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.
Boaters captured a high speed chase on Lake Minnetonka over the Fourth of July. Authorities were called to the lake on a domestic dispute. The driver, 33-year-old Ryan Krueger sped away The chase lasted roughly five minutes and no one was hurt. With a lakefront home, Doug Ellefson and his family have watched the 4th of July lake traffic for the last eight years. But, this holiday brought a first.
High water will have a big impact on boating plans this Fourth of July weekend. No wake zones remain in effect on several area lakes. The slow speed is making for a quiet holiday on Prior Lake where many boaters didn’t even bother to get out on the water.
This Fourth of July will be a holiday of firsts for one Twin Cities family. Barry and Megan Quiggle of St. Paul will celebrate the holiday with their three new sons from Haiti.
The no wake restriction on Lake Minnetonka is creating a unique opportunity for anglers. Fishing guides say the high water is creating once in a lifetime fishing conditions. Many recreational boaters are staying off the water, allowing anglers to drop a line without having to fight large waves or boating traffic.
Every couple plans their wedding with the hope that it will be the perfect day. But flooding at Harriet Island in St. Paul is causing a lot of anxiety for some brides and grooms-to-be. So far, four weddings have been cancelled because of the swollen Mississippi River, and couples are scrambling to make last-minute changes.
Authorities said as many as eight people are displaced from three homes after they were all hit by lightning just south of the Twin Cities Thursday morning.
Wedding season is here and one piece of advice many newlyweds will hear is that a marriage takes work. Couples deal with everything from those little annoyances, like taking out the garbage, to more serious issues, like finances.
Big changes are coming to Twin Cities-based Medtronic, which has released more details about an upcoming merger with Irish-based medical device manufacturer Covidien. On Sunday night, the Twin Cities based company announced plans to buy Covidien for $42.9 billion.
Almost a dozen sailboats capsized on Lake Minnetonka Saturday morning during a regatta. There were between 30-40 sailboats taking part in a weekend sailboat race near Smith Bay and Browns Bay when wind gusts reaching 50-60 mph began to wreak havoc on boaters.
The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office released evidence in a hit-and-run accident that severely injured an army recruiter. Last fall, Staff Sgt. Travis Torgerson was hit by a jeep and dragged nearly a mile. The driver, Enrico Taylor, pleaded guilty to the charges and will spend nearly 16 years behind bars.
A convicted killer recently questioned in the disappearance of Jacob Wetterling has died. Delbert Huber, 83, passed away just one day after he sat down for an interview with WCCO’s Esme Murphy. Authorities say foul play is not suspected.
Heavy rainfall at the end of May, and beginning of June, is causing problems on lakes and rivers around Minnesota and Wisconsin. Some lakes have no wake zones, creeks and rivers are showing minor flooding and the swollen Mississippi River is sending a lot of debris down river. On the banks of the Mississippi, the St. Paul Yacht Club kicks off the boating season with an annual orientation.
Bloomington Police arrested 16 people in a recent prostitution sting, including the former CEO of a Twin Cities hospital. David Cress, 64, was among the 15 men and one woman arrested on Tuesday. North Memorial Medical Center cut ties with Cress after police arrested him in a prostitution sting in Richfield four years ago.
This time of year, you can hardly walk along a downtown Minneapolis street without running into a food truck. When the city passed an ordinance easing restrictions on these mobile restaurants the food truck phenomenon took off. But the restaurants themselves aren’t the only ones seeing a boost.
Patients at one Twin Cities hospital are getting treatment from an unexpected visitor. Sonja, a Bernese mountain dog mix, makes the rounds at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. She spends just a few minutes with patients, but both patients and doctors say it does a world of good.