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.
Minnesota’s lakes and rivers are always a top destination over the Fourth of July. But last year’s record rain led to no-wake restrictions on several lakes around the state. For businesses that rely on that boating traffic it made for a quiet holiday on the water, but this year is a much different story.
Athletes from around the country are in the Twin Cities to show that age does not have to slow you down. Minnesota is hosting the National Senior Games for the first time. The Olympic-style event — which is held every two years — is open to anyone over the age of 50.
Support for the U.S. Women’s Soccer team has grown as the team has moved ahead in the tournament. Some of their most loyal fans are young girls.
It was supposed to be a relaxing kayak trip down the Cloquet river. But when a Two Harbors woman got separated from her group of friends, it turned into an overnight search.
The community in Wisconsin’s River Falls came together to help a mother overcome a devastating loss nearly three years ago, In July of 2012, Aaron Schaffhausen killed his daughters — Amara, Sophie and Cecilia. Since then, the community has worked to raise $550,000 for a memorial playground in their honor.
When a first round draft pick and a star player with hometown roots make their first introduction, it’s going to attract some attention.
Twelve people went to the hospital after a suspected drunk driver crashed into the back of their Pedal Pub. Police arrested 35-year-old Mershon Corbett, who faces a DWI charge and a felony count of criminal vehicular injury.
The number of murders is on the rise in Minneapolis for the first time in three years, and overall violent crime is seeing an increase too. The latest statistics for the first half of the year has the murder rate up nearly 50 percent over this time last year.
A Twin Cities restaurant is catering to a new kind of clientele. Stanley’s Northeast Bar Room in Minneapolis is debuting its canine cuisine. Now, both dog and owner can sit down to a meal together on the patio.
Prosecutors will get more time to decide whether to charge a Minneapolis teenager with the death of a toddler. Two-year-old Sophia O’Neill died Wednesday after she was in the care of her mother’s 17-year-old boyfriend.
Most kids don’t start thinking about college courses until the final years of high school, but a program at the University of St. Thomas has students planning their studies before 7th grade.
A Bloomington hotel had to be evacuated after part of the building’s siding came crashing down early Monday morning.
A woman has died after falling in an abandoned grain elevator in Minneapolis, city fire officials said.
A Twin Cities baseball league is teaching kids more than just the fundamentals of the game. The West Metro Miracle League gives kids of all abilities the chance to play. Built off Highway 101 in Minnetonka nearly eight years ago, the modified field is specially designed for children with special needs.
The St. Paul Saints return home Friday after nine games on the road. One fan cheering on the team this season has a unique tie to the location of CHS Field. The ballpark has all the bells and whistles of a new outdoor stadium, but from Dennis Hervin’s perspective, the shiny and new doesn’t overshadow a rich history.
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!