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Good Questions: Snooze Alarms, Fruit Flies, & Wet Lawns

Every Friday, Heather Brown takes a look at some of the burning questions our viewers have. This week, Heather Brown hits the snooze button, waters the lawn and swats away a pesky household pest.

07/17/2015

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Good Question: Why Does Pluto Matter?

On Wednesday afternoon, NASA released a series of photographs of Pluto that show ice mountains as high as the Rockies. Those pictures came from an unmanned spacecraft that took nine-and-a-half years to make the three-billion mile trip to the dwarf planet. The cost was $720 million dollars, but experts say the benefits are far more than that. So, why does Pluto matter? Good Question.

07/15/2015

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Good Question: Where Do We Typically Shop?

Starting at midnight Wednesday, Amazon will be offering huge discounts on 1,000 items to its Prime members. The online retailer has deemed Wednesday, July 15, Prime Day. Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest retailer, is responding with deals on 2,000 of its items.

07/14/2015

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Good Questions: Mosquito Food, Uptown & Hat Tricks

Wade from Brainerd is already tired of mosquitoes this summer, but he still wants to know: What do mosquitoes eat? According to the American Mosquito Control Association, only females feed on blood because they require the protein to produce eggs.

07/10/2015

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Good Question: How Much Do We Work?

When it comes to our jobs, how much do we work?

Depending on the source, the average American full-time worker is working 42-and-a-half to 47 hours a week.

07/09/2015

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Good Question: Who Decides To Halt Trading?

Trading on the New York Stock Exchange was halted for three-and-a-half hours on Wednesday due to a technical glitch. That’s the longest period since the four-day shutdown after 9/11. So, who decides who shuts down the NYSE? Good Question.

07/08/2015

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Good Question: What Are Quaaludes?

What are Quaaludes? Good Question.

07/07/2015

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Good Question: Why Do Water Levels Rise So High During Storms?

Strong storms rolled through Minnesota Sunday night and dumped two to four inches of rain across the Metro. That water raised parts of the Mississippi River seven inches and some sections of Minnehaha Creek about two and half feet.

07/06/2015

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Good Questions: Cold Beverages, Street Names, Currency Faces

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores the taste of icy beverages, the naming of streets, and the facial fluctuations of American currency.

07/03/2015

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Good Question: Why Do We Celebrate Independence Day On July 4?

The Fourth of July is the celebration of America’s independence, but here’s a little known fact: We didn’t actually declare our independence on that day.

07/02/2015

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Good Question: What Is A Typical Raise?

Most of us will never see a raise of 25 percent in one year, but that’s what happening for some Minnesota commissioners. Gov. Mark Dayton said he needs to give higher salaries to retain good leaders.

07/01/2015

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Good Question: What Happens When You Ignore The Supreme Court?

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday that marriage is now a fundamental right for same sex couples. Almost immediately, public officials weighed in saying county and state workers could refuse to hand out those licenses based on their religious beliefs.

06/30/2015

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Good Question: Why Do We Need A Leap Second?

Tuesday is going to feel to just a tiny bit longer. Just before midnight Coordinated Universal Time – or 7pm Central time – exactly one second will be added to our clocks. So, why do we add time? Good Question.

06/29/2015

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Good Questions: Salad Forks, Fair Food Flops & Seedless Watermelons

Mike from Park Rapids wants to know: Why are salad forks smaller? Though forks were around in the 15th century, they didn’t become popular or affordable until the 19th century, when silver plate technology was invented.

06/26/2015

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Good Question: Who’s Using Obamacare & How Much Money Are They Getting?

Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling means millions of Americans can still get tax credits to buy health insurance. The court ruled in favor of allowing states like Wisconsin, which never set up its own marketplace, to continue to offer financial assistance for health insurance.

06/25/2015

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Good Question: How Many Steps Should We Be Taking Daily?

As more and more of us are wearing our health technology on our arms, it is become easier to figure just how much we are exercising. You have likely heard the new magic number of how many daily steps we should be taking is 10,000, but it turns out that number is not new — and it is also somewhat arbitrary.

06/24/2015

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Good Question: What Are The Northern Lights?

On Tuesday, the Northern Lights, or aurora borealis, is expected to give us a second night of a beautiful light show. But what exactly are we seeing? What are the Northern Lights? Good Question.

06/23/2015

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Good Questions: The Taste Of Water, Wi-Fi’s Meaning, & ‘O’Clock’

Every Friday, Heather Brown takes a moment to answer some of your various Good Questions. This week, she looks at a timely colloquialism, the flavor of nothing, and a word that stands for, well, you’ll find out.

06/19/2015

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Good Question: What Do We Need To Know About Sunscreen?

A survey out of JAMA Dermatology found many people don’t understand the information on sunscreen labels – like what SPF means, what the sunscreen protects people against and how much sunscreen people should use.

06/18/2015

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Good Question: How Often Do Former Prisoners Re-Offend?

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) conducted a five-year study of 404,639 prisoners from 30 states that was released in 2005. Within three years, 67.8 percent of them had been arrested again. By five years, that rate jumped to 76.6 percent.

06/17/2015

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Good Question: Why Do We Spend Less Money On Father’s Day?

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans are expected to spend $13 billion on Father’s Day this year. It seems like a lot, but it is just a fraction of the $21 billion we were expected to spend on Mother’s Day.

06/16/2015

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Good Question: Are Stadium Naming Rights Worth It?

U.S. Bank Stadium. It might now quite roll off our tongues, but we’ll soon be used to saying it. The country’s fifth largest bank announced today it’ll pay the Vikings over 20 years to have its name on the stadium. So, are naming rights worth it?

06/15/2015

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Good Questions: National Anthem, Flu Names & Lakes

Gaylene from St. Paul asks: Why do we put our hands over our hearts during the national anthem? It is actually part of United States law. The U.S. Flag Code was adopted in 1923, and it says when the flag is present during the anthem, veterans and members of the Armed Forces should give the military salute.

06/12/2015

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Good Question: Why Do Telemarketers Still Call?

In 2014, almost 50,000 Minnesotans complained to the Federal Trade Commission about telemarketers and robocalls. These people are on the Do Not Call List, but are still being interrupted by the ringing phone.

06/11/2015

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Good Question: Why Do We Use The Numbers 911 For Emergencies?

Every day, 650,000 people call 911. For some of us, it is the first phone number we learn. It has become such a part of our lives that we even hear stories of 3-year-olds using it to get help. So, that had Kendal and her great-aunt Cathe wondering: Why do we use the numbers 911?

06/10/2015

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