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.
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.”
More than half a foot of snow fell on the Twin Cities Thursday morning, causing nearly 600 crashes and spinouts, the State Patrol says, and it made for lots of work for auto repair shops.
Across the state dozens of school districts canceled class Thursday to protect children from the cold. One Twin Cities hospital is reporting at least double its normal cases of frostbite and hypothermia this winter.
A Woodbury man could be traveling to a place no human has ever seen. He’s a finalist to be one of the first people to live on Mars. A Dutch company has a plan to colonize Mars before 2025. They have bubbles that astronauts would live in and a whole plan on how to exist.
Love it or hate it, the white-domed roof is soon to be gone. By Saturday night, the teflon bubble that’s been a part of the Twin Cities skyline for more than 30 years will likely be gone.
This month’s up-and-down temperatures have ice on roofs pouring down into Minnesota homes. Experts say ice dams are worse this winter than they’ve been in years. Randy Schmit with the Ice Dam Removal Guys says it’s almost as bad as three years ago, when it was “horrendous.”
Starting Tuesday night, snow emergencies started in both Minneapolis and St. Paul. WCCO-TV chief meteorologist Chris Shaffer says we’re nearly six inches below average for snow this season, but the snow we are getting has come in bursts.
The Waterworths found out their son has cystic fibrosis this past summer, then they found out their other son also has the genetic, life-threatening illness. A group called HopeKids and the Timberwolves Fastbreak Foundation helped them score an all access night with the Timberwolves, including a one-on-one meet-up with Kevin Love.