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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The shooting death of a Twin Cities man is having an impact on several communities in the east metro.
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?
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.
Toyota called its first witness in a federal lawsuit filed by two Minnesota families. Attorneys for Koua Fong Lee and the Trice-Adams family rested their case after two weeks of testimony.
Opening statements in the trial of a man accused of killing a Mendota Heights police officer have been delayed another few days. Another juror was released from duty after expressing concerns for her safety. She told the judge media reports had listed her occupation.
Minnesota is living up to its name as the state of hockey. Thousands of athletes are lacing up their skates around the state for the 9th annual Hockey Day Minnesota. The premier games are happening at Holman Field in St. Paul where high school hockey teams are competing on an outdoor rink.
It’s not easy to achieve perfection on the ACT, but that’s exactly what one Robbinsdale Cooper High School student accomplished in December. Not only did Min-Hyung Choi receive a perfect 36 on the test, he didn’t even need to take it this early — and he’s only a sophomore. Inside Robbinsdale Cooper, roughly 1,700 teens make up the student body. But Min-Hyung stands out in the crowd.
The St. Croix River has become a frozen playground for those who love winter and the outdoors. It seems to, over the last ten years, bring more and more people out here,” Dave Farr, of Bayport, said. Three times a week, Farr runs his dogs up and down the St Croix River, but his exercise route ends south of the new St. Croix bridge.
Long before the competitors race down the icy track of the Red Bull Crashed Ice race course, the work to get there is less exciting. Building the quarter-mile track is a time consuming, 24-day process. Add in subzero temperatures and it’s not a cushy construction job.
Minnesotans are starting 2015 with the cheapest gas prices we’ve seen in five years. According to AAA, the average price for a gallon of gas in the Twin Cities is $2.03. That’s 14-cents cheaper than a week ago, and far cheaper than the $3.24 we were paying last January.
A 18-year veteran of the St. Paul Police Department was shot in the face by a high-powered BB gun or pellet gun during a standoff late Friday afternoon. St. Paul Police say two officers initially went to a home in the North End neighborhood near Lyton Place and Park Street on a report of a suicidal man.
Two days after the weekend snow, hundreds of people around the metro are still dealing with the return of winter.
One Twin Cities boy is about to do something most kids wouldn’t dream of – he’s giving away his Christmas gifts. Ten-year-old Cody Roemen has been raising money to bring toys and books to children in Tanzania. Instead of asking for Christmas presents, he asked his family to donate to his cause.
After days of back and forth, a movie that many thought would never be shown to the public is now playing.
Several Minnesota cities are voicing safety concerns as more trains roll through Minnesota. Railway traffic in the Twin Cities has increased 40 percent in the last two years on tracks owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe.
In just over a month, Red Bull’s Crashed Ice will return to St. Paul. Athletes will fly down the icy, quarter mile track at speeds reaching 40 miles per hour. Training can take months and the recent December warm up, when temperatures reached the 50s, is having an impact on how athletes are getting ready for the competition.
Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states.
On Friday, a popular Twin Cities brewery will open the doors to its new beer hall and restaurant. Surly Brewing Co. is expecting a packed house for the grand opening of its $30 million building near the Minneapolis’ Prospect Park neighborhood. “We’re terrified, we’re excited, we’re ready. I think everyone’s just ready to go,” said Omar Ansari, founder and president of Surly Brewing Co.
At this time of year, you’re sure to hear the ringing bells from the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign. Volunteer bell ringers are stationed near the kettles to remind and encourage people to donate.
Minnesota families are getting more time to sign up for health insurance. MNsure had set a midnight deadline on Monday if you needed coverage starting on Jan. 1. But Monday afternoon, the agency pushed that back to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.