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.
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.
Technically, it’s still spring, but summer vacation season is heating up. Science tells us we all need a break, but studies show only half of all Americans use all the time they’re given. So, since we’re supposed to taking time away from work, we wondered: How much time do we really need to relax?
The college year came to a violent end near one Minnesota campus. Two young people suffered critical injuries within one week in downtown Mankato in May. One left a former Minnesota State University Mankato linebacker in a coma, while another happened when a student tried to jump on the back of a campus bus. Police believe alcohol played a role in both.
Every day in Minneapolis a teenager is the victim of a crime, which police say has gotten out of control. City police have taken hundreds of robbery reports from kids this year who have had their cell phones stolen. It’s happening on city buses, outside of schools, and on streets and sidewalks all over the city.
They’re trained to run into burning buildings and save lives, but Minnesota firefighters are facing a silent danger long after the flames are out. Studies show more than half of all line-of-duty deaths in firefighting are now caused by cancer. It’s a diagnosis Minnesota firefighters know all too well.
Hundreds of people turned out Thursday night in south central Minnesota to send a message to a young father fighting for his life. They let him know that they are “#22Strong.” Isaac Kolstad, 24, wore the number 22 during his days as a linebacker at Mankato State University.
Minneapolis 911 employees say changes have been made after a WCCO Investigation showed emergency calls were taking minutes to answer.
A benefit is planned for the former Mankato football player nearly beaten to death almost two weeks ago. Isaac Kolstad remains in critical condition after allegedly being assaulted by two men. One of them is said to be former gopher quarterback Philip Nelson, the other, Trevor Shelley.
Many families didn’t want to wait for a law in Minnesota to help their sick kids. They moved to Colorado to get access to marijuana. WCCO caught up with one family seeing some big changes in their daughter after their move.
Police are investigating after a group who had rented an RV from a private party in Anoka County found a dead body inside a storage compartment in Winona. The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office received the report at about 11:15 p.m. Thursday from the Winona Police Department.
When WCCO-TV first exposed 911 calls going unanswered in Minneapolis, the city told us there wasn’t a problem. Leaders pointed to an average answer time of around 8 seconds, as proof the system is working. But when we obtained call records after weeks of asking, we found certain times of day had much longer waits.
A small southern Minnesota community is in an uproar after a popular student learned she can’t return to school for having a pocket knife in her locker.
The Department of Education wants to know if middle school teachers were cheating on the state’s most important math test. The Prior Lake-Savage School District is investigating if some middle school teachers looked at scratch paper students used on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs).
A new trend in gardening is generating a buzz. More growers and gardeners are moving away from chemicals and insecticides that are hurting or killing bees.
A Minnesota sheriff says a hay bale fire that took a little girl’s life appears to be a tragic accident. Firefighters found the body of Perri Heideman on her family’s farm last week. She was just 10 years old, and her death has devastated the small community of Adrian in southwestern Minnesota.
A Minnesota mall has fallen into disrepair, but we found its owner has a history of ignoring properties all across the country. The mall in Worthington has a leaky roof, buckets lined up on the floor and caution tape blocking off some areas.
A small-winged mammal not highly thought of by most people is under attack, as a deadly disease has already killed millions of them across the country.
They thought they were buying a popular gadget to give them a better handle on their health. Instead, thousands of people ended up with a bad rash.
A Twin Cities couple brought their baby to the doctor for what they thought was a cold but just hours later they learned that their daughter needed a new heart. What the doctor saw in her daughter Summer’s X-ray would confine their daughter to a hospital this past November.
Minneapolis city leaders are asking questions after a WCCO-TV investigation found 911 calls going unanswered for minutes at a time.
In an emergency, every second counts, but a WCCO investigation found some 911 calls in Minneapolis were taking minutes to answer. For two weeks now, we’ve heard from frustrated citizens and operators who told us calls aren’t being picked up right away. One woman tried twice over five minutes to get through to 911 after her husband suffered a heart attack. He later died.
It can be a scary test to screen for colon cancer, but a Twin Cities woman says she wasn’t prepared for what happened after her colonoscopy. Peggy Kealy doesn’t think her doctors properly prepared her for what sent her to the hospital days after her procedure, one which is never described as pleasant.
Rules are changing at Minneapolis’s 911 center after a WCCO Investigation found some callers waiting minutes to get through. Raymond Callihan’s wife tried twice to reach an operator last week when her husband suffered a heart attack. Her second call took more than two minutes to answer. Callihan died Thursday morning. City leaders Thursday expressed sympathy for his family. But operators at the 911 center worry others may not get help as quickly as they should, and they’re asking for more staff.
As the boys state hockey tournament skates into the Xcel Energy Center, it’s another showdown in St. Paul that some high school athletes are fighting to win. Lawmakers are wondering if some students and their parents are going too far to gain a competitive edge.