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Liz Collin

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At 15 years old, Liz Collin made her broadcast debut covering a tornado that touched down in southwest Minnesota. It was her first night on the job alone at KWOA and KO95.

Since those radio days in her hometown of Worthington, Minn., she’s held producing, investigative reporting and anchoring positions at TV stations in Harrisburg, Pa., Wichita, Kan., Sioux Falls, SD and Miami, Fla.

Liz’s stories at WCCO have helped shape Minnesota public policy in the areas of child safety and fiscal oversight. Daycare centers must now have more trained CPR staff, following her series about a little girl who choked to death at a Mankato daycare. Liz exposed the center and the state lacked adequate CPR requirements.

Her reporting also exposed a loophole in state law that led to underfunding of electrical inspections statewide, leaving Minnesotans vulnerable to fire fatalities.

Liz says telling stories about the issues that help move Minnesota and its residents forward matter most.

Her severe weather coverage has earned her opportunities to report live for the CBS Evening News and CBS This Morning.

Liz has also made a mark in other news markets. A Kansas military school brought in new leadership after she uncovered long-term hazing of younger cadets. The Bob Dole Veteran’s Hospital implemented several policy changes after her reporting revealed lax nursing procedures endangering veteran’s health. Pennsylvania’s child welfare system introduced new policies when her reports showed a lack of due diligence in child abuse reports.

Her recognitions include Emmy awards, a regional Edward R. Murrow Award, an Education Writers Association award, Associated Press awards and a special citation from The Kansas City Press Club.

Liz lives in Minneapolis with her husband and their new baby boy.

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Wilfs To Pay About $85 Million In Damages

More than 20 years and 100 days of testimony have passed in a case that’s pitted a brother and sister against some of the most powerful real estate moguls in New Jersey – the Wilf brothers In a hearing Monday, Judge Deanne Wilson decided how much money the Wilfs had to pay for defrauding former business partners in an apartment deal in the 1980s. Wilson said the plaintiffs – Ada Reichmann and her brother, Josef Halpern – deserve $36 million in punitive damages. Halpern’s attorney says his client client’s decades-long dispute with the Wilfs has taken a toll on his health.

09/23/2013

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Officers Cleared In Fatal Uptown Shooting

The Hennepin Countr Grand Jury declined to press charges against police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old man in south Minneapolis.

09/19/2013

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Woman Recalls Losing All Limbs To Kidney Stone Complications

For months, a Minneapolis woman has been fighting to get her life back after a shocking setback. Sue Johnson lost her limbs due to complications from a kidney stone.

09/16/2013

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CodeRED Helps Police Find Missing Girl

A Twin Cities police department is crediting a phone message with helping them find a missing girl.

09/14/2013

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Victims Still Feel Cheated As ‘Professional Manipulator’ Goes Back To Work

Despite owing his victims more than $1 million, a Twin Cities chiropractor twice convicted of fraud again has his license to practice. Fifteen years ago, Randy Miland served two years in prison for a Ponzi scheme. He later served another three years for a real estate investment scam. A judge ordered Miland to pay more than one-and-a-half million dollars in restitution. That hasn’t happened.

09/12/2013

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Police: Stray Bullet Hits 2-Month-Old In The Neck

Police and medics are on the scene after a two-month-old was reportedly shot in the neck in north Minneapolis, according to police spokeswoman Cyndi Barrington. Authorities say preliminary information suggests the child was struck by a stray bullet around 8:50 p.m. Thursday on the 2400 Block Emerson Ave N.

09/05/2013

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In Wake Of Conn. Shooting, Minn. Schools To Hold Safety Referendum

Most Minnesota schools will welcome students back on Tuesday, and keeping kids safe while they’re there is a top priority. After a gunman stormed an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., and killed 26 people, some Minnesota schools made changes. This fall, at least five school districts in our state will vote on safety referendums.

09/02/2013

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Families, Doctors Torn Over Lyme Disease

Cabin country in Minnesota and western Wisconsin is considered ground zero for one of the fastest growing infectious diseases: Lyme disease. Cases in both states are among the highest in the country, but the controversy surrounding how to treat the tick-borne disease is growing. It’s torn families apart and pit patients against mainstream medicine.

08/19/2013

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Hastings Family Aims For A World Record 3,000 At 2015 Family Reunion

Summer usually marks family reunion season but it’s a reunion two years away from now that has one Minnesota family already planning. The Bauer family of Hastings wants to break the world record for its family reunion in 2015 — they’ll need to top 2,585 people to make that happen.

08/16/2013

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What Is The Best Way To Make And Keep A Budget?

Should tracking your money be a part of your daily routine? Budgeting is more important now than ever before, but one study found 32 percent of us put together a monthly budget and only 30 percent have a long-term financial plan.

08/12/2013

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President Of Model T Club Remembered After Fatal Crash

The president of a model antique car club is being remembered for her love of family and her passion for the Model T she toured the country in.

07/28/2013

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Man Serving Life For Murder Holding Up Daughter’s Adoption

A Twin Cities man in prison for murdering the mother of his daughter wants a say in how that little girl grows up.

07/26/2013

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Thinking Of Renting Out Your Home? Don’t Get Stuck With These Tenants

We found one family moving into rentals across the metro and living for free for months at a time. WCCO also found out how these renters have been able to skirt the system for so long and what they did to at least one property that has them in even more trouble.

07/22/2013

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Have Wedding-Crasher Thieves Struck Again?

Police are trying to figure out if wedding crashers who swiped a gift box on Sunday have struck again. Police say an uninvited couple walked in to a wedding reception at Edinburgh Golf Club in Brooklyn Park. Security cameras rolled as the man walked out with a box filled with the couple’s gift cards and cash. The same thing happened 13 miles away on Saturday at Majestic Oaks Golf Club in Ham Lake.

07/22/2013

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Celebs Coming To St. Paul To Help The World Hear

Paul will turn into Tinsel Town this weekend during the 13th annual So The World May Hear Awards Gala at the RiverCentre.

07/22/2013

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