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!
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A cold blast of weather Sunday night into Monday morning meant furnace repair businesses in the Twin Cities saw a spike in business. Several repair companies told WCCO-TV they saw two to three times more calls for repairs than on an average day.
Three men in Minneapolis saved a woman who might have frozen to death on New Year’s Eve. The three say they never hesitated to run toward the screams and help.
Dozens of Minnesotans gathered outside the state capitol Saturday night to say thank you to police officers who have paid the ultimate price.
A Princeton animal rescue is looking for a home for one special dog. Ruff Start Rescue founder Azure Davis said when she saw the pictures of a little dog in Alabama, she could not resist helping.
Twin Cities restaurants are gearing up for the Citrus Bowl. Even though the game is in Orlando, Fla., Buffalo Wild Wings regional manager Sue Benson said the Gopher team excitement should help restaurants gain many customers on New Year’s Day.
Brooklyn Park police are investigating the death of a 6-year-old little girl. She died Saturday night, and investigators are being tight-lipped about how it happened.
Being a loyal customer, Misty Maurer and her children had been wowed by all that dazzles inside one little store at St. Cloud’s Crossroads Mall. Already a busy full-time student and mom, Misty heard the owner of Bling was looking to sell. The owner has a fitting name — Joy. “She talks to you like you’re best friends and you’ve known each other all your life,” Misty said.
It’s hard to find anywhere that’s open on Christmas Day. But there’s one restaurant in Little Falls that’s open and giving out free food.
fter an awful start to the flu season, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) now reports the state is on track to experience one of its worst years for norovirus.
A protest is in the works that could potentially disrupt a busy final holiday shopping weekend at Mall of America. It’s part of the national “Black Lives Matter” movement in response to recent police shootings of unarmed black men, including Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
A White Bear Lake man hopes his home security camera footage will lead to an arrest of the man who stole from him. John Felton says he was sitting at work on Thursday and got an alert on his tablet that there was motion activity detected outside his house.
Minnesota is dealing with a widespread flu outbreak. The Minnesota Department of Health reports the outbreak started in southern Minnesota, but now they are seeing an increase in cases in central Minnesota and the Twin Cities metro area. Hennepin County Medical Center officials say its doctors are treating 25 out of about 165 patients hospitalized for flu in the state.
December marks the start of peak flu season. State Health officials warn every-day spots like grocery store are common places to pick up the virus. “Going to mall, going to store, going to church,” said Doug Schultz of the Minnesota Health Department.
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.