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What Is Biochar Gardening?

The mayor of Minneapolis and the chairman of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux signed an agreement Tuesday that promotes the use of biochar. Jim Doten, Minneapolis’ environmental services’ supervisor, says it’s a product similar to cooking charcoal that’s used for gardening.

09/02/2014

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Minnesota State Fair Skyride Turns 50

A popular attraction is celebrating a milestone at this year’s Great Minnesota Get Together. The Sky Ride is turning 50 years old.

08/25/2014

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Weather Blog: Fireball Vs. Meteor

Every year, as the Earth spins into the fragment field of the comet Swift-Tuttle. Pieces of rocky space debris, or meteoroids, slam into our atmosphere at 132,000 mph, producing the year’s most action-packed meteor shower – the Perseids. Generating 50-100 meteors per hour, the Perseid meteor shower runs through Aug. 24 with peak activity set to occur over the next few nights.

08/11/2014

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Goin’ To The Lake: Liz & Lauren Visit Worthington (Day 2)

This week, Liz Collin and Lauren Casey headed to Worthington in southwest Minnesota, about 175 miles from Minneapolis. The city sits on Lake Okabena, and its downtown area is just blocks from the water. It’s the town where Liz grew up, and it’s also host to the U.S. National Windsurfing Championships.

06/13/2014

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Goin’ To The Lake: Liz & Lauren Visit Worthington (Day 1)

Until the start of the Great Minnesota Get-Together, WCCO is “Goin’ To The Lake” every week. In the last trip, Amelia and Mark ventured up north to the town of Biwabik, where they got a taste of the Iron Range. This week, Liz Collin and Lauren Casey headed to Worthington in southwest Minnesota, about 175 miles from Minneapolis. Check out all the things they did in the videos below.

06/12/2014

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Weather Blog: Did This Last Winter Contradict Global Warming?

Think this past cold and snowy winter contradicts global warming? Think again …A top-ten tally of 50 days with minus-zero lows in the Twin Cities, a record 60 days of minus-zero temps in Duluth, havoc-wreaking snow and ice in the South and nearly 40 inches of above-normal snowfall in major Northeast cities including Philadelphia, New York City and Boston …

05/16/2014

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Sensors Installed At MN Arboretum Could Help Improve Environment

Visitors to the University of Minnesota’s Landscape Arboretum spent this Earth Day enjoying the sun and early spring scenery. Brian Smoliak, atmospheric scientist with the University of Minnesota, was also out on the grounds installing the last of 24 temperature sensors.

04/22/2014

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Despite Loss, Twins Fans Soak Up The Sun At Target Field

On this warmest day of the season, the seats in the sun were the place to be at Target Field. Sunglasses and shorts were the standard uniform for Twins fans on Wednesday. And even those with a winter-induced pallor weren’t afraid to show off some leg. “I don’t think they’re too bad,” said Twins fan Matt Hall. “I’ve got a good base level going on.”

04/09/2014

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Iconic Metro Treehouse May Be Toppled By April Snowstorm

When driving through St. Louis Park, it’s hard to miss the big treehouse off of Minnetonka Boulevard. But the local landmark may soon only exist in memories.

04/02/2014

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Harsh Winter Delaying The Start Of Maple Syrup Season

The official start to spring was last week. But the weather hasn’t felt at all spring-like. And those anticipating the sweet taste of spring will have to wait.

03/24/2014

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Crowds Flock To St. Paul To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is reason enough for many people to get out and celebrate the little or no Irish in their blood. If you’re in St. Paul, you won’t need the help of a leprechaun to find the party, just head downtown to the sea of green.

03/17/2014

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Target Field’s Grass Is Coming Out Of Hibernation

As the weather starts to warm up and the snow starts to melt, we’re starting to see some real signs of spring. One of the biggest might be over at Target Field.

03/14/2014

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It’s Almost Spring In Minn., And It’s Starting To Feel Like It

After 50 below zero days and a top 10 ranking in snow depth this winter, the sound of melting snow Thursday was a much-anticipated sign that spring is near.

03/13/2014

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Remove That Ice House By Midnight Or Face A Fine

No matter how cold it feels, ice fishing season is basically over. The DNR says ice houses have to be off most Minnesota lakes by midnight tonight. That’s led to plenty of problems for anglers whose houses got stuck, frozen in place because of all that snow and slush.

03/03/2014

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Winter Storm Expected To Dump Heavy, Wet Snow On Minn.

Just after Minnesotans enjoyed the warmest temperatures they’ve felt all year, a snowstorm is expected to dump up to 10 inches of snow Thursday in some counties, making travel hazardous for the afternoon commute and evening hours.

02/19/2014

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Minnesotans Embrace Respite From Frigid Winter Weather

When you’ve been through 45 days at or below zero, anything above freezing feels incredible. Temperatures peaked at 44 degrees Tuesday afternoon and the Twin Cities reached the warmest it’s been since Dec. 28.

02/18/2014

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Heavy Snow Expected During Monday Morning Commute

Attention, early morning commuters: A fast-moving storm system is set to impact the Twin Cities area overnight into midday Monday. That’ll make for a messy morning commute.

02/16/2014

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Potholes Peaking Early, Thanks To Extreme Temperatures

At Parents Autocare in south Minneapolis, winter can get a little redundant. But this winter has been anything but routine. And potholes are peaking early.

01/27/2014

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Tips On Heating The House Without Burning Your Cash

The average high temperature for December’s first two weeks was a mere 17 degrees, making it the sixth coldest December on record.

12/18/2013

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Good Question: How Do We Decide When To Change The Weather Watcher’s Color?

The new Weather Watcher sign atop the WCCO building has been alerting TV viewers and passersby to changes in the air since the day after Thanksgiving. That has prompted several Good Questions from WCCO viewers, including one from 10-year-old Alex of Glenwood City, Wis. He wanted to know: How do we decide when to change the color? For example, flurries were in the forecast for Monday night, but warmer weather is on the way. The Weather Watcher was shining red. “I was watching the news and it was showing red on the thing, and I looked at it and said snow is coming, too,” Alex said.

12/16/2013

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Weather Blog: Arctic Cold And Snow Join Forces

We kicked off the weekend with brutally-cold conditions. Wind chills Saturday are done right bone chilling, dropping to 50 below in Fosston this morning, -45 in Longville and -25 at MSP Airport. The coldest temperature recorded Saturday morning was -11. Last year’s lowest low was -13, to put that in to perspective. Saturday’s high was -1, which approaches a record set in the 1800s! In the overnight, clouds will increase and light snow will develop later Sunday morning. Wind chill will decrease a bit.

12/07/2013

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WCCO Weather Watcher Network Celebrates 1st Birthday

It’s a very happy anniversary on Wednesday for the weather team at WCCO-TV. What started as an idea one year ago turned into a network where our meteorologists get daily updates from our own viewers who have a passion for weather.

11/27/2013

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Twin Cities Cyclists Winterizing To Brave The Snow And Cold

There’s no getting around it, winter is coming, but Minnesotans don’t let the cold keep them down. That’s especially true for Twin Cities cyclists. Most bikers in the metro don’t stop when the snow flies…but they have do have to prepare.

11/20/2013

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Players, Fans Prepare For Harsh Cold At TCF Bank Stadium

The coldest kickoff since the Gophers moved back outside to TCF Bank Stadium was 23-degrees, against Iowa in November of 2010. We’ll be lucky if the high gets that high on Saturday, so fans, and players, are already figuring out how to stay warm for the big game.

11/20/2013

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Lauren’s Science Corner: Hole Punch Clouds

No, it’s not a UFO or the onset of the apocalypse…it’s a hole punch cloud, an usual and mysterious sight to witness. Hole punch clouds, which are also called canal clouds, were spotted in the skies over the Twin Cities on Sunday and again Tuesday. WCCO-TV viewers in Minneapolis, Blaine, Chaska, and Mahtomedi captured photos of this rare and intriguing phenomenon.

11/12/2013

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