Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield never imagined she’d be in the Twin Cities, but this is exactly where she says she wants to be. She says in her travels as a journalist, one common denominator was that she always really liked the people she met from Minnesota. And years ago, when she came to visit her longtime friend and WCCO reporter, Heather Brown, she realized the cities are as great as the people.
Susan-Elizabeth decided she wanted to be a journalist in the fourth grade. She put the plan into action at the University of Georgia’s school of journalism. While at UGA, she helped produce the Peabody Awards in New York City and studied in Rome, Italy.
Her first crack at news was at KRON in San Francisco as an intern. After that, she joined Teach for America and taught first grade in under-served schools in Houston and Texas. After TFA, she got back into journalism. She’s worked as a reporter and weather forecaster in Columbus, Ga. Most recently, she worked as an evening anchor and reporter at WIS-TV in Columbia, S.C. She says she loves the way WCCO honors the lives of Minnesotans. That’s what drew her here.
The answer: nine. The question: how many syllables are in her name? Susan-Elizabeth’s mother says she named her daughter after her own two favorite childhood baby dolls. “Susan” was her favorite; “Elizabeth” was next in line.
You may have guessed by that double name, she’s from the South. Home for Susan-Elizabeth is Tyrone, Ga., where her family still lives. She loves hanging out with them and eating fried okra. (Ever tried it?) Speaking of food, she loves taste explorations and diving in to the Twin Cities restaurant scene. Got a suggestion? Shoot her a note. She also likes to run, play fantasy football and hop a plane to someplace she’s never been.
Susan-Elizabeth says her new favorite phrases are “uff da” and “you betcha.” She can’t wait to meet y’all.
It is the biggest week of the year for fireworks dealers. And it seems it may be the biggest week of the year for fireworks stealers.
There was a big homecoming at Canterbury Park on Sunday, but it wasn’t about a horse. Much of the attention today went to a jockey who had been away for a year and a half.
Fifty-nine percent of Minneapolis public school students graduate from high school, a number that is slowly increasing. But there is a program students can attend in the summer that will up those chances to 99 percent.
A new petition is asking that the name of Lake Calhoun be changed. The lake is named after John C. Calhoun, a former war department secretary who helped bring Fort Snelling to Minnesota. He is also known for supporting slavery.
Gov. Nikki Haley called for the confederate flag to be moved from its post in front of the state house. As it turns out, back in Minnesota a different confederate flag is displayed from time to time.
Charleston is more than 1,300 miles from the Twin Cities, but last week’s tragedy is still personal to some Minnesotans.
Fifty percent of urban youth graduate high school in the city of Minneapolis. For Hispanic and black students, the rates are even lower. However, for eight years, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School has been shattering statistics.
It’s one of Minneapolis’s biggest sources of pride: The No. 1-ranked park system. But things are changing in 157 of those parks, and not for the better. The president of the parks board says it’s all about funding.
About 40 percent of American adults are snorers. About half of loud snorers have sleep apnea. And as you, or your sleeping partner, may know, it can make daytime functioning exhausting.
There are about 15,000 men in Minnesota with a rare distinction: They are surviving veterans of World War II. On Sunday morning, 12 of them were honored in a way that brought several to tears.
Unlike the past two days, Thursday was not exactly poolside weather.
South of the cities in Red Wing and in Rochester emergency managers were on standby for up to six inches of rain and flooding. But the heavy stuff went south to Iowa.
Twin Cities pools are filling up with swimmers this week, but some pools are facing shortages in lifeguards.
Explore Minnesota has started new projection-style advertising on empty walls in the Twin Cities. But their big focus right now is to pull in people from other states and the other side of the world.
Minnesota’s state tourism agency is flying four people from Europe and the United States to come give Minnesota a try for ten days.
A man on a skateboard has been struck and killed at a busy intersection in St. Paul. Police say the skateboarder was struck about 9 p.m. Tuesday at an intersection about halfway between the University of St. Thomas and Macalester College.
Nearly one out of three American women experience that via C-section. For some parents, however, the surgical procedure can seem impersonal. That was the fear of Jenn Krajacic, who has been through hundreds of these surgeries.
The appendectomy is one of the most common emergency surgeries in the United States. There’s a 10 percent chance you will have, or already have had, one.
The Forest Lake Police Department is looking for a suspect after an armed robbery at Don Julio’s Mexican Restaurant late Tuesday night, and the restaurant owner’s husband is recovering after being shot during the incident.
Larry Davis Sr. was shot to death on 3rd Street in north Minneapolis on Memorial Day. Fourteen people witnessed the crime, the youngest of whom was 11. Two other men were also shot. Police won’t say how it happened, but they say all the victims knew each other.
Minneapolis Police are working to piece together a three tiered shooting that left six children without their dad. According to police, the shooting happened around 1 p.m. Monday on the 2700 block of 3rd Street North.
A Hugo mother is in a situation you almost have to hear to believe. She and her husband are both fighting illnesses. And she is one of the 2,000 Target corporate employees who lost their jobs earlier this year. This is the first week she won’t receive a paycheck.
Jacob, Justin and Matthew Backstrom died in October 2004 — they had just finished a trip to WalMart when Boe Barlage hit them head on. He spent six years in prison, and the judge ordered him to speak to groups about his crime.
“We will never know why.” that was the theme of services wrapping up Sunday night for a decorated Elk River police officer and his son. Elk River officer Todd Besser, 49, was killed last weekend. Shortly after, his 27-year-old son Blake was also killed.
Tonight we are learning more about the relationship between an Elk River officer and the son who confessed to killing him. Todd Besser was killed last Saturday night in St. Michael. Shortly after, his middle son, Blake, was also shot and killed.
On average, babies get 18 needle pricks in their first year of life, and childhood is when the fear of needles is often formed. A local doctor is trying to make the process painless, and what people of all ages can do make their next needle a little nicer.