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.
Every successful entertainer can draw in a crowd, and Aiden Kolata has learned how to put on a show. “He just wanted to do magic one day,” Wade Kolata, Aiden’s dad, said. “He’s adding a trick every week, so he’ll probably continue to add a magic trick as we go.”
The Minnesota Twins will wind down the regular season this weekend and the team is fighting its way to the post-season.
Be it SweeTango or Honeycrisp, certain apples make their way into every Minnesota orchard. But Sheila Mitchell also wanted something different. “I came from an apple background. I had a big orchard down in Jordan, Minnesota,” Mitchell said. She already had the unusual setting, in the heart of Minneapolis, just feet from Lake of the isles. It is called “Urban Orchard.”
A long-standing rivalry in Minnesota college football was in the national spotlight Saturday. The University of St. Thomas and St. John’s University faced off in Collegeville, but fans were in the stadium long before the two teams took the field.
Ragnar, the popular Vikings mascot, says he believes his time with the team is not over.
Ragnar, the heavily bearded mascot for the Minnesota Vikings, says he watched this weekend’s game from home, and not out in the thick of the action. Ragnar has represented the team for more than two decades.
This time next year, the Minnesota Vikings will be playing their first game in the new U.S. Bank Stadium. Crews hit a milestone Thursday in the construction effort. The Vikings celebrated the “topping out” of the building, marking the point when the highest or last steel beam is put into place.
The search of a Twin Cities home uncovered a crime spree going back nearly 10 years. Police recovered more than 500 stolen items from a house in north Minneapolis. All of the evidence is believed to have come from vehicle thefts at a downtown parking ramp.
Whether you’re launching or leaving the water, the search for zebra mussels is now part of the boating culture. At boat launch check points, DNR conservation officer Julie Siems doesn’t rely on just the naked eye to scan boats. She has a more powerful tool.
As soon as the festivities come to an end, the vendors start packing up and heading home. But what happens to all the excess supplies after the fair is over?
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.