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  • Minnesota Twins Catcher Joe Mauer Matching Family to Mascot

    Posted by Rachel Reinke

    The Minnesota Twins announced yesterday that homegrown talented catcher Joe Mauer is a father-to-be......of TWINS!

    Now that is commitment to a franchise!

    Joe's wife Maddie is due sometime this coming fall.



  • Dancing With the Stars Pros

    Posted by Rachel Reinke

    So Charli dropped the mirrorball (get it....mirrorball trophy, HA HA!) on who the new cast is for season 16 of Dancing With the Stars, but what about their pro partners? (who I am sometimes more interested in than the stars) Here's who the stars are paired up with on (and sometimes off, we'll see) the dance floor.


    Star - Wynonna Judd

    Pro Partner - Tony Dovolani (Last Season's Reigning Champ)


    Star - DL Hughley

    Pro Partner - Cheryl Burke (Two-Time Pro Champ)


    Star - Jacoby Jones

    Pro Partner - Karina Smirnoff (One-Time Pro Champ)


    Star - Lisa Vanderpump

    Pro Partner - Gleb Savchenko (Debut Pro Season)


    Star - Andy Dick

    Pro Partner - Sharna Burgess (Debut Pro Season)


    Star - Victor Ortiz

    Pro Partner - Lindsay Arnold (Debut Pro Season)


    Star - Zendaya Coleman

    Pro Partner - Valentin Chmerkovskiy (Last Season Pro Finalist)


    Star - Aly Raisman

    Pro Partner - Mark Ballas (Two-Time Pro Champ)


    Star - Ingo Rademacher

    Pro Partner - Kym Johnson (Two-Time Pro Champ)


    Star - Kellie Pickler

    Pro Partner - Derek Hough (Three-Time Pro Champ)


    Star - Dorothy Hamill

    Pro Partner - Tristan MacManus (Four Season Pro)


    Season 16 of Dancing With the Stars premieres Monday, March 18th at 7 p.m. on ABC.






  • Oscar Winners

    Posted by Rachel Reinke

    Did you watch the Oscars last night?  I thought they were really good and I was actually impressed with Seth MacFarlane's hosting abilities.  If you missed any of the winners here is the complete list.




    Best Picture:  "Argo"

    Best Animated Feature Film:  "Brave"

    Best Director:  Ang Lee"Life of Pi"

    Best Actor:  Daniel Day-Lewis"Lincoln"

    Best Actress:  Jennifer Lawrence"Silver Linings Playbook"

    Best Supporting Actor:  Christoph Waltz"Django Unchained"

    Best Supporting Actress:  Anne Hathaway"Les Misérables"

    Best Documentary Feature:  "Searching for Sugar Man"

    Best Documentary (Short Subject):  "Inocente"

    Best Adapted Screenplay:  "Argo"

    Best Original Screenplay:  "Django Unchained"

    Best Foreign Film:  "Amour"  (Austria)

    Best Film Editing:  "Argo"

    Best Costume Design:  "Anna Karenina"

    Best Makeup and Hairstyling:  "Les Misérables"

    Best Visual Effects:  "Life of Pi"

    Best Sound Mixing:  "Les Misérables"

    Best Sound Editing:  A rare TIE, between "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Skyfall".

    Best Production Design:  "Lincoln"

    Best Cinematography:  "Life of Pi"

    Best Original Score:  "Life of Pi"

    Best Original Song:  Adele's theme from "Skyfall"

    Best Short Film (Animated):  "Paperman"

    Best Short Film (Live Action):  "Curfew"

  • Is This Trashy for Taylor Swift?

    Posted by Rachel Reinke

    All the buzz at the BRITs 2013 was about how Taylor Swift  and Harry Styles were going to have an awkward run in, but then things switched to how a lot of critics thought Taylor's outfit while she was performing "I Knew You Were Trouble" was trashy.  Do you think this outfit it trashy?



    Looks to me like she is just trying to channel her inner Beyoncé by taking points from her Super Bowl halftime performance.



    What do you think?

  • The Happiest Places to Live According to Twitter

    Posted by Rachel Reinke

    According to a recent study these are the happiest and saddest states according to Twitter. 

    Happiest                                      Saddest

    1. Hawaii                           1. Louisianna

    2. Maine                            2. Mississippi

    3. Nevada                          3. Maryland

    4. Utah                              4. Michigan

    5. Vermont                         5. Delaware


    States in red have the highest average amount of happy tweets. States in blue states have more sad tweets

    We seem to be pretty happy here in Minnesota according to Twitter.  What do you think?

    States in red have the highest average amount of happy tweets. States in blue states have more sad tweets.

  • This Kid Deserved to Win Jeopard (VIDEO)

    Posted by Rachel Reinke

    Leonard Cooper, complete with awesome afro and laid back attire, definitely deserved to win the Teen Tournament of Jeopardy with this awesomeness!

  • Surviving Single Awareness Day.....(AKA Valentine's Day)

    Posted by Rachel Reinke

    If you have been checking out the Early Morning Show, you should have figured out by now that I am not a big fan of Valentine's Day. I never really have been, even when I wasn't single.  But since I am single this Valentine's Day it has really bummed me out seeing all the mush and what-not that goes into this Hallmark holiday.  So I found some tips in order to survive Single Awareness Day.


    1. Do what you like - The day is totally yours and you don't have anyone telling you what you can or can't do so savor it.

    2. Treat yourself - No reason why you shouldn't splurge on something to show yourself the love.

    3. Get your friends together - party with the single people, trust me that you aren't the only one.

    4. Flirt like there is no tomorrow - you're single so you can flirt with ANYONE!

    5. Do something for someone else - like a family member or friend to make them feel loved.

    6. If you are single with kids, do something special with them - go see a movie, take them to the park, plan a special night out focusing on them.

    7. Work out - getting in some exercise will cause endorphins, endorphins make you happy.

    8. Step out of your dating comfort zone - sign up for online dating, go on a blind date, meet new people.

    9. Have a few beverages - but not enough to make you think about calling, texting or stalking your ex.

    10. Ignore the day completely - treat February 14th as any other day.



  • 2013 Grammy Winners

    Posted by Rachel Reinke



    Album of the Year:  "Babel"Mumford & Sons

    Record of the Year:  "Somebody That I Used to Know"Gotye featuring Kimbra

    Song of the Year:  "We Are Young"Fun featuring Janelle Monáe

    Best New Artist:  Fun

    Best Pop Album:  "Stronger"Kelly Clarkson

    Best Traditional Pop Album:  "Kisses on the Bottom"Paul McCartney

    Best Pop Solo Performance:  "Set Fire to the Rain [Live]"Adele

    Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group:  "Somebody That I Used To Know"Gotye featuring Kimbra

    Best Dance Recording:  "Bangarang"Skrillex featuringSirah

    Best Dance / Electronica Album:  "Bangarang",  Skrillex

    Best Rock Song:  "Lonely Boy"The Black Keys

    Best Rock Album:  "El Camino"The Black Keys

    Best Rock Performance:  "Lonely Boy"The Black Keys

    Best Hard Rock / Metal Performance:  "Love Bites (So Do I)"Halestorm

    Best Alternative Music Album:  "Making Mirrors"Gotye

    Best R&B Song:  "Adorn"Miguel

    Best R&B Album:  "Black Radio"Robert Glasper Experiment

    Best R&B Performance:  "Climax"Usher

    Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance:  "Love on Top"Beyoncé

    Best Rap Song:  "[N-words] in Paris"Jay-Z and Kanye West

    Best Rap Album:  "Take Care"Drake

    Best Rap Performance:  "[N-words] in Paris"Jay-Z and Kanye West

    Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:  "No Church in the Wild"Jay-Z and Kanye West Featuring Frank Ocean and The-Dream

    Best Urban Contemporary Album:  "Channel Orange"Frank Ocean

    Best Country Song:  "Blown Away"Carrie Underwood

    Best Country Album:  "Uncaged"Zac Brown Band

    Best Country Solo Performance:  "Blown Away"Carrie Underwood

    Best Country Performance By a Duo or Group:  "Pontoon"Little Big Town


    --And here are a few other random winners:

    --Best Blues Album:  "Locked Down"Dr. John

    --Best Americana Album:  "Slipstream"Bonnie Raitt

    --Best Comedy Album:  "Blow Your Pants Off"Jimmy Fallon

    --Best Score:  "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

    --Best Song Written for Visual Media:  "Safe & Sound" (for "The Hunger Games"),  Taylor Swift featuring The Civil Wars

    --Best Short Form Music Video:  "We Found Love"Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris

    --Best Long Form Music Video:  "Big Easy Express"Mumford & Sons


    You can find the complete list in all 81 categories here.

  • 4 Modern Day Etiquette Tips

    Posted by Rachel Reinke

    The first edition of Emily Post's famous "Etiquette" book was published way back in 1922.  But her family still updates it every few years, and it's now in its 18th edition.  Here are a few MODERN DAY etiquette tips that might come in handy.


    #1.)  Can You Skip a Handshake If You Think the Person's Sick?  Yes, but don't just leave them hanging.  First say hello.  Then say something like, "I'm trying to avoid the handshake thing right now, because I don't want to get sick."

    #2.)  Who Gets to Use the Armrests on an Airplane?  If you're in the middle seat between two people, it's acceptable to use BOTH armrests.  But you definitely don't own them, so don't flip out if someone's elbow drifts over.

    --If you're in a window or aisle seat, you should mainly try to lean on the OUTSIDE armrests.

    #3.)  When Is It Okay to Unfriend Someone on Facebook?  Basically it's a judgment call.  But if they're constantly posting things that make you uncomfortable or embarrassed, it's worth considering.  Especially if they post them on YOUR page.

    --But your level of friendship in REAL LIFE should also factor in.  So don't unfriend your mom just for posting a lame baby picture or something.

    #4.)  Is Emailing a Thank You Letter Good Enough?  If you're saying thanks for lunch, probably.  But for something like a birthday gift, a HANDWRITTEN note is still the best option.