Rachel Slavik

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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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Procedure Pioneered In Minn. Helps Texas Boy With Rare Skin Disorder

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.

04/10/2015

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U Of Minnesota Lab Sees Deluge Of Tests Amid Flu In Turkeys

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.

04/09/2015

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Charges: Man With Suspended License Leads Officers On Dangerous Chase

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.

04/06/2015

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Kidney Snowman Helps Get Cottage Grove Man Life-Saving Transplant

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.

04/04/2015

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Bird Flu Appears At 5th Minnesota Turkey Farm

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.

04/03/2015

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Dry Spring Means Low Water Levels In Minnesota Lakes

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.

04/02/2015

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On-Ice Success Leads To Big Business For Minnesota Wild

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.

03/30/2015

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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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