MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – From former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords visiting Minnesota to Hormel’s “Spam Snacks,” here are the top four stories from Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016.

Fmr. Congresswoman Giffords In Minnesota

The fight to boost gun control is coming to Minnesota.

Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband will make several stops in the state Thursday as they launch the Minnesota Coalition for Common Sense.

Top priorities include expanding background checks and improving the state’s submissions to the U.S. government’s background system.

Flu Vaccine Nearly 60 Percent Effective

The flu vaccine is doing a better job this year.

Preliminary numbers show it’s nearly 60 percent effective. That’s a big improvement from last winter when the vaccine was less than 20 percent effective.

Unlike last year’s vaccine, this year’s is a good match to the strains making people sick.

However, health officials said the season has not peaked yet.

Hormel Tests ‘Spam Snacks’

As more people replace actual meals with snacks, companies are redesigning foods into on-the-go options.

For example, Hormel is testing “Spam Snacks.” The snacks are dried chunks of the famous meat. Hershey now sells “snack mixes” that seem like trail mix, except with mini chocolate bars and peanut butter cups.

Snacking has become more popular over the years, in part, by the belief that several smaller meals a day are better than three big ones.

Too Much Pressure In Parenting?

In a recent letter answered by “Dear Abby,” “Puzzled Grandma in the South” wrote she felt young moms were under too much pressure these days.

In the letter, “Puzzled” wonders why there’s so much angst over raising kids.

She said she doesn’t remember her mother or her friends being so concerned about doing a good job.

She said all the blogs, workshops and lifestyle gurus telling them not to worry seems like a bunch of nonsense.

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