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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‘Thanks A Million!': Champlin Woman Hopes To Inspire Others To Be Thankful

This is the week when we pause to consider the many reasons we’re thankful. But for one woman in the north metro, that happens every week. Lisa Steinberg of Champlin is leading a movement to get more people to express their gratitude every day of the year.

11/26/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Cruising Down Memory Lane At Spomer Classics

A former Minnesota auto dealer used to be in the business of selling cars. Now, he’s dealing in something a little more personal: memories.

11/23/2014

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With The Parade No More, Holidazzle Village Readies For Its First Year

Some of the hammering and construction noise in downtown Minneapolis lately has nothing to do with a new high-rise. It’s the creation of a new open air village to attract Minnesotans during the holiday season.

11/19/2014

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Finding Minnesota: The Art Of Michael Birawer

We all have different perceptions of how a place looks and feels. Through the whimsical art of Michael Birawer, Minnesota has a decidedly fun look and feel. “Our eyes are more used to seeing things in 90-degree angles and straight lines,” Birawer said. “What I want to offer is just another perspective of that, another impression of how we look at things.”

11/16/2014

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U Of M Invents Device For Early Detection Of Serious Illness

A new sensing device invented at the University of Minnesota could revolutionize the way doctors detect serious illnesses, like cancer and heart disease. The hand-held device, known as z-Lab, makes the process so simple; a patient could someday have the tests done during a routine checkup and have the results in 15 minutes.

11/12/2014

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How To Budget For Canine Medical Care

You’ll find a dog in nearly one out of every three Minnesota homes. Their wagging tails can warm a person’s heart, but the costs of being a dog owner can also do a number on their bank account.

11/10/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Milaca’s Vibrant Hydrants

Fire crews in Milaca get two or three calls a month to put out fires in and around their town of 3,000. It’s a lot of work for a volunteer force, but when the firefighters arrive on scene, they just might be greeted by a superhero.

11/09/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Faribault Woolen Mill — Providing Warmth Since 1800s

The story of Faribault Woolen Mill is nearly as old as the state itself. It’s a company that specializes in keeping people warm. Donnie Morrissey has been working at the mill since 1968.

11/02/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Rough Riders Of Cyclocross

Minnesota is home to many cyclists who compete in road bike or mountain bike races throughout the year. Now that fall is here, we’re in the heart of cyclocross season. It’s an intense off-road sport that combines high speeds and rugged terrain into one grueling event.

10/26/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Natural Adventure Park At Briggs Farm

Being next to an adventure park is a nice drawing card for one Minnesota innkeeper. That is, once people realize that the “adventure” is even there.

10/19/2014

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St. Paul Officials Consider Paid Maternity Leave For Employees

The St. Paul City Council will talk about a new paid parental leave policy for city employees on Wednesday.

10/15/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Shooting The Breeze With The Windmill Man

If you want to go where the wind blows, head into the prairies of southwestern Minnesota where strong, steady gusts are common. It’s the perfect spot for one man’s unique collection, a spinning menagerie of windmills from as far away as China and Brazil.

10/12/2014

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Good Question: What Should Parents Do If They Find Their Child Is Sexting?

Many teenagers leave nothing to the imagination anymore with the way they use their phones. A new six-year study found 28 percent of high school students had sent nude photos of themselves by text message.

10/07/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Getting Buzzed On Honey Wine

Winemaking has brought sweet success to one Minnesota family, but they’ve been stung many times in the process. WineHaven is an award-winning vineyard and winery, but its best-selling product doesn’t involve any grapes at all. It’s a wine made of honey.

10/05/2014

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MSHSL Hosts Hearing On Transgender Athletes

There was emotional reaction from parents Wednesday afternoon over a controversy involving school sports and gender. The State High School League is trying to offer direction to coaches when a transgender student wants to join a team.

10/01/2014

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