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.
Investigators are looking into the cause of a fire at a Minneapolis lumber yard. The three-alarm blaze destroyed a building at Shaw Stewart Lumber on Johnson Street Northeast.
A dozen service-dogs-in-training boarded a Twin Cities flight Saturday as part of the “Can Do Canines,” training program. Preparation for a life of service means exposing the dogs to new experiences. The busy crowds and security of an airport can cause distraction and stress.
Luxury and technology are two big themes at the 42nd Annual Twin Cities Auto Show. The event opens to the public Saturday morning at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Rachel Slavik shows us how workers are setting up about $15 million worth of vehicles and displays.
A Minnesota lawmaker will join thousands this weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches.
Former University of Minnesota football player Philip Nelson will not serve any jail time following a fight outside a Mankato bar last May. Nelson heard his sentence before a packed courtroom in Blue Earth County Monday.
Plans for a high-rise in northeast Minneapolis took a step forward this week, but not everyone is happy. The Neighborhood Association approved the plans Wednesday night with overwhelming support, but the new construction could have a big impact on an old church.
Controversy is surrounding the Minnesota State High School High-Kick Dance Championship after several of the teams claim the winning group copied their dance from a Utah dance line.
The Faribault Emerald dance team took home the first place trophy in the class AAA high kick dance championship, but not without controversy. Many of their competitors claim they copied a dance and didn’t deserve the win.
A unique piece of Minneapolis real estate is up for grabs — and it won’t cost you a single penny to own it. The owners of CityDeskStudio are giving away an old section of skyway built in the 1970s.
At St. Paul’s Johnson High School, Scott Shaffer teaches lessons in physics. There are no textbooks or whiteboard lectures. Instead, students like junior Fabian Gutierrez will learn by taking flight.
Cutting edge technology being used at a Twin Cities hospital could change the treatment for stroke patients.
Abbott Northwestern is a comprehensive stroke center and specializes in a procedure called mechanical thrombectomy.
Two people are dead after a crash early Saturday morning in Minneapolis. According to Minneapolis police, officers responded to a vehicle crash at 2:22 a.m. near the intersection of 37th Avenue NE and University Avenue NE.
Minnesotans aren’t the only ones who can’t file their state tax returns through TurboTax. The company is now temporarily suspending e-filing in all states over fraud concerns. On Thursday, the Minnesota Department of Revenue announced it would stop accepting the state returns from filers using TurboTax.
There was a time when their two-story, Inver Grove Heights home was a perfect fit for Mike and Linda Demars. “We had a lot of gatherings, we had family,” Linda Demars said.
Most of us don’t think of winter as a time to get fresh, locally grown apples, but one company is hoping to change that Honeybear, a company that markets fruit grown in Minnesota and Wisconsin, is debuting its newest apple called Pazazz.
The shooting death of a Twin Cities man is having an impact on several communities in the east metro.
Most Minnesotans know that during the winter months, sooner or later, they’ll have to bust out those shovels and plows. But what if there was a way to remove the snow without any of the physical labor?
Nine puppies that had a tough introduction to life are now getting a second chance. The pit bull-mix pups are up for adoption at Minneapolis Animal Care and Control. Over the last few weeks, volunteers have worked to make sure the dogs are healthy and ready to find a new home.
Toyota called its first witness in a federal lawsuit filed by two Minnesota families. Attorneys for Koua Fong Lee and the Trice-Adams family rested their case after two weeks of testimony.
Opening statements in the trial of a man accused of killing a Mendota Heights police officer have been delayed another few days. Another juror was released from duty after expressing concerns for her safety. She told the judge media reports had listed her occupation.
Minnesota is living up to its name as the state of hockey. Thousands of athletes are lacing up their skates around the state for the 9th annual Hockey Day Minnesota. The premier games are happening at Holman Field in St. Paul where high school hockey teams are competing on an outdoor rink.
It’s not easy to achieve perfection on the ACT, but that’s exactly what one Robbinsdale Cooper High School student accomplished in December. Not only did Min-Hyung Choi receive a perfect 36 on the test, he didn’t even need to take it this early — and he’s only a sophomore. Inside Robbinsdale Cooper, roughly 1,700 teens make up the student body. But Min-Hyung stands out in the crowd.
The St. Croix River has become a frozen playground for those who love winter and the outdoors. It seems to, over the last ten years, bring more and more people out here,” Dave Farr, of Bayport, said. Three times a week, Farr runs his dogs up and down the St Croix River, but his exercise route ends south of the new St. Croix bridge.
Long before the competitors race down the icy track of the Red Bull Crashed Ice race course, the work to get there is less exciting. Building the quarter-mile track is a time consuming, 24-day process. Add in subzero temperatures and it’s not a cushy construction job.
Minnesotans are starting 2015 with the cheapest gas prices we’ve seen in five years. According to AAA, the average price for a gallon of gas in the Twin Cities is $2.03. That’s 14-cents cheaper than a week ago, and far cheaper than the $3.24 we were paying last January.