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Liz Sawyer

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Liz Sawyer is a graduate of Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications, where she majored in newspaper and online journalism. During her time at SU, Sawyer served as news editor of the school's independent student newspaper, The Daily Orange. She previously covered the South Metro and Minneapolis at the Star Tribune.Follow @bylizsawyer
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The scene of an officer involved shooting in Chanhassen, Minn., on July 13, 2018.

Father of Chanhassen teen killed by police requests city investigation

"Our kids cannot be killed by those who are here to protect and serve," Don Amorosi said.
St. Paul police were investigating a homicide in the city’s Eastview neighborhood.

Man, 20, shot and killed in St. Paul

A 20-year-old man was shot and killed Sunday afternoon in St. Paul's Eastview neighborhood, authorities said.

Maple Grove woman dies of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning; fumes send 3 officers to hospital

Three police officers were treated at a hospital for exposure to the fumes, authorities said.
A rendering of Canterbury Commons public space

Canterbury Park gets final OK for luxury housing, commercial development

Construction of Canterbury Commons, a gated luxury housing complex at the Shakopee racetrack, is expected to begin this fall.
A large crowd watched two knights battle at the end of the jousting competition.

Renaissance Festival faces sexual harassment, hostile-workplace suit

Festival managers deny the allegations, say they have no knowledge of inappropriate behavior.

For the first time, state inmates have access to free tampons

Nina McCoy counts herself as one of the lucky ones. With the help of her family, she could afford the personal-hygiene products she needed during…
Authorities posted this information on Twitter.

Mistakenly freed Sioux Falls prisoner is back in jail

Jailers set free the wrong inmate Monday after accidentally switching court records.
Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy announced changes at Stillwater prison on Friday.

Stillwater prison building where officer was killed will be closed

Shutting the industry building where the corrections officer was killed is one of a number changes the state prison system plans to make in the wake of the slaying.
Police are responding to an active situation at the Costco in Burnsville on Wednesday.

Burnsville Costco evacuated, police respond to report of man with gun in parking lot

Burnsville police were warning on Twitter for people to "please stay out of the area," near Burnhaven Drive and McAndrews Road.
A LimeBike dockless bike.

Dockless LimeBike rentals hit streets of Edina

The long-awaited bikes can be found in 50th & France, Southdale areas.

Minneapolis man found dead in car after gunfire in south Minneapolis

Officers responded at 2:41 a.m. to a report of shots fired in the area of the 5700 block of 33rd Avenue S. and found the body.
Police investigated the scene of a shooting between a suspect and two South St. Paul police officers on Thursday.

'Constantly shooting' suspect wounds 2 officers in South St. Paul

Gunfire broke out at a residence for people with mental illness. The suspect shooter was taken into custody without injury.
St. Paul police were investigating a man shot Thursday night near the intersection of Rice Street and Front Avenue, in the MaMa’s Pizza parking lot.

St. Paul police investigating shooting

One man was shot around 10 p.m. near the intersection of Rice Street and Front Avenue, police confirm.
At the Department of Corrections in St. Paul, Commissioner Tom Roy confirmed the death of Joseph Gomm from an assault Wednesday by an inmate at the st

Stillwater inmate serving time for homicide kills guard

The officer was identified as Joseph Gomm, who had been on the job for 16 years. The attack prompted a lockdown of all state prisons.
The scene of an officer-involved shooting in Chanhassen, Minn., on Friday that left a Minnetonka High School student dead.

BCA names deputies who fatally shot Chanhassen teen, says he was armed with BB gun, hatchet

Archer Amorosi's funeral is scheduled for Wednesday.
The Lennar Corp. plans to develop 188 acres bordering two lakes, property formerly owned by Prince. Neighbors fear losing a pristine recreation area.

Neighbors oppose plans for 200 homes on Prince property in Chanhassen

More than 20 neighbors spoke against the project, which they fear will damage neighborhood lakes, clear-cut acres of forest and increase congestion.
Patrons on the outdoor patio at Lord Fletcher's in Spring Park, Minn.

Orono police investigate two reported druggings at Lord Fletcher's

Authorities recommend that bar patrons keep a close eye on their drinks.
Mindy Barry, a neighbor and friend of Don Damond, placed a candle at a memorial set up at the site where Justine Damond Ruszczyk was killed by Minneap

On anniversary of her death, Damond remembered in Mpls.

A bench with her name on it was dedicated near Minnehaha Creek.

Former Shakopee City Hall site could see redevelopment

Apartment proposal designed with young professionals in mind.
The scene of an officer-involved shooting in Chanhassen on Friday that left a 16-year-old boy dead with his parents nearby after a brief standoff outs

Standoff outside Chanhassen home ends with teen shot, killed

The BCA, which is investigating the shooting by Carver County deputies, says a Taser was used before the shooting. Friends identified the 16-year-old as an incoming Minnetonka High junior.
A bear hopped over a guardrail near Lord Fletcher's tavern on Saturday afternoon. Authorities later shot and killed it, deeming it a public safety haz

Black bear killed near Lake Minnetonka after deemed safety threat

Sighting one of many reported recently in southern Minnesota, south of the animals' traditional range.
Former Shakopee schools Superintendent Rod Thompson appeared in court Friday morning on new charges alleging that he illegally accessed and altered fi

Ex-Shakopee schools chief appears in court on new charges

Rod Thompson, already charged with embezzlement, is facing new charges that he illegally accessed school data.
The closing weekend for the Minnesota Renaissance Festival saw near perfect weather Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, in Shakopee, MN. Here, Tuey the comic stun

Renaissance Festival staff leave amid sexual misconduct investigation

Accused director is not among departures.
Thousands marched through downtown Minneapolis on Saturday afternoon to demonstrate agains the Trump administration's immigration policies.

Thousands join Mpls. march opposing immigration policies

The Families Belong Together protest, one of hundreds taking place across the country, packed at least six downtown blocks before heading back to the Convention Center.
The “Wash and Learn” program is an initiative aimed at closing the digital divide.

Scott County Library brings books, services to laundromat

The six-week pilot program is aiming to close the digital divide.
Rod Thompson

Former Shakopee superintendent accessed school files illegally, charges say

Former Shakopee school chief Rod Thompson already was charged with embezzling more than $70,000, and new charges say he illegally accessed and altered school files on the internet.
A woman was overcome with emotion during a prayer held for the man killed by Minneapolis Police hours earlier in North Minneapolis. She was part of an

Man fatally shot by police in north Minneapolis alley

At a late-night news conference at City Hall, Police Chief Medaria Arradondo stressed that the investigation, led by the BCA, will be "absolutely transparent."
Blaine community service officer Jennah Justen gave Ranger, the Nanneys' dog, a new home.

Blaine officer adopts dog after motorcycle crash kills colleague, wife

A colleague who regularly served as a dogsitter for the couple has stepped in to adopt Ranger, their chocolate Lab.

Bail set at $100K for Renaissance festival ex-manager accused of rape

The suspended manager has an Aug. 30 court date.
Susie and Steve Nanney

Blaine police officer, wife killed in motorcycle crash

Four motorcyclists died on Twin Cities highways in a 24-hour span.

Driver in north Mpls. crash that killed 2 could face charges, police say

"Speed, reckless and impaired driving are all thought to be possible causes of the crash," said police spokesman John Elder.
Carr Leon Hagerman photo: Hennepin County Sheriff’s office.

Renaissance Festival manager accused of raping photographer on fairgrounds

Carr Hagerman was charged Tuesday with sexual assault and was being held in jail without bail.

Rat infestation forces closure of Duluth elementary school

Pest control workers are trapping five rodents per day under the school's foundation.

Man found shot at north Minneapolis intersection dies at hospital

Police found the victim at the intersection of Lowry and Fremont avenues N.

Gas leak prompts evacuation in downtown Belle Plaine

Several dozen people were evacuated.
Pepper the poodle.

Aggressive doe remains on loose in Shoreview after fatally stomping poodle

The deer may have been protecting a fawn.
Scores of onlookers rooted on the raccoon as it moved next door to the UBS Tower and scaled the concrete skyscraper, making it up as high as the 20th

Raccoon that scaled skyscraper in downtown St. Paul is safe and sound

The little critter's antics on the exterior of a downtown office tower delighted scores of onlookers in person and online.
Mary Dettinger , 6 got a closer look at the Vera , the 4-month old female Amur tiger cub at the during her public debut at the Minnesota Zoo Wednesday

Minnesota Zoo Beastly Bash aims to raise big bucks, awareness

The Minnesota Zoo has refashioned its annual black tie fundraising gala into a more casual outdoor cocktail party to draw a younger audience.

Motorcyclist killed in Fillmore County collision with horse is identified

A 60-year-old Iowa man who died Friday morning when his motorcycle collided with a horse in rural Fillmore County has been identified as Timothy Joe…
Ray Loftus walked through his hobby farm last month in Savage. Loftus has finally decided to sell the last of the hundreds of acres of land that has b

Savage's last hobby farm may soon disappear

Final piece of a family farm dating to 1860, among last in Savage, goes on the market.
Alex Benitez-Alvarez, 8, tried out his modified walker at East Junior High School in Shakopee recently. Ethan Hintz, left, Jake Hallett, center, and T

Shakopee engineering students construct life-changing products for disabled peers

Special needs students receive useful tools for everyday life from a group of junior high engineers in Shakopee.

2 killed, several injured in Memorial Day weekend crashes

The 3-day weekend marks the start to what authorities say is the deadliest stretch on Minnesota roads.

Two injured in another shooting at Little Earth

At least eight people have been shot at the south Minneapolis housing complex this month.
The Minnesota Zoo has taken a more measured approach to long-term planning. Rather than launching pricey blockbuster exhibits, officials have shifted

Minnesota Zoo expected to get $6 million in state funding for crucial repairs

More than $6 million for infrastructure improvements at the Minnesota Zoo hangs in the balance as Gov. Mark Dayton weighs whether to sign off on…
Robert Wagner, owner and operator of Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store, commissioned 11 artists to create a ceiling mural of Gotham City and Minneapol

Minnesota's Largest Candy Store sends up the bat signal for customers

Construction on Hwy. 169 could cut into its business this summer.
James Holt Jr. and Nicole Smith-Holt (third from right) rallied at the Minnesota state Capitol on Saturday against the high and rising prices of presc

Dozens rally at State Capitol for more affordable prescription drugs

Chants of "Patients over profits!" rang out as protesters called for legislation aimed at pharmaceutical industry.
Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom, shown in 2015, said further investigation is needed.

Woman won't be charged for now after scores of animals found at home

The Dakota County attorney said further investigation is needed of the Farmington woman who ran an animal rescue nonprofit.

Victoria open meetings case heading to Minnesota Supreme Court

The Carver County city has paid nearly $500k in legal fees related to the lawsuit and elected officials continue to squabble over violations.
Then-Gophers athletic director Norwood Teague, shown in 2013.

U paid nearly $300,000 in sex harassment cases related to Teague

The settlements went to two prominent women on University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler's senior leadership team, according to newly released documents.
Construction workers will become more visible in Shakopee with more housing developments slated to begin.

Shakopee approves flurry of new housing projects

City will get first new apartment units in more than a decade.
From left, Greg Hayes, director of Mdewakanton Public Safety, Tribal Chairman Charles R. Vig and Fire Capt. Bob Jacobs.

Mdewakanton fire department earns prestigious performance rating

Performance ranking puts it among the top 2 percent of fire departments nationally.
Friends Olivia Bremer, left, and Skylar Bouman, both 9, of Waconia, welcomed more than 140 veterans home after a whirlwind trip to honor their service

Decades later, Korean and Vietnam-era veterans mark homecoming

Korean and Vietnam-era vets receive "honor flight" to visit war memorials in Washington, D.C.
Founders Shawn Hallett, a Shakopee school board member, left, and Kristin Koller both regularly staff Saber Nation Station.

School resource rooms offer bounty for underprivileged teens

Shakopee High boutique offers free essentials for students in need.

Shakopee school board authorizes $2.4 million in cuts, fills vacancy

The board appointed longtime educator Judith Tomczik to fill the vacancy left by Mary Romansky, who resigned last winter.
The scene of a violent crash late Friday in St. Paul that killed a 41-year-old driver passing by and injured a suspect fleeing police. The crash also

Man killed when fleeing suspect slams into his car in St. Paul

After a long day of work at a St. Paul barbershop, Lashay Whittaker headed home to his wife and two children late Friday. He didn't make it.

Northern Minnesota man dies in rollover

A 34-year-old man from Lancaster, Minn., died early Saturday in a single-vehicle rollover in northwestern Minnesota about 20 miles from the Canadian border.
Canterbury Commons will eventually include 599 apartments.

Canterbury Park housing development to break ground this fall

Work will begin this fall on first stage of Shakopee housing, retail complex.
Longtime Owatonna educator Dorothy Smith dies at 98

Longtime Owatonna educator Dorothy Smith dies at 98

Smith went on to spend nearly 40 years in the classroom teaching elementary students to read, first in rural one-room schoolhouses and then Owatonna's bustling school district. She died March 8 at age 98 at the Brookdale Sterling House in Owatonna.
Chanhassen Inn co-owner Jean Zamor tested the newly installed lock on the front door of the hotel Thursday, the inn’s last day of business. The fron

It's lights out at the Chanhassen Inn, which grew up along with the suburb

Hotel will be razed to make room for a Panera cafe.
In St. Paul, 20,000 rally for gun control

In St. Paul, 20,000 rally for gun control

In rallies at the Capitol and in a few other communities across Minnesota, students found new power and energy as they led March for Our Lives demonstrations.
Shakopee schools chief Gary Anger talked with fourth-graders Allis Ayala Lopez, left, and Elvin Rascon.

Shakopee schools chief looks to heal troubled district – and himself

Superintendent Gary Anger has relied on small gestures to boost morale in an embattled district stung by scandal.
The former Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice Home in Chaska soon will be repurposed as a temporary-stay crisis center.

Scott County seeking $1.4 million for mental health crisis center in Savage

Scott County seeks funding to build residential mental health facility for vulnerable adults.
Colleen McNellis (left), 74, and Judy Niemann, 78, have patronized O’Gara’s for 70 years.

O'Gara's pub in St. Paul celebrates building's final St. Paddy's Day

Patrons of the landmark St. Paul pub, slated for demolition and rebuilding, showed up in green force Saturday.
About 50 parents, neighbors and friends of students at Dowling Elementary in Minneapolis, joined hands in silence for 17 minutes outside the school.

Minn. students join walkout demanding stricter gun laws

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter arrived at Harding High to show his support chanting, "Books not bullets!" along with students.
Annie Young

Minneapolis Park Board renames Riverside parcel for conservationist Annie Young

The commissioner was a conservation leader and steward of the riverfront.
A 26-acre site planned for 600-plus luxury apartments in a gated community that's adjacent Canterbury Park in Shakopee.

Canterbury Park development clears another major hurdle

Shakopee approved the funding Canterbury Park sought for redevelopment.
An arsenal of weapons found in the home of a Vadnais Heights teen after threats were reported.

Family: Vadnais Heights boy suspected of threat has autism

His grandfather said the reports of an arsenal in a Vadnais Heights home are exaggerated.
A 26-acre site in Shakopee that’s adjacent to Canterbury Park was among those offered by Minnesota to Amazon.

Scott County Amazon bids offer glimpse into state's approach

Minnesota did not make the online retail giant's list of top 20 finalists last month.
Elko New Market Police Chief Rick Jensen handed out police stickers to children at a playground while on patrol Friday. The City Council voted unanimo

Meet Minnesota's safest city: Elko New Market

In the tight-knit community of Elko New Market, just named the safest city in Minnesota, police officers are so popular that they're invited to children's birthday parties.

Emails show Shakopee board member felt forced into resignation

Mary Romansky abruptly resigned late last month amid questions about her "engagement level."

Longtime Shakopee school board member resigns amid questions about 'engagement'

Board members to decide how to fill Mary Romansky's vacant seat.
The Minnesota National Guard held a deployment ceremony for the 347th Regional Support Group, who are deploying to Kuwait, and a welcome home ceremony

Minneapolis event honors National Guard members serving overseas

National Guard units headed overseas are honored, along with others recently arrived home.
Zoo Director John Frawley dreams of converting the defunct 1980s-era monorail track into an aerial treetop boardwalk.

Aging Minnesota Zoo needs repairs, seeks nearly $35 million from state

Campaign seeks money to fix railings, walkways, bridges.
In this rendering of a Club Nomadic, the world-famous traveling night life experience that was in Houston last year, will call the Shakopee Mdewakanto

Club Nomadic drops lawsuit against Mystic Lake

Promoter accused the casino of breach of contract after they pulled the plug on a Super Bowl concert venue.
Chantel Brooks and Hope Coleman, from left, who lost sons in police shootings, were among those at Saturday’s conference.

For mothers bereaved by police shootings, protest comes naturally

Women who've lost sons to police shootings gathered at Augsburg University.
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