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Quicker-Thinking Bridgewater Shows Progress

Though the playoff chase has eluded the Minnesota Vikings yet again this year, these final four games still serve an important purpose. As soon as rookie Teddy Bridgewater took over at quarterback, his development was always going to be as much of a priority as winning itself.

12/01/2014

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Podcast Page: 11-28-14 The WCCO Morning With Dave Lee-BLACK FRIDAY!

A Black Friday special on the WCCO Morning News wIth Dave Lee…Click the link above.

11/28/2014

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Minnesotans Carry Out Traditions Despite Thanksgiving Cold

It is the coldest Thanksgiving in nearly 30 years, but that doesn’t stop Minnesotans from enjoying their Thanksgiving traditions. A group of high school friends spent the morning at Roseville Area High School playing football, a tradition a decade in the making.

11/27/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: 11-27-14 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee-RADIO PARADE EDITION!

Listen to highlights 2014 from the 2014 Radio Parade by clicking the link above.

11/27/2014

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Thursday Football Breakdown: Chicago Bears At Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions played on Thanksgiving before 24 of the current NFL franchises even existed. The Lions’ first owner scheduled the inaugural game in 1934 to try and generate interest in the team.

11/26/2014

The Best Things About Thanksgiving

PODCAST PAGE: 11-26-14 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

Click the link above to head to DAVE’s PODCAST PAGE!

11/26/2014

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Top 5 Thanksgiving NFL Football Games

It’s Thanksgiving week, which means three things for most people across America on Thursday — family, food and football. And it’s not necessarily in that order. But it’s an annual tradition for Thanksgiving that families gather together and remember what they are thankful for.

11/25/2014

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Minneota Beats Dawson-Boyd Or Class 1A Title

Grant Hennen rushed for 179 yards, Cole Hennen had a long clinching score and Minneota held off Dawson-Boyd 28-14 Saturday in the Class 1A Championship at the Prep Bowl.

11/22/2014

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Asiata Out With Concussion For Vikings Vs. Packers

Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata will miss Sunday’s game against Green Bay because of a concussion. Asiata has not yet been cleared to practice. Running back Jerick McKinnon was listed as probable to play the Packers after participating in Friday’s practice on a limited basis. Recently signed veteran Ben Tate could get some time at running back.

11/21/2014

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Holdingford Tops BOLD 20-18 In Class 2A Title Game

A late-season position switch paid off nicely for Nathan Brinker and Holdingford. Lined up as a running back, Brinker connected with quarterback Austin Gerads for an 8-yard touchdown in double overtime, giving Holdingford a 20-18 edge over BOLD to win the Class 2A state title Friday at the Prep Bowl.

11/21/2014

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After 33 Years, H.S. Football Championships Returns To The Outdoors

It’s been more than three decades since the last time the Minnesota high school football championship was played outdoors. And like this year, weather played a key part. David McCoy shows why the 1981 was a game memorable for more than just its place in history.

11/21/2014

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Grand Meadow 48, Edgerton/Ellsworth 0

A fast start and stout defense led to a second straight state football title for Grand Meadow. Michael Stejskal threw for 215 yards and three touchdowns as Grand Meadow beat Edgerton/Ellsworth 48-0 Friday in the 9-Man Championship at the Prep Bowl.

11/21/2014

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Packers LB Matthews Probably For Vikings Game

The Green Bay Packers expect star linebacker Clay Matthews to play Sunday at Minnesota. Matthews is probable for the game, Green Bay’s first on the road in nearly a month.

11/21/2014

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Asiata Out With Concussion For Vikings Vs. Packers

Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata will miss Sunday’s game against Green Bay because of a concussion. Asiata has not yet been cleared to practice. Running back Jerick McKinnon was listed as probable to play the Packers after participating in Friday’s practice on a limited basis.

11/21/2014

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Peterson Says ‘Fresh Start’ Might Be Best

Adrian Peterson says he realizes moving on from the Minnesota Vikings might be best for both him and the team. In an interview published Thursday by USA Today, Peterson said he believes the coaches and players on the team are fully behind him but that feelings in the organization toward him are mixed after he was charged with felony child abuse in Texas for using a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son. He pleaded no contest Nov. 4 to misdemeanor reckless assault.

11/20/2014

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Vikings Claim Running Back Ben Tate Off Waivers

The Minnesota Vikings have claimed running back Ben Tate off waivers from the Cleveland Browns. Tate was signed Wednesday, when running backs Matt Asiata (concussion) and Jerick McKinnon (lower back injury) both were held out of practice. The move also came the day after the NFL announced a suspension of running back Adrian Peterson for the rest of the season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

11/19/2014

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5 Worst Performances From Eli Manning

The two-time Super Bowl champion has had a lot of success as a Giant but let’s look at his five worst performances, one of them which came today against the 49ers.

11/16/2014

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Coach Kill Admired By 11-Year-Old Gophers Fan With Epilepsy

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.

11/15/2014

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Barrett, No. 8 Ohio State Outlast Minnesota 31-24

J.T. Barrett threw for three touchdowns and ran for an Ohio State quarterback-record 189 yards and another score, helping the eighth-ranked Buckeyes overcome three turnovers and wintry weather to beat Minnesota 31-24 on Saturday afternoon.

11/15/2014

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High School Sports Rally: Nov. 14, 2014

The semifinals of the Minnesota State High School League’s State Football Tournament were played in the cold Friday evening, and WCCO was on hand to capture the action.

11/14/2014

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Minneapolis North, An Inner-City Football Revival

Cold, ice and snow complicated practice plans this week for teams in the Minnesota state high school football semifinals. Wintry weather is not the biggest challenge coaches and players at Minneapolis North have faced, and not because their nickname is the Polars.

11/14/2014

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Top 5 Creepiest NFL Mascots

A mascot is energetic, silly…frightening. By definition, a mascot is a person, animal or object that is used to represent a group or team and bring them luck.

11/12/2014

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Gophers’ Maxx Williams Offers Team Confidence For Ohio Game

It’s guarded optimism for the Gopher football team. They are hoping to pull off an upset against Ohio State at home at 11 a.m. Saturday. But they have confidence coming off of the blow out over Iowa, and, as Mike Max explains, they have confidence because of a tight end that’s quite a weapon.

11/11/2014

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Williams, Minnesota Rip Iowa 51-14, To Reclaim Pig

Maxx Williams caught three of Mitch Leidner’s four touchdown passes, and Minnesota ran for 291 yards in a romp past Iowa 51-14 on Saturday afternoon to retake the Floyd of Rosedale trophy after a two-year absence.

11/08/2014

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With Vastly Improved Defense, Vikings Stay In Race

Mike Zimmer’s reputation as a defensive mastermind was a significant factor in him getting the job with Minnesota. His influence with the Vikings on that side of the ball has been immediate. The learning curve is typically steep for a first-time NFL head coach, and barely halfway into the season Zimmer and his staff have already faced several unpleasant surprises and had to navigate a handful of setbacks.

11/07/2014

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