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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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Firefighters rescue teens trapped 100 feet down in St. Paul cave

The boys were exploring caverns on the city's West Side when their adventure went awry. They were not hurt.
Fearing more tech problems, Give to the Max charities take new strategy

Fearing more tech problems, Give to the Max charities take new strategy

Nonprofits make plans in case tech trouble hits Give to the Max.
Ex-Shakopee superintendent charged with embezzlement

Ex-Shakopee superintendent charged with embezzlement

Rod Thompson,who resigned in June amid outrage over his alleged misuse of district credit cards, was charged Tuesday with 20 felony counts of theft and embezzlement and one misdemeanor.

Several teens from Burnsville church hurt in bus rollover

The crash happened on icy Hwy. 52 near Rochester.

South metro suburbs favor familiar candidates

Voters in the south metro hit the polls and rewarded familiar candidates in Savage and Northfield races. (See results of Minnesota election contests here.)…
What's missing in Prior Lake? Very little, survey says

What's missing in Prior Lake? Very little, survey says

As the population of Prior Lake grows, so too does the enthusiasm of its residents.
Minnesota Zoo to request nearly $35 million in 2018 bonding bill

Minnesota Zoo to request nearly $35 million in 2018 bonding bill

It will ask the Legislature to fund an aerial walkway, a trolley system and critical infrastructure improvements at its 40-year-old campus.
Retired Shakopee schools superintendent to lead district temporarily

Retired Shakopee schools superintendent to lead district temporarily

Jon McBroom in contract talks to replace Gary Anger, who is on a medical leave.
Shakopee superintendent takes medical leave after cancer diagnosis

Shakopee superintendent takes medical leave after cancer diagnosis

Gary Anger will immediately begin treatment for small cell carcinoma.
Savage City Council candidates hold first public forum

Savage City Council candidates hold first public forum

Two veterans will face a longtime incumbent in quest for two open seats.
Princeton couple were in plane that crashed near Ramsey in river

Princeton couple were in plane that crashed near Ramsey in river

A woman's body has been recovered, and attempts continued Saturday to find the body of a second victim, presumed to be her husband.
Shakopee hopes to maintain 'small-town feel' amid major growth

Shakopee hopes to maintain 'small-town feel' amid major growth

Residents will help develop a vision for housing, parks and lifestyle in 2040 Comprehensive plan.
Scott County offers Amazon design freedom in pitch for HQ2

Scott County offers Amazon design freedom in pitch for HQ2

Sites in Shakopee and Elko New Market are vying to make the state's cut for regional bid.
I-35W closure in Minneapolis detouring motorists, slowing traffic

I-35W closure in Minneapolis detouring motorists, slowing traffic

MnDOT says plan alternative routes, leave early to avoid major traffic delays.
Big Mystic Lake hotel on tight deadline to open for Super Bowl

Big Mystic Lake hotel on tight deadline to open for Super Bowl

Lofty addition is on track to help Mystic Lake become one of the region's largest hotels.
Shakopee watchdog group sets sights on school board

Shakopee watchdog group sets sights on school board

Some Shakopee residents have rallied together to form a community watchdog group with a single, unifying purpose: a demand that the school board step down. They want all seven members to resign but say they'll settle for a few.

Small plane crash in northwestern Minn. kills all 3 people aboard

Three men were found dead Saturday morning after the single-engine plane they were in crashed near Thief River Falls, in northwestern Minnesota.

Two Shakopee teens remain hospitalized, one critically, after crash

A 17-year-old boy is on life support, while a 17-year-old girl suffered a broken neck.
Shakopee council member asked to resign reacts with silence

Shakopee council member asked to resign reacts with silence

Tension between two of Shakopee's council members strained to the breaking point when one filed a complaint alleging that the other had misspent money from the Shakopee Heritage Society.
'Bad press,' politics blamed for failure of $24M Shakopee project

'Bad press,' politics blamed for failure of $24M Shakopee project

CPM Cos. had planned to buy and demolish the old City Hall and replace it with a 70-unit, market rate apartment complex geared toward young professionals. as well as a 100-room boutique hotel nearby.
'Deeply offensive' Burnsville High School homecoming sign comes under fire

'Deeply offensive' Burnsville High School homecoming sign comes under fire

A white student referenced "picking cotton" in a poster to ask out a black student. The junior has apologized and removed the post.

Body of Duluth-area woman recovered from Island Lake

Police believe she may have missed a turn and driven into the water.
Shakopee High student killed in crash, with 2 critically injured

Shakopee High student killed in crash, with 2 critically injured

A student at Shakopee High School was killed and two others were critically injured after a vehicle carrying five people overturned Thursday afternoon in Jackson Township, Minn.
Shakopee City Council drama escalates with police report

Shakopee City Council drama escalates with police report

Infighting could impact major pending development projects in the southern suburb.
Woman who hit, killed Wayzata officer was driving on revoked license

Woman who hit, killed Wayzata officer was driving on revoked license

Authorities continue to investigate the death of Wayzata officer William Mathews, who was struck by a vehicle while clearing debris off a metro highway Friday.
Shakopee's revamped community center opens

Shakopee's revamped community center opens

Residents are excited about the services it will provide amid concerns about funding for it.
Renaissance Festival looks to Jordan for 2020 relocation

Renaissance Festival looks to Jordan for 2020 relocation

Organizers wish to remain in Scott County once its lease expires at the longtime Shakopee location.
Charges: Mound man led $1 million Ponzi scheme to line his own pockets

Charges: Mound man led $1 million Ponzi scheme to line his own pockets

Jeremy Lundin used investor money to buy vehicles, trips and pay off personal debts, court records say.

Dakota County attorney charges 5 in drive-by shooting that injured 2

Violence began following escalating arguments in South St. Paul between former friends, charges said.
Chaska OKs four more data centers near booming industrial park

Chaska OKs four more data centers near booming industrial park

Approval likely after company meets with residents about reducing its impact on the area.
Rural sites searched for missing pregnant Fargo woman after infant found

Rural sites searched for missing pregnant Fargo woman after infant found

An area near Dilworth, Minn., is among those being searched for Savanna Greywind, missing since Aug. 19.
A decade after merger, Elko New Market looks to forge unified identity

A decade after merger, Elko New Market looks to forge unified identity

Some have embraced a united Elko New Market, while others see two distinct communities.
Aug. 20: Minnesota Zoo envisions itself as a gateway to state parks

Aug. 20: Minnesota Zoo envisions itself as a gateway to state parks

Repurposing monorail to aerial treetop walk is one of many ideas to revitalize the Apple Valley zoo.
Twin Cities' Sierra Leone community seeks to help homeland hit by mudslide

Twin Cities' Sierra Leone community seeks to help homeland hit by mudslide

Immigrants reach out to help mudslide victims.

Goodhue County crash kills 22-year-old Iowa man

Authorities do not believe alcohol was a factor in the semi-car crash.

Overnight shooting in downtown Minneapolis injures 3 men

At least five people were shot in three separate incidents from Friday evening to Saturday morning.
Dakota County Fair offers more intimate experience than huge State Fair

Dakota County Fair offers more intimate experience than huge State Fair

At popular heritage village, nostalgia mingles with education and fun.

St. Francis slashes ER wait times with online check-in

St. Francis hopes system will reduce wait times.
Volunteers scour Minnesota lakes for newest invasive: starry stonewort

Volunteers scour Minnesota lakes for newest invasive: starry stonewort

Hundreds of citizen scientists are helping track and stop spread of starry stonewort.
Mendota Heights police ID suspect wanted in homicide after body found, search

Mendota Heights police ID suspect wanted in homicide after body found, search

Police said they believe the suspect, who fled after running inside the White Pine Senior Living facility, is armed and dangerous.
Shakopee's first halal market caters to growing Somali population

Shakopee's first halal market caters to growing Somali population

With a market in place, they want to make a community center a mosque.

Menagha man dies in Wadena County crash

The driver of a second car was hospitalized with serious injuries.
Levy-Pounds delivers healthy daughter while on campaign trail

Levy-Pounds delivers healthy daughter while on campaign trail

In a statement to supporters, she declared Assata Joy Armstrong "a future freedom fighter."
Marchers cheer news of Harteau's departure, interrupt mayor

Marchers cheer news of Harteau's departure, interrupt mayor

After a rally at Loring Park, protesters headed downtown to City Hall, where they delayed the mayor's news conference on the police chief's resignation.
Hundreds in Mpls. rally, march to honor Justine Damond

Hundreds in Mpls. rally, march to honor Justine Damond

Among those attending was Valerie Castile, the mother of the man killed last year by a St. Anthony police officer.
Obituary: Mary Lou Ebel, co-founder of Voyageurs houseboat rental business

Obituary: Mary Lou Ebel, co-founder of Voyageurs houseboat rental business

As co-founder of Minnesota Voyageur Houseboats, the mild-mannered taskmaster managed the books, helped scrub the vessels by hand and acted as the master chef for a handful of live-in employees, serving up three hot meals a day.
A year after Castile's death, events seek to honor and heal

A year after Castile's death, events seek to honor and heal

In contrast to protests after Castile's death and officer Jeronimo Yanez's acquittal, the gatherings were peaceful — alternately celebratory and mournful.
Shakopee struggles to rein in City Council member

Shakopee struggles to rein in City Council member

Mike Luce denies wrongdoing and says allegations are "bogus."
Canterbury Park, downtown Shakopee to see building boom

Canterbury Park, downtown Shakopee to see building boom

Over the past 15 years, Shakopee's population has nearly doubled to 40,000 residents, but the city has been unable to keep pace with the growth. But a "super-luxury" development at Canterbury Park and an upcoming project in Shakopee's historic downtown could help solve the city's housing crunch.
Friends, family identify 19-year-old fatally shot in St. Paul near State Capitol

Friends, family identify 19-year-old fatally shot in St. Paul near State Capitol

The shooting scene was the site of a homicide in April.
Twin Cities Pride reverses course, invites police to parade

Twin Cities Pride reverses course, invites police to parade

The decision came just hours after meeting with Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau, who had openly criticized the move as "divisive."
After rally, Castile supporters march in downtown Mpls.

After rally, Castile supporters march in downtown Mpls.

Citizens pour out grief, frustration at Loring Park gathering before march.
Canterbury Park transforms from racetrack to entertainment destination

Canterbury Park transforms from racetrack to entertainment destination

Track operators say marketing gimmicks help drive attendance at the park, whose visitors are often leery of gambling more than a few bucks at a time.
After rally by Philando Castile supporters in St. Paul, marchers hit I-94 and arrests follow

After rally by Philando Castile supporters in St. Paul, marchers hit I-94 and arrests follow

Protesters' grief, anger spill over onto I-94
Chaska residents seek $5.8 million long-term supportive housing project

Chaska residents seek $5.8 million long-term supportive housing project

Proponents say the 28-unit complex will fill a much-needed void for homeless adults.

Hennepin County jail inmate dies in apparent suicide

The man had been in custody for three days.
After outcry, protests, Walker will remove 'Scaffold' sculpture

After outcry, protests, Walker will remove 'Scaffold' sculpture

A controversial new sculpture at the Walker Art Center that prompted an outcry among Minnesota's American Indian communities will be dismantled, the director said Saturday. The work is partly based on the 1862 hanging of 38 Dakota tribal members in Mankato.

Boater's body pulled from Kandiyohi County lake

The man's body was found Thursday night by a fisherman.
Take a walk through the Australian Outback — at the Minnesota Zoo

Take a walk through the Australian Outback — at the Minnesota Zoo

In total, 18 kangaroos and 18 smaller wallabies — as well as nearly a dozen joeys nursing in pouches — will roam the 5-acre parcel.
Waterlogged Mpls. cancels Twins, other weekend events

Waterlogged Mpls. cancels Twins, other weekend events

By Saturday night, most Minnesota towns will have collected 3 to 4 inches of rain, with a few places surpassing 5 inches — likely the wettest week of 2017, meterologist Paul Douglas said.
Popular Cars and Coffee event moves from Chanhassen to Shakopee

Popular Cars and Coffee event moves from Chanhassen to Shakopee

After outgrowing the Chanhassen AutoMotorPlex, the monthly show will have room to expand at Canterbury Park.
Alt-right nationalists, protesters clash at Minnesota State Capitol

Alt-right nationalists, protesters clash at Minnesota State Capitol

Meanwhile, inside the Capitol, Trump supporters who said they were not affiliated with the group outside gathered for a rally of their own.
Rescued puma joins Minnesota Zoo's other big cats

Rescued puma joins Minnesota Zoo's other big cats

The debut comes six months after the orphan was rescued outside Port Angeles, Wash.
Minnesota Zoo's annual gala raise funds, and awareness

Minnesota Zoo's annual gala raise funds, and awareness

More than $600,00 raised at event to pay for conservation work abroad, access program.
You've got mail — letters delivered to inbox before mailbox

You've got mail — letters delivered to inbox before mailbox

A new program offered by the U.S. Postal Service sends residents free images of their incoming cards and letters via e-mail each day.
Minnesota Zoo welcomes adorable new Amur tiger cub

Minnesota Zoo welcomes adorable new Amur tiger cub

The new cub is behind the scenes until she's strong enough to rejoin the pack and see visitors.
Cover those petunias: More snow on the way in west-central Minnesota

Cover those petunias: More snow on the way in west-central Minnesota

Some parts of Minnesota could get heavy snow, and temps could rise up to the 60s by Friday.
Belle Plaine veterans park to include satanic monument

Belle Plaine veterans park to include satanic monument

That's the unintended consequence of a small-town saga over free speech.
At least 10K gather at Capitol for Minnesota's March for Science

At least 10K gather at Capitol for Minnesota's March for Science

At least 10,000 people walked to the Minnesota State Capitol on Saturday to champion the role of science in American life. While organizers billed the event as nonpartisan, it pressed for scientific research in the face of Trump administration rhetoric and cutbacks.
In fight for MS cure, Shakopee man leads the way in national fundraising

In fight for MS cure, Shakopee man leads the way in national fundraising

Chris Anderson has become an "ambassador" for MS through advocacy and fundraising.
Man found shot to death in St. Paul alley near State Capitol

Man found shot to death in St. Paul alley near State Capitol

St. Paul police, who are investigating, said they do not believe the shooting was a random incident.
Dr. Harold Ravits, former Army medic who continued saving lives with St. Paul practice, dies at 99

Dr. Harold Ravits, former Army medic who continued saving lives with St. Paul practice, dies at 99

On busy days, a line of loyal patients would overflow the waiting room of Dr. Harold Ravits’ St. Paul dermatology practice, winding out into the…
Search continues for 22-year-old New Hope man

Search continues for 22-year-old New Hope man

Adam Clark disappeared in the Ford Parkway/Minnehaha Park area on Feb. 28.
Authorities offer $5,000 reward for info on Lebanon Hills tree vandal

Authorities offer $5,000 reward for info on Lebanon Hills tree vandal

At least 20 trees at Eagan park will likely die after having bark removed.

81-year-old Buffalo man dies in Wright County crash

Student driver was in the other car, authorities say.
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