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Union Depot Unveils 6 New Murals

It took more than a year and a half, but six new murals are now on display at the historic Union Depot in St. Paul. Each mural depicts a significant time period in the history of the railroads, the City of St. Paul and the Depot itself.

10/27/2014

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Kids Rule At ASG Fan Fest Kickoff

Major League Baseball’s All Star game at Target Field is just five days away. But Friday, Fan Fest opens at the Minneapolis Convention Center – and the first day is dedicated to kids! Doors open at 9 a.m. with the first thousand kids through the door getting a free T.C. Bear bobblehead.

07/10/2014

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WCCO Flies Along With MN’s Only Air Force Reserve Unit

Minnesota’s only Air Force Reserve unit is the 934th Airlift Wing. The 934th flies eight large C-130 H3 cargo planes, which are used to move supplies and people. They fly out of Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport.

06/24/2014

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Minn.’s 34th Combat Aviation Brigade Heads Back To Middle East

Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Combat Aviation Brigade are going back to the Middle East. More than 200 soldiers will train for two weeks at Camp Ripley in Minnesota, then leave for Texas is June.

05/02/2014

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DNR Adds 1,000 Trout To Vermillion River

It’s about a month before the fishing opener in Minnesota. But if you’re interested in stream trout fishing, that season opens Saturday. On Friday, the DNR added 1,000 rainbow trout to a river not too far from the Twin Cities. WCCO photojournalist Gordy Leach went to the Vermillion River to watch, and you can see his report in the video above.

04/11/2014

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Snowy Owl Tries Flight Again After Wing Transplant

WCCO recently told you about a snowy owl at University of Minnesota’s The Raptor Center. It came from Washington, D.C. with burned feathers, and couldn’t fly. On Wednesday, the owl got to try out those new feathers on a tethered test flight. Volunteers let him fly at a field on the St. Paul campus.

04/02/2014

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U Of M’s Raptor Center Giving Snowy Owl 2nd Chance To Fly

A snowy owl who came to Minnesota after being injured in Washington, D.C. is recovering after a unique procedure.

03/26/2014

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Tattoo Lovers Flock To Mpls. Convention

There’s a different kind of art convention in downtown Minneapolis this weekend. Tattoo artists, supply vendors and people who want to get some ink will be at the Hyatt Hotel all weekend for the Minneapolis Tattoo Arts Convention. A one-day pass is $20, but kids 12 and younger get in free. The show is open from 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

01/10/2014

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How To Beat The MN Heat Wave On The Cheap

The Como Pool and the Science Museum are hits on heat wave days. WCCO photojournalist Gordy Leach captured the sights and sounds of those keeping cool. Check out the video report for more.

08/27/2013

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Ellen Project Brings Uplifting Tunes To Hospitalized Children

A Twin Cities non-profit, Keys for Kids, is helping young hospital patients have some fun. Keys for Kids has started the Ellen Project, where kids get to paint donated pianos, and sometimes those pianos are used to deliver live music right to the bedside.

08/08/2013

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Nat’l Wildlife Refuge Goes To The Cows

The Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge is a recreation destination. But this summer, some of the biggest animals there are cows. About an hour north of the Twin Cities, the refuge is more than 30,000 acres of oak savanna and wetlands. But some invasive plant species are threatening to change this habitat. So they’re trying a new way to control the undesirable plants, letting cows eat them.

07/29/2013

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Fridays Just Got Funkier: Keep An Eye Out For Free, Hidden Art

Do you like treasure hunting? If so, you should check out Free Art Fridays. It’s a Twin Cities version of an international trend. Artists hide small works, and if you find it, you keep it.

07/05/2013

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Swanky Radisson Blu Hotel Opens At MOA

The Radisson Blu hotel, connected to the Mall of America, is now open. The first guests checked in Friday morning, and the staff of 185 is trained and ready.

03/15/2013

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Minnesotans Hunt For St. Paul Winter Carnival Medallion

Tuesday marks the 10th day of the St. Paul Winter Carnival treasure hunt and people were out in force. They are looking for the medallion in what appears to be a hot spot: Cherokee Park.

01/29/2013

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Minnesota’s Top Trucker Dishes On Bad Drivers

When the Minnesota Trucking Association picks its top driver every year, safety is a big consideration.

01/25/2013

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Mpls. Gets Revved Up For Bike Show

Even though it’s going to be an icy weekend, you can still dream about spring at the Minneapolis Convention Center!

01/11/2013

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Buck Hill Lays Out Its Own Landing Bag, Skiers Flip Out

Kids on winter break have something new to do – hit a big jump at Buck Hill without the risk of a botched landing.

12/26/2012

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Prison Compost Program Puts Worms To Work

The Minnesota Correctional Facility in Stillwater has been feeding more than 1,600 people a day, three meals a day.

12/21/2012

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Afton Alps Ready For Vail Makeover

Afton Alps was created in 1963 by three local farmers, and over the decades thousands of Minnesotans have skied and worked there.

12/13/2012

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Veteran Recalls Pearl Harbor, Being A Japanese-American Soldier

It was 71 years ago Friday that Japan attacked the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor. That attack brought America into World War II, and there are still veterans with us who were in Hawaii that day.

12/07/2012

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Mpls. Group Nominated For Best Children’s Album

Grammy nominations for some big-name musicians have already been announced, but one of the categories they didn’t announce on TV is Best Children’s Album. One of the nominated groups for the category happens to be two Minneapolis residents.

12/06/2012

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Researchers: Emerald Ash Borer Killing Wasp Is ‘Extremely Cold Tolerant’

At the University of Minnesota they’re studying small wasps to see if they’ll survive a Minnesota winter.

11/27/2012

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Jordan Schools Hire Chef To Make Tasty Healthy Dishes

New federal guidelines are changing school lunch menus to reduce calories and include more vegetables. But a lot of kids don’t like it. Some even boycotted school lunches. So, administrators in the Jordan school district got the message. They hired a chef to create healthy dishes kids will like.

11/26/2012

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Cossetta In St. Paul Opens After Impressive Remodel

Cossetta’s new building has been open for less than a week. Even though construction is not complete, people are lining up at the restaurant and store.

10/18/2012

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Runners Get Set For The 31st Annual Twin Cities Marathon

An estimated 19,000 runners will hit the pavement Sunday for the 31st Annual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon.

10/05/2012

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