Heather Brown

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Good Question: Are Marathons Bad For Our Health?

This coming Monday, you might see a few of your co-workers limping around the office after almost 12,000 people lace up for this Sunday’s Twin Cities Marathon — 26.2 miles that circle around Minneapolis and St. Paul. As one marathoner who’s competed in the past put it, “My muscles, my legs, my calves … felt like crap.”

10/02/2014

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Good Question: Why Are We Reading More Books?

With all of the media available to us via television, smartphones and the Internet these days, reading books is still a favorite pastime. According to surveys, how much we read books has remained constant over the years and, in some cases, increased. In the 1950s, Gallup surveys show around 20 percent of Americans were presently reading a book. By the early 90s, the percentage jumped to 37 percent.

10/01/2014

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Good Question: Why Do We Use So Much Plastic?

On Tuesday, California became the first state to ban single-use plastic bags like the ones used in Target and grocery stores across the country. The plastic bags will be phased out over the next two years, but people can still use them for vegetables and meats. Paper bags will cost 10 cents while reusable bags will be free to use.

09/30/2014

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Good Question: How Do Negative Ads Work?

Very few people say they like all the negative campaign commercials that hit the airways this past September. In fact, most people will tell you negative political ads turn them off. But, for decades, campaigns have spent millions using attack ads. Earlier this year, Kantar Media CMAG found spending on negative ads outpaced spending on positive ads 15-1 since 2010.

09/29/2014

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Good Questions: Dish Water, Dog Colds & Traffic Times

Amanda from Golden Valley and her husband have a standing argument. They asked for our help in resolving this important issue: Should you rinse your dishes in warm or cold water? According to University of St. Thomas nutrition expert Jeannemarie Beiseigel, hot water (110 degrees or higher) is recommended because it helps remove dirt and debris. It also speeds the drying of dishes.

09/26/2014

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Good Question: What Are The Best Ways To Handle Emails?

On average, we send and receive more than 100 emails every day. One study found 28 percent of our work time is spent on emails. Even with all of that time, those messages can quickly pile up.

09/25/2014

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Good Question: Why Are Fewer People Getting Married?

A new report suggests more and more people will never tie the knot. Pew Research found a record 20 percent of adults over the age of 25 have never been married. That’s up from 9 percent back in 1960. The authors of the study also predict 25 percent of millennials will never say “I do,” even though about half of them say they’d eventually like to get married.

09/24/2014

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Good Question: What Happened To The 9-To-5 Job?

With longer workweeks and busy kids’ schedules, some of us feel like we aren’t spending as much quality time with our families as we’d like. That’s how Eric from Mounds View felt when he wrote to WCCO. He wanted to know: What happened to the 9-to-5 job? “It has changed dramatically,” said Dr. Ernest Owens, a management professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Business.

09/23/2014

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Good Question: What Is I.Q.?

Scorpion,” a new television show based 0n a real person with an IQ of 197, made its debut on CBS Monday evening. That’s the fourth highest IQ ever recorded.
So, what is IQ?

09/22/2014

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Good Question: What’s The Best Way To Discipline Kids?

The Adrian Peterson case has opened up a national conversation about how to respond when a child misbehaves. On Monday, Peterson released a statement saying in part, “I’m not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser.”

09/17/2014

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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.

09/16/2014

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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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