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Good Question: How Do Grounds Crews Flip A Field?

Now that the Vikings and Gophers both play at TCF Bank Stadium, grounds crews are working hard to make sure the turf is painted properly for the right game. Over the course of the season, they’ll have to flip the field 17 times. Several people have emailed WCCO wondering how this even happens.

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Good Questions: Chip Bags, Mushrooms & Cutting Onions

James from Apple Valley asked: Why are potato chip bags so full of air? Frito-Lay, the largest of the chip makers, says the following: “Our chips are packaged by weight depending on bag size. Prior to sealing, we add air to the bags to cushion the chips and help prevent breakage.”

09/12/2014

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Good Question: How Long Should Car Seats And Bike Helmets Last?

We all know why food has expiration dates, but did you know car seats and bike helmets do as well? After Heather from Richmond had a baby, she saw the date on her car seat and wanted to know what it means.

09/11/2014

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Good Question: Is It ISIS, ISIL, Or The Islamic State?

Throughout his speech Wednesday evening, President Barack Obama referred to the militant terror group as ISIL. But, often, the media refers to that same group as ISIS or the Islamic State.

09/10/2014

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Good Question: What Are The Laws On Domestic Violence?

Back in May, Ray Rice pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault. As a first time offender, he avoided jail time, but was ordered by the court to undergo counseling.

09/09/2014

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Good Questions: Ragweed, Snoring & Building Stories

Each Friday, we like to answer some of the Good Questions you’ve emailed us. Joanne from Woodbury has family allergic to ragweed. So, she wanted to know: What does it look like?

09/05/2014

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Good Question: What Is The Cloud?

On Sunday, naked photos of some big-time female celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence, were leaked online. They were reportedly stolen after someone targeted into the stars’ individual iCloud accounts. These incidents have opened up a debate about whether what we put on the cloud is safe.

09/02/2014

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Good Question: Why Do Baseball Players Still Spit So Much?

In 2011, Major League Baseball and the players’ union came to an agreement: For the most part, players wouldn’t use chewing tobacco where fans can see them. So, while some players still dip, many have turned to sunflower seeds and chewing gum. Outfielder Chris Colabello estimated 70 percent of Twins players chew seeds or gum during the games.

09/01/2014

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Tejas Express Gives A Minnesota Twist To A Mexican Favorite

Whether it’s an old favorite or a new treat, food is a big part of the State Fair experience. Sunday night, Heather Brown learned the secret to a Mexican favorite with a Minnesota twist, the Tejas Burrito.

08/31/2014

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Good Questions: Minnesota State Fair Edition

Pronto Pup versus corn dog? White milk versus chocolate? Those are just a few of the things you wanted to know about this week.

08/29/2014

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Good Question: Is There An Ideal Bedtime For Adults?

This time of year, we think a lot about putting our kids to sleep on time, but what about the adults? Do they have an ideal bedtime?

08/28/2014

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Good Question: What’s In Your Wallet? Cash Or Plastic?

Ten years ago, 36 percent of retail purchases were paid in cash. Today, that’s dropped to 29 percent, and if this trend continues over the next generation, it could fall to 10 percent.

08/27/2014

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Good Question: What Draws Someone To Terrorism?

In 2008, Abdurizak Bihi’s 17-year-old nephew left his home in Minneapolis for terrorist group Al-Shabaab in Somalia. In 2009, the teenager was killed.

08/26/2014

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Good Question: Why Can Companies Use Tax Inversion?

Burger King’s stock jumped 21 percent Monday on the news the company is in talks to merge with Canadian-based Tim Horton’s. The move is called tax inversion, a change in the location of its headquarters that would let the fast-food company pay fewer taxes in the U.S.

08/25/2014

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Good Questions: State Fair Edition

Every year this time, you start filling our inbox with your State Fair questions — on everything from the finances to fish. Heather Brown went to the fair to answer a few of them.

08/22/2014

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