Rachel Slavik

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, Louisiana. 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.
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VITALS
Joined WCCO: 2010
Hometown: Mound, Minnesota
Alma Mater: University of Wisconsin-Madison

FAVORITES
Music: Classic rock
Movie: The Shawshank Redemption
TV Show: Anything by Shonda Rhimes
Author/Book: Gillian Flynn is pretty good. Fave book is Green Eggs and Ham
Food: Cheeseburger
Local Restaurant: Hola Arepa
Hidden MN Gem: Northern Waters Smokehaus in Duluth
Sport/Exercise: Hockey and running
Historical Figure: Eleanor Roosevelt
Famous Minnesotan: Zach Parise
Quote: “When someone shows you their true colors, believe them the first time.” – Oprah Winfrey
Word: Basic
Vacation Spot: Anywhere with a beach
Holiday: New Year’s
Planet: Earth

THIS OR THAT
Facebook or Twitter? Instagram
Cats or Dogs? Dogs
Beatles or Rolling Stones? Beatles
Comedy or Tearjerker? Comedy
Phone Call or Text Message? Phone Call
Mac or PC? Mac
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Paper or Plastic? Plastic, for doggie doo bags
Morning Person or Night Person? Morning
East Coast or West Coast? West
Star Trek or Star Wars? Star Wars
‘Grey Duck’ or ‘Goose’? Grey Duck

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, Louisiana. 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.

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Finding Minnesota: Owatonna’s Old Train Depot

Long before there was light rail, buses or subways, trains pioneered the concept of mass transit. The railroad system was vital to the development of the United States — and one man in Owatonna does not want us to forget its place in history.

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Finding Minnesota: Dusty The Volunteer Dog

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Minnesota’s First Beer To Make A Comeback

A new beer will enter the saturated Twin Cities craft brewery scene this summer. The Yoerg Brewing Company will fight for its spot in the marketplace. But unlike most new brews, this beer already has a huge following which dates back to the 1800s.

04/09/2016

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Bald Eagle Killed And Mutilated Near Albert Lea

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has opened a criminal investigation after a bald eagle was found mutilated in a plastic bag near Albert Lea.

04/08/2016

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Vikings Fan Reflects On U.S. Bank Stadium Construction

After more than two years of construction, U.S. Bank Stadium is just months away from completion. For the last two years, David Gunderson has spent nearly every Saturday morning tracking the progress of the new Vikings stadium.

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Community Continues Call For Prosecution In Jamar Clark Case

Dozens of community members are continuing the call for the prosecution of two Minneapolis police officers despite Mike Freeman’s decision not to press charges.

04/01/2016

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Hundreds Line Up To Reserve Tesla’s Affordable Model 3

More than 100 people were in line Thursday morning outside the Tesla dealership in Eden Prairie, eagerly awaiting the chance to put down $1,000 on the electronic carmaker’s yet-to-be-unveiled Model 3.

03/31/2016

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State Leaders: Trade Between U.S., Cuba Would Boost Minnesota

The improving diplomatic relationship between the U.S. and Cuba could have a big impact on Minnesota. There’s the potential for job growth and billions of dollars, but business can’t happen until the U.S. lifts its trade embargo.

03/28/2016

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Finding Minnesota: Gold Prospecting In The Midwest Region

Minnesotans looking to strike it rich may not need to look any further than the Iron Range. Last year, the DNR announced the discovery of gold grains and small gold deposits up near Lake Vermillion.

03/27/2016

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Twin Cities Pit Bull Recovering After Extreme Neglect

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03/26/2016

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Teen Cancer Survivor Starts Charity Food Truck

A Twin Cities boy turned his Make-A-Wish into the opportunity to help others. Thirteen-year-old Lucas Hobbs is the founder of Chef Lucas Food, an organization that provides meals to pediatric cancer families.

03/19/2016

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Battle Over Transportation Funding Begins At The Capitol

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03/14/2016

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Finding Minnesota: Ruth Klossner’s Moo-seum

Minnesota is home to the largest ball of twine, the biggest gingerbread house and the largest cow collection in the world.

03/13/2016

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‘Operation Glass Slipper’ Helps Low-Income Teens Have A Perfect Prom

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03/12/2016

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Former Reagan Aide John Kline Reflects On Nancy Reagan

Kline had a front row seat to the President’s life as Reagan’s military aide.

03/06/2016

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O’Gara’s Bar And Grill Marks 75 Years In Business

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03/05/2016

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Buzzer Beaters Drop Jaws In Quadruple-OT Waseca-Marshall Match

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03/04/2016

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95 Dogs Removed From Minnesota Couple

The Animal Humane Society says they have removed 95 dogs from a Minnesota couple.

03/03/2016

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Classroom Caucus Provides Preview To Super Tuesday In Minnesota

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02/29/2016

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Finding Minnesota: Discovering The Ninja Warrior Workout

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02/28/2016

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Gov. Dayton Holds First-Ever Minnesota Water Summit

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Dentist’s License Suspended Over Fatal Wisdom Tooth Surgery

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02/19/2016

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St. Paul Man Indicted For Selling Guns Without A License

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02/18/2016

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