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.
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.
Anton Delgado has epidermolysis bullosa. It makes his skin so delicate, it easily blisters or even comes off.
He recently had a bone marrow transplant at the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital to try to improve his health.
Turkey growers across Minnesota are doing all they can to stop the spread of the deadly avian influenza. It’s wiped out flocks at nine farms in six different counties since just last month.
A Brooklyn Park man is in jail after a weekend police chase reached speeds of 150 miles per hour. Jorell Coppage, 27, faces one felony charge of feeling a peace officer in a motor vehicle. Coppage is accused of taking law enforcement on a nearly hour-long chase that lasted about 80 miles and wound through several metro area towns.
A Cottage Grove man, who earned worldwide attention while waiting for a kidney transplant, has a new organ. Jim Gorbunow, 44, begins each day with a handful of medications. Over the course of a day, he’ll take upwards of 30 pills.
Another Minnesota turkey farm is dealing with an outbreak of the bird flu.
State officials confirm a farm in Stearns County found the H5N2 strain of avian influenza, making it the fifth commercial turkey grower to be hit with the virus.
Brush fires over the last two days have shown just how dry it is around Minnesota. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 90 percent of the state is under a moderate drought.
As the season winds down for the Minnesota Wild, a postseason run seems more and more likely. With six games left in the regular season, the team has a firm grip on the wildcard spot and that means fans are taking steps to lock in seats to see the playoff action.
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.
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.
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.
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.