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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.

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Five Miles Of Hwy 100 Closing For Overpass Overhaul

The first major closure in the metro this year starts at 9 p.m. Friday night on Highway 100. Five miles of the busy stretch will be shut down between Interstate 394 and the Crosstown.

03/27/2015

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Prayer Vigil Held For Missing Crystal Boy

A vigil took place Monday afternoon for Barway Collins outside the Cedarwood Apartment complex where he disappeared Wednesday. Several dozen people showed their support for his family by handing out fliers and joining together in prayer at the gathering.

03/23/2015

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Saints’ New Ballpark Embraces Old Tradition With Much-Needed Upgrades

This year marks a new era for the St. Paul Saints baseball team — in two months, they’ll play their first home game in Lowertown. CHS Field was built on the site of the old Gillette factory. The brand new building cost 62 million dollars, but it still honors some old Saints traditions.

03/21/2015

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State Parks Await Spring-Time Visitors

As the last drops of maple syrup are collected from Fort Snelling State Park, it can mean only one thing — the sights and sounds of spring are coming back. Brent Wennberg has been enjoying Minnesota’s state parks since he was 2.

03/20/2015

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Firefighter Recovering Following Eagan House Fire

An Eagan firefighter was injured during an overnight fire. The fire started at a home on the 4300 block of Woodgate Lane just after 10 p.m. Saturday. When first responders arrived to the home, flames were shooting from the front of the single-family home.

03/15/2015

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Wisconsin Sanctuary Finds New Home For Litter Of Puppies

Typically, Home for Life doesn’t deal in pet adoption. It’s a place dogs spend their days when they can’t be adopted because of age or medical issues. But a special case showed up to their front gate back in November, and no one could turn their backs on a dog that needed help.

03/14/2015

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MPCA Wants Potentially Harmful Receipts Gone From Businesses

Many shoppers use receipts to keep track of their spending, but the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency wants to see more Minnesota businesses go paperless. It’s not just because of the environmental aspect, there’s also a potential health risk associated with a certain type of receipt paper.

03/13/2015

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Warehouse Destroyed In Mpls. Lumberyard Fire

Investigators are looking into the cause of a fire at a Minneapolis lumber yard. The three-alarm blaze destroyed a building at Shaw Stewart Lumber on Johnson Street Northeast.

03/08/2015

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Service Dogs In Training Board Flight At MSP

A dozen service-dogs-in-training boarded a Twin Cities flight Saturday as part of the “Can Do Canines,” training program. Preparation for a life of service means exposing the dogs to new experiences. The busy crowds and security of an airport can cause distraction and stress.

03/07/2015

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Twin Cities Auto Show Vrooms Into Minneapolis

Luxury and technology are two big themes at the 42nd Annual Twin Cities Auto Show. The event opens to the public Saturday morning at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Rachel Slavik shows us how workers are setting up about $15 million worth of vehicles and displays.

03/06/2015

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Original Selma Marcher To Return With State Senator Son

A Minnesota lawmaker will join thousands this weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches.

03/06/2015

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No Jail Time For Fmr. Gophers QB In Mankato Bar Brawl

Former University of Minnesota football player Philip Nelson will not serve any jail time following a fight outside a Mankato bar last May. Nelson heard his sentence before a packed courtroom in Blue Earth County Monday.

03/02/2015

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Potential Mpls. Condo Could Cause Problems For Historic Church

Plans for a high-rise in northeast Minneapolis took a step forward this week, but not everyone is happy. The Neighborhood Association approved the plans Wednesday night with overwhelming support, but the new construction could have a big impact on an old church.

02/28/2015

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Coaches’ Behavior Called Into Question After Dance Competition Controversy

Controversy is surrounding the Minnesota State High School High-Kick Dance Championship after several of the teams claim the winning group copied their dance from a Utah dance line.

02/16/2015

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Faribault Dance Team Wins Championship Amid Controversy

The Faribault Emerald dance team took home the first place trophy in the class AAA high kick dance championship, but not without controversy. Many of their competitors claim they copied a dance and didn’t deserve the win.

02/15/2015

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A Minneapolis Skyway Can Be Yours – For Free

A unique piece of Minneapolis real estate is up for grabs — and it won’t cost you a single penny to own it. The owners of CityDeskStudio are giving away an old section of skyway built in the 1970s.

02/14/2015

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High School’s Flight Simulators Turn Students Into Pilots

At St. Paul’s Johnson High School, Scott Shaffer teaches lessons in physics. There are no textbooks or whiteboard lectures. Instead, students like junior Fabian Gutierrez will learn by taking flight.

02/13/2015

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New Clot-Suction Technique Has Stroke Patients On The Mend

Cutting edge technology being used at a Twin Cities hospital could change the treatment for stroke patients.

Abbott Northwestern is a comprehensive stroke center and specializes in a procedure called mechanical thrombectomy.

02/09/2015

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2 Dead After Car Crash In Minneapolis

Two people are dead after a crash early Saturday morning in Minneapolis. According to Minneapolis police, officers responded to a vehicle crash at 2:22 a.m. near the intersection of 37th Avenue NE and University Avenue NE.

02/07/2015

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Minnesotans Who Already Filed With TurboTax Play Waiting Game

Minnesotans aren’t the only ones who can’t file their state tax returns through TurboTax. The company is now temporarily suspending e-filing in all states over fraud concerns. On Thursday, the Minnesota Department of Revenue announced it would stop accepting the state returns from filers using TurboTax.

02/06/2015

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A Home Inspector’s Tips For Owners Looking To Sell

There was a time when their two-story, Inver Grove Heights home was a perfect fit for Mike and Linda Demars. “We had a lot of gatherings, we had family,” Linda Demars said.

02/03/2015

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Move Over Honeycrisp — There’s A New Apple In Town

Most of us don’t think of winter as a time to get fresh, locally grown apples, but one company is hoping to change that Honeybear, a company that markets fruit grown in Minnesota and Wisconsin, is debuting its newest apple called Pazazz.

01/31/2015

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Community Mourns Shooting Death Of Popular Teacher

The shooting death of a Twin Cities man is having an impact on several communities in the east metro.

01/25/2015

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Autonomous Snowplow Competition Wows Winter Carnival

Most Minnesotans know that during the winter months, sooner or later, they’ll have to bust out those shovels and plows. But what if there was a way to remove the snow without any of the physical labor?

01/24/2015

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9 Rescued Pit Bull Puppies Up For Adoption In Mpls.

Nine puppies that had a tough introduction to life are now getting a second chance. The pit bull-mix pups are up for adoption at Minneapolis Animal Care and Control. Over the last few weeks, volunteers have worked to make sure the dogs are healthy and ready to find a new home.

01/23/2015

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