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Celebrate Fall At A Minnesota Apple Farm

Our thoughts on farming are often limited to the cornfields of Minnesota. But, on a farm in Webster, Minn. Ross Nelson grows a different kind of crop. “We grow a specialty crop,” Ross Nelson, owner of Nelson’s Apple Farm, said. On 15 acres, he produces 25 varieties of apples.

09/20/2014

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Benefit To Be Held In Officer Patrick’s Honor

In the coming weeks, the community will have the chance to help the family of officer Scott Patrick. The Mendota Heights Police Department is hosting a benefit to help Patrick’s widow and two daughters.

09/15/2014

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20-Month-Old Chaska Boy Recovering From 3-Story Fall

Two seconds is all it took for one Twin Cities family to have the scare of their life. Three weeks ago, 20-month-old Nathan Stoll fell three stories from his apartment window to the cement sidewalk below. He’s still recovering, and his parents are sharing his story with the hope of keeping other children safe.

09/06/2014

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125-Year-Old Minn. Hardware Store Gets Historical Recognition

A small town hardware store is celebrating an impressive anniversary. Thomes Bros hardware store in Arlington has been open for 125 years. From the main drag in Arlington, the store front of Thomes Bros blends into the background of small-town Minnesota.

09/05/2014

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Pet Blog: Meet Rachel Slavik’s Dog!

After a hard day of chasing down the big stories, WCCO’s Rachel Slavik knows she can always come home to her Butters. No, she doesn’t have an obsession with churned dairy products … well, at least not publicly. Butters is her loveable, 7-year-old, black and tan miniature dachshund.

09/03/2014

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Woman Attempts To Eat All Fair Foods On-A-Stick For Charity

During the State Fair we forget about counting calories and just eat all things deep fried or on a stick. But one Twin Cities woman is taking over indulgence to the next level. Mandy Colten plans to eat every single fair food on a stick in the name of charity.

08/30/2014

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Man Travels From Calif. To Work At The Cheese Curd Booth

For most visitors at the State Fair, cheese curds are one of the absolute must-eat foods. Turning out 2.6 million curds takes a great staff to keep up with demand. For 40 years the original deep fried cheese curd has served up a state fair favorite.

08/29/2014

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Lower Temps Bring Out The Crowds At MN State Fair

The temperatures have been lower and the crowds bigger at “the Great Minnesota Get-Together,” at least for the last few days. The Minnesota State Fair set an attendance record Tuesday and fell a few thousand short of another record on Wednesday.

08/28/2014

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School Year Begins For Many MN Students

As the last handful of days in August wind down, that marks the end of summer and the beginning of another school year. Monday is the first day of school for a number of students around Minnesota, including Minneapolis Public Schools, the state’s largest district.

08/25/2014

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Miracle Of Birth Center: 1 Of The Most Popular State Fair Attractions

The Miracle of Birth Center is one of the most popular attractions at the State Fair. Along with the baby animals, you can check out a new element to the center this year.

08/25/2014

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Here Are Some Of The Fair’s Most Unique Competitions

The Minnesota State Fair is all about showcasing the biggest and best from around Minnesota. And if you can think of a category to be judged, there’s likely a blue ribbon for it at the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

08/23/2014

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WCCO 4 Live At The Minnesota State Fair (2014): Day 2

On Friday, we held a contest at the WCCO fair booth with the help of Sun County Airlines. We played “Destination Pictionary,” and an audience member won free plane tickets.

08/22/2014

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State Fair’s New Transit Hub Praised

We all have our favorite ways of getting to the Great Minnesota Get-Together Terri Reinartz and her family are among the one third of fairgoers who choose mass transit. “We’ve done it last several years, probably the last half dozen years,” Reinartz said.

08/21/2014

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Firefighters Give State Leaders A Taste Of ‘Fire Ops 101′

Firefighters are the first people we call when we smell smoke or see flames. We rely on them to save our homes and loved ones, while they put their own lives at risk. On Monday, more than a dozen local and state leaders got a sense of what goes into fighting fires by getting a hands-on look at the different roles of the job.

08/18/2014

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Authorities Rescue Man, 19, From Caves In Lilydale Park

A teenager is recovering at Regions Hospital in St. Paul after spending hours trapped in a cave in Lilydale Regional Park. Rescue crews got the call for help around 12:45 a.m. Sunday.

08/17/2014

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