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Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield

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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.

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Thousands Play Hooky To Watch World Cup

The U.S. won, despite losing Thursday in the World Cup. Thomas Mueller scored the only goal as Germany beat Team USA 1-0 in Brazil. But the U.S. team still had a good enough record to advance to the next round. The USA will play on, and the Twin Cities will party on.

06/26/2014

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Psychologist: You Can’t Just Blame Parents For Waseca Plot

A Minnesota teenager accused of plotting to kill his family and classmates told police he thinks he’s a sociopath. Investigators recorded their questioning of 17-year-old John La Due after his arrest in April. In the nearly five-hour interview, La Due talked in detail about wanting to kill as many people as possible at his school in Waseca.

06/25/2014

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Strawberries Delayed, But They’ll Be Worth The Wait

Farmers, as you can imagine, pay a lot of attention to the weather. “In the last few days we’ve had over 6 inches of rain,” said Paul Nelson, of Untiedt’s Vegetable Farm in Montrose.

06/21/2014

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Minn. Man Gets Brain-Powered Prosthetic Arm

A new type of prosthetic is yielding some amazing results, and becoming a true game-changer for amputees in Minnesota. It involves a 15 hour surgery that is paired with the new prosthetic that is powered by his brain. Only a few Minnesotans have had it.

06/17/2014

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MN-Based Punch Pizza Thriving After Risky Wage Move

Six months ago, a Twin Cities business took a risk few have voluntarily taken. Before state law changed minimum wage laws in April, the owner of Punch Pizza increased wages to $10 an hour — a $2.5 million investment over the next 10 years.

06/16/2014

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World Cup Fever Hits The Twin Cities

It’s the most popular sport in the world. And this week the whole world is watching. The viewing party for the first game of the 2014 World Cup wrapped up at Brit’s Pub in Minneapolis early Thursday evening.

06/12/2014

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We ‘Never Hurt Amy’: Pagnac’s Mom On Investigation

Amy Pagnac would have been 38 years old this week. Some 25 birthdays have passed since she went missing from an Osseo gas station. But what was once a cold case is now active. Officers searched her childhood home in Maple Grove in May. Last week, they excavated the family farm in Isanti County.

06/11/2014

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Groundwater Saturation Wreaks Havoc In Metro

Recent rains are causing problems throughout the Twin Cities. Groundwater levels are very high right now. The soft land is leading to small landslides in backyards. Tim Cowedry, a groundwater geologist with the U.S. Geographical Survey, says water is in great supply – but it’s not just the water you can see.

06/10/2014

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Deposed Archbishop Says He Can’t Recall Abuse Case

The head of the Archdiocese of St. Louis said under oath that he couldn’t recall details about how he handled allegations of abuse against a Minnesota priest years ago. But Archbishop Robert Carlson did say he never went to authorities after that priest admitted in 1984 that he engaged in criminal sexual contact with a minor.

06/09/2014

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Gaylord Child Hurt While Biking Teams Up With Cop, Gives Away Free Helmets

It’s a story we’ve often shared: A child in a serious bike accident. However, this story, unlike some others, has a happy ending. Holden Abrahams, 13, still can’t use his arm, but he’s much better off than he was. In May, he was hit by a car while riding his bike near a park in Gaylord. He wasn’t wearing a helmet and ended up at HCMC with a brain bleed.

06/08/2014

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St. Croix Bridge On Track For 2016 Completion

It’s been just over a year since construction started on the St. Croix Bridge. All of the underwater work is complete on the $600 million-plus project that will connect Minnesota and Wisconsin.

06/07/2014

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Family Of Girl Nearly Hit By Semi Speaks Out

The young girl nearly hit by a semi truck that illegally passed a school bus late last week said she’s still shaken up from the incident. Sixth grader Alexis Schwartz said she’s trying to keep her mind off last Friday’s incident. “The semi came out of nowhere, almost like, just scared the heck out of me,” she said.

06/04/2014

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Home Rendered Uninhabitable By Mudslide To Be Demolished

The Eden Prairie City Council voted Monday to demolish a house after it was declared uninhabitable following a mudslide caused by the weekend’s heavy rains.

06/02/2014

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Amy Pagnac’s Mother, Sister Thankful For Thorough Investigation

The family of Amy Pagnac talked Thursday about what officers took when they searched the family home last week. The Maple Grove 13-year-old went missing in Osseo in 1989. But just last week investigators did a thorough search of her childhood home.

05/29/2014

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Byron Smith’s Best Friend: ‘All He Wanted Was Peace & Quiet’

This week marks one month since a Minnesota homeowner went to prison for killing two unarmed teenage burglars. Byron Smith is serving life behind bars for shooting Nick Brady and Haile Kifer. The two cousins broke into his home in Little Falls on Thanksgiving 2012. Smith said it was self-defense, but a jury decided it was murder.

05/27/2014

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