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.
A Minnesota company is making a world debut for its newest vehicle. Polaris has a new spin on the motorcycle and it’s probably unlike anything you’ve seen before. It’s called the Slingshot and it’s on debut at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
The family of a known local activist says he was beaten and kicked by police this weekend. Al Flowers was just released from the Hennepin County Jail Sunday. A mug shot shows his bruised face and bandaged head.
New numbers say 173 undocumented kids are living in Minnesota. That number represents a fraction of the thousands of children who have come to the U.S. from Central America, where gangs are recruiting young members and murders are commonplace.
Over the past few years, most of us have become familiar with the term “gluten-free.” About 1 percent of the population has celiac disease, which means no wheat, rye or barley. For kids with those types of allergies, there is respite right here in Minnesota. In Maple Lake, one of the only gluten-free camps in the country is being held this week.
If you’ve driven through the Twin Cities lately, you’ve probably noticed some major construction projects — and we’re not talking road construction. Some large-scale buildings are in the works. Twin Cities Premium Outlets near Highway 13 and Highway 77 in Eagan is one of the projects. It’s set to open in August, and has provided jobs to 400 construction workers.
There’s no doubt that air conditioners in our cars and homes will get a workout on Monday. We’re expecting one of our hottest days of the summer ahead with a high temperature expected to be in the low 90s.
A historic Twin Cities golf course reopens Saturday after a two-year hiatus. It’s been closed for a $12 million renovation, according to Ramsey County’s Park and Recreation’s Jon Oyanagi.
About 160,000 people are exiting the Twin Cities Wednesday on the heels of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game. And the preliminary consensus is it was a success. Target Field housed more people the past few days than it ever has before. Around 50,000 people watched baseball’s best, and their families, roll down the Red Carpet in Tuesday’s parade.
Some are tucked away, others, out front, all working to roll out the welcome mat to baseball fans this week. “It’s just bringing our Minnesota Nice and spreading it to people who are here for the All Star Game,” Tara Olson Medina, of Spong, said.
This week is the anniversary of one of the most traumatic stories in Minnesota’s history. And it’s one many people have never even heard about. One historian calls it Minnesota’s version of the Titanic. The Sea Wing left Red Wing, Minn. for a Sunday cruise to go watch music in Lake City. On the way back a summer storm hit and 98 people died, mostly women and children.
Minneapolis Police working on the city’s north side have their hands full again this week. Three women were shot early Wednesday morning outside of a home on Fremont Avenue North. The women were all seriously hurt. Officers say they think the shooter knew the victims. Mayor Betsey Hodges addressed the latest violence Wednesday.
Police said three women are hospitalized in serious condition after being shot early Wednesday morning in north Minneapolis. The incident happened at about 1:30 a.m. outside a home near 36th and Fremont Avenues North.
Gluten-Free, high-protein and “total indulgence”, those are the phrases of inspiration for General Mills’ newest groceries. The Twin Cities-based company just launched its newest line of products.
A man who leads eagle cruises near Red Wing, Minn. has seen high waves and erosion damaging the trees that hold eagles’ nests along the shore. Red Wing is in the process of drying out. The mighty Mississippi River is in the processes of purging itself of inanimate objects. Cruise director, Captain Rusty Mathiasmeier describes the scene as a river full of logs and trash.
When Minnesotans head to the cabin for the weekend, many worry about break-ins. But it turns out, there’s something more costly to think about. While the average theft claim is less than $2,000, the average water damage claim is more than $7,000. And with rains as heavy as they were this summer, many basements have experiences such flooding.