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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Memorial Day holiday in Minnesota is proof of how much difference a year can make. Memorial Day 2014 in Minnesota was quite different than Memorial Day 2013. Temps soared into the 80’s in the Twin Cities on Monday.
A group of Minnesotans are in the nation’s capitol Sunday to honor our country’s fallen heroes. They’ll be participating in the national Memorial Day celebration in Washington D.C., invited there by the President.
The search of Amy Pagnac’s childhood home continued Tuesday in Maple Grove. She went missing 25 years ago when she was just 13 years old. She was last seen outside a gas station with her father in Osseo in 1989.
Sunday’s beautiful weather is a relief to most of us, but one particular group is really grateful. Farms are finally buzzing with activity after a long cold winter and wet spring, which was a terrible combination for farmers. So, planting is way behind in many parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin.
A boy who can’t speak became the center of attention at his St. Cloud high school for all the right reasons. It’s a story about how some of life’s best moments aren’t necessarily perfect. Jordan Knapek’s world is an elaborate one. A nurse and a care assistant escort him through life.
St. Paul firefighters say they almost had their third fatality of the season Sunday. Darlene Centeno was sleeping when a fire erupted in her St. Paul basement. She was able to escape by crawling through her small bedroom window. But firefighters say if she was bigger, that wouldn’t have worked.