Nina Moini joined the WCCO-TV team in August of 2013. She reports for WCCO This Morning.
Nina grew up in Apple Valley, 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 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!
Nina loves to chat with viewers on Facebook and Twitter. You can find her on both. And please share your story ideas with her. She’s always looking for a good story and a good laugh!
A Minnesota high school is feeling the full effects of the flu season, including the death of one of their classmates. According to her family, 17-year-old Shannon Zwanziger had been suffering from flu-like symptoms for about a week and had also been battling a severe sore throat. Her parents took her to a hospital as she was unable to eat or drink anything.
After 20 years, a woman is accusing her foster parent of sexually abusing her when she was a child. The Scott County Attorney’s office has charged 59-year-old Daniel Alvin Hennen with six counts of criminal sexual conduct. He is now out on bond. Detectives say Hennen ran a foster care service with his wife, Connie Hennen, out of his home in Jordan for several years in the 80s and 90s.
A dispute over parking has put a new St. Paul restaurant in limbo, making it unable to open its doors to the public. The Salt Cellar along Selby Avenue has been ready to open for months, and as WCCO’s Nina Moini explains, the owners say it’s crucial to open up before Christmas to make up for lost time.
A group of bicyclists in Minneapolis asked the city council Tuesday to make some changes to better separate bikes and cars. The council will vote on Mayor Betsy Hodges’ budget proposal Dec. 10, which asks for $750,000 to build protected bike lanes across the city.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has settled a lawsuit over declining water levels in White Bear Lake. A group of homeowners sued the DNR two years ago, claiming the agency had allowed too much groundwater use in the area.
Many shoppers still look forward to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but sales promotions are starting earlier and lasting longer. That means fewer shoppers were in stores or buying online the weekend after Thanksgiving compared to last year, and analysts expect that to continue on Monday.
Bargain hunters were out awfully early Friday morning getting a jump start on their holiday wish-lists. The National Retail Federation says 140 million shoppers will search for the best deals this weekend.
Shoppers looking for last-minute staples for Thanksgiving dinner waited in long lines across the metro Wednesday. Crystal resident Chase Johnson spent most of his childhood shopping at Almsted’s.
It’s the season where many people pick up relatives from the airport to spend Thanksgiving together. For one Minnesota woman, however, the family member she’s picking up is a sister she’s never met before.
A White Bear Lake High School student has died 11 days after being injured in an accident on campus. A letter sent to parents says Sawyer Moeller was a freshman at White Bear Lake’s North Campus. He died Friday after being injured Nov. 10.
Minnesotans reacted to President Obama’s historic immigration reform Friday. The plan will impact nearly five million undocumented immigrants. Under the new rules, adults with children born in the U.S. or with permanent legal status can apply for a three year work permit.
A concussion and a broken nose are the physical signs of what happened Tom Lancaster early Saturday morning near the West Bank of the University of Minnesota. “I spent a lot of the day vomiting,” Lancaster said. But he says the group of four men that robbed and beat him hurt his sense of security the most.
The Minnesota National Guard is stepping up to help the fight against Ebola. About 700 men and women with the Rosemount-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division will be headed to West Africa in the spring.
The family of a 14-year-old boy who died on a hockey rink in Brainerd Friday afternoon says they’ve learned what caused him to collapse during the tournament.
MNsure calls Saturday’s open enrollment a big improvement from what happened last year.
The NCAA announced Friday that Minneapolis will host the 2019 NCAA Final Four tournament. Eight states were competing to host. The announcement was made at TCF Bank Stadium Friday night.
The first winter storm in the Twin Cities caused more than 100 accidents on Monday, and even police squad cars were involved in at least one crash. The Minnesota State Patrol says there were no serious injuries after multiple squad cars were hit by a semi-truck in Rogers late Monday night.
Crews across the state are working to clear the roads before ice becomes a bigger problem. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) says the timing of the storm made things tough Monday morning. They pre-treated several roads, but Mother Nature usually wins.
The Minneapolis Public Works staff is in overtime mode converting all of its trucks into snow plows throughout Sunday night and Monday. Minneapolis’ Fleet Services Director John Scharffbillig says crews were using trucks to sweep streets Friday. Now, all 60 trucks need to be equipped by Monday night to handle the snow.
A group protesting the Washington Redskins team name says 5,000 people will rally outside TCF Bank Stadium this Sunday for the Vikings game.
This weekend, WCCO-TV’s Jason DeRusha and Nina Moini will be hosting the Fraser Annual Benefit in downtown Minneapolis. Fraser is one of the largest providers of Autism services in the state, but we learned there are also resources for people with many other types of challenges. One of those resources could help someone you know start a business.
Amy Senser is headed home Monday after finishing the work release portion of her sentence in the 2011 death of Anousone Phanthavong in a hit-and-run crash in Minneapolis. The wife of former Minnesota Viking Joe Senser will now be on supervised release either at her Edina home or someplace else she wants to live for the next year.
The new billion dollar Vikings stadium is one fifth complete.
Along the way, stadium organizers are making some costly changes but assure the Vikings team is picking up the cost.
For the first time, Minnesota cities are required to partner with the state for safety training on the transportation of oil and other hazardous materials.
For metro commuters, it seems there’s always more work to be done on Minnesota roads. And it’s very much needed because of the weather extremes in our state. Gov. Mark Dayton announced Tuesday that $70 million is being allocated to help take ideas and make them realities in 13 of the most troubled spots on Minnesota roads.