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.
It finally happened. On Wednesday, some parts of Minnesota and western Wisconsin got above 70 degrees. And true to form, many people didn’t waste a minute of the warmth.
If you thought Tuesday was nice, wait until you see what Wednesday has to offer.
Police are investigating after a high-speed chase from Minneapolis to Jordan, Minn. in a stolen vehicle ended with two women in custody.
Spring Break is wrapping up in some districts, and after Thursday’s snowstorm it looks like anything but spring in Minnesota.
It’s the kind of weather that has some questioning life and geography. Some people are asking, “Why do I live in Minnesota?” But Dr. Cheryl Bemel, a psychologist with Allina Health, says go ahead and complain. “Talking about it really helps. Don’t keep it all in, don’t be that strong Minnesotan with the upper lip that doesn’t want to say anything about how crummy you’re feeling about the weather,” Bemel said.
It seems the two go hand-in-hand: chemotherapy and losing your hair. However, some cancer patients are keeping their hair in the midst of aggressive treatments: It’s called cold cap therapy.
In 2009, 13 people were killed in a shooting at Fort Hood in Texas. Minnesota Pvt. 1st Class Kham Xiong was one of the victims. Shoua Her of North St. Paul was married to Xiong. After finding out about the latest shooting on Wednesday, she spoke with WCCO.
A run from the law ended in the Bahamas for a Minnesota couple accused of receiving welfare while living in luxury.
As the winter begins to the thaw, many Minnesotans are just not getting a glimpse at the lawn for the first time in months. In many cases, it’s not a pretty sight. Local experts said this has been one of the worst seasons ever for winter-burn.
Jim Braunshausen, Mankato’s deputy director of public works, has been working potholes for 28 years. He says this year stands out. “Rates in the top ten of pothole years,” Braunshausen said. What’s also different this year is that he’s got some free help. As of this month, Mankato drivers can use an app on their phone or tablet to report potholes. The app is already popular in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Eden Prairie and beyond.
Graham Fowler, of Fridley, Minn., is a 10-year-old with an extremely disease called Spitzoid Melanoma. He’s being treated at the Mayo Clinic and has had eight surgeries. Yet, he’s found a colorful way to help other people heal in the midst of his own sickness. “He was a healthy little boy, and he had a mole on his arm. Now he’s had eight major surgeries and his life’s completely changed,” said Brittany Fowler, his sister.
There will be no felony charges filed against the driver of the car that plunged into a retention pond in St. Louis Park last fall, killing two young children, according to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.
A Minnesota teenager, who initially got in trouble for a Facebook post, now has $70,000 from her school. In 2011, sixth grader Riley Stratton wrote on her Facebook page that she hated her teacher’s aide at a Minnewaska school. According to a complaint, Stratton was forced to turn over her email and Facebook passwords to administrators.
It’s been two weeks since ice houses cleared local lakes, but some are still ice fishing. So that got us wondering: With cold days like Sunday, is the ice still safe to walk on?
It’s been six months since 20-year-old Anarae Schunk of Burnsville went missing and was later found dead in southern Minnesota.