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Good Question: How Do They Forecast Flooding?

When our state has flooding, experts are able to tell us days out exactly how high a river will rise. And they’re usually correct within a couple inches. With millions of gallons of water involved, how do they know?

06/23/2014

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Delano Battles Against Flood Waters

Customers sitting behind Three Crows Café are also now sitting just a couple feet from the Crow River. Three Crows Café co-owner Brad Coburn has been through this before. There was little flood damage in 2010, but Coburn’s not sure luck is on their side this time.

06/20/2014

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Good Question: Is There Such A Thing As Mowing Too Much?

With all the rain we’ve had this spring, lawns have never looked better. And when we get a dry day or two, it’s usually time to mow.

06/18/2014

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Good Question: What Age Is It OK To Start Babysitting?

Summer vacation means more free time for kids, and more parents looking for someone to watch their kids. Occasionally parents need a time-out for themselves, which is when a qualified babysitter can capitalize.

06/17/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All': World Cup Edition

Every four years, soccer fans get in line just to get their kicks at Brit’s Pub in Minneapolis. Shane Higgins is the general manager at Brit’s and an amateur soccer player. “Last week was a record-breaking week for us and there were only three World Cup games, ” Higgins said.

06/16/2014

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Despite Wet Spring, White Bear Lake Still Down 4 Ft.

We had above average rainfall in May, causing some Twin Cities lakes to overflow.
There was hope that the rain would help White Bear Lake. The water level was down 6 feet last year — the lowest it has ever been.

06/06/2014

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Good Question: How Do They Set Speed Limits?

Many Minnesotans will likely be heading to the cabin or lake this weekend. And as they drive, the speed limit will be 55 mph in some areas, 65 mph and maybe even 70 in others. Kevin Gutknecht is the communications director for the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

06/05/2014

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Good Question: Who Is Slenderman?

Their case is perhaps not unlike the horror stories that inspired it. Two 12-year-old girls are accused of stabbing a friend nearly 20 times in the woods near Milwaukee – all to impress a make-believe Internet monster. His name is Slenderman, a faceless ghoul many parents had likely never heard of until this week.

06/04/2014

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Good Question: Do Black Bears Have To Be Put Down?

There are 10,000 – 15,000 black bears in the state of Minnesota. So it’s no surprise that every once in a while one of them takes a detour into the cities. Angie Murad has been keeping up with the male black bear that’s wandered through Savage, Burnsville, Eagan and likely close to her home in Apple Valley.

06/03/2014

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Good Question: Can Some Get By On Less Than 8 Hours Of Sleep?

A lot of factors go into how many Z’s we catch at night, like snoring and kids who wake up before the sun’s up. “For most adults, 7 hours would be a minimum they should be getting,” said Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler.

06/02/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All’: Robins, Rainbows & Socks

Robins are rocking our lawns this time of year, and that got Mary from Minneapolis wondering: How do robins know where worms are in the ground? A lot of times you’ll see robins tilting their heads. That’s called “head cocking,” and what they are actually doing is looking for soil pellets on top of the ground that indicate a wormhole and maybe a worm inside.

05/30/2014

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Good Question: Which Sunscreen Is Best For You?

There’s traditional sunscreen, and even drinks and pills that promise protection or skin damage repair. But which sunscreen is the best for you?

05/29/2014

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Good Question: Do Vets Have To Visit VA For Care?

There is increasing pressure on Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign. A new report from the VA’s inspector general says hundreds of veterans are awaiting care at a VA hospital in Phoenix. The average wait time is almost four months for a first appointment.

05/28/2014

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Good Question: What Are Blisters?

They’re a nuisance, they’re uncomfortable and they seem to pop up this time of year. Whether you are running, gardening or golfing, chances are good you’ll get a blister at some point.

05/27/2014

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Good Question: How Does Dry Cleaning Work?

Not everything we wear finds its way into the washing machine. Some of our clothes have to be dry cleaned. And for many, that means frequent trips to the local dry cleaner to have suits and blazers professionally treated. And chances are pretty good you have no idea the journey your clothes embark upon at the dry cleaner.

05/26/2014

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