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, sons Henry and Otis, 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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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

Puppy Lovers Come To The Rescue Of ‘Can Do Canines’

Dozens of Twin Cities families picked up their new puppies Friday from Can Do Canines, but they won’t be keeping them. Last month, Can Do Canines had a puppy problem, too many dogs and not enough people to raise them. Hundreds of people answered their call for help.

04/11/2014

WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Library

In many communities, the library is more than a place to check out books. It’s a place to do homework, visit with friends, or discover a love of reading.

04/10/2014

WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Cheesecake

It’s probably one of the most versatile deserts you’ll find. It can be light and airy, or so heavy you need a nap after half a slice.

04/03/2014

WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Fish Fry

During Lent in Minnesota, you can’t throw a rock without hitting a sign for a fish fry.

03/27/2014

Wishes In Flight: Kyra’s Story

Meet Kyra. She’s a bubbly 9-year old girl from Apple Valley, with one exception. “Kyra has cystic fibrosis,” said Mark, her dad. “She was diagnosed at 3 months.”

03/25/2014

7-Year-Old With Life-Threatening Condition Gets Wish Granted

Caleb Pence may not have the bones of a normal 7-year-old, but he does have twice the heart.

03/25/2014

Make-A-Wish Sends Rochester Teen With Brain Tumor To Paris

When our neighbors need a hand, Minnesotans always seem to be there to help. So on Tuesday, we’re proud to tell you about Accomplish Minnesota. It’s a way for all of us to get involved in the community we care so much about through a program called Wishes in Flight.

03/25/2014

WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Macaroni And Cheese

It’s the king of comfort foods: macaroni and cheese. Whether it comes in a blue box or out of the kitchen of a five-star restaurant, I wanted to find the best in Minnesota.

03/20/2014

WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Cross Country Skiing

It’s been a little warmer this past week, but there’s still lots of snow left. And I wanted to make the most of it, so I sent him in search of the best cross-country ski trails in Minnesota.

03/13/2014

WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Coffeehouse

For many of us, stopping at the local coffeehouse before heading off on our day is routine. But with a coffee shop on practically every corner, how do can you pick a favorite?

03/06/2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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