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Mike Binkley

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.
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Joined WCCO: 2008
Hometown: Topeka, Kansas
Alma Mater: University of Kansas

Music: Anything that doesn’t involve loud screaming
Movie: Up
TV Show: CBS Sunday Morning
Book: Vince Flynn; John Grisham; Chris Crowley & Henry Lodge, Younger Next Year
Food: Turkey
Local Restaurant: Monte Carlo
Hidden MN Gem: Four waterfalls of the Baptism River in Tettegouche State Park
Sport/Exercise: Bicycling
Historical Figure: Walter Cronkite
Favorite Minnesotan: Joe Mauer
Quote: “There comes a time in your life when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who do not. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.” — José N. Harris
Word: Why
Vacation Spot: Burntside Lodge near Ely
Holiday: Easter
Planet: Earth

Facebook or Twitter? Twitter
Cats or Dogs? Dogs
Beatles or Rolling Stones? Beatles
Comedy or Tearjerker? Comedy
Phone Call or Text Message? Text
Mac or PC? Mac
Coffee or Tea? Tea
Paper or Plastic? Plastic (we “recycle” them when we walk the dog)
Morning Person or Night Person? Morning
East Coast or West Coast? West
Star Trek or Star Wars? Star Wars
‘Grey Duck’ or ‘Goose’? Duck

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: Mike Binkley Says ‘Thanks’ For The Memories

Before beginning his retirement from TV news, Mike Binkley produced one final Finding Minnesota report, a “thank you” to the state for all the memories.


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Scoreboards Being Installed At U.S. Bank Stadium

It’s another milestone for U.S. Bank Stadium this week as crews begin installing the scoreboards. For fans who remember the small video boards at the Metrodome, this will be a dramatic change.


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Finding Minnesota: Capturing ‘Old Minneapolis’

Do you remember a time when downtown Minneapolis had very few skyways, no stadiums and lots of department stores? That’s how the city looked in the early 1970s. And now, thanks to one man’s newly-discovered treasure trove, you can catch a glimpse online, in a local museum and in a brand new book.


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35W Bridge Collapse Survivor Moving Beyond The Pain

Paula Coulter is still not fully healed from the injuries she suffered in the 35W bridge collapse, but is thankful for how far she’s come.


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Finding Minnesota: The Woodworking Nun

The sawing and chipping sounds coming from a wood shop in Mankato mean another work of art is in progress. Detailed wooden sculptures come out of the shop, many with religious symbolism. The surprising part, though, is who’s making them.


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Washington County Announces Sex Trafficking Unit

What used to be a crime centered mostly in bigger cities is now becoming more common in suburbs and other outlying areas. A growing number of children and teenagers are being lured into prostitution and offered for sale online.


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Finding Minnesota: Redneck Holidazzle

While other communities offer fancy, politically correct versions of holiday parades and festivals, the people of Vergas are happy to be a little rough around the edges.


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Minnesotans March In Solidarity For France After Terror Attacks

Hundreds of people took to the streets of downtown Minneapolis on Sunday to show solidarity with France. They marched through downtown Minneapolis, waving French flags, on their way to a prayer service at the Basilica of St. Mary.


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Woman Recalls Terrifying Home Invasion, Saved By Watchful Neighbor

Within minutes of a family being terrorized in their home, St. Paul police were able to capture two suspects, in part because of a watchful neighbor.


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Finding Minnesota: Victory Memorial Drive

Each year, we celebrate Veterans Day on the 11th day of the 11th month. And at precisely 11:11 in the morning that day, something special happens in a Minneapolis park.


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Downtown Minneapolis Violin Shop Begins Delicate Move

Some valuable and fragile instruments had to be carefully moved through downtown Minneapolis Wednesday. The Claire Givens Violin shop is being forced out of its long-time location.


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Finding Minnesota: Deputy’s UFO Encounter

Every now and then, someone calls 911 about mysterious objects in the sky. Most can be explained away as atmospheric conditions or aircraft — or sometimes just too much whiskey.


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Teen Celebrates Beating Cancer With Minnesota Wild

The Minnesota Wild welcomed a new player Tuesday, but she has no experience on the ice. Bridget Villebrun, 18, spent the last year fighting Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The Wild teamed up with Make-A-Wish Minnesota as part of “Hockey Fights Cancer” night to grant her wish of being with the team.


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Finding Minnesota: North Shore’s ‘Witch Tree’

A twisted, gnarly old cedar tree has inspired centuries of wonder and mystery in far northeastern Minnesota. The solitary tree, which locals nicknamed, “The Witch Tree,” has long been growing out of a rock on tribal land along the rugged shoreline of Lake Superior.


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Minnesota Rock Singer Channels His Grief Into New Album

Nearly four years ago, the founder and lead singer of the rock group, The Honeydogs endured the most painful moments of his life. Adam Levy’s son, Daniel, committed suicide.


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Finding Minnesota: Scarecrow Festival At Emma Krumbee’s

Scarecrows might not always be effective at keeping birds away, but for one Minnesota business, they’ve been effective at drawing humans in.


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Hodges Says Working Families Agenda Won’t Focus On Scheduling

Mayor Betsy Hodges announced Wednesday that the controversial Working Families Agenda will not currently seek to change how Minneapolis businesses schedule their employees.


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Finding Minnesota: Fitness Trail At An Old Dump

Our state has thousands of miles of outdoor trails for walking, running, biking and cross-country skiing. Now, though, you can also do upper body exercises along a path in Brainerd, in what used to be one of the trashiest parts of town.


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Man Helps Kids In Honor Of Teen Who Saved His Life

Six years ago, a Le Sueur man was all but certain he was about to die. Mark Aune and his wife even picked out a cemetery and headstone. Today, not only is he still living, he has a new purpose.


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Finding Minnesota: Fall Leaf Cruises On The St. Croix

Now that it is cooling off, we are starting to see more bursts of red, yellow and orange outside. While many people hop in the car to check out the colors along the roads and highways, there is another vantage point from a national scenic riverway that draws thousands of people each fall.


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Minnesota Couple Receives Bill After Missing Out On Wedding

A Golden Valley couple is making headlines – and all for not attending a wedding. Two weeks ago Jessica Baker and her husband were getting ready to attend a wedding when their babysitter fell through, USA Today reported.


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Finding Minnesota: Honesty On The Farm

Even with the reputation of being friendly and honest, most Minnesotans are still a little cautious in terms of how much they trust people. That is why a well-stocked indoor farmers market near Sauk Centre seems unusual in 2015. It is virtually unsupervised, unlocked and unprotected, 24 hours a day.


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Man, 75, Earns Black Belt After Surviving 3 Cancers

Few things get you thinking more about how precious life is than having a doctor tell you, “You have cancer.” Big Lake resident Ray Dinius, 75, says even though he has survived three different types of cancer in the past 16 years, he is not dwelling on how time runs out. He is making the most of the time he has.


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Finding Minnesota: Mysteries In A Cornfield

For the tenth straight year, the Miron family of Chisago County has a large field carved up for adventure. It’s the Shafer Corn Maze, a 12-acre puzzle that can feel like a trap.


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A New Artistic Era Is About To Begin At The Guthrie Theater

On Friday, the Guthrie Theater begins its new season with the opening of “To Kill A Mockingbird.” And for the first time in 20 years, someone not named Joe Dowling will be in charge as artistic director.



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