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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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Good Question: What Do Parents Legally Owe Their Kids?

An 18-year-old New Jersey girl made headlines earlier this week when she sued her parents for not paying her college tuition.

Rachel Canning says she was kicked out of her home by her parents, but her mom and dad say their daughter left because she didn’t want to follow the rules. On Tuesday afternoon, a judge ruled in favor of the parents. Another hearing will be held in April to decide whether Canning left home on her own. So, when it comes to the law, what do we owe our children?

03/05/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All’: Birds, Colds & Calendars

It’s Friday, and that means it’s time for Heather Brown to dig into the Good Question mailbag to answer some of your best queries. And it looks like, despite it being so late in the season, people still have many questions about winter.

02/28/2014

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Good Question: Do Men Have Biological Clocks When It Comes To Kids?

We’ve always heard it’s the mom’s age that can affect the health of a child. But a new study shows if dads wait until their 40s or 50s, their children have an increased risk of autism, ADHD and bipolar disorders.

02/27/2014

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Good Question: What Are The Weather Rules When It Comes To Delivering Mail?

The inscription on New York City’s U.S. Postal Service headquarters reads: “Neither snow nor rain nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

02/26/2014

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Good Question: Why Are Fast Food Places Jumping Into Breakfast?

What do you think of some egg and sausage wrapped in a waffle with a syrup on the side? Taco Bell is making a big bet you’re willing to try it. Its new Breakfast Waffle Taco and A.M. Crunchwrap are some of the new items available when the chain starts offering breakfast next month.

02/25/2014

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