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Good Questions: Cold Beverages, Street Names, Currency Faces

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores the taste of icy beverages, the naming of streets, and the facial fluctuations of American currency.

07/03/2015

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Good Question: Why Do We Celebrate Independence Day On July 4?

The Fourth of July is the celebration of America’s independence, but here’s a little known fact: We didn’t actually declare our independence on that day.

07/02/2015

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Good Question: What Is A Typical Raise?

Most of us will never see a raise of 25 percent in one year, but that’s what happening for some Minnesota commissioners. Gov. Mark Dayton said he needs to give higher salaries to retain good leaders.

07/01/2015

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Good Question: What Happens When You Ignore The Supreme Court?

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday that marriage is now a fundamental right for same sex couples. Almost immediately, public officials weighed in saying county and state workers could refuse to hand out those licenses based on their religious beliefs.

06/30/2015

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Good Question: Why Do We Need A Leap Second?

Tuesday is going to feel to just a tiny bit longer. Just before midnight Coordinated Universal Time – or 7pm Central time – exactly one second will be added to our clocks. So, why do we add time? Good Question.

06/29/2015

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Good Questions: Salad Forks, Fair Food Flops & Seedless Watermelons

Mike from Park Rapids wants to know: Why are salad forks smaller? Though forks were around in the 15th century, they didn’t become popular or affordable until the 19th century, when silver plate technology was invented.

06/26/2015

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Good Question: Who’s Using Obamacare & How Much Money Are They Getting?

Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling means millions of Americans can still get tax credits to buy health insurance. The court ruled in favor of allowing states like Wisconsin, which never set up its own marketplace, to continue to offer financial assistance for health insurance.

06/25/2015

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Good Question: How Many Steps Should We Be Taking Daily?

As more and more of us are wearing our health technology on our arms, it is become easier to figure just how much we are exercising. You have likely heard the new magic number of how many daily steps we should be taking is 10,000, but it turns out that number is not new — and it is also somewhat arbitrary.

06/24/2015

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Good Question: What Are The Northern Lights?

On Tuesday, the Northern Lights, or aurora borealis, is expected to give us a second night of a beautiful light show. But what exactly are we seeing? What are the Northern Lights? Good Question.

06/23/2015

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Good Questions: The Taste Of Water, Wi-Fi’s Meaning, & ‘O’Clock’

Every Friday, Heather Brown takes a moment to answer some of your various Good Questions. This week, she looks at a timely colloquialism, the flavor of nothing, and a word that stands for, well, you’ll find out.

06/19/2015

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Good Question: What Do We Need To Know About Sunscreen?

A survey out of JAMA Dermatology found many people don’t understand the information on sunscreen labels – like what SPF means, what the sunscreen protects people against and how much sunscreen people should use.

06/18/2015

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Good Question: Why Do We Spend Less Money On Father’s Day?

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans are expected to spend $13 billion on Father’s Day this year. It seems like a lot, but it is just a fraction of the $21 billion we were expected to spend on Mother’s Day.

06/16/2015

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Good Question: Are Stadium Naming Rights Worth It?

U.S. Bank Stadium. It might now quite roll off our tongues, but we’ll soon be used to saying it. The country’s fifth largest bank announced today it’ll pay the Vikings over 20 years to have its name on the stadium. So, are naming rights worth it?

06/15/2015

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Good Questions: National Anthem, Flu Names & Lakes

Gaylene from St. Paul asks: Why do we put our hands over our hearts during the national anthem? It is actually part of United States law. The U.S. Flag Code was adopted in 1923, and it says when the flag is present during the anthem, veterans and members of the Armed Forces should give the military salute.

06/12/2015

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Good Question: Why Do Telemarketers Still Call?

In 2014, almost 50,000 Minnesotans complained to the Federal Trade Commission about telemarketers and robocalls. These people are on the Do Not Call List, but are still being interrupted by the ringing phone.

06/11/2015

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Good Question: Why Do We Use The Numbers 911 For Emergencies?

Every day, 650,000 people call 911. For some of us, it is the first phone number we learn. It has become such a part of our lives that we even hear stories of 3-year-olds using it to get help. So, that had Kendal and her great-aunt Cathe wondering: Why do we use the numbers 911?

06/10/2015

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Good Question: How Often Do Prisoners Escape?

Investigators spent the day questioning prison workers and contractors trying to figure out how two killers escaped from a maximum security prison. So, how often do prisoners escape? Good Question.

06/08/2015

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Good Question: How Can Humans Catch The Bird Flu?

The Centers for Disease Control issued another warning Wednesday to doctors and health officials: be on the lookout for people infected with avian flu. Minnesota health officials right now are monitoring poultry workers and others who might be exposed to infected birds. So far, no one has shown signs of getting sick.

06/04/2015

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Good Question: Which Musicians Make The Most On Tour?

The Rolling Stones have been touring 53 years, with their first gig was in London in 1962. Over that time, they’ve joined a small group of artists who’ve pulled in more $1 billion going on the road.

06/03/2015

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Good Question: Should You Buy Or Lease A Car?

Car leasing is at an all-time high. According to a new report by Experian Automotive, 31.4 percent of new vehicles were leased in the first quarter of 2015. Experts say it’s partly due to lower monthly car payments and better car technology.

06/02/2015

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Good Question: Why Don’t We Remember Traumatic Events?

Comedian Tracy Morgan has spent the past year recovering from broken bones and serious brain injuries after a serious car accident. He also said he didn’t remember anything about the crash. So, why don’t we remember traumatic events? Good Question.

06/01/2015

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Good Questions: Camouflage Uniforms, Steering Wheels, License Plates

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores the Twins’ camouflage jerseys, boats’ steering wheels and license plate replacements.

05/29/2015

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Good Question: How Do Our Traffic Lights Work?

When we’re stuck at a red light, it can seem like there’s no rhyme or reason to how traffic signals work.

But, there is a huge system in place with the goal of shortening the time we all, collectively, spend on the road.

05/28/2015

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Good Question: Why Do We Get Ice Cream Headaches?

The scientific name for the brain freeze we can get from eating something cold too fast is called “sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia,” which means pain in your nerve on the roof of your mouth. Why exactly it happens isn’t quite clear, even to neurologists.

05/27/2015

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Good Question: Why Do We Have Statutes Of Limitations?

Reality TV star Josh Duggar has apologized for what he called “wrongdoing” in response to reports he molested five girls starting in 2002. Authorities have reportedly said he can’t be prosecuted because the statute of limitations has run out.

05/26/2015

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