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DeBlog: How Do We Calculate The Heat Index?

With the heat of summer upon us, we hear a lot about the heat index in our weather forecasts these days. But what exactly is the heat index and how is it calculated?


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DeBlog: Could The Shutdown Shut Down State Fair Foods?

As the state government shutdown continues, many of the ripple effects are being felt. One of the key concerns is the lack of health inspectors to give the green light to things like — state fair food booths.


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DeBlog: Is The Government Shutdown Painful Enough?

I’ve spent some time thinking about this — I wonder if the government shutdown is painful enough.


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DeBlog: How Does The Morning News Get On The Air?

Working in TV news isn’t your typical 9-5 job. When you work in morning TV news, you face an even bigger challenge: your sleep schedule.


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DeBlog: Why Are Goosebumps Only On Arms, Legs?

We’ve all had them at some point in our lives. Goose bumps might appear when we get scared or cold.


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DeBlog: Why Can’t We Have A Millennium Park?

I just got back from a week in Chicago, and many things about my trip make me love the Twin Cities even more.


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DeBlog: Why Do Mosquito Bites Itch?

It’s almost the official start of summer and that means, mosquito season is already here. So, why do mosquito bites itch?


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DeBlog: How Much Caffeine Is Too Much?

Americans are addicted to caffeine. Around 90 percent of us consume some form of it on a daily basis. So, how much caffeine is too much?


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DeBlog: Bicyclists Vs. Cars

It’s pretty simple, really: Bikes belong on the road, cars need to treat bikes like another vehicle and everyone should signal their intentions.


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DeBlog: How Much Caffeine Do You Need?

Caffeine has never really affected me. I drink a fair amount of diet soda. I enjoy the taste of coffee, but I don’t feel like it gives me a jolt.


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DeBlog: How Do GPS Companies Collect Their Data?

I’m excited to welcome Kate Raddatz as the Good Question intern for this summer. Kate is an accomplished student journalist from the University of Minnesota, and a west-metro native. She’ll be answering viewer questions here at the blog once a week.


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DeBlog: Why Are There So Many Dandelions?

I promise we’re not stuck in the middle of a series of Good Question rants. Last night we talked about Canada Geese. Tonight we’re talking about dandelions.


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DeBlog: How Do You Feel About The Goose Invasion?

I’m an animal lover, but I hate geese.


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DeBlog: Why Arnold & Maria Are Splitting Up

Last week we did a Good Question inspired by the separation of former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver. We talked about the phenomenon of older, long-time married couples getting divorced. But now we know why this couple split.


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Deblog: Should We Teach Our Kids To Fight Bullies?

By Jason DeRusha, WCCO-TV This is a really tough question. As a dad of two young boys, I think about the right things to teach them. If (more likely when) they get picked on by classmates, […]


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DeBlog: Where Were You When We Killed Osama Bin Laden?

It’s one of those moments I’ll never forget.


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DeBlog: Who Gives A Royal $#!^ About The Royal Wedding?

Are you waking up early Friday morning? Do you have royal wedding fever? I want to know why.


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DeBlog: Should We Take The Bible Literally?

With it being Holy Week, we thought tonight would be a good time to do a story about whether we should take the Bible literally. I know tonight’s story is going to get a lot of commentary from viewers, so I wanted to open the discussion here on the blog.


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DeBlog: Do You Wear Your Wedding Ring?

Twelve years ago, inside the Basilica of St. Mary, a 22-year-old kid put a gold ring on my 23-year-old finger. I did the same. We’ve both sported wedding rings almost every hour of every day since.


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DeBlog: Hug A Newsman!

When you send me a Good Question, you’d better be ready for me to answer it.


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DeBlog: Are We Too Quick To Be Offended?

How quickly do you get offended? What kinds of things are over the line?


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DeBlog: How Old Until You’re Old?

At what age would you consider yourself to be old? Is it 40? 50? 60?


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DeBlog: Can’t We Reuse Old Sandbags?

It is by far the number one Good Question people are sending to us over the past couple weeks. “What do they do with sandbags after they’re done?”


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DeBlog: Sound Off On U.S. Attitudes Towards Islam

I knew last night’s Good Question would generate some reaction, as we looked at whether American attitudes towards Muslims were fair.


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DeBlog: What Happens When I Forget To Write A Story

The past two days I’ve filled in for Mike Binkley on the morning news. The show has 2 1/2 hours of news, and hundreds of scripts. What happens when I forget to write one of them?