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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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‘U’ Program Seeks To Help Military Families Reconnect

For military members returning home from deployment, the adjustment back to everyday life can be difficult. Veterans can take advantage of many different resources, from job training to emotional support. But one area that doesn’t get a lot of attention is the family. Now there’s a new study at the University of Minnesota to help parents and children cope with the return home.

12/21/2013

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‘It’s Really, Really Nice’: Snowboarder On Afton Alps’ $10M Makeover

Afton Alps has been a family business for the last 50 years. But Reents’ family is marking its silver anniversary with change.

12/20/2013

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Police Continue To Investigate After ‘U’ Student Found Dead

Police are still trying to figure out how a University of Minnesota student ended up dead outside over the weekend. The freshman’s body was discovered Sunday morning, just east of the Stone Arch Bridge, along Main Street in Minneapolis.

12/16/2013

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‘Eternal Ware’ An Alternative To Cremation Urns

When we lose a loved one, we often look for ways to honor their life. One Twin Cities couple has found a unique way to memorialize a family member after death. Ron and Carole Javner opened Eternal Ware in Newport, where they offer a unique pottery memorial to grieving families. For Ron, pottery has always been a passion. “It’s an interesting form of art,” Ron said.

12/14/2013

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MN Wild Give Ultimate Fan Ultimate Shopping Spree

For the Wild faithful, the Hockey Lodge is where fans like Eric Anderson find their team spirit. “We’ve had tickets since 2001, their first season, so you can’t have enough wild stuff,” Anderson said. As he browses the jerseys, sweatshirts and other Wild gear, he’s preparing for a dream shopping spree. “Perfect time of the year,” he said. “Christmas gifts, you know, you can’t have too much stuff.”

12/13/2013

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Sheriff: Man Who Impersonated Cop, Sexually Assaulted Woman Arrested

Authorities said a man who impersonated a police officer and allegedly sexually assaulted a woman in Anoka County has been arrested. The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office said the incident took place at about 1 p.m. on Nov. 23 on the 6400 block of 5th Street NE in Fridley.

12/12/2013

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6-Year-Old In St. Louis Pond Accident Making Big Progress

One of the children involved in a deadly pond accident in St. Louis Park, Minn. is taking a big step towards recovery. Six-year-old Zarihana Rennie is expected to have her breathing tube removed on Monday. Her mother, Shaniece Thompson, sees it as a sign that her daughter’s health is improving.

12/09/2013

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Sunday Snow May Cause Monday Traffic Headaches

You’ll want to give yourself some extra time on your way into work Monday morning. The plows haven’t been able to clear all the snow that fell Sunday. And the biggest reason for the delays? A coating of ice beneath that new layer of snow.

12/09/2013

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Grieving Parents Seek To Memorialize Daughter With Playground

One Twin Cities community is rallying around a local family to help them cope with the death of their child. Tony and Sarah Zahradka lost their 18-month-old daughter, Janie, two months ago. Her passing is called Sudden Unexplained Death in a Child, or SUDC, which is 54-times rarer than SIDS. Sometimes loss is so painful that moving on seems impossible. “She was just kind of taken for no reason. It’s kind of hard to deal with,” Tony said.

11/30/2013

Bob and Julie Little have put nearly 40,000 lights on the 55-foot tall tree on East Old Shakopee Road and Highway 77, just south of the Mall of America. (credit: CBS)

Bloomington Tree Display To Benefit K-9 Cops

In the season where hundreds of homes are decorated with holiday displays, there’s one residence in Bloomington that always draws a crowd. An oak tree in Bob Little’s yard shines bright every year, attracting spectators from all over. In the light of day, an old oak tree may not inspire the holiday spirit. “There isn’t Santa Clauses moving, and things spinning, and red this and green that,” Little said.

11/29/2013

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Bill Richardson’s Thankful A Stranger’s Quick Thinking Saved His Life

On this Thanksgiving, one Twin Cities man is giving thanks for the kindness of strangers. Back in October, Bill Richardson had a heart attack while working out at his gym.  He believes he would have died if a staff member hadn’t acted quickly to give him CPR.

11/28/2013

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Mom Of 2 Kids In Deadly Pond Accident: ‘I’m Angry’

For the first time, the mother of two of the children involved in a deadly accident in a St. Louis Park retention pond is speaking out.

11/24/2013

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Suspect ID’d In Doctor’s Slaying

Dr. Stephen Larson is being remembered by his patients, after being shot to death inside his home Friday night in Orono. According to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, police were called to the home on the 1000 block of Heritage Road just before 9 p.m., where they found a man in the front of the property with a handgun.

11/17/2013

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Sports Fans, Deal Hunters Sample Metrodome Auction

It’s time to place your bids on pieces of Metrodome history. An auction is underway on more than a dozen items used inside the dome. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authorities is selling off the contents through the state auction site. Demolition of the building is set for next year.

11/16/2013

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Minn. Brothers Recognized For Bringing BMX To Soldiers

A Minnesota family is getting some national recognition for helping troops overseas. Zach and Christian Schauf will be featured on CBS Courage in Sports this Sunday.

11/15/2013

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