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 Sunday night newscasts which feature his Emmy-nominated Finding Minnesota reports.
Mike has been honored with six Upper Midwest Emmy awards for Best Morning or Best Daytime Newscast.
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.
Knowing how to yodel is not required when you visit Biwabik, but you might be inspired to try. It’s a Northwoods town with a Bavarian personality.
A night at the theater often means driving to the city for shows at the Ordway, Guthrie or Orpheum. But one couple has been keeping the suburbs entertained for more than five years.
A biracial instructor at the racially diverse Minneapolis Community and Technical College has been reprimanded for the way she made three white students feel in class. The students complained of racial harassment during Shannon Gibney’s “Intro to Mass Communications” class.
You might think things would get a little lonely in a place where you can count every resident on one hand. However, Minnesota’s smallest city, Funkley, population 5 in the 2010 census, does get quite a few visitors.
Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau said Thursday no criminal charges will be filed in a fatal accident involving a police vehicle and a motorcycle back in the spring. The officer involved was on his way to the house where police shot and killed Terrance Franklin.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson has officially been charged with DWI, after being arrested Saturday on suspicion of drunken driving along Interstate 394. Simpson was charged with one count of fourth-degree DWI and one count of refusing to submit a chemical test, which is a misdemeanor.
Blaze orange becomes the unofficial state color on Saturday, Nov. 9. You’ll see it throughout the state as men, women and children take part in Minnesota’s deer hunting opener.
Dozens of lives will have changed by Tuesday tonight after being asked four simple words “can you hear that?” And “hear” is the imperative word. Hearing loss is often untreated because screenings and hearing aids are too expensive or not easily available.
Before a movie starts, you’ll see ads on the screen and previews of coming attractions, but it’s an old-time attraction drawing customers to one Twin Cities theater.
Many preschoolers like to watch cartoons and superheroes on TV, but there’s one Twin Cities girl who’s fascinated with WCCO. Lilah Johnson is about to turn five, and her parents say she can’t get enough of Channel 4.
You probably don’t realize it when you’re shopping, but many companies use technology to track your movements. Now some of them have agreed to post signs letting you know, and giving you the chance to opt out.
Many consumers seek out American-made products, and now there’s an easy way to take it a step further and find goods and supplies produced by Minnesotans. It’s a new Made In Minnesota online directory from the Department of Employment and Economic Development.
Some businesses buy costumes, fake blood and dry ice, and declare themselves “haunted” for a few weeks each year. But a hotel in central Minnesota has mysterious happenings year-round, and there are no costumes.
The Gunflint Trail in northeastern Minnesota has long been one of the best spots in the state to see a moose in the wild. The big beasts are still around, although their numbers have dropped dramatically across the state – more than 50 percent since 2010.
Minnesotans spend much of the summer swatting away mosquitoes, but in the fall, it’s the yellow jackets that become a big pest. They’re from the wasp family, and they do have a painful stinger. But there are ways to avoid being stung.