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.
The owner of a Wendy’s restaurant in Duluth, Minn. is paying 30 employees for months of work, even though the restaurant is closed. The restaurant closed after it caught fire in January, but the owner is still cutting checks.
A local teen crisis center is feeling some relief after a crisis of their own. The hotline for suicidal and abused teens run by The Bridge for Youth was restored late Wednesday after being blocked off for a day after someone took it over, possibly leaving teens in danger. A cyber security expert says it’s likely the perpetrator used a computer program to create an onslaught of calls to jam up the hotline.
Young people in crisis in Minnesota may have trouble calling a local helpline. “The Bridge for Youth” organization said that cyber attackers seeking money shut down the center’s main phone number Tuesday morning.
It feels like we are in the dead of winter still, but for the bottom two-thirds of the state, it’s time to move those ice houses. On Medicine Lake, Dave Johnson spent Sunday trying to move his ice house, saying it was the hardest it’s ever been.
One of the most respected people in the world is spending time in Minnesota. The Dalai Lama was in Minneapolis Saturday for a Nobel Peace Prize Forum hosted by Augsburg College.
MnDOT is prepared to plow through the night — as long as they have visibility – in order to clear off the roads for the morning commute following Thursday’s winter storm.
Thursday’s snow storm will have a major impact on travelers, and it could have a long-lasting effect on anyone who parks on Minneapolis streets. Patrick Hogan, spokesperson for Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, says they’ve got a full 24-hour staff on standby to plow. But fewer runways will be in use, and he expects small regional flights to be canceled first. “Based on the forecast, it’s pretty clear they are not going to be able to fly the full schedule, so they’ll start canceling flights later tonight,” Hogan said. “Normally, [there are ] between 60 and 90 flights an hour. Tomorrow, we’re expecting more like between 25 and 35 flights an hour.”
Justin Parent has crafted quite the technique for clearing snow off cars. At 169 Motors in Shakopee, he scrapes off 40-50 a day. “Getting a nice workout,” Parent said. “I’m getting tired of the snow, aren’t you?” The people we came across Monday would probably say “yes”. About six inches fell in the Shakopee area. A warm-up is on the way, but Mike Greasinger with the National Weather Service says we shouldn’t get too excited.
Authorities say the 2-year-old boy abducted from his home Sunday morning has been found and his non-custodial father, and alleged abductor, was arrested in Wisconsin.
After a long trip home, the last thing most people want is a long line. Traveling sales rep Rachel Anhorn says at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, getting a taxi is not a problem. “This is one of the best airports for that,” Anhorn said. “It’s fantastic. Chicago and New York, it’s terrible. But here, I’ve never once waited for a cab.”
They’re supposed to be the ones you call when you need help on the roads. But since the beginning of this year, more than a dozen state troopers have become victims. Lt. Eric Roeske with State Patrol said it’s become a bit of a common thing over the past month.
There’s a law you may not know about that you could be breaking this winter. In Minnesota, drivers are required to clear their car windows of snow before driving. Scraping may seem pretty standard, but a lot of people aren’t doing it. Officers say that’s caused a string of accidents.
The cost to get in the gates at the Minnesota State Fair is going up by $1. That means adults will pay $13, and seniors and kids will pay $11. Tickets for children under five remain free. Jerry Hammer, the state fair’s general manager, says the increase is necessary for operational purposes. “Our costs to produce the fair continue to go up quite a bit,” Hammer said.
A snowmobiler died early Tuesday morning after crashing into an obstruction while driving off of the groomed snowmobile trails. Chaksa Police say that the man was heading into work when he crashed. He reportedly called a roommate after the crash, saying that he needed help.
Minneapolis is at the top of yet another list. This time the city is ranked No. 1 for the best city for “Broke Millennials.”