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 young Minnesota drivers are learning about stalled traffic before they even get their drivers licenses.
Glensheen Mansion is a place of elegant beauty but also the site of a high-profile tragedy. It was built for one of the wealthiest families in Minnesota. Now visitors are getting to do something inside the historic home that’s never been allowed before.
Visit any prison in the area and you’ll find a high percentage of felons who have truancy in their background. That’s why the Hennepin County Attorney’s office hired a nonprofit group to work with kids who have been skipping school, before bad becomes worse.
More smokers are turning to electronic cigarettes as a less-expensive and less-regulated way to get their nicotine. But they’re still so new, governments and businesses are grappling with how to deal with them. E-cigarettes have a battery-powered heating element that produces vapor rather than smoke. They’re not restricted under Minnesota’s Clean Indoor Air Act, but many businesses – including the Minnesota Twins – are telling customers to put them away.
Poverty, homeless and abuse are problems — and art is one of the solutions. At least in one program that’s finding a way to give at-risk kids a new way to express themselves, and an opportunity to display their work at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
Police say thieves tried to get away with more than a half-dozen golf carts Thursday morning at the University of Minnesota’s Les Bolstad Golf Course. One man is in custody, but authorities are still looking for a second.
There’s a whole new way to see Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes from above, and even swoop over your own neighborhood. Flight simulators at A.C.E.S. at Mall of America can now show more detail than ever.
If your business depends on a certain type of weather to bring in customers, you can face a lot of uncertainty. But Spirit Mountain Ski Resort has eliminated some of the ups and downs of business by adding some new ups and downs to its slopes.
National Guard Staff Sgt. Brandon Horst will be laid to rest on Tuesday at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, but there will be no grieving widow at the funeral. Sgt. Horst’s wife will sit in jail, now charged with plotting his murder.
There are many tall tales of “the big one” in lake cabin towns like Nevis. It’s the home of the World’s Largest Tiger Muskie statue. And it’s also home to some very big birds at the Heart of Minnesota Emu Ranch.
It was a sad time for fans of onion rings, cheeseburgers and hot rods when Porky’s closed in 2011.
Kenny Chesney’s “No Shoes Nation Tour” with the Zac Brown Band set a Target Field record last week with nearly 44,000 fans attending. In 2012, Chesney and Tim McGraw drew more than 42,500 fans to Target Field for their “Brothers of the Sun Tour.”
Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes offer wide-open spaces for fast boats and personal watercraft. But for a quieter, more relaxing day on the water, there are seven rivers in the state, designated as “wild, scenic and recreational.”
It’s a popular and dangerous sport– done in the summer from the rocks along the St. Croix River.
When big name artists are in town, the scam artists are never too far behind. The boy band One Direction will be at Target Center July 18, and one mother from River Falls hopes to save others from the scam she fell victim to, trying to buy tickets to the sold out show.