Susie Jones has been with WCCO Radio since 1996. She started as a part-time reporter in the newsroom. She was born and raised in Southeast Minneapolis and is one of four daughters. Susie went to the University of Minnesota and graduated with a degree in speech communications. She got her first job in news, at WXOW TV in La Crosse Wisconsin in 1989, and then moved to Madision Wisconsin in 1993 and worked as a reporter and weekend anchor until she moved back to Minneapolis in 1995. Susie has had many roles with CBS radio. In 2001, she started a new business radio station called KCCO, and hosted an afternoon show. Then in 2003, she began working on WCCO radio as a morning street reporter. In 2004, she began co-hosting a talk show with Pat Miles, then Eleanor Mondale, and then John Hines. Susie has since returned to her “roots” back in the newsroom, as a full-time reporter. She lives in St Louis Park with her two children, who are now 15 and 16 years old.
Dale Freking is a board member with the Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota chapter of the ALS Association. He told WCCO’s Roshini Rajkumar that it’s not always easy for nonprofits to raise money, so the Ice Bucket Challenge paid off huge.
The tragic death of a 4-year-old Pope County Minn. boy is prompting state officials to rethink a law that’s designed to protect children. Lucinda Jesson is the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
News that the Baltimore Ravens have fired Ray Rice — after a video of him allegedly striking his then-fiancé surfaced — is being hailed by those who are trying to stop domestic violence. Jennifer Polzin is with the Tubman Center for Families in Minneapolis.
The summer was going just great until June 15 for many golf course owners in the Twin Cities. Then the rain started falling, and it flooded two of the five public courses in the city.
Dave and Amy Freeman are making their way to Washington, D.C. — in a canoe. The couple is paddling 2,000 miles from Ely to the nation’s capitol. They’re on a mission to draw attention to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says they will never stop trying to get the case of Jacob Wetterling resolved. He says he hopes by being featured on CNN’s “The Hunt”, new information will be uncovered.
The Labor movement has had to reinvent itself since its beginnings in this country. John Budd is a University of Minnesota professor who researches and teaches about diverse aspects of work, employment, and related institutions.
Expect a lot of people to be out on the roads this Labor Day weekend. Gail Weinholzer is director of public affairs at AAA Minnesota/Iowa. “We are expecting nearly 34.7 million Americans to travel at least 50 miles or more,” Weinholzer said. “Nearly 30 million Americans will be traveling by personal automobile.”
St Paul Police Commander John Bandemer remembers the events of Aug. 26, 1994 like it was yesterday. He was off duty when two officers and a K-9 were shot. That morning, police were called to check on a “slumper” — a person found asleep in a vehicle. Officer Ron Ryan Jr. approached the vehicle, woke up the driver and obtained his identification.
Katy Gerdes won $10,000 in the “Donut Showdown” competition, which pitted her against some very talented bakers from across the country. WCCO’s Dave Lee talked with her about the contest, which aired on the Cooking Channel, and the crazy concoctions they had to make.
The Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk ends Sunday at the Minnesota State Capitol. Nearly 1,000 people are taking part, including Dr. Sheri Prentiss, who was diagnosed herself with breast cancer in 2008.
It appears all is running well on this first Saturday of the 2014 Minnesota State Fair. Spokesperson Brianna Schutte told WCCO’s Steve Thompson that she’s pleased, especially with the new transit hub location. Schutte says it’s making it even easier for fairgoers to get into, and out of the fair.
Many fairgoers approach the “Great Minnesota Get-Together” with precision and a highly organized routine. Having a plan is comforting to many because it’s psychologically soothing.
Thirty-nine-year-old Cardie Jackson and 40-year-old Shonwta Jackson were charged with second-degree murder Tuesday in Hennepin County Court in the death of their 6-week-old daughter. Hennepin County prosecutor Amy Sweasy says the baby suffocated in a laundry basket filled with blankets and a pillow, where she regularly slept.
Augsburg College helped give a newly 100-year-old man quite the memorable birthday celebration. Edor Nelson was born in Dawson, Minnesota in 1914. He graduated from Augsburg in 1938, where he played baseball, football and basketball.
New statewide immunizations take effect in September, and parents are urged to act now before school starts. Dr. Gigi Chawla, a health expert, said Minnesota has already had more than 500 cases of whooping cough reported this year and the 2011 measles outbreak in the state started with an unvaccinated child.
Charles Zelle is Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Transportation. He told WCCO Radio that managing the state’s transportation system is a bit of a conundrum. “Fifty percent of our roads are more than 50 years old,” Zelle said.
If the moon looks a little bigger and brighter to you these days, you’re right. WCCO Radio Meteorologist Mike Lynch explains the so-called “supermoon” phenomenon. “The ‘supermoon’ is a term that comes from astrology, not astronomy,” Lynch said.
Authorities in St. Louis Park are trying to find the person or people responsible for setting two separate fires at the same business in the last few weeks. The latest fire happened last Friday at the Maaco auto painting and body shop on Oxford Street.
A Twin Cities professor is closely watching the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Christy Hanson is dean of the Institute for Global Citizenship at Macalester College.
Dr. Tom Cairns of Bloomington had Ebola before it even had a name. Cairns was working as a medical missionary in the 1970s and remembers doing an autopsy where he nicked his glove with his scalpel. Two weeks later, the illness took over his body.
Authorities are looking for the driver of a car that hit two bicyclists on a frontage road late Saturday night and left the scene, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The incident happened at about 11:52 p.m. on the 14000 block of 60th Street North in Oak Park Heights.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is having an impact on some health organizations here in the Twin Cities. The nonprofit group Children’s Surgery International has canceled a trip to Liberia because of the outbreak.
Janee Harteau is the chief of police in Minneapolis, where she’s trying to stop violence in the city. She told WCCO’s Roshini Rajkumar that currently there are 779 officers on the street, but she would like more.
In November 2010, 12-year-old Guadeloupe Galeno-Hernandez was paralyzed after being hit by a stray bullet in the throat, which severed her spine. She spent a month at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, and then six months at St. Paul’s Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare.