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.
As graduation nears, high school seniors often have a tradition of an end of the year prank. Mound Westonka is no different, but this year, the Class of 2015 took a different approach — instead of a practical joke, they decided to honor the retiring principal and all the school staff.
A Democratic presidential candidate is hoping to win over voters after an appearance in Minneapolis Sunday morning. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont hosted a town hall meeting on Sunday at the Minneapolis American Indian Center. Sanders is seen as a progressive alternative to the former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.
A single pint of beer can often lead to a much bigger sale in the craft brewery business. The 64-ounce growler allows customers to bring home a sampling of their favorite brew.
A 20-year-old man is dead after a shooting at a Maplewood nightclub early Friday morning. According to Maplewood Police, at 1 a.m. a fight occurred in the parking lot of Stargate Nightclub along Rice Street in Maplewood.
Pesticides and loss of habitat are having an impact on monarch butterflies and honeybees around the world. The insects are dying off in large numbers.
Road construction season is underway in Minnesota.
For many drivers, work zones are nothing more than the obstacle that slows them down on the way to their destination. And this year, travelers are finding that passing through some work zones is taking longer than ever before.
On Memorial Day, a Minnesota family said they hope everyone takes a moment to honor our fallen troops.
Last year, the Erickson family learned that 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Caleb Erickson died while serving in Afghanistan.
The Twin Cities is known as one of the most bike-friendly areas in the country. Cycling enthusiasts now have one more spot where they have the chance to ride around on two wheels — a golf course.
It started as a relaxing vacation in Mexico, but it turned in to a terrifying rescue at sea for a Minnesota woman. Kim Armstrong of Windom was on a snorkeling tour when a gray whale breached and hit her boat. A Canadian tourist later died from her injuries. Armstrong was one of two people hurt.
The WCCO Weather Watcher is shimmering gold Friday for a beautiful, spring Top 10 Weather Day!
We are hearing an officer’s account of a terrifying shootout inside a North St. Paul apartment for the first time. North St. Paul Police Officer Rick Crittenden died at the hand of Devon Dockery in 2009 while responding to a domestic call.
All poultry shows have been canceled at the Minnesota State Fair and county fairs across the state this year as authorities try to stop the spread of bird flu. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health is also prohibiting birds from being included in swap meets, exotic animal sales and petting zoos.
The deadly Amtrak derailment near Philadelphia appears to be yet another accident that didn’t have to happen. It could have been avoided if a long-sought safety technology had been installed on its tracks and trains, according to information gathered by accident investigators.
A Twin Cities man accomplished a pretty remarkable feat Saturday. Julio Salazar ran across the entire state of Minnesota. He started his Break the Stigma run last Sunday at the South Dakota border. Salazar is hoping his run raises awareness about mental health.
One day after golf-ball-sized hail fell across the Twin Cities, families are adding up the damage from the storm.
The search will continue Sunday on the Minnesota River for a missing Le Sueur woman. Moriah Zwart, 20, was camping with a friend along the water before she disappeared Friday morning. Authorities don’t suspect foul play in the case, but they believe alcohol to be factor in her disappearance.
It’s hard to imagine anyone abandoning a litter of puppies, but that is the reality for many dogs and cats on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation.
Every year, animal control officers around the state investigate hundreds of dog bites on humans and other animals. In some cases, the animal will be labeled dangerous and it can be a life changing process for both the dog and its owner in the name of public safety.
The rescue effort in Nepal ramped up even more Monday after much needed supplies reached the earthquake-ravaged area.
Dozens of Minnesota National Guard members returned home to their families on Saturday. About 80 members of the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade, or the Red Bulls, were greeted by hundreds of friends and family.
Go to just about any school in the country, and you’ll probably find some type of anti-bullying program. Winona Senior High School is no different, but one teachers approach to combating bullying takes a step away from the norm.
Investigators are looking into an unusual theft at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Someone stole a Paul Granlund statue from the rose gardens sometime late last week. The sculpture was a gift from an Arboretum donor in 2013.
A Brainerd family is the owner of one of the most unique houses in Minnesota. Aimee and Preston Jobe plan to transform an old Minneapolis skyway into their home after winning it from a Twin Cities architectural firm.
Five-hundred-sixty-two miles separate the Minnesota Wild from their fans. But in downtown St. Paul Thursday, playoff excitement still had that home-ice feel. “This is where you go,” St. Paul resident Linda Eichinger said. “Hockey fans, we’re together and we’re going to celebrate them no matter if they’re in town or away.”
The Minnesota Twins are just two days away from their first home game of the season. The team will play the Kansas City Royals in front of a sold-out crowd Monday afternoon. At the dawn of the new season, Target Field awakens from a long winter as workers ready the ball park for nearly 40,000 baseball fans.