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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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A Heroin Addiction, Failed Treatment And A Tragic Death

Bobby Weishalla should have celebrated his 22nd birthday this year. But after a deadly overdose, his mom, Janet, instead brought a birthday cake to his grave.

12/08/2014

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Excellent Educator: DaVinci Academy’s Mark Slechta

For a lot of students, it’s their favorite subject in school — Gym. You’d think gym teachers have the best job right? Well it’s not just fun and games for Mark Slechta, the Phy-Ed teacher at DaVinci Academy in Blaine.

12/05/2014

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WCCO Anchor’s Family Hit Hard By Ovarian Cancer

This week, WCCO-TV is featuring the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance in its Trees of Hope campaign. Ovarian cancer can be deadly because there are no early detection tests and by the time it’s diagnosed, it’s often advanced. WCCO-TV’s Kim Johnson’s family has been touched by the disease after her mother was diagnosed in 2007.

12/02/2014

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Get Movin’ Monday: Best Holiday Buys

Many of us will be spending the month of December buying gifts for other people. But the deals are so good on some items, you might want to pick up something for yourself.

12/01/2014

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Get Movin’ Monday: Be A Smarter Grocery Shopper

When at the grocery store, picking healthy foods for your family can be overwhelming. There can be so many options and claims on the labels.

11/24/2014

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Excellent Educator: Metcalf Jr. High’s Steven Orth

Junior high can be a tough time for a kid. Many young teens struggle with challenges at school, at home, and among friends. Some students in Burnsville are lucky enough, though, to have a teacher who everyday gives them little life lessons to help them through the rough times.

11/21/2014

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Pet Prenups Could Help Curb Custody Battles

There can be plenty to fight over if you’re going through a divorce – the house, the kids, the money. But who gets the dog? Pet custody disputes sound like something from Hollywood. In fact, Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are currently battling in court over who gets the couple’s eight Jack Russell Terriers. But filing papers over pets is actually a real thing lawyers deal with here in Minnesota.

11/19/2014

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Need A More Natural Fix For Colds? Try A Salt Cave

It’s the season of sniffling, especially if you have kids in your home. But if you don’t want to reach for the over-the-counter medications just yet, a Minneapolis business claims it has an alternative solution.

11/19/2014

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Excellent Educator: Edgewood Middle School’s Julie Hartinger

or young students, getting good grades in math can sometimes depend on the teacher. Often students need one-on-one time. One teacher in Mounds View is known to go above and beyond to help students grasp the subject, and that’s what makes her this week’s Excellent Educator.

11/14/2014

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Excellent Educator: Way To Grow’s Eka Nagoya

When it comes to teaching kids, preschool is an age that requires a lot of patience. It’s an extra challenge when the majority struggle to speak English. One Minnesota teacher is dedicated to making sure all his preschoolers are ready for kindergarten, and that’s what makes Eka Nagoya this week’s Excellent Educator.

11/07/2014

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Get Movin’ Monday: Holiday Bargains Well Before Black Friday

When you think about deals to be had in November, you might think Black Friday. But great bargains can be found beginning the top of the month.

11/03/2014

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