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Meet Minneapolis’ New Walker Library

A library that’s taken years of planning opens its doors Saturday in Uptown Minneapolis. The first thing you notice inside the new Walker Library is it’s a lot more colorful than the one you grew up with. And, it’s more than just paint, according to librarian Lois Lenroot-Ernt.

04/26/2014

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Artists Salute ‘U’ Professor At 45th Minn. Iron Pour

Piles of old, rusty radiators that lay outside a University of Minnesota building will soon become works of art. The Minnesota Iron Pour has been creating castings for 45 years. The creations start in a cupola, where iron pieces are heated up to 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Professor Wayne Potratz.

04/25/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Meat Raffle

Meat raffles are as much a part of Minnesota culture as hot dish and hockey. And if you walk into a VFW or American Legion on a weekend night, it’s a good bet you’ll find one in progress. But where can you find the best?

04/24/2014

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Veteran Given Mortgage-Free Home In Shoreview

On a quiet street in Shoreview, Lance Cpl. Tom Jacobson and his girlfriend Cassie are seeing their new home for the first time. They’ve been renting a house with Tom’s sister and two brothers, so this is a welcome change. Tom likes the kitchen with new appliances, and the bar in the basement. Cassie loves all the closet space.

04/23/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Fried Chicken

Who makes the best fried chicken in Minnesota? Your votes sent Matt Brickman to a tiny town near New Ulm to try the chicken at Carl’s Corner.

04/17/2014

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Gitty Up On The Rocking S Equine Express

Just 30 minutes outside of Minneapolis, rolling hills and the Luce Line trail offer escape from city living. Rather than a run or walk the winding trails, I had a different mode of transportation in mind. Suzy Mernik takes a unique approach to her horse-back tours. You choose your favorite trail and Suzy brings the horses

04/12/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Library

In many communities, the library is more than a place to check out books. It’s a place to do homework, visit with friends, or discover a love of reading.

04/10/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Cheesecake

It’s probably one of the most versatile deserts you’ll find. It can be light and airy, or so heavy you need a nap after half a slice.

04/03/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Fish Fry

During Lent in Minnesota, you can’t throw a rock without hitting a sign for a fish fry.

03/27/2014

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Wishes In Flight: Kyra’s Story

Meet Kyra. She’s a bubbly 9-year old girl from Apple Valley, with one exception. “Kyra has cystic fibrosis,” said Mark, her dad. “She was diagnosed at 3 months.”

03/25/2014

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7-Year-Old With Life-Threatening Condition Gets Wish Granted

Caleb Pence may not have the bones of a normal 7-year-old, but he does have twice the heart.

03/25/2014

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Make-A-Wish Sends Rochester Teen With Brain Tumor To Paris

When our neighbors need a hand, Minnesotans always seem to be there to help. So on Tuesday, we’re proud to tell you about Accomplish Minnesota. It’s a way for all of us to get involved in the community we care so much about through a program called Wishes in Flight.

03/25/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Macaroni And Cheese

It’s the king of comfort foods: macaroni and cheese. Whether it comes in a blue box or out of the kitchen of a five-star restaurant, I wanted to find the best in Minnesota.

03/20/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Cross Country Skiing

It’s been a little warmer this past week, but there’s still lots of snow left. And I wanted to make the most of it, so I sent him in search of the best cross-country ski trails in Minnesota.

03/13/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Coffeehouse

For many of us, stopping at the local coffeehouse before heading off on our day is routine. But with a coffee shop on practically every corner, how do can you pick a favorite?

03/06/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Commercial Sandwich

Depending on which part of Minnesota you’re in, you might call it an open-faced sandwich, a hot beef or a beef commercial. But the basics are the same: Bread, meat, mashed potatoes and lots of gravy. So who makes the Best in Minnesota?

02/27/2014

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Viewers’ Choice For Best Warming House In Minnesota

You probably haven’t given much thought to that building on the edge of the ice rink where you lace up your skates or come in from the cold. Warming houses are a staple of the Minnesota skating experience. So WCCO’s Matt Brickman set out to find the best one.

02/21/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Snowmobiling

We’re not quite done with winter just yet, and that means there’s still time to enjoy your favorite winter activities — like snowmobiling. I asked WCCO-TV viewers where the Best Snowmobiling in Minnesota can be found, and they answered. It’s in Crow Wing County.

02/13/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Romantic Restaurant

Valentine’s Day is almost here and if you’re still trying to figure out what to do, we’ve got you covered. I went in search of Minnesota’s Best Romantic Restaurant, and your votes sent me west of the cities to Alexandria for Bella’s on Broadway.

02/04/2014

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Make-A-Wish Sends Minnesota Teen To Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is Sunday night in New York, and as always, it’s one of the toughest tickets of the year. But one Minnesota teenager will be inside MetLife Stadium Sunday night thanks to the Make-A-Wish foundation. Our Wish of Month series continues with Anders’ Super Wish.

02/01/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Cold Day Getaway

With school closures due to the extreme cold again this week, some parents may have been wondering what to do with their kids to stave off cabin fever. Since it’s too cold for outdoor activities like sledding or making snowmen, I went in search of the Best Cold Day Getaway in Minnesota.

01/28/2014

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Was Winter Really Worse ‘Back In The Day?’

We’ve all heard something like this from our parents or grandparents: “When I was a kid, I walked to school in three feet of snow — up hill, both ways.” But was winter really as bad as they remember? Matt Brickman went to find out.

01/16/2014

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Local Couple’s MN-Made Mittens Now Sold Across U.S., Canada

It’s a debate as old as Minnesota winters: gloves or mittens? For one Minnesota company, it’s an easy answer.

01/15/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All’: Wrapping Paper, Snow And Auld Lang Syne

Jen from St. Paul asked: Why can’t we recycle wrapping paper? In some places, like Minneapolis, you can.

12/27/2013

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Ski Area

Thousands of votes came in over the last couple of weeks, as we tried to find the best ski area in the state. Places a little closer to metro like Wild Mountain got huge support on Facebook. But the spot with the most votes lies just an hour from the Canadian border — Lutsen Mountains on Lake Superior’s North Shore.

12/26/2013

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