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.
When we talk about drug rehabilitation, most of us think it only deals with sobriety. But a big part of recovery also focuses on rebuilding relationships destroyed by drug use. In this edition of our “Trees of Hope” series, we focus on how Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge helped a mother and daughter reconnect.
All this week, we’ve brought you stories of those who’ve graduated from Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge as part of our “Trees of Hope” series. The one-year program helps more than 500 people a year overcome addiction. Chelsea Hill and Michael Dwyer have never been so excited for the future.
There were customers in line when the University of Minnesota athletic ticket office opened for business Monday. They were there to buy tickets to the Gopher football team’s upcoming bowl game.
The rush at Krueger’s Christmas Trees had a Black Friday type feel but the crowds didn’t show up for door buster deals or big savings. “We consider this our “green Friday,”” Deb Krueger, of Krueger’s Christmas Trees, said.
One Twin Cities family is feeling extra thankful for their daughter’s health this holiday. Over the last two years, 8-year-old Belle Heldt has battled an auto-immune condition which affected her muscles and joints.
One home in Bloomington is known nationally for its Christmas lights. This week, Bob and Julie Little will turn on the 39,000 lights wrapped around a tall oak.
Dozens of community members attended a grand opening event for the Washburn Center for Children on Friday. The new 55,000 square foot building is located in North Minneapolis and is twice the size of the old building, which was located off Nicollet Avenue.
The last home game of the season ended in a disappointing loss for the Gophers. Ohio State beat Minnesota 31 to 24. Despite the defeat WCCO’s Rachel Slavik explains why one young fan still feels like a winner.
Last November, an out-of-control car crashed into a retention pond off Highway 100 in St. Louis Park. Five children spent at least 25 minutes submerged in the freezing water. Two didn’t survive. One of the most seriously injured, 7-year-old Zarihana Rennie, is still working on her recovery.
A weathered recliner that doesn’t look like much has meant everything to women at eight different homes. Meredith Johnson was the first to see its value. She spent six weeks in the chair after a double mastectomy. Reclining provided relief during a painful recovery. “It was just so uncomfortable to lay flat, and for some reason being propped up made a huge difference,” Johnson said.
A new apple from the University of Minnesota could extend the fall apple picking season. University of Minnesota researchers developed a new type of apple that would ripen in August, one month ahead of most apple varieties.
A Coon Rapids church is facing a lot of criticism for changes made at its cemetery. The Church of the Epiphany updated its rules for decorating grave sites. Families had to remove all items for fall clean-up by Oct. 15 or maintenance crews would pick up the items and throw them away.
It was supposed to be a night of staged horror on a Twin Cities haunted limo tour, but a group of friends experienced something truly frightening.
Marianne Reilly is like any experienced cyclist. Every day she relies on two wheels to get out and go. But her bike is more than transportation, it’s a reason to keep living. “This was my way of getting back on the horse, so to say,” Reilly said. Three years ago, doctors discovered she had a brain tumor the size of a small grapefruit.
A Twin Cities fire fighter is preparing for a very uncomfortable few days in the name of charity.
Authorities are searching Medicine Lake for a missing Twin Cities man Saturday. They are looking for 31-year-old Paul Myklebust of St. Louis Park. According to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s office, Myklebust was at a party on Medicine Lake.
A Twin Cities teenager who was paralyzed in a car crash is back home with her family. Three months ago, Amarya Ward-West’s dad, Earl Ward, crashed his vehicle in a construction zone in St. Paul. Investigators say Ward ran from the scene, leaving his kids — 8-year-old Almond and 14-year-old Amarya — alone and injured.
As the weather turns cooler, we’re all spending more time indoors — including the critters we’d rather keep outdoors. Mice are working their way into homes around the metro. It’s so bad, one company says their calls are up 35 percent over years past.
It’s a little wet and a little chilly, but that’s not stopping die hard runners! Runners from around the country, and right here at home, are in town for the Twin Cities Marathon that takes place Sunday.
Charges are expected Monday against an elementary school principal arrested over the weekend. Police booked 47-year-old Christopher Grote into Isanti County jail on Sunday morning. Now, prosecutors are considering charges of stalking, disorderly conduct and fleeing an officer.
Six-year-old Maisy Martindale joined the lady Gophers with the help of Team Impact, a non-profit organization that pairs chronically ill children with college sports teams.
Pool is a game of precision and skill and can take years to perfect. But a group of women from a Twin Cities retirement community are taking on that challenge. While they still have a lot to learn, they told WCCO’s Rachel Slavik why pool has become much more than just a game.
The victim of a hit-and-run says he’s not angry with the man who nearly killed him. Police say a drunken driver hit Luiz Cruz Guzman as he crossed the street in Minneapolis on Sept. 1. The driver didn’t stop.
A Minnesota family is responsible for saving the lives of newborn babies across the country, all because of a simple test.
Our thoughts on farming are often limited to the cornfields of Minnesota. But, on a farm in Webster, Minn. Ross Nelson grows a different kind of crop. “We grow a specialty crop,” Ross Nelson, owner of Nelson’s Apple Farm, said. On 15 acres, he produces 25 varieties of apples.