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.
A local defense attorney, who is not affiliated with this case, weighed in on how the prosecution and defense will move forward.
Kids from Minnesota got the chance to compete at TPC Twin Cities for a shot at the masters next year.
Two seconds is all it took for one Twin Cities family to have the scare of their life. Three weeks ago, 20-month-old Nathan Stoll fell three stories from his apartment window to the cement sidewalk below. He’s still recovering, and his parents are sharing his story with the hope of keeping other children safe.
A small town hardware store is celebrating an impressive anniversary. Thomes Bros hardware store in Arlington has been open for 125 years. From the main drag in Arlington, the store front of Thomes Bros blends into the background of small-town Minnesota.
During the State Fair we forget about counting calories and just eat all things deep fried or on a stick. But one Twin Cities woman is taking over indulgence to the next level. Mandy Colten plans to eat every single fair food on a stick in the name of charity.
For most visitors at the State Fair, cheese curds are one of the absolute must-eat foods. Turning out 2.6 million curds takes a great staff to keep up with demand. For 40 years the original deep fried cheese curd has served up a state fair favorite.
The temperatures have been lower and the crowds bigger at “the Great Minnesota Get-Together,” at least for the last few days. The Minnesota State Fair set an attendance record Tuesday and fell a few thousand short of another record on Wednesday.
As the last handful of days in August wind down, that marks the end of summer and the beginning of another school year. Monday is the first day of school for a number of students around Minnesota, including Minneapolis Public Schools, the state’s largest district.
The Miracle of Birth Center is one of the most popular attractions at the State Fair. Along with the baby animals, you can check out a new element to the center this year.
We all have our favorite ways of getting to the Great Minnesota Get-Together Terri Reinartz and her family are among the one third of fairgoers who choose mass transit. “We’ve done it last several years, probably the last half dozen years,” Reinartz said.
Firefighters are the first people we call when we smell smoke or see flames. We rely on them to save our homes and loved ones, while they put their own lives at risk. On Monday, more than a dozen local and state leaders got a sense of what goes into fighting fires by getting a hands-on look at the different roles of the job.
A teenager is recovering at Regions Hospital in St. Paul after spending hours trapped in a cave in Lilydale Regional Park. Rescue crews got the call for help around 12:45 a.m. Sunday.
It’s the middle of August, which means school is starting soon for many students in Minnesota. The big talk in the St. Paul School District right now is a proposal to push back the start of the school day for secondary students.
A fast moving fire destroyed a Brooklyn Center home Saturday morning. Firefighters were called just before 10 a.m. to a house on 3800 block of 56th Avenue. Crews had to stay for several hours to put out all the hot spots
The Minnesota Vikings will take on the Oakland Raiders in the first game of the 2014 season Friday night. The preseason matchup will be played at TCF Bank stadium on the University of Minnesota campus. The game marks the start of a two year stay at “The Bank” while the Vikings new stadium is built downtown.
A community in western Minnesota is rallying around a grieving family. Fifteen-year-old Brennon Johnson was kayaking this past weekend when he drowned on Lobster Lake in Douglas County. He was wearing his life jacket but couldn’t be saved.
Memorial services for Officer Scott Patrick are planned for Wednesday morning. The funeral service will be held at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in West St. Pau, Minn.
The man charged with shooting and killing a Mendota Heights police officer is being called a career criminal. Brian Fitch Sr. is accused of shooting and killing Officer Scott Patrick during a routine traffic stop in West St. Paul Wednesday afternoon. Fitch had three outstanding warrants during the alleged shooting.
Every few minutes on Thursday, the memorial for fallen Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick grows a little bigger. Many of those who left flowers and flags never met Patrick, but they still felt the loss.
This Friday, drivers will have to reduce their speed in construction zones. A new law will force motorists to slow down to 45 miles per hour or face a costly ticket if they are caught speeding in roadside work zones. The new law comes after the deaths of Craig Carlson and Ron Rajkowski, who were hit and killed in October of 2011.
A four-vehicle crash brought traffic to a stop on a busy metro freeway during the Friday morning commute. According to State Patrol Lieutenant Eric Roeske, a semi-truck was traveling southbound on I-35W just before 6:30 a.m. when the driver lost control.
A fight on a metro transit bus Thursday night led to yet another deadly shooting in north Minneapolis. It’s the third homicide in that part of the city just this month, and starting Friday, extra patrols will be out to try to stop the violence.
After seven weeks of slow going on Lake Minnetonka, the emergency no-wake restrictions will end at midnight on Thursday. Last month’s heavy rain sent the lake to a record high, but it’s fallen nearly a foot since June 5, when the emergency high-water declaration went into effect.
Health officials are urging Minnesotans to take precautions in dealing with high temperatures and humidity. The National Weather Service says the humidity will make temperatures feel like 100 to 110 degrees Monday across much of Minnesota.
The River Falls community is helping a mother overcome grief by raising money for a memorial playground. Hundreds took part in the annual Tri-Angels 5K and 10K run Saturday morning to remember 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie, and 5-year-old Cecilia Schaffhausen.