Rachel Slavik joined the WCCO team in October of 2010 and is thrilled to be back in her hometown.
Rachel spent three years in the sweltering heat of Baton Rouge, La. She anchored, produced, and reported at WVLA. During her time in the Deep South, she covered Hurricane Gustav, the BP oil spill, and on the weekends, tried to master the art of southern cooking.
Prior to that, she worked at KBJR in Duluth. There, she learned that you’ve never truly experienced winter until you’ve spent a cold January night in Embarrass, Minn.
In her spare time, you’ll find Rachel training for a marathon or half marathon, cooking and spending time with her dog, Butters.
If you have a story idea, send it her way.
But for some Minnesota State Fair workers, the intense pace of the fair is actually a vacation.
One of the most popular attractions at the Minnesota State Fair on Friday were the misters stationed periodically throughout the grounds. You may think the water is what will cool you down, but it’s actually dropping the air temperature around it.
The state fair is advertising 51 new items, but it turns out there are about a dozen more. Many are just twists on an old favorite, adding a new flavor or ingredient.
Two of the most unique State Fair foods debuted Wednesday in the International Bazaar. You’ve probably heard about the hot tail and kimichi poutine. Halfway through the fair, the Midtown Global Market booth switches up the vendors. Starting Wednesday, the Rabbit Hole moved in.
Two food vendors at the State Fair like to push each other to do better each day. It’s a friendly competition that’s based on a long-standing history together.
The craft beer scene is booming in Minnesota, so it only makes sense that it’s represented at the State Fair.
For the wayward fairgoer, the information booths are a first stop to find direction. This year, the crowd is taking more than just free maps; they’re also helping themselves to free sunscreen. The push for sunburn prevention came from Dr. Megan Wood.
For one poultry farmer and 4H competitor, the year of no birds at the Minnesota State Fair could be the most rewarding.
If there is one place to find a different take on the plain old hot dog, it is at the Minnesota State Fair. Dipped in sweet batter, it suddenly becomes a pronto pup. Add onions and kraut, it becomes the famous footlong. But now there is another option.
Two people are hospitalized after a shooting incident outside a Maple Grove movie theater Saturday evening. Maple Grove Police say the two victims were in a car outside the AMC Arbor Lakes Theater just before 10 p.m. when they were shot.
A lemonade stand in one Twin Cities suburb brought in hundreds of dollars. And the boy who runs it plans to give all the money away. Six-year-old Parker Borden set up his booth and thermos of lemonade at his parent’s garage sale.
St. John’s Abbey Church stands unchanged on the campus of St. John’s University. But within the walls, there is a shift in leadership. Father Tom Andert — the monastery’s prior, or second in command — stepped aside for now following accusations he molested a former student.
Canterbury Park in Shakopee brings in fans of horse racing every weekend. Visitors show up for those exciting few minutes of competition, but the real work happens off the track. Trainers work with the horses every day to get them ready for the races
As part of Accomplish Minnesota, we’ve held Wishes in Flight phone drives, where viewers have donated miles to help make kids’ dreams come true, and we’ve helped facilitate others, like when we built a treehouse on the ‘CCO rooftop. But on Monday, WCCO got to grant a wish.
Drivers taking that summer road trip can expect to see even more savings at the pump in the coming weeks.
A basketball clinic taught dozens of Twin Cities youth more than just the basic skills of the game. The “Full Court Press: Prep for Success” program hosted its first clinic ever in Minneapolis on Saturday.
This is the 36th year of the Irish Fair of Minnesota, a family-friendly event with music, dance, food and kilts. Organizers are expecting 100,000 people to attend.
More than 350 artists featuring limited editions and one-of-a-kind treasures can be found this weekend at the Uptown Art Fair, which is now in its 52nd year.
Pierre Collins pleaded guilty Monday to killing his son, Barway, back in March. He’ll now spend 40 years in prison. It’s a case that began with Collins denying any involvement with his son’s death.
In the summer months, we all look for a place to cool down from the summer heat. Pools, lakes and rivers are the typical spots for swimmers, but there’s one watering hole in Waite Park that takes swimming to new heights.
A new art installation is bringing in big crowds to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Nature Connects features 13 different nature displays made entirely of Legos.
Minnesota golfers are taking a swing at new type of golf game. Three courses around the state now offer FlingGolf. It can be played alongside the traditional game, but there are some big differences.
One year after a longboarding accident almost killed a Twin Cities teen, he’s sharing his story with the hope that speaking out will save lives.
The timing of the Saturday morning storm could not be worse for the Watertown area. The town was celebrating its annual Rails to Trails summer festival, but organizers canceled the event after surveying the damage.
A decorated Marine from Wisconsin was among those killed in Thursday’s shooting rampage in Tennessee. Sgt. Carson Holmquist grew up in Grantsburg, which is about an hour and a half northeast of the Twin Cities. He had served two tours of duty.