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Super Bowl Preps: Mall of America  

There’s a ton of excitement leading up to the Super Bowl. There’s also a lot of work being done. Mall of America has been working hard to make sure it’s not only fun, but also safe during all of the activities.

Sister Act  

Sister Act the Musical is on stage at The Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.  Actress Norah Long takes on the role of Mother Superior whose job it is to keep all those nuns in check.  Steve found out that Norah likes to get to the theatres early so she can enjoy a quiet dinner and he took advantage of that fact to sit down with her.

Trend Wedding: Floral Arrangements  

On March 2, 2018, Matt and Kay are getting married live on our show.  The best part is that YOU have gotten to pick out everything about the wedding!  You've picked the location, the invitations, the dress and décor. Last week you voted option 1, The Sophisticate. Now you get to help select the flowers from Sweet Peas Floral that Kay carries down the aisle. Click here by January 23th to vote for your favorite.

1/15 Host Chat  

Steve and Elizabeth chat about the biggest news in the state...the big Minnesota Viking Win!

Furnace Giveaway  

Elilzabeth and Dez from KS95 join the team from Apollo Heating and Air Conditioning in Newport to surprise a deserving mom with a brand new furnace.

Heirloom Photography  

If you’ve ever searched for a picture of a grandparent, a picture of them in their element at home and realized all you have are posed family portraits, you’re not alone. Many people don’t think to take picture of their aging loved ones doing mundane things like cooking, reading or playing scrabble. It’s something Saint Paul mom and photographer, Sarah Hudson, realized was missing from her line of work and it’s why she created something called Heirloom Photography where families get to hold on to memories.  Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson gives us a behind the scenes look.

Backyard Rinks  

Minnesotans love winter and they love their ice rinks. There are all sorts of cool rinks across Minnesota. That includes the Regan family’s yard. It has been Dan Regan’s dream to have his own ice rink for his kids. He finally got his wish this year.

Game Night   Back To Top

It’s fun, simple and a great way to spend time with friends and family during the cold months. Game night is a big deal for kids and big kids. Emily Engberg has a handful of games perfect for all age groups.

Homemade Ice Rink: Afton   Back To Top

We Minnesotans love the north and let’s be honest, we love the cold! If you don’t embrace it, you’ll be miserable. And around here, you don’t have to drive far to find an ice rink. In fact, lots of folks are making their own right in their backyard.

Changes in 2018   Back To Top

A lot of people make New Year’s resolutions and set out with good intentions of following through.  But, you wonder…are there big changes in store for me in the New Year?  Our resident psychic and medium, Jodi Livon meets with a few members of the audience to give them a little insight into what can be expected.

Women’s USA Bandy   Back To Top

It’s not a brand new sport, but it is growing in popularity. Bandy has been around since the late 1980’s. The game is played on the ice, just like hockey. But in Bandy, it’s played on a surface that’s as big as a hockey field. There are eleven players, including a goalkeeper. The sport is often described as a cross between lacrosse and hockey. The players attempt to score by hitting a small ball about the size of a tennis ball into the net.

TCL Gift Guide Giveaway: MyPillow   Back To Top

If you’re a longtime viewer of Twin Cities Live, you’ve heard Steve rave about MyPillow.   So, it only made sense to include the locally owned and operated company in our Gift Guide Giveaway!

Erik the Red   Back To Top

Erik the Red BBQ and Barbarian Bar in Minneapolis is getting ready for a fun few weeks of football. Erik the Red is located right across from U.S. Bank Stadium. So, fans can hit up the bar and restaurant for a drink and some food before and after games.

5 Eyewitness News Stuff the Sleigh Campaign   Back To Top

Kids will have a brighter holiday season thanks to Stuff the Sleigh. Folks can donate unwrapped, new toys to metro Walser locations in Bloomington, Burnsville, Coon Rapids, Hopkins, Maplewood, Minneapolis, Plymouth, Roseville, South Saint Paul and Wayzata. Can’t donate at one of these locations? No problem. You can also donate online. The campaign benefits the St. Paul and Minneapolis Police Foundations child holiday initiatives.

Trend Wedding: Pick the Invites   Back To Top

Matt and Kay will tie the knot on Twin Cities Live in March 2018 and you get to plan their big day! Matthew Trettel from The Wedding Guys stops by to unveil where they'll say 'I do' along with the three options for invitations.

Kid Connection: Jameeko   Back To Top

This time of year we think a lot about family and look forward to spending time together. But for many kids right in our community, time at home with family isn't a gift they'll get this year.  That's because hundreds of school aged kids in Minnesota are in need of adoptive families, like 15-year-old Jameeko, a child who says he wants simple things.

Guthrie Theater’s Blithe Spirit   Back To Top

Veteran actress Sally Wingert is back for another entertaining performance. Sally is in the Guthrie Theater’s production of “Blithe Spirit”. The show is described as a high spirited comedy. It’s about a man and his wife who are hosting a séance with Sally’s character. Sally plays an eccentric medium known as Madame Arcati.  It turns into an interesting evening with a supernatural turn. 

Intergenerational Living at TowerLight   Back To Top

When my kids get around your parents, or even grandparents it's as if the entire room lights up. That burst of energy is what residents at Towerlight Senior Living in St. Louis Park experience every day through something called intergenerational programming. 

Guthrie Theater's "A Christmas Carol"   Back To Top

It’s a holiday classic. “A Christmas Carol” is back at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. The show is a tradition for many families. The Charles Dickens play is one that both kids and adults enjoy. The story is about a man that is not happy. He hates Christmas and is known for his “bah humbug”. That man is Ebenezer Scrooge. But then he is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past and Future. His hatred then turns to happiness and he begins to appreciate all that he once despised. 

Twin Cities Live Book Club: "We Know How This Ends"   Back To Top

For some, "We Know How This Ends" is a book about a man living with ALS and another woman's struggles watching her father live with dementia. For others, it's a book raising important questions about living well and dying well. Cathy Wurzer, a veteran broadcaster, teamed up with Bruce Kramer to write this book and joined us in-studio to share Bruce's story.    

Minnesota State Veterans Services   Back To Top

Minnesota State has thirty colleges, seven universities and fifty four campuses throughout Minnesota. They offer an affordable education. They also offer help for veterans. In fact, Minnesota State is currently serving more than ten thousand veterans.

Kid Connection: Jayden   Back To Top

Kids these days can run circles around adults when it comes to computers. They're even learning coding in middle school. Computers are what grabbed the attention of this week's kid connection child, Jayden. As Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson found out, he hopes technology and so much more feeds his future.

Crayola Shopping Spree at Mall of America   Back To Top

Some deserving kids are getting a shopping spree that they won’t soon forget. Kids from around the country who visited the Crayola store at Crayola Experience, signed up for the chance to shop. The big winners are teamed up with Marines. Whatever the marines are holding at the end of sixty four seconds, the lucky winners get to keep. Sixty four is the number of crayons in a Crayola crayon box. They also get an annual pass for all twenty five attractions at Crayola Experience. The marines who are helping with this event are also a part of Toys for Tots. It’s an organization that helps children get gifts they may not otherwise have during the holidays. Crayola Experience is teaming up with them because it, too, works hard to give back to the community.

HandsOn Twin Cities   Back To Top

Give to the Max Day is a great way for folks to donate to their favorite organizations in Minnesota. However, there are other ways to give back, too. Donating your time is huge, but what if you’re not sure where to do just that? There’s a group called HandsOn Twin Cities. It helps people find opportunities to volunteer at nonprofits.  There are all sorts of places that would love to have more volunteers. HandsON also helps corporate partners do team building with their employees.

The Set and Staff of "Pickler & Ben"   Back To Top

TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson visited the set of "Pickler & Ben" in Nashville. She chatted with the set decorator about shopping country star and executive producer of the show Faith Hill's storage space. She found another executive producer who hails from Minnesota. And talked with the host Kellie Pickler and Ben Aaron about "hot dish". 

Chatting with "Pickler & Ben"   Back To Top

Steve and Elizabeth hopped onto Skype to chat with the hosts of "Pickler & Ben", which airs weekdays at 2 p.m. right before Twin Cities Live! "Pickler & Ben" is a new lifestyle show that originates from Nashville. It's a lot like Twin Cities Live with a country twist!  

Native Minnesotan in "Marvel Universe LIVE!"   Back To Top

One of the stars of "Marvel Universe LIVE!," coming to the Xcel Energy Center in December, grew up in Hopkins! Justin Jackson, who plays Captain America in the action-packed show, stopped by with some special guests! 

Kid Connection: Eli   Back To Top

TCL’s Kelli Hanson introduces us to Minnesota kids who are available for adoption.  She likes to take them places where they can just have fun and we can get a glimpse of their real personalities.  She brought 10-year old Eli to Leonardo’s Basement – a place in Minneapolis where all you have to do is let your imagination run free and play.  

Seventy2   Back To Top

There have been a lot of natural disasters this year across the country.  Hurricanes, wild fires, and snow storms are right around the corner.  Do you know what to do to survive if you were caught in a natural disaster?  Christian Schauf, the founder of Uncharted Supply Company, created a kit that he says will help you survive any kind of disaster.

A Bad Moms Christmas   Back To Top

Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn are back and they are once again bad. This time, the bad moms are in “A Bad Moms Christmas and are joined by Susan Sarandon, Cheryl Hines and Christina Baranski. The movie follows up from the 2016 release of “Bad Moms”.

El Burrito Mercado Half Off Deal   Back To Top

El Burrito Mercado in Saint Paul is holding a special Dia De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, event on November 2nd. Dia De Los Muertos honors loved ones that have passed. It’s a great way to celebrate their life with food, music, and crafts.

"Scary" Halloween Science Experiments Back To Top

The Kitchen Pantry Scientist Liz Heinecke shared some "scary" and fun Halloween experiments! 

Trash Can Candy Corn Game Back To Top

Candy corn is consistently voted one of the worst Halloween candies, so we gave two of our audience members a chance to win tickets to see Jeff Foxworthy at Mystic Lake by throwing that candy corn away!

Ordway Ghosts   Back To Top

In 1985, the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts opened.  It was the creation of Sally Ordway Irvine.  Sadly, Sally died just two years later but the people of the Ordway say that Sally has never left.  TCL’s psychic and medium, Jodi Livon, decided to check out the theatre.  Sally’s daughter Jill even stopped by hoping her mother would make an appearance.

Wonder Women: Barb Churchill   Back To Top

In this month’s installment of our “Wonder Women” series, Elizabeth chats with wife, mother and life & leadership coach Barb Churchill at Can Can Wonderland in St. Paul. The series highlights women in our community who’ve found their passion, share it with others and are willing to talk about the tough stuff they’ve gone through to get there. Barb is no exception. While you may know her from Twin Cities Live where she regularly shares advice on how to life a confident and joyful life, today she’s sharing a personal story. In 2009, Barb says she heard a voice telling her it was time to remove her breasts. She says she spent decades going through mammograms, biopsies and cancer scares and decided she needed to listen to the voice and undergo a bilateral mastectomy.

Suburbicon   Back To Top

George Clooney is one of the biggest names in Hollywood. He’s trading in acting for directing in this movie. Clooney says this was one of his best experiences directing. He teamed up with the Cohen Brothers for the script. He calls them “the boys”. He says they are talented, smart and funny. The movie is about a suburban neighborhood that on the outside appears to be perfect, but in reality things aren’t what they seem. The movie deals with a break in, blackmail and betrayal. Matt Damon and Julianne Moore star in the movie.

10/27 Host Chat   Back To Top

Steve and Elizabeth take on this Friday with another “Free For All Friday!”

Rachael Leigh Cook   Back To Top

Minneapolis native, Rachael Leigh Cook blew up in the 1990’s with a commercial she starred in Partnership for a Drug-Free America – in addition to her successful modeling career.  She went on to star in big Hollywood films like “She’s All That” with Freddie Prinze Junior.

Goodbye Christopher Robin   Back To Top

The story about the “Winnie the Pooh” author is now on the big screen. A.A Milne wrote the story post World War One. Milne and his son Christopher Robin found that play was not only fun, but it brought them closer. Christopher’s toys became the focus of Milne’s book. Soon, it became popular all over England and in America. The movie takes you through the ups and the downs of celebrity and why family ultimately is more important.

Thank You For Your Service   Back To Top

Miles Teller stars in a new movie about adjusting to life after war. It’s based on a book about solider Adam Schumann, A North Dakota native who served in Iraq. The movie shows the harsh reality of war and what it’s like coming home to a family after. Miles Teller spent a lot of one on one time in North Dakota getting to know Adam. Adam says Miles did a great job portraying the good, the bad and the ugly in the movie. Director Jason Hall says the movie is important because it has opened up discussion among families would may not otherwise talk about what truly happened while their loved one was serving.

Living with Landyn   Back To Top

Many wives of NFL players don't often find their way into the spotlight -- typically the focus is on the player and his game. But that is definitely not the case for one of our guests. You probably remember former Viking's player, Steve Hutchinson. His wife Landyn is more than just an NFL wife, she's now a social media influencer.  Her blog Living with Landyn, paired with her social media accounts puts her in front of thousands of people every single day.

10/20 Host Chat Back To Top

Dez from KS95 co-hosts with Elizabeth on this “Free for All” Friday!

10/19 Host Chat Back To Top

Crisco from the KS95 Morning Show fills in for Steve.  Plus, we get an update on Steve’s Mediterranean cruise!

Stella & Dot Founder   Back To Top

Jessica Herrin founded Stella and Dot nearly 10 years ago and she has been praised for her business sense by the likes of Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Oprah.  What started as a little jewelry making in her living room has since become one of the fasted growing direct sales companies.  

Kid Connection: Rory   Back To Top

Twin Cities Live is all about Food, Fashion and Fun. But there's one thing we don't want you to think we're forgetting, and that’s Family. And family is why we bring you our Kid Connection series.  Meet 7-year-old Rory who shared with Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson why having a mom and a dad is important. And in turn, Kelli was able to surprise her with a trip to the American Girl store.

Lynne Rossetto Kasper   Back To Top

"The Splendid Table" can be heard on more than 400 public radio stations across the country – including Minnesota Public Radio. Host of the show, Lynne Rossetto Kasper, is passing the baton -- but first she headlines a big farewell event.

“Abominables” at Children’s Theatre Company   Back To Top

Children’s Theatre Company is taking to the rink. On stage!  Its newest show is by Minnesotans for Minnesotans. There’s no better fit than hockey. The show is produced in association with New York City’s theatre company called The Civilians. The show was created over a four year period. All sorts of people were interviewed about their experience in the hockey world. The team talked to hockey players, parents, coaches and fans.

“Battle of the Sexes”   Back To Top

It was one of the most watched sports television events in history. An estimated ninety million people tuned in to watch the iconic Battle of the Sexes match between Bobby Riggs and Billy Jean King back in 1973. ABC televised the event.

Steve Goes to High School   Back To Top

The team at Twin Cities Live got to talking about school.  As we chatted about how things have changed, we thought it might be interesting to take a camera along as we experienced the evolution of school firsthand.  Having already checked out elementary and middle school, it was Steve Patterson’s time to check out a high school.  And not just any high school.  Wayzata High boasts a student body of some 3500, making it the largest school in the state.  But Patterson had his eye on one specific group of students.  The future broadcasters of America.  After crashing a TV Production class, he took over their daily student newscast.  By the end of it all, the students learned some broadcasting tricks from Steve, while he learned a thing or two about social media from them.

A Year in the BWCA   Back To Top

Can you imagine dropping everything to live in the Boundary Waters for an entire year? That's what one Minnesota couple from Ely did. No car, no groceries not even a light switch to flip on.  Instead, the new normal for Amy and Dave Freeman included sleeping in a tent every night. They stayed at 100 different camps, and visited over 500 bodies of water.