Nina Moini joined the WCCO-TV team in August of 2013. She reports on a wide range of topics during weekdays and weekend nights.
Nina grew up right here in Apple Valley (GO Eastview Lightning!), but was born in Denmark to Iranian parents who moved to the United States when she was 5 years old.
Nina found a passion for journalism at a young age through seeing good stories that show how people everywhere are more alike than different, regardless of their backgrounds.
Nina’s work in reporting breaking news has been recognized through Emmy awards and by the Society of Professional Journalists. She is also an active volunteer with Fraser, a Minnesota-based non-profit serving children and adults with Autism and other special needs.
Nina is a graduate of the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri, where she also earned a degree in Political Science. (Go Tigers!) After covering local government, health, and consumer news in sunny Fort Myers, Fla., she is thrilled to be back in her chilly hometown!
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A St. Cloud man is in custody on suspicion of intentionally starting a fire in a woman’s apartment early Saturday morning. St. Cloud Police say firefighters and officers were called to an apartment complex on the 800 block of 13th Street South just before 6 a.m.
With the cost of tuition rising every year, crowd fundraising site GoFundMe reports more people are turning to the internet to ask for help. The College Board estimates the average college student graduates with $30,000 in loans.
Massive forest fires in Canada continue to cause problems in Minnesota. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) reported that Monday’s air quality was the worst that has been recorded in Minnesota in the last 20 years. MPCA spokesperson Frank Kohlasch says for about 8 hours on Monday air quality was worse in Minnesota than it is in Beijing, China.
A grizzly bear at the Minnesota Zoo repeatedly slammed a 50-pound rock into the glass wall of its enclosure, cracking the the thick pane that separated the bears from surprised zoo-goers.
A small-town Minnesota firefighter has stirred up a firestorm by flying the Confederate flag at an Independence Day parade. Brian Nielsen is a volunteer firefighter in the town of Hartland. He said he was demonstrating against political correctness when he flew the flag at Friday’s parade in Albert Lea.
A teenage boy from Plymouth was killed and two other teens were injured Friday evening in a rollover crash near Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says the accident happened at about 7:18 p.m. on eastbound Interstate 94.
Each year the city of Delano has one of the largest and oldest Fourth of July parades in the state. But last year intense flooding of the Crow River almost cancelled the festivities.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates nearly 50 million birds have been wiped out because of bird flu. While that means shoppers at the grocery store will be shelling out a little extra for one carton of eggs, bakeries, which rely on thousands of eggs a week, are now scrambling to keep up.
In the last two days, five people have died on Minnesota roads. The State Patrol reports the five people died in four different accidents. One of the people killed was a motorcyclist in southwestern Minnesota, adding to a summer season authorities say has brought an alarming spike in motorcycle rider fatalities.
A St. Paul pastor says he never expected his annual church picnic would be the center of a controversy. This year, Summit Church decided to go with the theme, “Love The Police.” That didn’t sit well with some members of the group Black Lives Matter.
Several people attending a funeral this week came out of the service to find parking tickets on their windshields.
It is the day many Minnesota foodies have been waiting for: The Minnesota State Fair just announced all the delicious new food for this year’s fair. The fair released the list Tuesday that features 40 new foods and 11 new frozen treats.
Drivers in the south metro are spending twice as long in traffic because of bridge work near Mall of America. For the first time in almost 30 years, the Highway 77 bridge over the Minnesota River is getting a facelift.
Dog adoptions are back on at the St. Paul location of the Animal Humane Society after a dog was confirmed to have canine flu. The non-profit reports the threat began when a dog that had just been adopted from its St. Paul facility tested positive for the H3N2 strain.
The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport’s smaller terminal is getting a lot bigger. The Metropolitan Airports Commission approved a $26 million plan Tuesday to add four new gates to Terminal 2 at the airport.
The body of a 3-year-old girl was recovered from a pool in an apartment complex in Brooklyn Park early Monday morning, according to police. Brooklyn Park police said officers received a report of a missing child at around 10 p.m. Sunday.
The parents of 17-year-old Sydney Galleger shared on her CaringBridge website each step of her battle. She went in to get her wisdom teeth out Tuesday, and that’s when she went into cardiac arrest.
It’s now been one year since the first Green Line train went between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul. The $1 billion line has had some issues with collisions and non-paying riders. But it’s also had more riders than expected.
Many public pools are open year-round in Minnesota and some are just opening for the start of summer. But there’s a lot of work that has to be done to make sure a pool is ready for public use.
Native American parents John and Jane Doe — as their lawyer calls them — want a better life for their child. Attorney Mark Fiddler says the child is already living with the soon-to-be adoptive white parents, but the adoption is no guarantee.
It’s a state law that’s been in effect for a month, but today a group of taprooms officially got the green light to sell bottles and growlers on Sundays. A state representative from Carver County says the Waconia area has more breweries, wineries and distilleries than anywhere else in the state.
A pedestrian was seriously injured Friday night in a hit-and-run involving a motorcycle in Minneapolis. Police says a man was stuck by a motorcyclist at about 10:38 p.m. at the intersection of Cedar Avenue and 27th Street East.
Episcopal Homes of Minnesota and Xccent Fitness opened a new motion wellness gym for seniors that has a first-of-its-kind indoor play structure designed to reduce the risk of falls.
On Monday, a distracted driver will talk for the first time about the crash that killed a 33-year-old mother. Last June, 25-year-old Christopher Weber picked up his cell phone to make a bank transaction while he was driving in Rock County.
A 15-year-old St. Paul boy says he was attacked for trying to stick up for fast food workers who were being bullied by three customers.