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Warm Weather Affects Athletes’ Prep For Crashed Ice

In just over a month, Red Bull’s Crashed Ice will return to St. Paul. Athletes will fly down the icy, quarter mile track at speeds reaching 40 miles per hour. Training can take months and the recent December warm up, when temperatures reached the 50s, is having an impact on how athletes are getting ready for the competition.

12/20/2014

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DNR Urges Caution On Ice Despite Cool Down

Despite colder weather, the DNR wants everyone to think twice before going out on the ice right now. The department says because of the recent weather changes, there are inconsistent ice conditions.

12/16/2014

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Patrol: Freezing Rain Making Travel In NW Minn. Treacherous

The State Patrol is urging drivers in northern Otter Tail and southern Becker counties to be extra cautious Monday morning as freezing rain has made roadways treacherous.

12/15/2014

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Minnesotans Risking Thin Ice During Warm Spell

The sheriff’s departments from four counties put out thin ice warnings after several close calls on the water this weekend.

12/14/2014

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Officials Urge Caution On The Ice As Temperatures Rise

Several law enforcement agencies across Minnesota are urging caution on the ice as temperatures over the weekend climbed to unseasonable highs.

12/14/2014

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Possible Overnight Freeze Could Mean Messy Morning Commute

As sleet came down in the metro Sunday afternoon, road crews prepared for what could be a messy Monday commute. According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, temperature is key because it’s expected to hover overnight between 30 and 35 degrees — right around freezing.

12/07/2014

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Fire In Eden Prairie Damages Home, No Injuries

Crews in Eden Prairie spent this chilly Thanksgiving putting out a fire. The fire broke out Thursday afternoon in a duplex on Belvedere Drive and Pioneer Trail. It destroyed the left side of the duplex.

11/27/2014

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Good Question: When Can Planes Fly In Bad Weather?

This Thanksgiving holiday, Mother Nature apparently didn’t consult the calendar. Wednesday will be one of the busiest travel days of the year. That makes for particularly bad timing because a Nor’easter capable of dropping many as 13 inches along the East Coast is set to hit Wednesday morning.

11/25/2014

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WCCO’s Lauren Casey Learns Ice Rescue Skills

Having moved to Minnesota from Florida, my scariest aquatic experience involved a water temperature below 80 degrees, until Tuesday. I put on a protective “mustang” suit, ready for a mock water rescue in icy Lake Minnetonka with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol. Not yet at ice’s edge, I was already panic stricken. I can’t imagine this as my job.

11/25/2014

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After 33 Years, H.S. Football Championships Returns To The Outdoors

It’s been more than three decades since the last time the Minnesota high school football championship was played outdoors. And like this year, weather played a key part. David McCoy shows why the 1981 was a game memorable for more than just its place in history.

11/21/2014

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Officials: Ice In Minn. Isn’t Thick Enough To Be On

Although Minnesotans are already enduring subzero temperatures this November, officials are reminding those venturing outside that the ice just isn’t ready for recreation.

11/17/2014

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Minneapolis North, An Inner-City Football Revival

Cold, ice and snow complicated practice plans this week for teams in the Minnesota state high school football semifinals. Wintry weather is not the biggest challenge coaches and players at Minneapolis North have faced, and not because their nickname is the Polars.

11/14/2014

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Guy On A Bike: Winter Cycling

We’re still two weeks away from stuffing ourselves with turkey, followed by tryptophan-induced naps on the couch, and yet many of us have put away the bicycles for the year. With snow possible from October to April, Minnesotans have one of two choices: bike only half of the year, or learn to ride in the winter months.

11/13/2014

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Construction Continues On Vikings Stadium Despite Unseasonable Cold

Cold weather isn’t stopping work on the new Vikings stadium. The project hasn’t missed a beat since cold weather invaded the area earlier than usual.

11/13/2014

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MnDOT Crews Hope To Combat Icy Roads Overnight

Crews across the state are working to clear the roads before ice becomes a bigger problem. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) says the timing of the storm made things tough Monday morning. They pre-treated several roads, but Mother Nature usually wins.

11/10/2014

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