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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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Families Still Awaiting Answers Following GM Testimony On Faulty Switch

Lawmakers in Washington want to know why it took General Motors 13 years — and 13 deaths — to recall a faulty ignition switch.

04/01/2014

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Target Field Ready To Go For Next Week’s Home Opener

After what feels like the longest winter ever, Monday marks a sign that warmer weather is just ahead. It’s Opening Day for Major League Baseball.

03/31/2014

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Finding Minnesota: The Mystery Musical Mural

There’s a unique landmark in downtown Minneapolis that many people see but few can fully appreciate. It’s a five-story mural on the side of a building near 10th and Marquette featuring oversized musical notes.

03/30/2014

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Officials Concerned Brewery May Harm Cold Spring Trout Stream

The big demand for craft beers and energy drinks is causing concern in Cold Spring. But these worries have little to do with caffeine or alcohol, it’s the amount of water being used by the company that produces the drinks.

03/24/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Ghost Town Comes Back To Life

Minnesota has its share of ghost towns that people abandoned for one reason or another. When the last person leaves, though, it’s not always the end of the story. Take, for example, the place that likes to call itself “the biggest little town in the world.” Emmaville, Minn. northeast of Park Rapids, Minn., is back from the dead – at least for now.

03/23/2014

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For Eagles, Spring Means Courtship Ritual Called ‘Cartwheeling’

Love is in the air. For ducks and geese, it’s easy to find a safe space and partner up. Eagles have a slightly more complicated ritual called cartwheeling. The courtship involves a male and female eagle flying into the thermos where they grasp talons then glide in dramatic fashion back down, then break apart when they’re nearing the ground. Afterwards they go to the nest to mate.

03/18/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Capturing The State’s Oddities & Attractions

When planning a summer road trip around Minnesota this year, consider checking out the world’s largest lutefisk, ball of twine or floating loon. They’re among the many unique roadside attractions waiting for those willing to stray off the main highway. Seth Hardmeyer, 31, grew up traveling Minnesota’s back roads in his parents’ station wagon. Now, he’s made it a year-round hobby.

03/16/2014

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St. Paul Business Owners Push To Move St. Paddy’s Parade To Saturday

Expect to see a lot of Irish spirit this weekend. Monday is St. Patrick’s Day, but many celebrations will begin as soon as Friday.

03/11/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Treehouse For Big Kids In Wadena

Sometimes kids need a secret hideaway to escape the worries of the world. The lucky ones have a treehouse to climb into and let their imaginations go. It turns out, big kids can rent their own secluded hideout in the trees of Wadena.

03/09/2014

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Finding Minnesota: An Owl In The House In Houston

When families decide to bring home an animal, they often go for cute and cuddly. But the creature living in one Minnesota home can be demanding and difficult.

03/02/2014

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It May Be Miserably Cold Out, But Now’s The Time To Put Your House On The Market

Our bone-chilling winter has kept people from getting out and doing many things they otherwise would’ve done. That apparently includes shopping for a home.

02/25/2014

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Finding Minnesota: New Ulm’s Fasching & Bock Festivals

Wishing for warmer weather hasn’t brought much change, so maybe goats, beer poking and even a kidnapping can help. The city of New Ulm has two big festivals on the last Saturday before Lent, designed to hasten the arrival of spring.

02/23/2014

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St. Paul Gets Ready For Return Of Crashed Ice

Some of the people shoveling snow earlier today had skates on. They’re the ones keeping the Red Bull Crashed Ice Course clear for the competitors.

02/20/2014

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Boy, 12, Survives Being Buried In Snow

A 12-year-old boy had to be rescued from a snow bank by his father after the snow tunnel he was digging collapsed on him Tuesday, according to the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities were called to the incident on Tuesday in Baldwin Township, which is near Zimmerman, north of the Twin Cities metro.

02/19/2014

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Wayzata Clothing Shop Saves Wedding, Delivers Groom’s Pants To Costa Rica

On Monday afternoon, a Twin Cities couple got married in Costa Rica. Luckily for everyone involved, the groom was wearing pants.

02/17/2014

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