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Good Questions: Hat Trick Hats, Growlers, Ear Wax

The last time the Minnesota Wild scored a hat trick at the Xcel Energy Center was November 2014. Nino Niederreiter scored three goals against Buffalo. So, Lindsey from Maplewood asks: What happens to the hats people throw on the ice after a hat trick?

04/24/2015

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Good Question: Just Who Gets Secret Service Protection?

A new report from the Inspector General of Homeland Security found it took the Secret Service a year to replace a broken alarm system at former President George H.W. Bush’s home. The Secret Service is responsible for protecting all former presidents and their spouses. So, who else do they protect?

04/23/2015

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Good Question: What Is The History Of The Hot Dish?

It’s something many Minnesotans grew up with and many still enjoy today: hot dish.

It’s become an annual contest among the state’s congressional delegation. On Wednesday, Sen. Al Franken hosted the 5th annual hot dish competition in Washington, D.C., putting partisanship aside in favor of a culinary tradition. Rep. Betty McCollum’s “Turkey, Sweet Potato, and Wild Rice Hot Dish” took first place.

04/22/2015

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Good Question: What Does Google Know About You?

Earlier this year, Google quietly introduced a new feature that may raise some eyebrows. The mega search engine announced that you can now download your entire search history. As long as you’ve been logged in, Google has saved each and every search.

04/21/2015

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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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Good Question: Why Does MnDOT Close So Much Roadway?

This weekend, MnDOT will close the six miles of Highway 100 between Highway 62 and I-394 as part of a larger project to widen the road.

04/16/2015

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Good Question: When Should You Get A Second Opinion?

Actress Rita Wilson revealed to People Magazine she was diagnosed with breast cancer, but she said her first doctor didn’t catch it. She went to another doctor after feeling something wasn’t quite right. It was that second doctor, and then later a third, who caught the cancer early. Now, she’s encouraging others to ask for second opinions.

04/15/2015

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Good Questions: Golf Terms, Seasonal Gas, Leggy Letterman

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores golf terms, summer gas and the David Letterman show.

04/10/2015

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Good Question: What Is The Tiger Woods Effect?

The odds of him winning the Masters Tournament are 25 to 1, but all eyes will still be on Tiger Woods this weekend.

04/09/2015

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Good Question: Where Does Our Drinking Water Come From?

On Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator, Gina McCarthy, visited the Twin Cities. She toured the St. Paul Regional Water Services Treatment Plant to highlight the importance of protecting the streams and wetlands that provide drinking water to a third of all Americans.

04/08/2015

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Good Question: What Are Our Busiest Freeways?

Millions of drivers use metro freeways in Minneapolis and St. Paul every day to get to and from work, run errands or just shuttle around. In fact, MnDOT says the Interstate 35W/Interstate 94 interchange can see up to 180,000 people a day.

04/02/2015

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Good Question: How Much Tax Refund Money Are We Getting?

As of March 20, 57 percent of American taxpayers filed their federal taxes. Just about 80 percent received a refund. The average federal refund amount is $3,038. That refund rate is expected to drop slightly as we head closer to April 15.

04/01/2015

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Good Question: What Makes For ‘Quality Time’ With Our Children?

A new study published in the Journal of Marriage and Family finds the amount of time we spend with our kids has virtually no bearing on how well they turn out. It looked at behavior, emotional health and academic achievement of 3 to 11 year olds.

03/30/2015

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Good Questions: Gas Prices, Mississippi Structures, Gray Hair

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores gas prices, strange structures in the Mississippi River and gray hair.

03/27/2015

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Good Question: What Psychological Tests Do Pilots Undergo?

French authorities made a stunning announcement Thursday morning: They believe Andreas Lubitz, a 28-year-old German co-pilot, deliberately crashed an airliner into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board.

03/26/2015

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Good Question: How Effective Are Lie Detector Tests?

Ten-year-old Barway Collins has now been missing for a week. On Tuesday, Crystal police called his father a suspect in the boy’s disappearance. They say he failed a lie detector test.

03/25/2015

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Good Question: How Is ‘Natural Born Citizen’ Defined?

Ted Cruz announced Monday he’s running for President of the United States. The U.S. Senator from Texas was born in Calgary and moved to the U.S. with his family when he was four years old.

03/24/2015

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Good Question: What’s The Criteria For An Amber Alert?

In the disappearance of Barway Edwin Collins, 10, of Crystal, police have released surveillance photos and put out a crime aler, but they haven’t put out an Amber Alert, saying it didn’t meet the criteria. So what is the criteria for issuing an Amber Alert? Good Question.

03/23/2015

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Good Questions: Tax Returns, Unsold Girl Scout Cookies, Folding Hands For Prayer

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores tax returns, unsold Girl Scout Cookies and folding hands for prayer.

03/20/2015

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Good Question: Why Aren’t There More D-1 Minn. Schools?

Minnesota didn’t make it to the “big dance” this year, but three of the four Division 1 schools from Iowa did: Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa. Our neighbor to the south has a little over half the population of Minnesota, but four times the number of D-1 schools.

03/19/2015

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Good Question: How Irish Are Minnesotans?

Though we like to celebrate the Patron Saint of Ireland, most Minnesotans originally came from Germany.

According to the 2013 American Community Survey, 34.3 percent claim German ancestry, followed by Norwegian (15.1 percent), Irish (10.6 percent), Swedish (8.1 percent), English (5.5 percent) and Polish (4.8 percent).

03/17/2015

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Good Question: Why Isn’t Seafood Considered Meat?

Each Friday during Lent, Catholics are supposed to give up meat, so many turn to fish. That had Chuck from Clearwater wanting to know: Why is fish not considered meat? According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, abstinence laws say meat is considered something that comes only from animals that live on land, like chicken, cows, sheep or pigs.

03/16/2015

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Good Question: Friday The 13th, Road Weight Restrictions, Fuzzy Microphones

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores Friday the 13th superstitions, road weigh restrictions and fuzzy microphones.

03/13/2015

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Good Question: What Happened To Boxing?

It’s a fight five years in the making that some say could determine the future of boxing. On May 2, the two biggest names in the sport will take the ring. Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will duke it out for a payday of more than $120 million and $80 million, respectively.

03/12/2015

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Good Question: What Happens When You Delete An Email?

Hillary Clinton has spent the past week under scrutiny for using a personal email account while she was the U.S. Secretary of State. On Tuesday, she told reporters that she handed over about 30,000 work-related emails, but “chose not to keep” another 30,000 personal emails.

03/11/2015

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