Rachel Slavik

Bob and Julie Little have put nearly 40,000 lights on the 55-foot tall tree on East Old Shakopee Road and Highway 77, just south of the Mall of America. (credit: CBS)

Spectacular Lit-Up Oak Tree Could Soon Go Dark

One home in Bloomington is known nationally for its Christmas lights. This week, Bob and Julie Little will turn on the 39,000 lights wrapped around a tall oak.

11/22/2014

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New Washburn Center For Children Unveiled In N. Mpls.

Dozens of community members attended a grand opening event for the Washburn Center for Children on Friday. The new 55,000 square foot building is located in North Minneapolis and is twice the size of the old building, which was located off Nicollet Avenue.

11/21/2014

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1 Year After Pond Crash, Girl Who Nearly Drowned Is Full Of Life

Last November, an out-of-control car crashed into a retention pond off Highway 100 in St. Louis Park. Five children spent at least 25 minutes submerged in the freezing water. Two didn’t survive. One of the most seriously injured, 7-year-old Zarihana Rennie, is still working on her recovery.

11/06/2014

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MOA’s Santaland Gets New Look For Holiday Season

Thanks to some help from a local 3-D design company, Mall of America’s Santaland is getting a huge makeover. Tivoli-Too has been around since the 1980’s and now you can find their work all over the mall.

11/01/2014

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New Minnesota Distillery Debuts Gin, Vodka

A new micro-distillery in Waconia is hoping to make a name for itself in Minnesota’s growing craft distillery industry. J. Carver Distillery sent its first shipment of gin and vodka to Twin Cities liquor stores last week.

10/31/2014

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Breast Cancer Survivors Pass Along Recliner, Support

A weathered recliner that doesn’t look like much has meant everything to women at eight different homes. Meredith Johnson was the first to see its value. She spent six weeks in the chair after a double mastectomy. Reclining provided relief during a painful recovery. “It was just so uncomfortable to lay flat, and for some reason being propped up made a huge difference,” Johnson said.

10/29/2014

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New U Of M Apple Could Extend Apple Picking Season

A new apple from the University of Minnesota could extend the fall apple picking season. University of Minnesota researchers developed a new type of apple that would ripen in August, one month ahead of most apple varieties.

10/25/2014

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Church Faces Criticism Over New Regulations On Grave Site Decoration

A Coon Rapids church is facing a lot of criticism for changes made at its cemetery. The Church of the Epiphany updated its rules for decorating grave sites. Families had to remove all items for fall clean-up by Oct. 15 or maintenance crews would pick up the items and throw them away.

10/24/2014

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Local Cancer Survivor Medals In Invictus Games

Marianne Reilly is like any experienced cyclist. Every day she relies on two wheels to get out and go. But her bike is more than transportation, it’s a reason to keep living. “This was my way of getting back on the horse, so to say,” Reilly said. Three years ago, doctors discovered she had a brain tumor the size of a small grapefruit.

10/18/2014

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Firefighter Prepared To Sleep In Streets For Food Shelf Donations

A Twin Cities fire fighter is preparing for a very uncomfortable few days in the name of charity.

10/17/2014

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Despite Record-Breaking Crowd, Very Few Arrests For Zombie Pub Crawl

The undead took over downtown Minneapolis this past weekend in record numbers. Minneapolis police estimate more than 35,000 people showed up to drink and party at the annual Zombie Pub Crawl. The crowd was so big it broke a Guinness World record for the most people dressed as zombies.

10/13/2014

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Search Continues For Man Who Went Missing On Medicine Lake

The search continued Sunday for a missing man on Medicine Lake. Paul Myklebust, 31, and another man were kayaking on Medicine Lake early Saturday morning when the kayak flipped. The other person made to shore, but Myklebust didn’t.

10/12/2014

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Officials: Crews Search Medicine Lake For Missing Man

Authorities are searching Medicine Lake for a missing Twin Cities man Saturday. They are looking for 31-year-old Paul Myklebust of St. Louis Park. According to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s office, Myklebust was at a party on Medicine Lake.

10/11/2014

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Teenager Paralyzed In St. Paul Crash Returns Home

A Twin Cities teenager who was paralyzed in a car crash is back home with her family. Three months ago, Amarya Ward-West’s dad, Earl Ward, crashed his vehicle in a construction zone in St. Paul. Investigators say Ward ran from the scene, leaving his kids — 8-year-old Almond and 14-year-old Amarya — alone and injured.

10/10/2014

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Pest Experts Seeing More Mice Infestations This Fall

As the weather turns cooler, we’re all spending more time indoors — including the critters we’d rather keep outdoors. Mice are working their way into homes around the metro. It’s so bad, one company says their calls are up 35 percent over years past.

10/06/2014

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