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.
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.
A bright holiday tradition in downtown Minneapolis is nearing the end of the road. The Holidazzle parades have been running down Nicollet Mall since 1992 – the year Mall of America opened in Bloomington — with new competition for downtown retailers.
This week, visitors to a Minnesota cemetery will hear voices around the gravestones. In fact, some of the dearly departed will be standing there, telling their stories. Well, in “spirit,” at least. Each October, the Winona County Historical Society gets volunteer actors to represent some of the people buried at Woodlawn Cemetery during their annual Cemetery Walk. Woodlawn Cemetery, in the bluffs of Winona, is among the most scenic in the state. And it holds plenty of colorful characters. When the earliest settlers arrived in what is now Winona, it was not only the beauty that drew them in. It was the potential they saw along the Mississippi River. Their bodies may be buried along a bluff nearby, but the stories of what they started are still being kept alive.
A rookie actor from the Twin Cities — who is relatively unknown right now — is about to become very famous starting next week.
If you ever need directions, Google maps will come in handy, but there are certain destinations that you really can’t miss. For example, the pink farm along Highway 212 in McLeod County.
Police are hoping new surveillance photos will help investigators crack an unsolved killing. In late August, college student Hagos Melake, 26, hitched a ride in downtown St. Paul and later turned up dead.
It seems unimaginable now, but adoption for some families used to be as easy as showing up at the train depot. Word would go out when kids were coming from the East Coast. They were largely children of immigrant families who’d found poverty rather than promise in their voyage to the New World. Renee Wendinger of Sleepy Eye interviewed some Orphan Train riders for her book. Few of them are still living. “They were found in doorways and other out-of-the-way places, hungry and starving,” Wendinger said.
The Department of Natural Resources says conditions are just right for a brilliant fall colors season this year.
An 18-year-old from Princeton was killed in a crash Monday night on Highway 95 in Mille Lacs County, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Authorities responded to a two-vehicle crash at about 5:50 p.m. Monday on Highway 95 at 160th Avenue in Mille Lacs County.
Two days after his latest seizure on the sidelines, Gopher football coach Jerry Kill was back at work. And the U’s athletic director said he supports the coach “100 percent.” The coach was taken off the field at halftime of Saturday’s game at TCF Bank Stadium. It was the third time in three years that he’s had to miss part of a game because of his epilepsy. It’s uncharted territory for a major college sports program, having this happen so frequently and so publicly.
Police chiefs from across Minnesota received an eye-opening lesson Thursday on terror threats and police tactics from a man who has intense experience.
The socks are coming off and the juices will be flowing this weekend at Carlos Creek Winery. The annual Grape Stomp gives visitors a chance to see and feel how wine was made the old-fashioned way, starting with a pair of bare feet.
After the 9/11 investigation at Ground Zero was complete, officials allowed parts of the Twin Towers to be donated for memorials.