Heather Brown

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Good Question: What Is The Tiger Woods Effect?

The odds of him winning the Masters Tournament are 25 to 1, but all eyes will still be on Tiger Woods this weekend.

04/09/2015

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Good Question: Where Does Our Drinking Water Come From?

On Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator, Gina McCarthy, visited the Twin Cities. She toured the St. Paul Regional Water Services Treatment Plant to highlight the importance of protecting the streams and wetlands that provide drinking water to a third of all Americans.

04/08/2015

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Good Question: What Does Organic Actually Mean?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture started regulating the use of the word “organic” on foods in 2002. Since then, there’s been huge growth in that category. Grocery stores like Kowalski’s say they’ve seen double-digit growth in demand for organics every year in the past decade.

04/07/2015

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Good Questions: Movie Trailers, Easter Eggs, Strikeouts

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores how movie trailers got their name, the origins of Easter eggs, and the scorekeeping symbol for “strikeout.”

04/03/2015

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Good Question: What Are Our Busiest Freeways?

Millions of drivers use metro freeways in Minneapolis and St. Paul every day to get to and from work, run errands or just shuttle around. In fact, MnDOT says the Interstate 35W/Interstate 94 interchange can see up to 180,000 people a day.

04/02/2015

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Good Question: How Much Tax Refund Money Are We Getting?

As of March 20, 57 percent of American taxpayers filed their federal taxes. Just about 80 percent received a refund. The average federal refund amount is $3,038. That refund rate is expected to drop slightly as we head closer to April 15.

04/01/2015

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Good Question: How Did April Fools’ Day Start?

Wednesday is a day when you should trust no one, eat no food in the office and believe no stories that sound even remotely suspect. For centuries, we’ve been honoring April 1 as April Fools’ Day, trying to make fools out of our friends and family.

03/31/2015

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Good Question: What Makes For ‘Quality Time’ With Our Children?

A new study published in the Journal of Marriage and Family finds the amount of time we spend with our kids has virtually no bearing on how well they turn out. It looked at behavior, emotional health and academic achievement of 3 to 11 year olds.

03/30/2015

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Good Questions: Gas Prices, Mississippi Structures, Gray Hair

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores gas prices, strange structures in the Mississippi River and gray hair.

03/27/2015

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Good Question: What Psychological Tests Do Pilots Undergo?

French authorities made a stunning announcement Thursday morning: They believe Andreas Lubitz, a 28-year-old German co-pilot, deliberately crashed an airliner into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board.

03/26/2015

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Good Question: How Effective Are Lie Detector Tests?

Ten-year-old Barway Collins has now been missing for a week. On Tuesday, Crystal police called his father a suspect in the boy’s disappearance. They say he failed a lie detector test.

03/25/2015

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Good Question: How Is ‘Natural Born Citizen’ Defined?

Ted Cruz announced Monday he’s running for President of the United States. The U.S. Senator from Texas was born in Calgary and moved to the U.S. with his family when he was four years old.

03/24/2015

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Good Questions: Tax Returns, Unsold Girl Scout Cookies, Folding Hands For Prayer

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores tax returns, unsold Girl Scout Cookies and folding hands for prayer.

03/20/2015

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Good Question: Why Aren’t There More D-1 Minn. Schools?

Minnesota didn’t make it to the “big dance” this year, but three of the four Division 1 schools from Iowa did: Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa. Our neighbor to the south has a little over half the population of Minnesota, but four times the number of D-1 schools.

03/19/2015

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Good Question: Why Can’t Minnesota Police Set Up Checkpoints?

Minnesota State Troopers arrested 94 people for drunken driving on St. Patrick’s Day. It was lowest number for the holiday in six years. Year-round DWI arrests across Minnesota are also down – for eight years straight – even though we are one of 12 states that don’t allow sobriety checkpoints.

03/18/2015

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Good Question: How Irish Are Minnesotans?

Though we like to celebrate the Patron Saint of Ireland, most Minnesotans originally came from Germany.

According to the 2013 American Community Survey, 34.3 percent claim German ancestry, followed by Norwegian (15.1 percent), Irish (10.6 percent), Swedish (8.1 percent), English (5.5 percent) and Polish (4.8 percent).

03/17/2015

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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.

03/16/2015

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Good Question: Friday The 13th, Road Weight Restrictions, Fuzzy Microphones

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores Friday the 13th superstitions, road weigh restrictions and fuzzy microphones.

03/13/2015

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Good Question: What Happened To Boxing?

It’s a fight five years in the making that some say could determine the future of boxing. On May 2, the two biggest names in the sport will take the ring. Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will duke it out for a payday of more than $120 million and $80 million, respectively.

03/12/2015

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Good Question: What Happens When You Delete An Email?

Hillary Clinton has spent the past week under scrutiny for using a personal email account while she was the U.S. Secretary of State. On Tuesday, she told reporters that she handed over about 30,000 work-related emails, but “chose not to keep” another 30,000 personal emails.

03/11/2015

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Good Question: Where Does All The Dust Come From?

It’s that time of year when we get way back in the nooks and crannies of our homes with a mop, or a cloth or a broom. It’s also when we find dust in places we’d long forgotten to clean. Daniel from Sauk Rapids has been doing some deep spring cleaning, so he emailed WCCO wondering: Where does all the dust come from?

03/10/2015

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Good Question: How Do Babies Survive In The Cold?

Often, we hear stories about children defying the odds, whether it’s spending overnights outside in the winter or surviving several minutes submerged underwater in icy lakes. So, are children just better at surviving the cold? Good Question.

03/09/2015

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Good Questions: Recycling, Sleet, Inflamed Vocal Cords

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores recycling protocol, sleet vs. freezing rain, and why your voice gets lower when you’re sick.

03/06/2015

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Good Question: What’s Wrong With Antibiotics In Our Food?

McDonald’s announced Wednesday that it will phase out its practice of using chickens raised with human antibiotics over the next two years.

03/04/2015

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Good Question: Why Are The U.S. And Israel So Close?

President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have spent the past week in a very public disagreement about negotiations over Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

03/03/2015

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