents or grandparents: “When I was a kid, I walked to school in three feet of snow — up hill, both ways.” But was winter really as bad as they remember? Matt Brickman went to find out.

01/16/2014

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Local Couple’s MN-Made Mittens Now Sold Across U.S., Canada

It’s a debate as old as Minnesota winters: gloves or mittens? For one Minnesota company, it’s an easy answer.

01/15/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Ski Area

Thousands of votes came in over the last couple of weeks, as we tried to find the best ski area in the state. Places a little closer to metro like Wild Mountain got huge support on Facebook. But the spot with the most votes lies just an hour from the Canadian border — Lutsen Mountains on Lake Superior’s North Shore.

12/26/2013

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Best Christmas Lights In MN: Bentleyville Tour Of Lights

Two years ago, I headed north to find an entire Christmas village twinkling on the shores of Lake Superior. And as Mike Waldren told me on Twitter, it was 100 percent worth the drive.

12/19/2013

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Toy Store

Christmas is less than two weeks away now, so I figured it was high-time to do some shopping. And while Santa may do some of the heavy lifting, there are probably a few toys left on your list. So you guys sent me in search of Minnesota’s Best Toy Store.

12/12/2013

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Weather Blog: Deep Freeze Saturday, Snow Sunday

Minnesota and much of the Upper Midwest is being chilled by the coldest air of the season to date. Temperatures fell to 11 degrees below zero at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Saturday morning with a wind chill of -25.

12/07/2013

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Best Of Minnesota: High School Hockey Rinks

No doubt about it, winter is here in Minnesota and that means hockey. It’s played on ponds and in parks, but we wanted to find the best high school hockey rink in Minnesota. Your votes sent WCCO’s Matt Brickman all the way up to Thief River Falls to see the Ralph Engelstad Arena.

12/05/2013

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Get Ready For Winter To Make A Grand Entrance

After a pretty quiet November, the Twin Cities is seeing all the makings of its first significant snow event of the season. WCCO meteorologist Matt Brickman said rounds of wintry precipitation will move through the metro over the next few days, the first of which will come Monday afternoon.

12/02/2013

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A Movember Story With A Miraculous Ending

You may have become used to the furry faces in WCCO’s weather center over the last four weeks, but Movember is about to end. All month, WCCO has been sharing with you the stories behind the mustaches, including one man whose battle against testicular cancer has a miraculous ending.

11/30/2013

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Movie Theater

In 1914, with the world on the brink of war and Woodrow Wilson in the White House, the Cozy Theatre opened its doors on Jefferson Street in Wadena.

11/28/2013

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‘Thanksgivukkah’ Is Once-In-A-Lifetime Event

For the first time in a long time, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fall on the same day – Thursday, Nov. 28. The new holiday is being called “Thanksgivukkah.” Like most big holidays, this new one means lots of time will be spent in the kitchen. Tracy Truesdell is Jewish, but her husband isn’t. So, their family is used to getting creative when celebrating with their boys.

11/23/2013

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Movember Resonates With Young Cancer Survivor’s Family

Whether it’s a co-worker, friend or family member, we all know someone who’s battled cancer. This month, through Movember, WCCO is trying to raise awareness about cancers affecting men.

11/22/2013

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Wild Rice Soup

With snowflakes falling Thursday, we are entering the peak of soup season. And in Minnesota, that means wild rice soup. It’s as much a part of the diet here as hot dish. But who makes the best? Your votes sent me to Monticello to try a bowl at the Cornerstone Cafe.

11/21/2013

Miss Movember

This ‘Mo Sista’ Gets What Movember’s All About

We’ve reached the half-way point of Movember, and for our meteorologists, that means their staches are just starting to round into form. Of course, for guys, it’s pretty easy to tell we’re taking part in Movember.

11/15/2013

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Bowling Alley

Now that the weather is getting colder, many of us will be switching to indoor activities — like bowling. So this week, we asked for your help in finding Minnesota’s best bowling alley. You picked Cedarvale Lanes in Eagan.

11/14/2013

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Man Grows Movember ‘Stache To Honor Mom’s Cancer Battle

WCCO’s male meteorologists don’t look so fresh-faced this month, but that’s only because they’re participating in Movember. They’re growing mustaches to raise awareness for men’s health and wellness.

11/08/2013

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Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Grilled Cheese: Don’s Cafe In Morris

There aren’t many foods that bring back more memories than the grilled cheese sandwich. But who makes Minnesota’s best grilled cheese? Viewers’ votes sent Matt Brickman to Don’s Café in Morris, Minn.

11/07/2013

Wild Stache

Wild Sporting Movember Staches To Break The Ice

Hockey and facial hair go together like peas and carrots. So when the founders of Movember came to the NHL about five years ago, the league saw the charity as a perfect fit.

11/01/2013

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Local Beer

This might be as tough of a topic as we’ve tackled in Best of Minnesota. Because when you ask someone what their favorite beer is they might say “all of them.” But we asked you to take on this daunting task and narrow it down to just one.

10/31/2013

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