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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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St. Paul Bustling As Twin Cities Marathon Nears

It’s a little wet and a little chilly, but that’s not stopping die hard runners! Runners from around the country, and right here at home, are in town for the Twin Cities Marathon that takes place Sunday.

10/04/2014

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Maple Lake Couple Recovers After Hitting 900-Lb Moose

A Maple Lake, Minnesota couple is recovering after colliding with a moose earlier this week. Monday evening, Donald and Terry O’Connor were coming back from Buffalo along Highway 55. As they passed by the beach access to Maple Lake they crashed head on with a 900 pound bull moose.

10/03/2014

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St. Paul Woman Plays Classical Harp For Primates At Como Zoo

The Como Zoo primates hear the melodic tones of her instrument as part of the volunteer enrichment program.

09/29/2014

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Charges: Cambridge Principal Stalked Ex-Girlfriend, Fled Police

Charges are expected Monday against an elementary school principal arrested over the weekend. Police booked 47-year-old Christopher Grote into Isanti County jail on Sunday morning. Now, prosecutors are considering charges of stalking, disorderly conduct and fleeing an officer.

09/29/2014

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Gopher Fans Ecstatic As MN Wins Little Brown Jug

Dozens of gopher fans headed to the U Saturday night to greet the team as the buses rolled up to campus after their big win against Michigan.

09/28/2014

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Chronically Ill Girl, 6, Drafted For Gophers Softball Team

Six-year-old Maisy Martindale joined the lady Gophers with the help of Team Impact, a non-profit organization that pairs chronically ill children with college sports teams.

09/27/2014

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Retirement Community Bonds Over Games Of Pool

Pool is a game of precision and skill and can take years to perfect. But a group of women from a Twin Cities retirement community are taking on that challenge. While they still have a lot to learn, they told WCCO’s Rachel Slavik why pool has become much more than just a game.

09/26/2014

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Stuck In Hospital Bed, Hit-And-Run Victim Holds No Grudge

The victim of a hit-and-run says he’s not angry with the man who nearly killed him. Police say a drunken driver hit Luiz Cruz Guzman as he crossed the street in Minneapolis on Sept. 1. The driver didn’t stop.

09/23/2014

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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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