Mike Binkley

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Mike Binkley has been covering Minnesota news for more than 25 years. He joined the WCCO family in 2008 after 20 years with KSTP.

Mike co-anchors the nightly weekend newscasts. The 10 p.m. Sunday shows feature his Emmy-nominated Finding Minnesota reports.

Mike has been honored with six Upper Midwest Emmy awards for newscasts he co-anchored.
Mike and his wife, Mary, are dog lovers and avid bicyclists who love to explore Minnesota’s bike trails. They have also gone on biking adventures in France, Costa Rica, Spain, Hawaii and the Swiss Alps.

In the summer, one of his favorite hangouts is Target Field, where he averages about 20 Twins games a season. He is also a big fan of the Vikings and Timberwolves, but saves much of his winter sports passion for the Kansas Jayhawks basketball team.

Before arriving in the Twin Cities, he worked at WCPO-TV in Cincinnati and WIBW-TV in Topeka, Kansas.

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Finding Minnesota: A Laundromat Dripping With Dolls

The owner of L J’s Ye Old Wash in Spring Grove is providing his own unique spin for those waiting on the spin cycle. Lucky Volkenant, 72, has spent years covering the walls and ceiling of his laundromat with dolls.

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Teen Runs Red Light, Killing Father Of 3 In Becker

A teenager running a red light is blamed for a deadly crash Tuesday night on Highway 10 in Sherburne County. Chuck Maurer, 54, was killed and seven others hurt when a pickup carrying four teens blew through the stoplight at about 8 p.m. at the intersection of County Road 11.

07/22/2015

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Finding Minnesota: Brookside Resort’s Captain Bingo

A superhero has been protecting a northern Minnesota resort for 36 years, but he hasn’t aged much. He actually looks as young now as ever.

07/19/2015

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4H Students Settle In To Reality Of Bird-Free Fairs

People visiting county fairs this summer are starting to notice something is missing: birds. The Chisago County Fair opens Thursday in Rush City. And like every other fair in the state, it has been directed to cancel its live poultry exhibits to prevent the possible spread of bird flu.

07/15/2015

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Finding Minnesota: The Nearly Mosquito-Free Minnesota State Park

If you are looking to get away from Minnesota’s blood-thirsty mosquitoes, there is one state park where visitors do very little swatting or spraying. Nature provides the right conditions to keep the biting to a minimum at Whitewater State Park.

07/05/2015

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Bingo Restrictions In Minnesota Soon To Be Lifted

It turns out, a single complaint helped change Minnesota’s law on bingo games.

06/29/2015

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Finding Minnesota: Lawn Mower Racing

NASCAR has well-known drivers like Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick. In Minnesota, there’s a lesser-known racing circuit with drivers known as “Grandpa” and “Miss Behavin’.”

06/28/2015

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1 Year After Historic Rainfall, Small Minnesota Town Still Recovering

A year after historic rainfall devastated a small Minnesota town, the recovery still isn’t complete. And now, the town is losing one of its last remaining businesses. Torrential rains washed away the roads leading into Blakeley Township in Scott County last June.

06/24/2015

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Finding Minnesota: Woodbury Community Theatre Offers Spectacle, Escape

What started with a small play to help the local PTA in 1975 has since grown into a large-scale community theater, performing in a multi-million dollar venue.

06/21/2015

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One Day Of Mississippi Clean Up Nets 5 Tons Of Trash

One of Minnesota’s most treasured natural resources often becomes a dumping ground.

06/17/2015

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Finding Minnesota: Winona State’s Floating Classroom

Students in southeast Minnesota are using a new floating classroom on the Mississippi River to study everything from geology to performance arts.

06/14/2015

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The Push To Establish A Historic District In Dinkytown

As more high-rises go up in Dinkytown, there’s a growing push to protect and preserve some of the older structures.

06/10/2015

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Finding Minnesota: St. Cloud’s Public Gardens Tell A Love Story

Two free public gardens along St. Cloud’s riverfront are known for more than their flowers, tall trees and fountains.

06/07/2015

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Boy Injured Trying To Separate Fighting Dogs

A 9-year-old boy is recovering at home after being injured trying to break up a fight between his two pit bulls.

06/03/2015

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Finding Minnesota: The ‘Grand Canyon Of The North’

This year, thousands will take a side trip to a giant hole in the ground in northern Minnesota that locals like to call “the Grand Canyon of the North.”

05/31/2015

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Finding Minnesota: Hastings Chainsaw Artist

Williams is a former home builder who had to get creative after being laid off in 2006. He tried his hand at building log furniture, but then was inspired by a chainsaw artist and realized he also had the ability to create characters out of wood.

05/24/2015

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Southwest Light Rail Cuts Mean Sacrifices For Communities

The cutting is about to begin to parts of the Southwest Light Rail project between downtown Minneapolis and Eden Prairie.

05/20/2015

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Finding Minnesota: A Game Of Drones

A local business has created what may be the first drone obstacle course in the U.S. Extreme Sandbox lets visitors fly drones over, through and under various hurdles in an open field.

05/17/2015

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Finding Minnesota: Collecting Fish Stories

From classic lures known as “lazy Ikes” to vintage motors with the nickname “knuckle busters,” the evolution of fishing is on display at the Minnesota Fishing Museum.

05/10/2015

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Does Lurking, Spitting Ban Promote Racial Profiling?

Lurking and spitting on the sidewalk have been against the law for many decades in Minneapolis. Now, some people want the city to repeal those ordinances, saying they promote racial profiling.

05/06/2015

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Finding Minnesota: YouTube Singing Marathon

The neighbors on his quiet block may be unaware of his online fame, but Zachary Scot Johnson has developed a national following.

05/03/2015

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After Another Fatal Fall, Red Wing Officials Considering Safety Measures

After three deadly falls in four years, the city of Red Wing is considering more safety measures along a scenic trail.

04/29/2015

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Finding Minnesota: The Flower Bomber

A Minnesota man plots bombing missions across the United States in which no one gets hurt.

In fact, David Cook, 50, hopes to achieve the opposite effect.

04/26/2015

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Vikings Add Mini-Suites, Club Purple to New Stadium

The Minnesota Vikings are now taking appointments from the general public to buy season tickets in the new stadium, while also unveiling new features.

04/22/2015

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Finding Minnesota: Country Music’s Northern Mecca

Going into its 33rd year of hosting outdoor concerts, WE Fest now bills itself as the largest country music and camping festival in the world.

04/19/2015

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