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Finding Minnesota: Faribault Woolen Mill — Providing Warmth Since 1800s

The story of Faribault Woolen Mill is nearly as old as the state itself. It’s a company that specializes in keeping people warm. Donnie Morrissey has been working at the mill since 1968.

11/02/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Rough Riders Of Cyclocross

Minnesota is home to many cyclists who compete in road bike or mountain bike races throughout the year. Now that fall is here, we’re in the heart of cyclocross season. It’s an intense off-road sport that combines high speeds and rugged terrain into one grueling event.

10/26/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Natural Adventure Park At Briggs Farm

Being next to an adventure park is a nice drawing card for one Minnesota innkeeper. That is, once people realize that the “adventure” is even there.

10/19/2014

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St. Paul Officials Consider Paid Maternity Leave For Employees

The St. Paul City Council will talk about a new paid parental leave policy for city employees on Wednesday.

10/15/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Shooting The Breeze With The Windmill Man

If you want to go where the wind blows, head into the prairies of southwestern Minnesota where strong, steady gusts are common. It’s the perfect spot for one man’s unique collection, a spinning menagerie of windmills from as far away as China and Brazil.

10/12/2014

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Good Question: What Should Parents Do If They Find Their Child Is Sexting?

Many teenagers leave nothing to the imagination anymore with the way they use their phones. A new six-year study found 28 percent of high school students had sent nude photos of themselves by text message.

10/07/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Getting Buzzed On Honey Wine

Winemaking has brought sweet success to one Minnesota family, but they’ve been stung many times in the process. WineHaven is an award-winning vineyard and winery, but its best-selling product doesn’t involve any grapes at all. It’s a wine made of honey.

10/05/2014

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Finding Minnesota: The Traveling Garage Show

Minnesota is home to many legendary theaters like the Guthrie, the Orpheum, the Ordway and the Pantages. But how about Barb and Mario’s garage in Bloomington?

09/28/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Restaurant Holds Tight To German Heritage

Oktoberfest celebrations have already started — even though it’s still September — and one popular spot is still going strong, in spite of critics who said they’d never make it.

09/21/2014

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No More Welcome Mat For Private School Athletes

Dozens of teenagers who used to be welcome to play sports at Minneapolis Public Schools have now been kicked off their teams, and it’s not because they misbehaved or played poorly.

09/17/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Superior Views Of Migrating Raptors

With cameras and binoculars in hand, bird lovers are starting to flock to Hawk Ridge, a scenic overlook on the edge of Duluth.

09/14/2014

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Mpls. Wants To Repair, Restore North Loop’s Brick Roads

The fastest developing neighborhood in Minneapolis is also one of the toughest areas on vehicles and their suspension systems. You could call it the North Loop Bounce — the feel of driving over brick streets built for a different century. Steve Young rumbles his way along the uneven surfaces several times a day.

09/10/2014

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Finding Minnesota: The Feline Fun House

People often build outdoor swing sets, tree houses and even skating rinks outside for their kids. But in southern Minnesota, Greg Krueger has created a playground that’s all indoors, and all for his cats.

09/07/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Superior Hiking Trail

Before you know it, the trees in Minnesota will be turning bright shades of yellow, orange and red. Some of the most spectacular views in the state can be found along the Superior Hiking Trail in the Arrowhead region.

08/31/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Is That A Manure Spreader Or A Hot Rod?

It does a man good to have hobbies that bring him joy, but there are times when that passion veers into territory that no one saw coming. Bruce Bauer took a manure spreader, farm antiques and a ’93 Chevy S-10 pickup chassis to build a thing of beauty.

08/24/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Paddling the Wild And Scenic Mississippi

The Mississippi is a powerful river spanning more than 2,000 miles. But there’s one stretch, not far from the metro, that’s shallow and peaceful enough to attract canoeists, paddle boarders and kayakers.

08/17/2014

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Otter Attacks Mpls. Girl in Western Wisconsin

A Twin Cities girl is recovering from puncture wounds, scratches and bruises after a frightening attack in the water. Rory Kliewer, 12, was climbing out of Bone Lake near Luck, Wis., Saturday when a large otter jumped on her and wouldn’t let go. At first, she thought it was a fish.

08/13/2014

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PARK RAPIDS PODCAST-The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

Highlights from Dave Lee’s visit to Park Rapids….click the link above to listen!

08/12/2014

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81-Year-Old Woman Crosses Skydiving Off Her Bucket List

Sometimes, it takes a while before you can act on your dreams. One grandmother from Brooklyn Park, Minn. has been talking about skydiving for a long time. Sunday, her big moment finally came.

08/10/2014

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Finding Minnesota: The Shark, The Rocket & Other Oddities Along I-35

Drivers do a lot of double takes along I-35 in the south metro, where a life-sized shark statue is on a hillside next to a replica submarine, rocket ship and something resembling a Martian vehicle. They’re there to draw attention to Hot Sam’s, an antique shop overlooking an eclectic salvage yard that’s been nicknamed an “antique theme park.”

08/10/2014

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Goin’ To The Lake: Mike & Liz Visit Park Rapids (Day 2)

On Friday, the two took part in the Legends and Logging Days festivities. That event is the the biggest one on the town’s calendar every year.

08/08/2014

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Goin’ To The Lake: Mike & Liz Visit Park Rapids (Day 1)

WCCO’s summer road trip continued Thursday with Mike Binkley and Liz Collin, who are Park Rapids, Minn. The city is about three-and-a-half hours northwest of the Twin Cities.They found the Mississippi River’s headwaters at Itasca State Park. Countless visitors have stood right at the beginning of the Mississippi River’s 2,552-mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico. This is one of the must-see stops if you’re visiting Park Rapids.

08/07/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Still Floating After All These Years

Sometimes people think they’re witnessing disaster at a Minnesota lake when they see a classic car plunge into the water. But then, the car doesn’t sink; it floats. Minnesota has several collectors of Amphicars, quirky vehicles that are part car, part boat.

07/27/2014

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TargetExpress Opens In Dinkytown

Target unveiled its latest store concept in Minneapolis’ Dinkytown neighborhood Wednesday, and it’s the smallest one yet. TargetExpress, at the corner of SE 5th Street and SE 14th Avenue, is one-sixth the size of a traditional Target, about one-ninth the size of a SuperTarget. It’s focused on essentials that people nearby would want.

07/23/2014

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Finding Minnesota: The Fit Tourist

From Shriners to baseball fans, we’re seeing a lot of tourists in downtown Minneapolis this summer. They can get around quickly with taxis, light rail and shuttles. But for those who want a closer, more personal look at the city, there’s Stephanie Croteau and her company, The Fit Tourist, offering biking and walking tours of the city.

07/20/2014

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