Gordy Leach

11K Sandhill Cranes Gather In Minn. Before MigrationEveryone knows birds head south for the winter. But did you know there are thousands of sandhill cranes passing through Minnesota right now? The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says more than 11,000 of the majestic birds are staging for migration.
150 National Guard Members Deploy To KuwaitA troop deployment ceremony brought out lots of people in Willmar Thursday. Even the Minnesota Wild were represented at the Army National Guard event, where more than 150 members of the 682nd Engineer Battalion prepared to leave for Kuwait.
Using Sweet Grass To Repel MosquitoesThis is the time of year mosquitoes most often transmit the West Nile virus. But there is an all-natural way to prevent mosquito bites by using sweet grass. Native Americans have used sweet grass for centuries for ceremonial purposes and weaving.
Union Depot Unveils 6 New MuralsIt 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.
Kids Rule At ASG Fan Fest KickoffMajor 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.
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.
Minn.’s 34th Combat Aviation Brigade Heads Back To Middle EastSoldiers 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.
DNR Adds 1,000 Trout To Vermillion RiverIt'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.
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.
U Of M's Raptor Center Giving Snowy Owl 2nd Chance To FlyA snowy owl who came to Minnesota after being injured in Washington, D.C. is recovering after a unique procedure.
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.
How To Beat The MN Heat Wave On The CheapThe 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.
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