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.
From Shriners to baseball fans, we’re seeing a lot of tourists in downtown Minneapolis this summer. They can get around quickly with taxis, light rail and shuttles. But for those who want a closer, more personal look at the city, there’s Stephanie Croteau and her company, The Fit Tourist, offering biking and walking tours of the city.
Even with more than 90 losses for three straight seasons, the Minnesota Twins have averaged more than 30,000 fans a game since Target Field opened in 2010. The ballpark itself is clearly part of the draw. “I love the architecture,” Jessi Oeltjen of Spring Valley said. “I’m a design buff, so just the architecture, the design, the layout. Once you get inside, there is not a bad seat in the house.”
An NHL star was among those moved last month by the heroism of 10-year-old Nino Johnson, of Maplewood, who saved his grandfather, Pino Lipari, from drowning. Lipari was in his backyard pool playing ball with his grandson, when the ball drifted into the deep end. Lipari is not a strong swimmer, but tried to retrieve the ball anyway.
It’s been 90 years since three pigs unwittingly discovered one of Minnesota’s hidden treasures. The animals fell through a sinkhole in a pasture in 1924 and their squeals led searchers into a previously unseen series of underground tunnels, now known as Niagara Cave. For many centuries, water had slowly been chiseling, molding and sculpting through a half mile section of limestone beneath a Fillmore County farm field.
The people of Duluth are enjoying some national recognition. Readers of Outside Magazine voted online and declared Duluth the best town in the nation. It does offer plenty of ways to get people off the couch and out of the house, from hiking and biking to kayaking and climbing. And many people get started at a young age.
A near tragedy in a backyard swimming pool managed to strengthen the bond between a man and his only grandson. Pino Lipari, 65, grew up near the beaches of Palermo, Sicily, but has never been much of a swimmer. On June 20, he was with his grandson, Nino Johnson, in the shallow end when he slipped into deeper water and tried to paddle to the side.
>Minnesotans involved in the fight against Native American mascots are cheering Wednesday’s federal action against the NFL’s Washington Redskins.
You can’t fully appreciate the flush of a toilet unless you know what your ancestors dealt with. The outhouse they had was crude and nasty but it served an important purpose. That’s why Nell Riccatone and Gary Hoover are working to preserve this rather unique symbol of human necessity.
Restaurant patios are getting crowded now, and it’s more common than ever to see dogs at some of the outdoor tables. Since 2008, Minneapolis has given restaurants the option of allowing dogs in designated outdoor areas.
Minnesotans know the sand and salt used to clear the roads in the winter is helpful to drivers. For University of Minnesota biologist Emilie Snell-Rood, who didn’t grow up here, the MnDOT trucks made her curious.
Our long, harsh winter did nothing to control the tick population in Minnesota. In fact, the heavy snow insulated the ticks on all those days the temperatures dipped below zero. But as nasty as they are, Cuyuna has found one redeeming quality.
The Hennepin County Attorney was reviewing new evidence Wednesday that could clear a man convicted of serial killings in the 1980s. The Innocence Project filed court papers Tuesday, attempting to free 70-year-old Billy Glaze. He was convicted of killing three Native American women in 1986 and 1987.
A popular parade band may have to go silent this summer because its float has gone missing. The custom float that takes the Zuhrah Shrine Steel Drum Band to parades around the state was stolen this weekend, which means they could miss parades in more than a dozen communities this summer.
As we get into the warm summer months, many of us will head out for a lakeside getaway up north. But instead of booking a cabin next to the water, some people vacation on the water.
Memorial Day may be the only time of year that many of us will visit grave sites. Cemeteries, naturally, represent death to most people, but others are fascinated by the lives they represent and the stories of those who had a significant impact.
Kimball Area High School is like most schools: kids getting ready for finals, and checking out their cell phones – except for one class. Katie Pettit teaches math, but this week, she’s also the keeper of the cell phones. She’s holding on to them 24/7 to teach her students a different kind of lesson.
If Super Bowl fans wander around the Twin Cities in 2018 thinking “everything looks so new around here,” there’s a good reason. Much of what they see will be.
After its mother died in a traffic accident, a baby deer is alive thanks to a good Samaritan — and his trusty pocket knife. Polly Rixe is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed to the Department of Natural Resources. Now, she’s nursing the special fawn back to health.
Legendary Vikings coach Bud Grant celebrated his 87th birthday Tuesday. What he’s doing for the next three days is almost like a gift to fans. He’s putting several of his family’s personal items up for sale, including mementos from his Hall of Fame coaching career.
Of all the signs that our weather has been unusual, none is more unique than the sight of Scott Seekins — and the fact it took him so long to change into white this year (May 10th).
A $50 million transformation of Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis is now in the final stages of planning. The latest renderings show a street with much more greenery and many more places to gather.
It wasn’t too long ago that WCCO anchor/reporter Angela Davis had chronic joint pain and needed medication to control her blood pressure.
This month, high school students in southern Minnesota will have a kangaroo, a fox and an armadillo in their classroom. In June, a nursing home will get a visit from a tortoise, a parrot and a dingo. It sounds strange, but it’s possible because of one guy who’s believed to be one of the youngest zookeepers in the country.
Hundreds of thousands of kids in St. Paul will soon be getting a better education. It’s not because their teachers are doing anything different. It’s because they’ll be able to see the board and their books better.
Minnesota has played a big role in the comeback story of the American eagle. Their numbers have increased dramatically here over the past few decades, especially along the Mississippi River.