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Meet Jess Hanneken, Minnesota Rodeo Royalty

Rodeo royalty politely says “excuse me” while maneuvering around the Minnesota State Fair. Rodeo royalty represents the best of rural Minnesota with witty – and yet practical – slogans. “We like to say you can fix anything with a little twine and duct tape,” she said of her hometown Pine River, a town of 900 people located just north of Brainerd.

08/30/2013

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Families, Doctors Torn Over Lyme Disease

Cabin country in Minnesota and western Wisconsin is considered ground zero for one of the fastest growing infectious diseases: Lyme disease. Cases in both states are among the highest in the country, but the controversy surrounding how to treat the tick-borne disease is growing. It’s torn families apart and pit patients against mainstream medicine.

08/19/2013

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Bike Trail: Cuyuna Lakes

What’s Minnesota’s best bike trail? WCCO viewers voted and the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike and State Trail, located near Brainerd, came out on top. “When you’re on the mountain bike trails and you come around a corner on one of those trails and there’s this mine lake down below — crystal clear blue that looks like the Caribbean — I mean it’s so spectacular,” Jenny Smith said.

07/25/2013

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Brainerd Grads Get Surprise Letters From 1st Grade Teachers

When graduating Brainerd seniors grabbed their diplomas this year, a number of them received a gift they weren’t expecting. It came in the form of a personalized letter from two teachers who gave them their start.

06/06/2013

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Identified: Man Killed, Boy Saved After Canoe Capsizes

The 64-year-old Brainerd man who died and a 4-year-old boy who was saved after their canoe capsized have been identified by authorities.

05/28/2013

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64-Year-Old Brainerd Man Dies After Canoe Capsizes

A 64-year-old Brainerd man is dead and a 4-year-old Arizona boy was saved after a canoe capsized on the Gull River north of Baxter, Minn. Sunday afternoon, according to Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office.

05/26/2013

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Minn. House Backs Abortion Clinic Licensing, Fee

The Minnesota House has voted to require clinics that perform abortions to pay new yearly license fees and undergo special inspections.

04/22/2013

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John Calipari In The Stands As Tyus Jones Cruises In First State Game

There’s no question as to who’s the biggest name at the Minnesota state high school boys basketball tournament Wednesday at the Target Center.

03/20/2013

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Prep Blog: Boys State Basketball Preview

It feels like March Madness just got started, but it’s wrapping up on the high school level this week with the State Boys Basketball Tournament.

03/19/2013

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Minnesota Woman Loses Music Downloading Appeal

The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal from a Minnesota woman who has been ordered to pay record companies $222,000 for the unauthorized downloading of copyrighted music.

03/18/2013

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Wausau Paper To Close Minnesota Mill

Wausau Paper Corp. says it plans to close its mill in Brainerd, Minn., putting 130 employees out of work.

02/21/2013

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Man Sues Brainerd College Over Facebook Comments

A man has filed a federal lawsuit against officials at Brainerd’s Central Lakes College after he says he was expelled for a Facebook post.

02/18/2013

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Best Pet-Friendly Getaways In Minnesota

Some of the best pet-friendly vacation spots in Minnesota are also some of the most remote. Check out the list below for some ideas about where to take your family on vacation — including your four-legged friend.

01/26/2013

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Coach Changing Lives At Central Lakes Community College

Central Lakes College in Brainerd has not been the same since Jim Russell came to town.

01/21/2013

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Ice Thick Enough For Big Brainerd Fishing Contest

The ice is thick enough for the 23rd annual Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza. The Crow Wing County sheriff’s office issued organizers an event permit Thursday.

01/11/2013

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Best Places To See Autumn Leaves In Minnesota

Want to break away from the metro area on a sunny fall day? Here are some northern spots you can get to on a tank of gas, enjoying the changing leaves along the way.

10/06/2012

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Prep Blog: Week 1, Previewing ‘The Big 4’

The opening of the high school football season is one of the most exciting times of the year for prep athletes, but it’s also a time of great unknowns.

08/29/2012

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Jellyfish Spotted In Minnesota

Believe it or not, jellyfish have recently been reported at a Minnesota lake.

08/27/2012

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MnSCU Penalized For Hazardous Waste Violations

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has penalized the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system for hazardous waste violations at two schools.

06/28/2012

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Goin’ To The Lake: Frank & Chris Visit Brainerd

All this week we’re going to some of your favorite lake places, and Frank and Chris made their way to Brainerd on Wednesday. From being home to Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, to playing host to scuba diving enthusiasts, Brainerd has a lot to offer.

06/20/2012

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Best Places to Watch 4th of July Fireworks in Minnesota

Every town and city across the country boasts its own Independence Day fireworks. If you’re looking for a show that is a little more elaborate, or includes a little more a tiny, hometown option, grab that blanket and the bugspray and head to the best places to watch the 4th of July fireworks in Minnesota.

06/15/2012

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WCCO Is ‘Goin’ To The Lake!’ Where’s Your Favorite Spot?

Frank Vascellaro and Chris Shaffer are going on the road to visit the best hot spots in cabin country. We want to know your favorite spot, so chime in!

06/11/2012

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Timberwolves President Chris Wright On Team Summer Caravan

Timberwolves President Chris Wright previewed the NBA teams’ summer caravan

06/11/2012

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Police: Fatal House Fire Near Brainerd Ruled Murder-Suicide

Authorities near Brainerd say the two people found dead in a house fire at the end of April were the result of a murder-suicide.

05/16/2012

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Authorities: Deadly House Fire A Murder-Suicide

The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office says a deadly house fire in Lake Edward Township was a murder-suicide.

05/15/2012

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