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.
In just over a month, Red Bull’s Crashed Ice will return to St. Paul. Athletes will fly down the icy, quarter mile track at speeds reaching 40 miles per hour. Training can take months and the recent December warm up, when temperatures reached the 50s, is having an impact on how athletes are getting ready for the competition.
Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states.
On Friday, a popular Twin Cities brewery will open the doors to its new beer hall and restaurant. Surly Brewing Co. is expecting a packed house for the grand opening of its $30 million building near the Minneapolis’ Prospect Park neighborhood. “We’re terrified, we’re excited, we’re ready. I think everyone’s just ready to go,” said Omar Ansari, founder and president of Surly Brewing Co.
At this time of year, you’re sure to hear the ringing bells from the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign. Volunteer bell ringers are stationed near the kettles to remind and encourage people to donate.
Minnesota families are getting more time to sign up for health insurance. MNsure had set a midnight deadline on Monday if you needed coverage starting on Jan. 1. But Monday afternoon, the agency pushed that back to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The Salvation Army is known for helping people in crisis and for their presence during the holidays, but the organization is launching a new program to help those in need create a life where they don’t have to rely emergency services.
A Golden Valley firefighter is recovering from minor injuries after responding to a fire that destroyed a home. The flames ignited around 4:30 a.m. Sunday on Parkview Terrace in Golden Valley. Crews remained on scene for several hours putting out the flames and preventing flare-ups.
Most Minnesotans are leaving the snow pants, boots and heavy coats at home. Instead, they’re choosing to shed the layers during a rare December warm-up.
A Minnesota road construction company is stepping in to help improve safety on a west metro highway. Diamond Surface Inc. will donate time and resources to add rumble strips to Highway 12. In the last eight months, four people have died on a stretch of Highway 12 near Maple Plain from head-on crashes.
It isn’t Santa’s workshop and the volunteers aren’t his elves. But at the Salvation Army, the work is underway to make sure more than 800 kids have gifts on Christmas Day.
When we talk about drug rehabilitation, most of us think it only deals with sobriety. But a big part of recovery also focuses on rebuilding relationships destroyed by drug use. In this edition of our “Trees of Hope” series, we focus on how Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge helped a mother and daughter reconnect.
All this week, we’ve brought you stories of those who’ve graduated from Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge as part of our “Trees of Hope” series. The one-year program helps more than 500 people a year overcome addiction. Chelsea Hill and Michael Dwyer have never been so excited for the future.
There were customers in line when the University of Minnesota athletic ticket office opened for business Monday. They were there to buy tickets to the Gopher football team’s upcoming bowl game.
The rush at Krueger’s Christmas Trees had a Black Friday type feel but the crowds didn’t show up for door buster deals or big savings. “We consider this our “green Friday,”” Deb Krueger, of Krueger’s Christmas Trees, said.
One Twin Cities family is feeling extra thankful for their daughter’s health this holiday. Over the last two years, 8-year-old Belle Heldt has battled an auto-immune condition which affected her muscles and joints.
One home in Bloomington is known nationally for its Christmas lights. This week, Bob and Julie Little will turn on the 39,000 lights wrapped around a tall oak.
Dozens of community members attended a grand opening event for the Washburn Center for Children on Friday. The new 55,000 square foot building is located in North Minneapolis and is twice the size of the old building, which was located off Nicollet Avenue.
The last home game of the season ended in a disappointing loss for the Gophers. Ohio State beat Minnesota 31 to 24. Despite the defeat WCCO’s Rachel Slavik explains why one young fan still feels like a winner.
Last November, an out-of-control car crashed into a retention pond off Highway 100 in St. Louis Park. Five children spent at least 25 minutes submerged in the freezing water. Two didn’t survive. One of the most seriously injured, 7-year-old Zarihana Rennie, is still working on her recovery.
A weathered recliner that doesn’t look like much has meant everything to women at eight different homes. Meredith Johnson was the first to see its value. She spent six weeks in the chair after a double mastectomy. Reclining provided relief during a painful recovery. “It was just so uncomfortable to lay flat, and for some reason being propped up made a huge difference,” Johnson said.
A new apple from the University of Minnesota could extend the fall apple picking season. University of Minnesota researchers developed a new type of apple that would ripen in August, one month ahead of most apple varieties.
A Coon Rapids church is facing a lot of criticism for changes made at its cemetery. The Church of the Epiphany updated its rules for decorating grave sites. Families had to remove all items for fall clean-up by Oct. 15 or maintenance crews would pick up the items and throw them away.
It was supposed to be a night of staged horror on a Twin Cities haunted limo tour, but a group of friends experienced something truly frightening.
Marianne Reilly is like any experienced cyclist. Every day she relies on two wheels to get out and go. But her bike is more than transportation, it’s a reason to keep living. “This was my way of getting back on the horse, so to say,” Reilly said. Three years ago, doctors discovered she had a brain tumor the size of a small grapefruit.
A Twin Cities fire fighter is preparing for a very uncomfortable few days in the name of charity.