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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A snowy owl who came to Minnesota after being injured in Washington, D.C. is recovering after a unique procedure.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When the Minnesota Trucking Association picks its top driver every year, safety is a big consideration.
Even though it’s going to be an icy weekend, you can still dream about spring at the Minneapolis Convention Center!