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Finding Minnesota: Famous Names at Lakewood Cemetery

Memorial Day may be the only time of year that many of us will visit grave sites. Cemeteries, naturally, represent death to most people, but others are fascinated by the lives they represent and the stories of those who had a significant impact.

05/25/2014

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Students Can Skip Exam If They Give Up Cell Phones For Week

Kimball Area High School is like most schools: kids getting ready for finals, and checking out their cell phones – except for one class. Katie Pettit teaches math, but this week, she’s also the keeper of the cell phones. She’s holding on to them 24/7 to teach her students a different kind of lesson.

05/21/2014

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Plenty Of Projects Will Transform Twin Cities For Super Bowl 2018

If Super Bowl fans wander around the Twin Cities in 2018 thinking “everything looks so new around here,” there’s a good reason. Much of what they see will be.

05/21/2014

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Minn. Man Delivers Fawn After Pregnant Deer Killed By Car

After its mother died in a traffic accident, a baby deer is alive thanks to a good Samaritan — and his trusty pocket knife. Polly Rixe is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed to the Department of Natural Resources. Now, she’s nursing the special fawn back to health.

05/20/2014

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Bud Grant Plans His ‘Last And Best’ Garage Sale

Legendary Vikings coach Bud Grant celebrated his 87th birthday Tuesday. What he’s doing for the next three days is almost like a gift to fans. He’s putting several of his family’s personal items up for sale, including mementos from his Hall of Fame coaching career.

05/20/2014

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35 Years Later, Woman Who Put School On Hold For Fmr. Twins Player Graduates

May is graduation month at colleges around the state. There’s a story behind every one of those smiling students and their families, but few are quite like Janice Gladden’s. Her husband, former Minnesota Twin Dan Gladden, watched his college sweetheart graduate 35 years after they first started at a junior college in California. Back then, she quit school to support him in the minors.

05/18/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Scott Seekins, Unlikely Icon

Of all the signs that our weather has been unusual, none is more unique than the sight of Scott Seekins — and the fact it took him so long to change into white this year (May 10th).

05/18/2014

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$50M ‘Nicollet Mile’ Project Will Add Trees, Seating Areas

A $50 million transformation of Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis is now in the final stages of planning. The latest renderings show a street with much more greenery and many more places to gather.

05/14/2014

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Angela Davis Is Living Healthier, Losing Weight With ‘Just The Basics’

It wasn’t too long ago that WCCO anchor/reporter Angela Davis had chronic joint pain and needed medication to control her blood pressure.

05/12/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Young Zookeeper Takes Animals On The Road

This month, high school students in southern Minnesota will have a kangaroo, a fox and an armadillo in their classroom. In June, a nursing home will get a visit from a tortoise, a parrot and a dingo. It sounds strange, but it’s possible because of one guy who’s believed to be one of the youngest zookeepers in the country.

05/11/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Eagle Cruise On The Mississippi

Minnesota has played a big role in the comeback story of the American eagle. Their numbers have increased dramatically here over the past few decades, especially along the Mississippi River.

05/04/2014

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Minnesota Farmer Hits The Big Screen

As concerns grow about the food we eat, American farmers are facing increased scrutiny and criticism. Now, the farming industry is going on the offensive with a new film premiering May 1.

04/30/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Barefoot Hiking

Sturdy boots are usually considered key to a long, safe hiking trip. But some hikers strip off all the foot protection to fully appreciate the ground they walk on.

04/27/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Biking The Dickie Scramble

With more than 30,000 miles of trails in Minnesota, you can cover a lot of ground on two wheels. Many bikers, though, go for a bigger challenge by getting away from the pavement.

04/20/2014

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Local Artist With Autism Gets International Attention

A Twin Cities artist is selling original works for thousands of dollars, and he’s only been painting for a few years. But no one is sure of how long his artistic abilities will last. Jimmy Reagan, 20, has regressive onset autism. In the past six years, he has developed a flair for abstract art that’s been showcased as far away as Germany, while drawing the attention of wealthy buyers.

04/16/2014

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