Mike Binkley has been covering Minnesota news since 1986. When he joined the WCCO family in 2008, Mike reunited with a long-time friend, Angela Davis. The two of them had anchored weekends, and later mornings together at KSTP-TV.
They now anchor WCCO 4 News This Morning and WCCO 4 News at Noon.
Mike also travels the state each month to bring us the stories of Minnesota’s intriguing destinations and colorful characters. His Finding Minnesota reports can be seen Tuesday night at 10.
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/hiking adventures in Hawaii, France, Costa Rica 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.
Mike has been honored with five regional Emmy awards for Best Morning or Best Daytime Newscast.
Before arriving in the Twin Cities, he worked at WCPO-TV in Cincinnati and WIBW-TV in Topeka, Kansas.
In one of Minnesota’s most scenic areas, you’ll find one of its quirkiest neighborhoods. Not only are many of the homes oddly-shaped, they’re not even on solid ground.
Over the last few months, WCCO has shared plenty of stories about kids whose lives have been changed because of Washburn Center for Children. But now we’re focusing on one of the people who does the changing.
Minnesota is home to a lot of creative people. They’re the ones who come up with innovative, entertaining ideas in the workplace, on stage or even off the beaten path.
They used to cause startled glances, but now when war planes fly over one Minnesota town, people know it’s just one of their neighbors.
Next weekend, the Traveling Turkey Trophy of Tumultuous Triumph will be on the line once again.
From the studios at KYMN Radio, longtime host Wayne Eddy talks earnestly about Northfield, “the home of cows, colleges and contentment.”
Any state park that has a waterfall — weaving, tumbling and spilling its way over rugged cliffs — will draw that many more visitors.
It has long been understood that the best way to see Minnesota’s northern treasure of lakes and woods is by canoe. But now, Gunflint Lodge, in extreme northeastern Minnesota, is offering another nice vantage point, from the air.
Serious speed is on display at Minnesota race tracks like Brainerd International or Canterbury Park. But you’ll also find small-town tracks where the contestants aren’t quite so fast.
There’s more than one way to welcome folks to town: friendly signs, smiles on the street — and steaming bowls of beans? Bean Hole Days is a tradition that’s been drawing big crowds for decades to Pequot Lakes.
Even though he’s just 17 years old, Travis Ryan has been water skiing for more than a decade. “Oh, it’s awesome,” he said. “I mean, it’s nice and cool. You get to be out with all your friends and everything.”
Minnesota isn’t naturally blessed with a lot of peaks and valleys, but bikers in the Cuyuna Lakes region are now enjoying rugged slopes that weren’t even there a hundred years ago.
When you meet Tom Bislow at his mustard-colored store, get ready for the wurst jokes.
Since the other fish in the lake already see them as snack food, minnows do the job of luring “the big ones” to the hook.
For many Minnesotans, there’s nothing like a relaxing day on the water. But for those who are up for a little adventure, the whitewater rapids on the Kettle River provide a thrill ride that’s free for those who dare.
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