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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Monday afternoon, a Twin Cities couple got married in Costa Rica. Luckily for everyone involved, the groom was wearing pants.
Radio listeners in central Minnesota occasionally hear a voice that’s so unexpected and so unconventional, they have to stop and listen. It’s the sweet, grandmotherly voice of Lenore Olson, selling shoes and boots just a few weeks before her 90th birthday.
It’s a milestone week in the demolition of the Metrodome, with crews starting to knock holes in the exterior walls, starting with the northeast corner.
After $52 million in renovations and a labor dispute that left it sitting largely empty for months, harmony has returned to Orchestra Hall.
Our ever-growing piles of snow are forcing some communities to ask for help with parking. City streets seem to be getting narrower by the week, with solid mounds of snow pushing parked cars farther into the roadway. That can be a real hazard, especially in cases where emergency vehicles need to get through.