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: Taking ‘Locally Grown’ To The Extreme

Duluth Grill, with produce gardens in its parking lot, is an unlikely success story, drawing national attention and $4.7 million in annual sales.


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Lion Hunter’s Dentist Office Reopens, Without Dr. Palmer

A Twin Cities dental office run by a doctor involved in a controversial lion hunt last month is back open for business, without its lead dentist. Dr. Walter Palmer’s office, River Bluff Dental in Bloomington, released a statement Monday saying it is “beginning to serve our loyal patients.” Dr. Palmer is not on site.


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Finding Minnesota: Franconia Sculpture Park

You’ve heard the expression, “Go big or go home.” About an hour north of the metro, there’s a home where sculptors stay for weeks or months at a time and definitely get the chance to “go big.”


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Security Staff Say HealthEast Needs To Do More To Keep Hospitals Safe

Some hospital security officers say HealthEast is not doing enough to keep its employees safe from unruly and unstable visitors. They point to the attack last November inside St. John’s Hospital in Maplewood. Surveillance cameras captured images of a patient swinging a metal bar at nurses as they scrambled to escape.


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Finding Minnesota: Children’s Museum Of Southern Minnesota

When they heard kids saying, “There’s nothing to do around here,” some educators and parents of small children in southern Minnesota couldn’t exactly disagree. So about ten years ago, they started laying the groundwork for what is now the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota.


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Finding Minnesota: A Laundromat Dripping With Dolls

The owner of L J’s Ye Old Wash in Spring Grove is providing his own unique spin for those waiting on the spin cycle. Lucky Volkenant, 72, has spent years covering the walls and ceiling of his laundromat with dolls.


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Teen Runs Red Light, Killing Father Of 3 In Becker

A teenager running a red light is blamed for a deadly crash Tuesday night on Highway 10 in Sherburne County. Chuck Maurer, 54, was killed and seven others hurt when a pickup carrying four teens blew through the stoplight at about 8 p.m. at the intersection of County Road 11.


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Finding Minnesota: Brookside Resort’s Captain Bingo

A superhero has been protecting a northern Minnesota resort for 36 years, but he hasn’t aged much. He actually looks as young now as ever.


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4H Students Settle In To Reality Of Bird-Free Fairs

People visiting county fairs this summer are starting to notice something is missing: birds. The Chisago County Fair opens Thursday in Rush City. And like every other fair in the state, it has been directed to cancel its live poultry exhibits to prevent the possible spread of bird flu.


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Finding Minnesota: The Nearly Mosquito-Free Minnesota State Park

If you are looking to get away from Minnesota’s blood-thirsty mosquitoes, there is one state park where visitors do very little swatting or spraying. Nature provides the right conditions to keep the biting to a minimum at Whitewater State Park.


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Bingo Restrictions In Minnesota Soon To Be Lifted

It turns out, a single complaint helped change Minnesota’s law on bingo games.


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Finding Minnesota: Lawn Mower Racing

NASCAR has well-known drivers like Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick. In Minnesota, there’s a lesser-known racing circuit with drivers known as “Grandpa” and “Miss Behavin’.”


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1 Year After Historic Rainfall, Small Minnesota Town Still Recovering

A year after historic rainfall devastated a small Minnesota town, the recovery still isn’t complete. And now, the town is losing one of its last remaining businesses. Torrential rains washed away the roads leading into Blakeley Township in Scott County last June.


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Finding Minnesota: Woodbury Community Theatre Offers Spectacle, Escape

What started with a small play to help the local PTA in 1975 has since grown into a large-scale community theater, performing in a multi-million dollar venue.


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One Day Of Mississippi Clean Up Nets 5 Tons Of Trash

One of Minnesota’s most treasured natural resources often becomes a dumping ground.


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Finding Minnesota: Winona State’s Floating Classroom

Students in southeast Minnesota are using a new floating classroom on the Mississippi River to study everything from geology to performance arts.


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The Push To Establish A Historic District In Dinkytown

As more high-rises go up in Dinkytown, there’s a growing push to protect and preserve some of the older structures.


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Finding Minnesota: St. Cloud’s Public Gardens Tell A Love Story

Two free public gardens along St. Cloud’s riverfront are known for more than their flowers, tall trees and fountains.


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Boy Injured Trying To Separate Fighting Dogs

A 9-year-old boy is recovering at home after being injured trying to break up a fight between his two pit bulls.


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Finding Minnesota: The ‘Grand Canyon Of The North’

This year, thousands will take a side trip to a giant hole in the ground in northern Minnesota that locals like to call “the Grand Canyon of the North.”


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Finding Minnesota: Hastings Chainsaw Artist

Williams is a former home builder who had to get creative after being laid off in 2006. He tried his hand at building log furniture, but then was inspired by a chainsaw artist and realized he also had the ability to create characters out of wood.


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Southwest Light Rail Cuts Mean Sacrifices For Communities

The cutting is about to begin to parts of the Southwest Light Rail project between downtown Minneapolis and Eden Prairie.


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Finding Minnesota: A Game Of Drones

A local business has created what may be the first drone obstacle course in the U.S. Extreme Sandbox lets visitors fly drones over, through and under various hurdles in an open field.


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Finding Minnesota: Collecting Fish Stories

From classic lures known as “lazy Ikes” to vintage motors with the nickname “knuckle busters,” the evolution of fishing is on display at the Minnesota Fishing Museum.


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Does Lurking, Spitting Ban Promote Racial Profiling?

Lurking and spitting on the sidewalk have been against the law for many decades in Minneapolis. Now, some people want the city to repeal those ordinances, saying they promote racial profiling.




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