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Good Questions: Highways, Green Screens & Presidents

Every Friday, Heather Brown answers some of our viewers burning questions. This week, she’ll tell you about the names of highways, how green screens work and about the qualifications for the vice presidency.

08/21/2015

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Good Question: How Many Nuclear Weapons Still Exist?

The United States dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima 70 years ago Thursday. Estimates of causalities were anywhere between 90,000 and 160,000 people. It was the first nuclear weapon ever used, at a time when the United States was the only country with that capability. All of that has changed.

08/06/2015

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Good Questions: Muscles, Corn & More

Every Friday, Heather Brown takes a moment to answer some of your Good Questions that may have slipped through the cracks. This week, she’s checking the weather, getting corny, and listening to Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical.”

07/24/2015

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Good Questions: Snooze Alarms, Fruit Flies, & Wet Lawns

Every Friday, Heather Brown takes a look at some of the burning questions our viewers have. This week, Heather Brown hits the snooze button, waters the lawn and swats away a pesky household pest.

07/17/2015

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Good Questions: Mosquito Food, Uptown & Hat Tricks

Wade from Brainerd is already tired of mosquitoes this summer, but he still wants to know: What do mosquitoes eat? According to the American Mosquito Control Association, only females feed on blood because they require the protein to produce eggs.

07/10/2015

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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 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 Questions: Pizza Boxes, Bird Songs, & Pairs Of Pants

Every Friday, Heather Brown digs into the mailbag to answer some of your Good Questions. This week, we’re looking at pizza pies, pairs of pants and pretty avian ditties.

06/05/2015

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Good Questions: Prom, Birds & The HOV Lane

Every Friday, Heather Brown tackles some of our viewers’ burning questions. This week, she’ll tell you how “prom” got its name, where birds go in rainstorms, and how police enforce the HOV lane on the highway.

05/22/2015

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Good Questions: Turkey Eggs, Newspapers, MOA Money Ponds

Connie from Blaine wants to know: Why don’t we eat turkey eggs? Chickens lay eggs more often than turkeys — usually once a day versus a turkey’s every other day. Chickens also don’t incubate their eggs as long as turkeys.

05/15/2015

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Good Question: Why Do Companies Give Raises?

On Thursday, Walmart announced it’s giving raises to 500,000 of its lowest-paid workers. Starting in April, employees will make $9 per hour, which is $1.75 more per hour than the federal minimum wage.

02/19/2015

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Good Questions: Super Bowl, Social Security, Gas Gauge

Every Friday, we answer a few confounding questions submitted by our viewers. This week, Heather Brown takes a look at the Super Bowl’s viewership numbers, unused Social Security dollars, and the accuracy of gas gauges.

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Good Questions: Super Bowls, Game Shows, & Uncle Sam

Every Friday, Heather Brown offers a few short takes on some of our viewers Good Questions. This week, she’s looking at game show winnings, Uncle Sam, and the Super Bowl.

01/23/2015

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Good Questions: Dog Tails, Idle Lawmakers, & WCCO

Every Friday, we rapid-fire answer some of your various Good Questions. This week, Heather Brown takes a look at dogs, the 2016 legislative session, and WCCO itself.

01/16/2015

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Good Questions: Christmas Snow, Holiday Wreaths And Wrapping Presents

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores the weather, holiday wreaths and gift wrapping.

12/19/2014

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Good Questions: Eggnog, Glue, & One-Way Plane Tickets

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, John Lauritsen explores one-way plane tickets, glue containers and eggnog.

12/05/2014

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Good Questions: Gopher Trophies, Runny Noses & Bell Ringers

Dick from Stillwater asked: When was the last time the Gophers had possession of the Pig, Jug and Axe? Earlier this season, Minnesota beat Michigan to take the Little Brown Jug and Iowa for Floyd of Rosedale. If the Gophers beat the Badgers on Saturday, they will also be in possession of Paul Bunyan’s Axe. The last time that happened was 1967.

11/28/2014

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Good Questions: College Vs. University, Black Friday, & Pool Tables

Every Friday, Heather Brown takes a look at some of the random Good Questions viewers have asked her recently. Here are this week’s short takes.

11/21/2014

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Good Questions: Campaign Signs, Dogs In Cars & Acorns

Craig from Richfield and Beverly from Prior Lake asked: Who is responsible for removing campaign yard signs after the election? State law says yard signs must be removed 10 days after the state’s general election, but doesn’t stipulate who is responsible for taking them down.

11/07/2014

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Good Questions: Smart Gloves, Voting On The Clock, & A Fresh Tree

Starting tomorrow, an 88-foot white spruce from the Chippewa National Forest will make stops in 30 cities over 19 days on its way to Washington, D.C. It’s going to spend part of November and all of December as the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree.

10/31/2014

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Good Questions: Partly Sunny, License Plates & Top 10 Weather Days

Joann from Arden Hills asked: What’s the difference between partly sunny and partly cloudy? “This is kind of a gray area,” said WCCO-TV Meteorologist Matt Brickman. “I think meteorologists give themselves a little leeway. I always think in terms of percentages.”

10/17/2014

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Good Questions: License Plates, Flu Shots & Supper Vs. Dinner

Angela from Minneapolis asked: What is the most popular license plate for a cause in Minnesota? There are almost 4.5 million passenger license plates in Minnesota. According to the Department of Public Safety, the DNR Critical Habitat plates are the most popular at 101,412.

10/10/2014

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Good Questions: Rivers, Maple Trees & MOA Visitors

Ivy and Kelley in Mrs. Neppl’s class at Tremont Elementary are learning about rivers. They want to know: What is the longest river in the U.S.? The Missouri River, at 2,541 miles, beats out the mighty Mississippi at 2,230 miles. But here’s the thing: the Missouri is a tributary of the Mississippi.

10/03/2014

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Good Questions: Dish Water, Dog Colds & Traffic Times

Amanda from Golden Valley and her husband have a standing argument. They asked for our help in resolving this important issue: Should you rinse your dishes in warm or cold water? According to University of St. Thomas nutrition expert Jeannemarie Beiseigel, hot water (110 degrees or higher) is recommended because it helps remove dirt and debris. It also speeds the drying of dishes.

09/26/2014

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Good Questions: Cannons, Baby Footprints & Sunflowers

Larye from Minneapolis wants to know: Why don’t they fire the cannon off at Gopher football games anymore? This is something they did for years after every Gopher touchdown. Rod Wallace, the man who fired the cannon, retired after this past season.

09/19/2014

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