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"Winner Cake All" Experience with Maddie & Crystal

Owner of Something Sweet by Maddie Lu, Maddie Lu Carlos and Crystal Hanna made a cake for American short track speed skater Apollo Ohno on Food Network’s, “Winner Cake All.” They stopped by the Twin Cities Live studio to talk about their experience.

LearningRX Celebrates 10 Years

If you or your child struggle with attention span, focusing for longer periods of time or even memory loss, you may chalk it up to a learning disability. Many adults blame just getting older. But for a decade now, the LearningRX program has proved the root of the issue is often the brain. It's why here in the Twin Cities, brain trainers have dedicated countless hours to helping people overcome these challenges. In February, LearningRX published a new study in the Journal of Psychology and Neuroscience which confirmed that the program improves cognitive skills for people age 50 to 95. The study also showed improved memory, focus, mood, problem solving, driving, and confidence. For several years, Twin Cities Live has brought your stories of how the program has been life changing for many families. Reporter Kelli Hanson takes a look back.

Live Furnace Giveaway  

Maplewood based Apollo Heating and Air Conditioning gave away another furnace to an unsuspecting Minnesotan! Twin Cities Live's Mike Marcotte was there to share the good news.

Coffee with Cool People: Ben Leber  

Former Minnesota Vikings linebacker Ben Leber is a familiar face to Twin Cities Live viewers.  The athlete-turned broadcaster has guest-hosted the show many times.  But despite his numerous appearances, he and Twin Cities Live co-host Steve Patterson have never met each other.  That all changed when the two sat down over a cup of joe in our series “Coffee with Cool People”, presented by our friends at Caribou Coffee.  

Steve on the Street  

This winter has certainly been taking its toll on us Minnesotans.  Steve hit the streets where he found spirits are high in Excelsior!

Falen's Finds  

Falen from the Dave Ryan Show on KDWB stopped by with some of her favorite finds!

Go Red For Women  

This is the 15th year Go Red for Women is raising awareness and funds to help women reduce their risk of heart disease, which is the number one killer of women. Mall of America is hosting their annual Go Red Health Expo at on February 9th from 11 a.m. – 3p.m. Spokesperson for American Heart Association, Elizabeth Warmka stopped by with more details on the event.

4 Girls Glamour   Back To Top

There's a lot to be said these days about being a strong, confident woman, and a Twin Cities couple wants to help more women feel empowered. Not only day to day, but also in front of a camera. Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson takes us to 4 Girls Glamour Boudoir studio where women are inspired to feel good in their own skin. Couple, Elizabeth and Aaron Vovk started 4 Girls Glamour to inspire their own daughters to embrace the bodies they were given. Now, women of all ages and of all shapes and sizes are embracing their own sexy. 

Steve on LIVE with Kelly & Ryan   Back To Top

Steve braved the cold this morning to give LIVE with Kelly and Ryan a report from the Winter Carnival.

Worth the Trip: Best Bingo in Minnesota   Back To Top

Twin Cities Live's Mike Marcotte went on a search for the best places to play bingo in Minnesota.

Rapid Readings   Back To Top

Jodi Livon, The Happy Medium is owner of The Intuitive Coach LLC, is a favored local and national radio personality and has been the resident. She stoped by to give two luck members in our audience a live rapid reading.

Ask the Contractor   Back To Top

Matt Muenster might be a familiar face to you.  Not only has he been a guest on our show many times, he also hosted Bath Crashers on the DIY Network for 12 seasons.  He has helped countless homeowners start the remodeling process and answers some of the most often asked questions.

Good Company: Illume   Back To Top

Have you ever wondered why smells trigger an emotion or memory? We’ll explain - smells get routed through your olfactory bulb. This is the smell analyzing region in your brain. That is closely connected to your hippocampis, which then triggers memories to come flooding back. Get it? Plain and simple – when you smell something you like, you get that warm and fuzzy feeling. It’s exactly why one Minneapolis company says their product is recession proof. Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson takes us to Illume in this Good Company. 

Audience Readings   Back To Top

Our resident medium, Jodi Livon, stops by and give two of our audience members their own readings on the show.

Book Club’s “The Holdouts: A Buddy Lock Thriller”   Back To Top

Twin Cities Live’s Book Club has been going strong for seven years.  In short, a hundred TCL’ers gather together several times throughout the year to share dinner and drinks while talking about the latest book selection.  But that’s not all.  That’s also where they find out about the next pick, before viewers at home find out.  Last week, James Tucker’s “The Holdouts: A Buddy Lock Thriller” was offered up as the book club’s latest bit of homework.  And we’d encourage you at home to read along with us.  The local author, who works full time at Target and is a married father of two, assures readers that they don’t need to have read the first book in his series before reading his latest.  Instead, they can just pick this one up and get easily up to speed. 

Lorna Landvik   Back To Top

Lorna Landvik is the author of 11 books and headlines a one-woman show at the Bryant-Lake Bowl in January. She stopped by with a preview and to chat about how one of her novel could turn into a feature film.

Happy Medium Jodi Livon Answers Your Questions   Back To Top

TCL’S resident psychic and medium Jodi Livon stopped by to answer the questions she gets asked the most.
For more information on Jodi, click here.

Minnesota Connection with the Golden Globes   Back To Top

Celebrities at the Golden Globes received pampering from a Twin Cities Nail studio to help them kick off award season! Ryan McEnaney with Frenchies Modern Nail Care stopped by to share his experience.

Steve at Caribou Coffee   Back To Top

Caribou Coffee has a brand new location in Minneapolis, and it makes for a perfect pit stop amidst the hustle and bustle of downtown.  The shop, which is serving up your favorite hot and cold Caribou favorites, is in the skyway that is connected to the downtown Target store location.  Swing by and pick up a brew next time you’re passing through.  TCL co-host Steve Patterson decided to celebrate the new spot by handing out free Caribou gift cards and then, of course, getting people to dance in the skyway!

Sun Country Visits North Pole   Back To Top

It was a magical experience at terminal 2 at the Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport night. Sun Country hosted their annual flight to the North Pole event with Make-A-Wish Minnesota. Twin Cities Live cameras were there to capture all of the fun.

Emily’s Last Day: A Look Back at Favorite Moments   Back To Top

Emily Engberg has been a reporter on Twin Cities Live for nine years. Over that time, Emily has traveled all over the country and the world. She’s interviewed some of the biggest celebrities and she’s tackled some of the craziest adventures. Now, it’s time for Emily to pursue other adventures. Emily’s last day at TCL is Friday, December 7th. Emily has endless fun memories from the show. She and the team take a look back at some of her favorites.

Minnesota Inventors on "Shark Tank"   Back To Top

Arik Nordby and Ryan Walther took their company Prank-O in front of the sharks on "Shark Tank" to see if they could get some help with their business. They joined us in the TCL studio to share their experience on the show and what comes next.

Bump Club & Beyond: Gift Guide for Kids   Back To Top

So you're stumped about what to get your granddaughter, your nephew, heck maybe even your own kids for Christmas this year!  Katie Blozis with Bump Club and Beyond rounded up several ideas perfect for girls and boys. She stopped by the TCL studios to share her ideas, plus surprise our audience full of moms with a little Christmas cheer!

Children’s Minnesota: “The Dude”   Back To Top

When a child is in the hospital, there’s one thing they have a hard time doing – just being a kid. But Children’s Minnesota is working to change that. 10-years-ago they launched Star Studio, a television studio located right beyond the hospital’s front doors.  It’s a studio that’s produced thousands of hours of programming, many hours hosted by Eriq Nelson, also known as “The Dude.”

Steve on the Street   Back To Top

The series “Twin Cities Live In Your Town” shines the spotlight on different towns around the metro.  This week, as he does every week during the series,  TCL co-host Steve Patterson took to the streets to find out what makes the city of Edina so special.  Well, technically, the corridors of the Galleria.  It starts the same way it always does.  Patterson approaches strangers with a mic.  And it always ends with dancing!

TCL In Your Town: Edina’s Southdale Center   Back To Top

TCL in Your Town is celebrating Edina this week and if you know nothing else about this suburb, you probably know it’s a destination for shopping. That reputation is well-deserved and dates back to 1956 when the very first indoor mall in the entire country opened: Southdale Center. Elizabeth walks the mall with Twin Cities Business Editor In Chief Allison Kaplan to talk about the impact Southdale had not only on Edina but on the shopping scene throughout the United States.

Haute House Studios   Back To Top

TCL In Your Town takes us to the city of Edina where for 10-years, two amazingly talented women have been making every day just a little more beautiful. Bridget Connell and Marsha Hunt are the talent behind Haute House Studios, an Edina based Floral and Event Design Company. They’re known for their wedding arrangements, but their holiday displays are not to be missed. Bridget and Marsha stopped by the TCL Studio to show Elizabeth how to add fresh fruit and ornaments to an arrangement to create a festive look in your own home.

Coffee with Cool People: Becca Kufrin   Back To Top

In this week’s “Coffee With Cool People” presented by Caribou Coffee, Elizabeth spends a little time with "Bachelorette" star Becca Kufrin. They chatted at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Becca's home town of Prior Lake! They discussed how Becca takes her coffee, what it's like dealing with newfound celebrity and where she wants to live in the future!  

Cupid's Couple: Invitations   Back To Top

On February 14th, 2019 Liz Becker and Ang Grossman from Inver Grove Heights will tie the knot on Twin Cities Live. They were voted by TCL'ers as the winners of Twin Cities Live's Cupid Couple giveaway, presented by The Wedding Guys. There's a catch to this $25,000 prize. They do not get to pick out their choices when it comes to the invites, the rings, the cake, even the honeymoon destination. You select the winning options. Matthew Trettel from The Wedding Guys stopped by with the three options for invitations, all from Epitome Papers in Excelsior. 

Furnace Giveaway   Back To Top

For the eighth year, Twin Cities Live and Apollo Heating and Air Conditioning are giving away furnaces to those who need them most. Twin Cities Live's Mike Marcotte stops by a coffeehouse to surprise a Vietnam veteran with a well-deserved surprise. 

Coffee with Cool People: Ryan Dungey   Back To Top

In this week’s “Coffee with Cool People” presented by Caribou Coffee, Twin Cities Live host Steve Patterson sits down Motocross Champion and Minnesota native Ryan Dungey.  

Samantha Harris Talks About Her New Book   Back To Top

Emmy-winning TV personality and Hopkins native Samantha Harris underwent a double mastectomy. She had a healthy lifestyle but decided to make some big changes post-cancer. And she wrote a book about it! It's called "Your Healthiest Healthy"and she joined us live to talk all about it!

Crayola Shopping Spree   Back To Top

Some lucky kids will have a chance to go on a memorable shopping spree at the Crayola Store at the Crayola Experience in Mall of America. The event is an annual tradition involving the U.S. Marines. A child gets to team up with a Marine and grab whatever he or she can in sixty four seconds. Sixty four is a special number because that’s the number inside Crayola’s iconic Box of Sixty Four. The event is in partnership of Toys for Tots.

Thanksgiving Day Memories   Back To Top

Thanksgiving is about family, friends and of course food! People have their favorite must haves. Usually it tends to be the pumpkin pie, turkey and the stuffing.  However, not everyone has had a win in the food department every year. Emily Engberg gets the scoop on the biggest turkey day wins, fails and traditions from our friends at KSTP, KS95 and MyTalk 107.1.

Meet Twin Cities Live's Cupid Couple   Back To Top

It's time to meeting the winners of Twin Cities Live's Cupid's Couple contest, presented by The Wedding Guys. Meet Liz Becker and Angie Grossman from Inver Grove Heights. They will receive a $25,000 wedding package, and Twin Cities Live viewers will get to pick the elements of their big day!

Erin Condren Surprises Teachers!   Back To Top

Twin Cities Live loves pulling off big surprises and because Tuesday is World Kindness Day, we thought it was time to do just that again.  For this surprise, Reporter Kelli Hanson teamed up with Erin Condren, the face and name behind a company that creates personalized organizational products.

"Ralph Breaks the Internet" Directors   Back To Top

Phil Johnston and Rich Moore co-directed the new Disney movie "Ralph Breaks the Internet". They are the team behind the smash hits "Wreck-It Ralph" and "Zootopia". They stopped by to tell us all about the new flick!

Holiday Fun at Mall of America   Back To Top

There’s no better way to get into the Christmas spirit than seeing Santa himself. Santa made his big arrival at Mall of America on Thursday, November 8th. Now, he’s on hand to start seeing those eager kids who can’t wait to tell the big man what they want for Christmas. Santa will be available for pictures in Santaland. He will be there through December 24th. To get a rundown of his busy schedule, click here.

Christopher Straub's Holiday Boutique Favorite Finds   Back To Top

Fashion Designer Christopher Straub stopped by the TCL studio to share his favorite finds at the Minneapolis Holiday Boutique. The event runs from November 9th - 11th at US Bank Stadium.

Meet TCL's Cupid's Couple Finalists   Back To Top

Twin Cities Live and The Wedding Guys have teamed up to give away a wedding valued at $25,000!  It's your chance to vote for your favorite from our top three finalists.

MyTalk Binge Watch   Back To Top

During Couch Potato week on Twin Cities Live, we want to help you relax.  Some you time.  A little self-indulgence.  Relaxation.  Chillin!  Whatever you call it, it’s a great thing to do.  And perhaps nothing is more quintessential, when it comes to being a couch potato, than binge-watching some great new shows.  In order to track down a worthy list, Twin Cities Live host Steve Patterson walked down the hall to chat with his friends and co-workers from MyTalk 107.1 FM, a radio station fully dedicated to “Everything Entertainment.”

Dave Ramsey   Back To Top

Dave Ramsey is a man with a plan.  That plan is simple.  Pay off your debts.  And start now!  The man behind “The Dave Ramsey Show” speaks to an audience of some eight million every week.  There, one phone call at a time, he talks person after person into paying off their debt, saving up some money and living the life they’ve dreamed of.  The results speak for themselves.  Thousands of families have called in, or even made the trip to his radio studio in Nashville, to scream for joy because they followed his plan and are now debt free.

LearningRx: Training After Chemotherapy   Back To Top

A cancer diagnosis often means chemotherapy. And with that can come extreme fatigue, loss of appetite and something not often mentioned -- chemo brain.  Many people describe chemo brain as becoming unusually disorganized, having trouble finding the right words, even taking longer than usual to do everyday things.

Competitive Trampoline and Tumbling   Back To Top

Charlie Larson is just fifteen years old and he’s already making quite the name for himself in the world of gymnastics. Charlie is from White Bear Lake. He’s headed to St. Petersburg, Russia in late November to compete in the World Age Group Championships. Charlie is on the U.S. National Team Trampoline and Tumbling Junior Men’s Team.

Coffee with Cool People: Jodi Livon   Back To Top

In this week’s “Coffee With Cool People” presented by Caribou Coffee, Elizabeth grabs a cozy warm drink with TCL’s resident psychic and medium Jodi Livon. It’s a conversation that’s fitting for Halloween. But while Jodi spends plenty of time connecting with spirits on the other side, she’s also like any other mom, busy connecting with her teenagers.

Purple Pride Products   Back To Top

The Minnesota Vikings are the hometown team and they are certainly something to be proud of. That’s exactly why reporter Emily Engberg went all out as Vikings receiver Adam Thielen. Thielen has eight straight 100-yard games. Fans love to show off their purple pride in all sorts of ways. So, in honor of that, Emily found some products that do just that.

LeDuc Historic Estate   Back To Top

Every year right around Halloween, we like to send Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson out to get spooked. She and psychic and medium Jodi Livon have connected with spirits at Landmark Center, the Saint James Hotel in Red Wing and most recently the Ordway in downtown Saint Paul. They're all places said to be haunted, like the LeDuc Historic Estate in Hastings.  The home was built in 1860s and people have claimed to see its owner General William LeDuc walking from room to room. Kelli and Jodi takes us inside!

Memorable Products   Back To Top

You’ve seen the commercials, watched the YouTube videos and have glanced at them in the store. There are a number of interesting products out there. No one loves checking them out more then reporter Emily Engberg.

Paranormal Investigators   Back To Top

The Twin Cities Paranormal Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to researching the paranormal through scientific methods while using the most modern equipment possible, providing support to our clients by eliminating fear and empowering individuals to move forward.

Sad Animal Babies   Back To Top

The author of Sad Animal Babies, Brooke Barker stopped by to share more about her new book that explores the sad and strange world of baby animals of all types: mammals, fish, amphibians, reptiles, and more.