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Robbinsdale Student Aces ACT Test

It’s not easy to achieve perfection on the ACT, but that’s exactly what one Robbinsdale Cooper High School student accomplished in December. Not only did Min-Hyung Choi receive a perfect 36 on the test, he didn’t even need to take it this early — and he’s only a sophomore. Inside Robbinsdale Cooper, roughly 1,700 teens make up the student body. But Min-Hyung stands out in the crowd.

01/16/2015

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Robbinsdale Police Settles Excessive Force Suit With Former Gophers Star

The Robbinsdale Police Department has settled a federal excessive force lawsuit against one of its officers. Former Gopher basketball star Melvin Newbern filed the lawsuit after his arrest two years ago.

01/12/2015

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Ice On St. Croix River Weakened Due To Bridge Construction

The St. Croix River has become a frozen playground for those who love winter and the outdoors. It seems to, over the last ten years, bring more and more people out here,” Dave Farr, of Bayport, said. Three times a week, Farr runs his dogs up and down the St Croix River, but his exercise route ends south of the new St. Croix bridge.

01/10/2015

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Minnesota Sportsmen’s Show Returns To St. Paul

Calling all outdoorsmen and women! The Minnesota Sportsmen’s Show is back. It’s going on at the St. Paul RiverCentre all weekend long.

01/10/2015

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Tattoo Arts Convention Returns To Minneapolis

The second annual Tattoo Arts Convention started Friday at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis this weekend. While the art form has been around for centuries, the dozens of vendors at the event said that what’s old is new again.

01/09/2015

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Workers Brave Brutal Cold To Build Crashed Ice Course

Long before the competitors race down the icy track of the Red Bull Crashed Ice race course, the work to get there is less exciting. Building the quarter-mile track is a time consuming, 24-day process. Add in subzero temperatures and it’s not a cushy construction job.

01/05/2015

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Businesses’ Surcharge Fees Drop With Gas Prices

Minnesotans are starting 2015 with the cheapest gas prices we’ve seen in five years. According to AAA, the average price for a gallon of gas in the Twin Cities is $2.03. That’s 14-cents cheaper than a week ago, and far cheaper than the $3.24 we were paying last January.

01/03/2015

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St. Paul’s RiverCentre Hosts Land O’Lakes Kennel Club Dog Show

WCCO is going to the dogs. This weekend is the Land O’Lakes Kennel Club Dog Show at the St. Paul RiverCentre.

01/03/2015

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Man Arrested After St. Paul Officer Is Shot In Face With Weapon

A 18-year veteran of the St. Paul Police Department was shot in the face by a high-powered BB gun or pellet gun during a standoff late Friday afternoon. St. Paul Police say two officers initially went to a home in the North End neighborhood near Lyton Place and Park Street on a report of a suicidal man.

01/02/2015

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Business At Auto Body Shops Surges After Snowfall

Two days after the weekend snow, hundreds of people around the metro are still dealing with the return of winter.

12/29/2014

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MNsure CEO Talks Enrollment Ahead Of Looming Deadline

The deadline to sign up for health insurance through MNsure is just around the corner. The cut off for the state’s health exchange is noon on Wednesday. Officials extended the deadline twice in order to get as many people as possible to sign up.

12/28/2014

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Financial Adviser Talks Tips For 2015

A common resolution this time of year is to deal better with money. Whether it’s spending less on lattes, saving simply saving, sticking to financial responsibility can be tricky. To get advice on that, WCCO Sunday Morning spoke with financial adviser Nicole Middendorf.

12/28/2014

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Snow Storm Blankets Twin Cities

Winter is back in the Twin Cities after a storm dumped up to 6 inches of snow in parts of the metro area Friday night. Reports show snow totals Saturday morning ranged from 3.6 inches at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to 6 inches in Little Canada. The Minnesota State Patrol reported 100 crashes overnight. A dozen involved injuries. No fatal accidents had been reported.

12/27/2014

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Boy With Cerebral Palsy Donates His Presents To African Kids

One Twin Cities boy is about to do something most kids wouldn’t dream of – he’s giving away his Christmas gifts. Ten-year-old Cody Roemen has been raising money to bring toys and books to children in Tanzania. Instead of asking for Christmas presents, he asked his family to donate to his cause.

12/26/2014

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Minnesotans Take A Stand And Watch ‘The Interview’

After days of back and forth, a movie that many thought would never be shown to the public is now playing.

12/25/2014

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Gov. Holds Roundtable Over Rail Safety Concerns

Several Minnesota cities are voicing safety concerns as more trains roll through Minnesota. Railway traffic in the Twin Cities has increased 40 percent in the last two years on tracks owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe.

12/22/2014

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Warm Weather Affects Athletes’ Prep For Crashed Ice

In just over a month, Red Bull’s Crashed Ice will return to St. Paul. Athletes will fly down the icy, quarter mile track at speeds reaching 40 miles per hour. Training can take months and the recent December warm up, when temperatures reached the 50s, is having an impact on how athletes are getting ready for the competition.

12/20/2014

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Sample Swedish Delicacies At The American Swedish Institute

There’s no doubt that Minnesotans love to embrace their Nordic culture, especially this time of year. Lutefisk is a favorite for the Norwegians, but the Swedish have their holiday dishes as well.

12/20/2014

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Surly Set To Debut New Destination Brewery

On Friday, a popular Twin Cities brewery will open the doors to its new beer hall and restaurant. Surly Brewing Co. is expecting a packed house for the grand opening of its $30 million building near the Minneapolis’ Prospect Park neighborhood. “We’re terrified, we’re excited, we’re ready. I think everyone’s just ready to go,” said Omar Ansari, founder and president of Surly Brewing Co.

12/18/2014

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Bell Ringer Honors Father Who Donated $1M To Red Kettles

At this time of year, you’re sure to hear the ringing bells from the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign. Volunteer bell ringers are stationed near the kettles to remind and encourage people to donate.

12/15/2014

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MNsure Moves 2015 Sign-Up Deadline To Dec. 20

Minnesota families are getting more time to sign up for health insurance. MNsure had set a midnight deadline on Monday if you needed coverage starting on Jan. 1. But Monday afternoon, the agency pushed that back to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

12/15/2014

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Salvation Army Program Helps People Find ‘Pathway Of Hope’

The Salvation Army is known for helping people in crisis and for their presence during the holidays, but the organization is launching a new program to help those in need create a life where they don’t have to rely emergency services.

12/15/2014

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Firefighter Injured Battling Golden Valley House Fire

A Golden Valley firefighter is recovering from minor injuries after responding to a fire that destroyed a home. The flames ignited around 4:30 a.m. Sunday on Parkview Terrace in Golden Valley. Crews remained on scene for several hours putting out the flames and preventing flare-ups.

12/14/2014

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Minnesotans Head Outdoors During Winter Warm-up

Most Minnesotans are leaving the snow pants, boots and heavy coats at home. Instead, they’re choosing to shed the layers during a rare December warm-up.

12/13/2014

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Minn. Co. Donates Rumble Strips To Deadly Hwy.

A Minnesota road construction company is stepping in to help improve safety on a west metro highway. Diamond Surface Inc. will donate time and resources to add rumble strips to Highway 12. In the last eight months, four people have died on a stretch of Highway 12 near Maple Plain from head-on crashes.

12/12/2014

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