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Good Question: How Common Is Snow In April?

Many of us woke up Tuesday morning wondering if Mother Nature was playing an April Fool’s joke on us. It snowed less than an inch in the Twin Cities on Tuesday, but several more inches are expected later this week.

04/01/2014

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Good Question: How Much Trash Is In The Oceans?

Searchers looking for Malaysia Air Flight 370 haven’t found any evidence of the plane yet, but they continue to get their hopes up when they see pieces of garbage and debris in the water. Yet, that can also add setbacks. Over the weekend, a promising lead turned out to be four orange cones. So, that had us wondering: how much trash is on our oceans?

03/31/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All’: Potholes, NCAA Ribbons & Flower Show Leftovers

Breanna from Anoka asked: Why are potholes called potholes? Taylor from Rosemount wanted to know: What do the red, white and blue ribbons on the floors of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament stand for?

03/28/2014

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Good Question: How Can Pro Sports Teams Set Age Limits?

New NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has brought up an age-old issue within the NBA. He wants to raise the minimum age, which is now 20 years old. Right now, a player must be at least 19 and one year removed from high school. He argues it would make for a more competitive draft and another year of player maturity.

03/27/2014

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Good Question: Is There A Healthy Way To Divorce?

Most of us would just call it separation or divorce, but Gywneth Paltrow calls it “conscious uncoupling.” On Tuesday, she and her husband, Chris Martin, announced they’re splitting up after more than a decade of marriage.

03/26/2014

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Good Question: How Do Metal Detectors Work?

Anyone who wants to go to a Twins home game this season will have to go through a metal detector. On Tuesday, the Twins announced they’ll have them at all entrances to Target Field by May 1. They are complying with a Major League Baseball rule that requires security screening at all ballparks by 2015.

03/25/2014

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Good Question: How Is Light Beer Made?

Over the next few days, there will be many people watching the NCAA tournament with a beer by their side. And when they do, there’s a good chance that beer will be light. According to Beer Marketers Insights, Bud Light was the top-selling beer in 2012, making up more than 18 percent of the entire beer market. Light beer was invented in the 1960s by a biochemist who believed many people didn’t like beer because they were afraid it would make them gain weight. Ultimately, that beer became the precursor to Miller Lite.

03/20/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All’: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Edition

It’s been 10 days since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared. Since that time, it seems like most everyone has a theory about what happened to the Boeing 777 on its way from Kuala Lampur to Beijing. Many WCCO-TV viewers have sent in their Good Questions on everything from the logistics to how planes work to why people never made phone calls. So, we thought we’d answer some of the Good Questions we’ve heard throughout the week.

03/18/2014

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Good Question: How Often Is March ‘In Like A Lion, Out Like A Lamb’?

Is the old saying about March — “In like a lion, out like a lamb” — just a saying? Kathy from St. Cloud asked how often that really happens.

03/17/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All’: Presidential Husbands, Dry Eyes & Feminized Vehicles

I love answering questions from kids because they can really stump us with the simplest things. Nine-year-old Dominick from Mounds View wants to know: If the U.S. president was a woman, what would they call her husband? The short answer to this one is that no one knows yet for sure because it has yet to happen.

03/14/2014

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Good Question: Why Isn’t Seafood Considered Meat?

Each Friday during Lent, Catholics are supposed to give up meat, so many turn to fish. That had Chuck from Clearwater wanting to know: Why is fish not considered meat? According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, abstinence laws say meat is considered something that comes only from animals that live on land, like chicken, cows, sheep or pigs.

03/13/2014

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Good Question: Why Do Some Workers Get Overtime While Others Don’t?

If you work long hours, your paycheck could soon be getting bigger. On Thursday, the president is expected to issue an executive order to direct the Department of Labor to extend overtime to millions of American workers.

03/12/2014

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Good Question: How Should Drivers Handle Potholes?

Signs of spring in Minnesota are blossoming into big holes in the pavement. Long deep freezes followed by quick thaws are the perfect ingredients for what one road official is calling a “killer pothole season.” A pothole doesn’t need to be deep or enormous to cause damage to a tire or a car’s suspension system.

03/11/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All’: Spring Edition

Mike from New Auburn asked: What’s the difference between meteorological spring and “real” spring?

03/07/2014

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Good Question: Why Are There So Many Mean, Anonymous Commenters Online?

Novelist Anne Rice, best known for her books about vampires, has signed onto a petition asking Amazon.com to stop allowing people to post anonymous reviews. In an interview with the Guardian, Rice says the “anti-author gangsters” make her a victim of bullying.

03/06/2014

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