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Q&A: Farmers, Shippers Wary Of Winter’s Fallout

While winter has been unforgiving to most of the Midwest, the next several months will dictate the season’s impact on all-important sectors, such as shipping and farming. Fast-melting snow in the northern Midwest likely won’t be able to soak into the frozen ground.

02/15/2014

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Stay At An Igloo Village In Finland

An igloo village in Finlad is open to visitors. If you’re looking to vacation in the snow, head to this arctic resort Kakslauttanen.

02/14/2014

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Plymouth Road Crews Make Room On Snowy Streets

It keeps piling up, and with these cold temperatures, the snow isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. In the City of Plymouth, it’s causing safety concerns for drivers.

02/05/2014

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St. Louis Park Requests No On-Street Parking ‘Til Spring

The City of St. Louis Park is making a request to residents to limit their on-street parking from now until the end of winter. The city said that the amount of snow currently on the ground makes it difficult for firefighters, police officers, and drivers of buses and plows to navigate through the streets if people are also parked there.

02/05/2014

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Wander Minnesota: The Return Of The Art Shanties

They took a year off and changed venues, but the Art Shanty Projects opened for the season this past weekend, and it’s just as much fun as it’s ever been (which is to say, quite a lot). There’s a lot to see and do.

02/04/2014

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4 Weeks After Heart Attack, Rybak Skis In Loppet

As the lights glistened on Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis, skiers took part in a celebration of Minnesota winter. Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak was ready to slip on his ski boots. You would never know his last ski trip was almost his very last. “I did come a little closer to not being here than I’d probably ever want to,” Rybak said. On Jan. 7, Rybak was skiing in Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis when he suffered a major heart attack.

02/01/2014

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St. Paul Saints Bring Some Summer To February

The St. Paul Winter Carnival is wrapping up this weekend, but just because it’s winter doesn’t mean the “boys of summer” can’t be part of it. At least, that’s what the St. Paul Saints were thinking. “Who in the heck in Minnesota is going to play baseball Feb. 1?” asked former Saints player and major leaguer Kevin Millar. Well, that’d be these guys. “I feel like I’m in Lambeau Field,” Millar said. “They had snowblowers in the stands.”

02/01/2014

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Multiple Spinouts Close I-35 In Forest Lake

The alternating pattern of extreme cold and fresh doses of snow that’s held through much of January landed on snow during the worst possible time — the morning commute. Twin Cities drivers found themselves at the mercy of the white stuff Thursday morning.

01/30/2014

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Some Major Highways Reopening In Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is reopening some major roadways closed earlier because of blowing and drifting snow. Interstate 90 west of Albert Lea reopened Monday morning after snowplows cleared the lanes and winds subsided.

01/27/2014

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Bitterly Cold Winter For MN, But The Coldest?

As cold as it might be, we’re still a long way from joining the ranks of the coldest Minnesota winters.

01/23/2014

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Movie Blog: Movies Surprisingly Released In Winter ‘Dump Months’

There’s but one new wide release this weekend — the dank graphic novel version of “I, Frankenstein” starring a torqued Aaron Eckhart — and it’s not even screening for critics because, why bother? We’re knee-deep in the doldroms of the dump months of winter. What’s a “dump month,” you ask?

01/23/2014

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Winter Fun: Dogsledding With The Hastings Huskies

Most of us struggle to take the dogs out for a quick walk in this weather, but a dog sledding group in Hastings is offering rides and educational opportunities no matter how cold. Hastings Huskies recently offered rides to a local YMCA program at Spring Lake Park.

01/23/2014

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Winter Fun: Kite Boarding On Lake Mille Lacs

It’s Winter Fun Week, and the WCCO Morning Show team is getting outside all week to try out winter activities for you. The activity tasked to Natalie Nyhus for Wednesday combines flying a kite and skiing at the same time. And as she found out, it’s no walk in the park.

01/22/2014

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Tips For Safe Winter Running

Minnesota is one of the healthiest states in the nation, and our cold and snowy winters don’t stop runners. There are some unique hazards connected to winter running that can cause serious injuries, even to experienced runners. Runner Jeff Dehler says his biggest concerns with winter running is slipping and falling on the ice.

01/20/2014

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Was Winter Really Worse ‘Back In The Day?’

We’ve all heard something like this from our parents or grandparents: “When I was a kid, I walked to school in three feet of snow — up hill, both ways.” But was winter really as bad as they remember? Matt Brickman went to find out.

01/16/2014

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Blizzard Sweeps Through Eastern Dakotas, Western MN

A blizzard that swept through parts of the Dakotas on Thursday made travel treacherous and prompted the shutdown of roads, public schools and even universities. The National Weather Service posted blizzard warnings in eastern North Dakota and eastern South Dakota, as well as in parts of Minnesota.

01/16/2014

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Hockey Day Minnesota Celebrates Elk River’s Historic ‘Pit’

The act of embracing winter is what makes living in Minnesota bearable. And for many, it means standing alongside an outdoor hockey rink. Thousands of folks are doing just that in Elk River this week, site of the 2014 Hockey Day in Minnesota events. The city was chosen in large part due to the historic Handke Stadium, where organized hockey began in Elk River nearly 60 years ago.

01/15/2014

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Dry Winter Skin: The Facts & The Myths

The winter months are notorious for their accompanying skin problems. Rather than suffer through, the WCCO Morning Show decided to call the doctor in to find out what’s really happening to our skin this time of year.

01/14/2014

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Good Question: How Can We Keep Our Shoes Clean In Winter?

If you’ve made it through a Minnesota winter, then you’re familiar with those whitish-grey shoe stains from all that salt. From commuting shoes to just allowing the salt to take over, everyone has a coping strategy. Bob Fisher, owner of Bob’s Shoe Repair in Wayzata, says Winter is a great time for business. He’s been repairing shoes, or “saving souls” as he puts it, for 43 years.

01/13/2014

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Urban Farming: Fresh Minn. Produce Even In The Dead Of Winter

In cold weather climates, the traditional farming season is over by the first freeze. But a new trend in agriculture is allowing farming to continue year round.

01/10/2014

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Local Music Tap: ‘Winter Jazz Blast’ Festival For H.S. Jazz Bands

Escape the cold with some hot jazz performed by some of Minnesota’s best high school bands at the 2nd Annual Winter Jazz Blast.

01/08/2014

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Good Question: How Often Should We Start Cold Cars?

On Monday, AAA and mechanics across the Twin Cities were flooded with calls from people whose car batteries had died. So, that had Jeff from Minneapolis and Kristen from Cottage Grove wondering: How often should we start our cars when it’s this cold? Paul Hagen, owner of Hagen’s Auto Body, says cars are made very differently from twenty years ago, making them more likely to start in the cold.

01/06/2014

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Shockingly Cold ‘Polar Vortex’ Moves Into Midwest

A whirlpool of frigid, dense air known as a “polar vortex” descended Monday into much of the U.S., pummeling parts of the country with a dangerous cold that could break decades-old records with wind chill warnings stretching from Montana to Alabama.

01/06/2014

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‘Life-Threatening’ Wind Chills Sweep Into Minnesota

It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity, goes the old saying. For the tens of millions of Americans currently trapped in the deep freeze: It’s not the cold, it’s the wind. Air temperatures plunging into the negative teens, twenties and even thirties Sunday into Monday are bad enough.

01/06/2014

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Deep Freeze Brings Activity To A Halt In Minn.

Hundreds of school districts, businesses and government offices are closed as an arctic blast plunged temperatures to subzero lows not seen in nearly two decades in Minnesota. The National Weather Service posted a wind chill warning through Tuesday. Forecasters say wind chill temperatures are expected to drop as low as 65 below zero.

01/06/2014

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