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DeRusha Eats: The Postmark Grille

They’ll forgive you if you carry a stack of letters into The Postmark Grille in Hudson, Wis. “They love how we kept a lot of the characteristics of the building,” said manager Erica Schletty.

06/07/2014

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DeRusha Eats: B-52 Burgers and Brew

Mark Reese of B-52 Burgers and Brew knew he made a great burger. But competing against The Nook, MyBurger and The Gold Nugget? “It was very intimidating,” Reese said. But a panel of chefs and food critics judged the B-52 burger as the best in the Twin Cities Burger Battle.

05/31/2014

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DeRusha Eats: Valley Natural Foods

It looks like every other grocery store from the outside. But for nearly 40 years, Valley Natural Foods has been doing things differently inside. Kirsten Shabaz is the co-op’s “Fresh Food Educator.” “You wouldn’t be able to walk into a big-box store and find dandelion greens or even ramps probably for that matter,” Shabaz said.

05/24/2014

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More Stores Tracking Your Cell Phone To Offer Deals

How much of your personal information are you willing to give up, to get a deal? It’s a question worth asking as more and more stores tap into technology to track our cell phones.

05/21/2014

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Anti-Aging Skin Treatments Aren’t Just For Women

When you ask men what they do to clean their face, the answer is probably going to be “soap and water.” Anti-aging products are overwhelmingly targeted towards women.

05/21/2014

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Intelligent Nutrients Thriving After Family Crisis

Intelligent Nutrients is the natural healthy and beauty business founded by the legendary Minneapolis man who started Aveda. But when Horst Rechelbacher died in February his wife and daughter had to mourn, and then get the company back to work.

05/19/2014

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DeRusha Eats: Mpls. Public Schools’ True Food Chef Council

At Steven Brown’s award-winning Tilia in south Minneapolis, you won’t find mac and cheese on the “Cootie Catcher” kids’ menu. The shrimp fried rice is good, real, scratch cooking. But Brown’s making good kids’ food inside and out of his restaurant.

05/17/2014

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Suburban Spotlight: Jason Heads To Plymouth

This week in our Suburban Spotlight series, Mike Augustyniak went to Inver Grove Heights, Jamie Yuccas checked out Eden Prairie and Natalie Nyhus headed east to Grant. To finish up the series, Jason DeRusha was no stranger to where his dart landed: Plymouth.

05/16/2014

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DeRusha Eats: Pittsburgh Blue

You might not expect Executive Chef Brad Berg to be searing scallops at Pittsburgh Blue. “I guess sometimes I’m surprised we do sell a lot of seafood here,” Berg said.

05/10/2014

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Fundraising Makes Adopt-A-Rooms Possible At ‘U’ Children’s Hospital

The University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital is truly unique in how it delivers care to kids, including building private, customized rooms that help kids heal by using research, input from families and smart room technology.

05/08/2014

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Blazing Research Trails At ‘U’ Children’s Hospital

When you send your child to a hospital that specializes in children’s care, you expect to have the best doctors and nurses working on the case. You may not expect teams of researchers to be working on more than 200 different grants and contracts.

05/07/2014

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Morning Team Headed Back To Suburbs For Round 2

This week, the WCCO Morning Show team will be taking a trip to the suburbs. That’s because they are bringing back the Suburban Spotlight. Back in February, everyone took turns throwing darts at a map to decide which suburb to pay a visit.

05/05/2014

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Virtual Rooms At ‘U’ Children’s Hospital Keep New Families Connected

All week, the WCCO Morning Show is taking a look at the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital and all of the things that make it stand out. One problem that’s pretty universal is that hospital stays make it hard to connect with family, friends even the school classroom. Now imagine being a new parent separated from your baby.

05/05/2014

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DeRusha Eats: Angie’s BoomChickaPop

Inside a non-descript industrial building in Mankato, a snack that’s thousands of years old is getting a new look. Angie and Dan Bastian started popping kettle corn as a couple in 2001. “It’s amazing when you think about we started all of this by hand, we popped by hand, we bagged by hand, we did everything by hand,” Angie said.

05/03/2014

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DeRusha Eats: Al Vento, Rinata & Sparks

It was nearly ten years ago when Chef Jonathan Hunt opened an Italian restaurant in the Nokomis neighborhood of Minneapolis. The city has changed. “There’s definitely a lot more restaurants and I think that [the] diner has changed as well,” Hunt said. “We’ve been able to educate.”

04/26/2014

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