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A Look Back At Wadena’s 2010 Tornado Devastation

The tornado that tore through the town of Wadena in 2010 left 4,000 community members working tirelessly to clean up the extensive damage. From the air, it looked like a war zone. Homes were flattened; a church was destroyed; school buses were covered in debris from all that was left of Wadena Deer Creek High School.

06/17/2015

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Former ‘CCO Meteorologist Bud Kraehling Dies At 96

Bud Kraehling, who served as meteorologist for WCCO-TV for 47 years of his five-decades-long career in broadcasting, died Wednesday evening from cancer at the age of 96.

06/04/2015

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Good Question: What’s The Windiest Month In Minnesota?

The wind is a sign of spring, a time when Minnesota sees double-digit averages. So what is the windiest month in Minnesota? Good question.

04/20/2015

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Welcome Precipitation: Snow In The North, T-Storms In The South

It may be spring in Minnesota, but Tuesday’s weather was all over the map.

We saw snow in the northern part of the state, but thunderstorms in parts of southern Minnesota.

04/07/2015

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Frank, Amelia, Chris Compete In Chili Cook Off

Amelia Santaniello, Chris Shaffer and Frank Vascellaro had a chili cook-off in front of a big audience Friday night.

02/27/2015

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Goin’ To The (Frozen) Lake: Frank & Chris Visit Alexandria (Part 2)

Frank Vascellaro and Chris Shaffer are wrapping up this year’s season of Goin’ to the (Frozen) Lake visits with their second day in Alexandria.

02/20/2015

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Goin’ To The (Frozen) Lake: Frank & Chris Visit Alexandria

Frank Vascellaro and Chris Shaffer are not letting the cold get to them on the final Goin’ to the Lake stop this winter. Even in the cold, it’s clear to see that Alexandria is a great place to visit. The town’s slogan is “Easy to get to, hard to leave.”

02/19/2015

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Goin’ To The (Frozen) Lake: Frank & Chris Visit Bemidji (Day 2)

It’s the time of year when ‘CCOers get out of downtown Minneapolis and head out to ice-covered lakes. This week, Frank Vascellaro and Chris Shaffer headed up to Bemidji for the start of Winterfest.

02/06/2015

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Goin’ To The (Frozen) Lake: Frank & Chris Visit Bemidji

It’s the time of year when ‘CCOers get out of downtown Minneapolis and head out to ice-covered lakes.

02/05/2015

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‘CCO Meteorologists Don’t Dig Groundhog Day

On Monday, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, declaring six more weeks of winter. But the WCCO Weather Team forecasts milder conditions.

02/02/2015

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2014’s Minnesota Weather Extremes: A Look Back

With 2014 starting to wind down and a whole new set of Top 10 Weather Days just around the corner, it’s a perfect time to take a trip down memory lane. The past year was full of weather extremes. On the cusp of the change from fall to winter, Kylie Bearse sat down with the rest of the WCCO weather team to look back at all Minnesota has endured this past year.

11/07/2014

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Garth Brooks Promises Fans Great Shows

WCCO Meteorologist Chris Shaffer had a chance to sit down with Garth Brooks early Thursday night, right before the start of his 11-show run at the Target Center in Minneapolis. Chris is a huge fan, and says Garth is truly one of the nicest guys he’s ever met. In the video above, Garth tells Chris how Minnesota and the Target Center have a special place in his heart.

11/06/2014

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Optimal Summer Conditions Created Vivid Fall Colors

It’s been one of the more colorful falls many of us can remember. The trees got their colors early, and many are still showing vivid oranges and yellows that we haven’t seen in years. Some parts of the state are just hitting their peak now.

10/22/2014

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Gene Simmons Meets A Huge Kiss Fan – WCCO’s Chris Shaffer!

Kiss’s Gene Simmons and his daughter, Sophie Tweed-Simmons, are big supporters of a local nonprofit that provides restorative aid to those in need. Matter is an organization based in St. Louis Park, and they’re throwing a sold-out fundraising gala Friday night.

10/03/2014

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WCCO 4 Live At the Minnesota State Fair (2014): Day 5

Monday marked the fifth day of the Great Minnesota Get-Together. Monday was also State Patrol Day and the patrol had a number of special exhibits for people to explore.

08/25/2014

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Goin’ To The Lake: Chris & Esme Visit Brainerd Lakes Area (Day 2)

On Thursday, Chris Shaffer and Esme Murphy headed up to the Brainerd Lakes Area to ride horses, cruise Gull Lake and take on a massive burger challenge at Hassies Saloon and Eatery. It’s all part of WCCO’s Goin’ To The Lake: All Summer Long event. Each week, familiar ‘CCO faces are going out to the lake until the start of the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

06/27/2014

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Goin’ To The Lake: Brainerd Lakes Area (Day 1)

Even when record rains are falling, WCCO makes it to the lake. This summer, until the start of the Great Minnesota Get-Together, we’re highlighting communities in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. This week, Esme Murphy and Chris Shaffer ventured to the Brainerd Lakes Area in northern Minnesota.

06/26/2014

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Goin’ To The Lake: Frank & Chris Visit Willmar Lakes Area (Day 2)

Frank Vascellaro and Chris Shaffer continued their adventures in the Willmar Lakes Area Friday, enjoying the gorgeous 80-degree weather. It was part of our Goin’ To The Lake: All Summer Long event, in which the familiar faces of WCCO-TV and WCCO Radio will hit the road every week to explore and celebrate lake country.

05/30/2014

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Goin’ To The Lake: Frank & Chris Visit Willmar Lakes Area (Day 1)

In previous years, WCCO-TV has gone to lakeside cities in Minnesota and western Wisconsin in week-long trips. But this year, WCCO-TV reporters and anchors, along with your favorites from WCCO Radio, will be making trips every week to lakes around the state until the start of The Great Minnesota Get-Together.

05/29/2014

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Frank & Chris Head To Governor’s Fishing Opener

The Governor’s Fishing Opener kicks off the walleye and northern pike season at midnight Friday. This year’s festivities are being held in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Gov. Mark Dayton will fish out of Grand View Lodge in Nisswa on Gull Lake.

05/08/2014

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Good Question: How Does Weather Affect Our Mood?

When 2-and-a-half-year-old Jack from Deerwood, Minn. heard it was going to snow almost a foot on April 16, he yelled, “Noooooo!” and slapped his fork on the table. This response went on for a good minute. “The funny thing is I’ve had people 20-, 30-, 40-, 50-years older reacting the same way,” said WCCO Meteorologist Chris Shaffer, who wasn’t all that surprised at the reaction to his forecast. “I just can’t get away with acting like that on television, but he can. It’s cute for him.”

04/16/2014

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Good Question: Why Is It So Windy In The Spring?

When running around Lake Calhoun Monday, Brad Homan of St. Paul, Minn. had hoped for a break from the wind, but the air on both sides of the lake hit him right in the face.

04/14/2014

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April Snowstorm Could Be A Record Breaker

A snowstorm of record-breaking proportions is predicted to mess up the Friday morning commute in the Twin Cities. Forecasters say a mix of precipitation is expected to turn over to heavy snow after midnight Thursday and leave as much as a foot of snow in the Twin Cities by midmorning.

04/03/2014

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Good Question: How Common Is Snow In April?

Many of us woke up Tuesday morning wondering if Mother Nature was playing an April Fool’s joke on us. It snowed less than an inch in the Twin Cities on Tuesday, but several more inches are expected later this week.

04/01/2014

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Good Question: How Often Is March ‘In Like A Lion, Out Like A Lamb’?

Is the old saying about March — “In like a lion, out like a lamb” — just a saying? Kathy from St. Cloud asked how often that really happens.

03/17/2014

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