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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Place To See Fall Colors: Taylor’s Falls

In the land of 10,000 hues come autumn, WCCO viewers sent Matt Brickman to Taylors Falls, Minn., to get a taste of the state’s very best. Once in Taylors Falls, there’s also a vantage point that you won’t find just anywhere in Minnesota.

10/03/2013

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Wilderness Inquiry Gets Mpls. Students Canoeing, Fishing & Geocaching

It’s the perfect time of year to get outdoors — whether it’s hunting, fishing, or just taking in the fall colors. But if not for a pilot program in some Minneapolis high schools, a group of teenagers might not have ever had the chance to experience it all.

09/27/2013

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Chicken Wings: Ray J’s

Chicken wings have come a long way since their humble beginnings in Buffalo, New York 50 years ago. Fried, tossed in buffalo sauce and dipped in blue cheese, you can’t beat them — but who’s got the best in Minnesota? The wings at Ray J’s American Grill in Woodbury, according to WCCO viewers.

09/26/2013

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A Family’s Make-A-Wish? For Everyone To Meet Tana

A couple months ago, Matt Brickman and WCCO photographer Carly Danek were asked to work on a project for the Make-A-Wish foundation. The family of a girl named Tana wished for a video of Tana’s friends and classmates talking about what they’ve learned from having her in class.

09/21/2013

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Vote: Best Chicken Wings In Minnesota?

This is bound to get messy. For those who love wings, the title of “best” is nothing trivial. Wings are a visceral culinary experience, something that hearkens back to the campfires of our ancestors. They […]

09/20/2013

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Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Marching Band: Rosemount

Thousands of you weighed in on our search for Minnesota’s best high school marching band. The winner: The Rosemount High School Marching Band. “During the summer, all of our other friends are out there having fun and stuff and we’re having fun here, but we’re sweating out in the parking lot,” drum major Tony said.

09/19/2013

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Pancakes In MN: Bud’s Cafe

Achieving pancake perfection is no easy task. So WCCO viewers helped Matt Brickman track down the best flapjacks in Minnesota. The winner ended up sending him nearly to Iowa: Bud’s Cafe in Bricelyn. Tom Hughes is a man who lets his hotcakes speak for themselves.

09/12/2013

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Viewers’ Choice For Best Apple Orchard In MN: Pine Tree

Minnesota knows its apples. The U of M developed the Sweet Tango, the Zestar and the state fruit — The Honey Crisp. Orchards are brimming with people, trying to get their hands on those apples this time of year.

09/05/2013

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The Best … Of The Best Of MN State Fair

All week long Matt Brickman has found out what WCCO viewers chose as the best parts of the Minnesota State Fair. From the best entertainment, to the best dessert, to the best ride — he searched all across the Great Minnesota Get-Together for the creme of the crop.

08/31/2013

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For State Fair’s Best Dessert: Sweet Martha’s Cookies

The State Fair is a slice of heaven for those with a sweet tooth. But what’s the best dessert at the Great Minnesota Get-Together? WCCO viewers sent Matt Brickman to Sweet Martha’s for those delicious cookies.

08/29/2013

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Free Live Act: Dog Agility Demos

When you think State Fair, you probably think farm animals. But if you find your way up to the Pet Center, dogs are the stars of the show.

08/28/2013

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best New State Fair Prize

WCCO viewers sent Matt Brickman to the Midway on Tuesday to find the Minnesota State Fair’s best prizes. And at the Midway, the bigger the prize, the more people want it. But they don’t just give them away.

08/27/2013

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best New State Fair Food: Deep-Fried Olives

The hit of this year’s fair has been a long time in the making, according to Carol and Fred Helmer. “We’ve been in the concession business for over 30 years and it’s always been our dream to get into the Minnesota State Fair,” Carol said. It took the Helmers 14 years of applying before finally getting admitted into the fair in 2007. So to see their olives turn into such a hit meant the world.

08/26/2013

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best State Fair Ride: The Giant Slide

Your favorite ride – the Giant Slide — has become an icon over the last 45 years. It’s a tradition for many Minnesota families, but none more than the Pittroffs.

08/23/2013

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best State Fair Food-On-A-Stick: Pronto Pup

Each night of the state fair, WCCO will be asking viewers what their favorite part of the Great Minnesota Get-Together. To start it off, viewers told Matt Brickman which food-on-a-stick is the best. And tradition won over as the Pronto Pup came in first.

08/22/2013

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