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.
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.
There’s still time to find a job at the Minnesota State Fair. Spokesperson Brianna Schutte says they have a number of options. “Ticket taking, custodial work, sales position, working in food booths,” Schutte said. She said there are some conditions.
A case about the constitutionality of the Minnesota’s sex offender treatment program is heading to federal court. Attorney Dan Gustafson is representing 24-year-old Eric Terhaar. Both Terhaar and 48-year-old Rhonda Bailey are both trying to get released from the program.
Frank Thomas, otherwise known as the “The Big Hurt” is in town for the All-Star game on behalf of the Gillette Home Run Derby. He remembers playing in past All-Star games, and the first Home Run Derby in Minneapolis in 1985.
The 85th annual All-Star Game is still a few days away, but already fans are flocking to the Minneapolis Convention Center to take in the sights and sounds of baseball. Twins spokesman Kevin Smith says there will be a chance for everyone to get into the spirit of the game, with a parade on Tuesday. And at Target Station, behind the field, they will be showing both the Home Run Derby on Monday and the game on Tuesday.
Plans to relocate the Twin Cities U.S Immigration Office have been stopped after some Minnesota lawmakers stepped in.
Hundreds of thousands of people hit Loring Park this weekend as part of the annual Pride Festival in Minneapolis. The event, which celebrates the LGBT community and gay rights, is one of the largest of its kind in the entire country.
Zach LaVine’s parents, Paul and C.J., are celebrating right along with him. “It’s great. It feels good,” Paul said. It’s been a long journey. LaVine’s mother remembers many nights watching her son practice at their home. “When he was in the third grade, we would have to pull him from the backyard to eat. Only to get back out there again,” C.J. said.
Harriet Island is under water, so organizers with the Taste of Minnesota have had to scramble to find a new location. Linda Maddox said this late in the game, it will be difficult to pull off.
From the top of the state, to the bottom, Emergency Management Director Kris Eide has seen firsthand the damage the flooded has caused. “We thought we’d dodged a bullet,” Eide said. Eide was referring to the fact that floods usually happen in the spring and not summer. She said while the work of previous sandbagging has taken its toll, there is still more work to be done.
If you live in the southern Twin Cities metropolitan area, you may have heard the sirens go off. There were several reports of a funnel cloud in the sky. A number of viewers reported seeing funnel clouds at around 1 p.m.
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar will head to Washington, D.C. on Monday to ask the President for help for Minnesotans who have been affected by the floods. Klobuchar was in Mankato on Sunday to tour the flood damage there.
The right lane of northbound Interstate 35 between Cliff Road and Black Dog Road in Burnsville, Minn. will close at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. With all the rain we’ve had lately the Minnesota River is rising, and workers with the Minnesota Department of Transportation will put up barriers along the east side of the I-35W, near Black Dog Road, to keep the water out.
Gov. Mark Dayton spent another day in waterlogged farm fields in southern Minn. getting a firsthand look at flood damage. . The Governor was on WCCO Radio with Esme Murphy Friday afternoon. “Forty percent of the farm land has been destroyed or damaged. Bridges and culverts wiped out. And of course people are dealing with loss of crops, and livestock,” Dayton said. “It’s really awful.”
Thirty-one talented high school students from across the country are taking part in “Grammy Camp” here in Minnesota. It is an immersion in all aspects of the music business, from songwriting and engineering to video production and vocal performance.
Hundreds of volunteers have been working to sandbag homes around International Falls, Minn., where Bob Anderson is mayor, to protect the homes from rising water. Anderson said the Rainy River and Rainy Lake are overflowing. “It’s been about 85 years since the Rainy River has been this high,” Anderson said.
Soccer fans around the world are watching the World Cup in Brazil, and Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley says he hopes the enthusiasm will continue into August, when Minnesota will host the Guinness International Champions Cup.
More than 500,000 Minnesotans rely on food stamps today, which is more than double the number 10 years ago. Michelle Ness is executive director of PRISM, a Golden Valley food shelf, and she sees the problem first hand, particularly when it comes to having low income kids out of school.
A long range forecaster in Minnesota expects our summer to be quite pleasant. Watson was a guest on WCCO Radio’s News and Views program with Roshini Rajkumar.