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Excellent Educator: Lisa Martin Of Northview Elementary

As a young girl growing up in Eagan, Lisa Martin used to dream of being a teacher, she even played “school” in the basement of her family home. As an adult, Mrs. Martin is living out her childhood dream teaching second grade at Northview Elementary. And she loves every minute of it.

01/30/2015

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Excellent Educator: Osseo Senior High’s Dan Prody

When it comes to budget cuts in schools, art programs are sometimes the first on the chopping block. One teacher at Osseo Senior High is showing how valuable art can be by helping students use it to pay for college. It’s what makes Dan Prody this week’s Excellent Educator.

01/23/2015

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Get Movin’ Monday: The Safe Way To Detox

Detox diets are a popular way to cleanse your system or lose weight. Beyoncé tried the Master Cleanse to slim down for her role in Dream Girls and lost 20 pounds in 2 weeks. But are detox diets safe? Nutritionist Sue Moores from Kowalski’s says they can be.

01/19/2015

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Excellent Educator: Lexington Kids’ Katelyn O’Keefe

For most kids, preschool is their first experience away from mom and dad. And that can put a lot of pressure on the teacher to make the classroom comfortable. Ms. Katelyn O’Keefe at Lexington Kids Christian Child Care in St. Paul has a knack for making it an easy transition for both the children and their parents.

01/16/2015

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Mpls. Business Helps Prepare You, Your Bike For Winter Cycling

When the snow starts to fall and the temperatures dip many decide to retire their bicycles for the year. But not so fast! Winter cycling has become a favorite way for many Minnesotans to enjoy the outdoors during the cold months.

01/14/2015

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Get Movin’ Monday: Getting The Right Health Tracker For You

Fitbits are just one brand of a device that tracks daily physical activity, weight and goals, by syncing with an app on your smart phone or tablet. So, with so many to choose from, Best Buy’s Alexandra LeBlanc Gets Us Movin’ by showing us which may be the best fit for you.

01/12/2015

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Excellent Educator: Adam Leicht Of Forest Hills Elementary

Third graders can have a lot of energy. But one teacher in Eden Prairie has found a way to keep them from bouncing off the walls. Instead he lets them bounce in their seats. The once mechanical engineer’s ability to problem solve in the classroom and get kids to focus is what makes Mr. Adam Leicht of Forest Hills Elementary this week’s Excellent Educator.

01/09/2015

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Get Movin’ Monday: Fitness Expert Helps Us ‘Swap This For That’

With the New Year upon us, chances are that getting in better shape is on your list of resolutions. But your plan for accomplishing that goal might not be as effective as you think.

01/05/2015

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4 Alternatives To New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s resolutions can be tough to keep. Studies show only 8 percent of people actually keep them. So why not try something new this year? Twin Cities blogger Jasmine Stringer shared with WCCO four alternative ways to establish goals and live a more fulfilling life in 2015.

01/02/2015

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WCCO This Morning Team’s Gopher Bowl Game Treats

The three University of Minnesota graduates — Jamie Yuccas, Kim Johnson and Ali Lucia of the WCCO This Morning team — served some bowl treats for viewers this first day of 2015.

01/01/2015

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‘Last Call’ Service Drives Bar-Goers Home In Their Own Cars

Many will be ringing in the new year by tipping a few back. A few too many can mean you’ll have to call a cab — unless you’re at one of several Twin Cities bars that offers a one-of-a kind service.

12/31/2014

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Monticello Church Shares How Its $100 ‘Pay It Forward’ Challenge Went

A Minnesota church has just made a big impact in one community. They gave their members a $100 bill and a challenge to help someone in need this holiday season. What started as a typical Sunday service for Quarry Community Church in Monticello sparked a season of giving.

12/24/2014

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Excellent Educator: DeNise Pellinen Of Jefferson Elementary

Can you think of doing something every day for 22 years and not getting tired of it? One teacher in south Minneapolis has been helping second graders in the classroom for that long, and says she loves every day she gets to go to work.

12/19/2014

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The Morning Show Cookie Decorating Contest Winner Is …

Have you decorated your Christmas cookies? Look no further than our WCCO This Morning studio for some decorating ideas. Jason DeRusha, Jamie Yuccas, Kim Johnson and Ali Lucia put their skills to the test.

12/17/2014

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New Dating Service Turns Your Friends Into Matchmakers

A new service called Sparkstarter hopes to make it more fun, by turning your friends into matchmakers.

12/12/2014

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