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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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Minnesotans dish on their State Fair must-do's

Minnesotans dish on their State Fair must-do's

Suspend your diet for the day and don't miss the free giveaways.
After strong response, gun buyback closes early in Mpls.

After strong response, gun buyback closes early in Mpls.

More than 150 guns were bought from residents Saturday in a buyback program that closed down hours early after sponsors ran out of the Visa gift cards they were exchanging for the weapons.
GOP state House candidate to suspend campaign against Ilhan Omar

GOP state House candidate to suspend campaign against Ilhan Omar

Abdimalik Askar said he needs to attend to family issues. His name will remain on the ballot.
4-H skills, traditions remain a Minnesota State Fair mainstay

4-H skills, traditions remain a Minnesota State Fair mainstay

Around 5,600 4-H kids from sixth grade through college freshmen will travel to the fair, having earned the spot from their performance at county competitions, to exhibit livestock and showcase fine arts projects.
5-year-old girl reported missing found dead; man under arrest

5-year-old girl reported missing found dead; man under arrest

Authorities found Alayna Ertl's body near Motley, Minn., in Cass County. The man who was sought along with her as part of an Amber Alert has been arrested.
Allina nurses prep for more negotiations, possible strike

Allina nurses prep for more negotiations, possible strike

Union leaders will meet with health system officials Tuesday.
Charges: Man fatally beat infant after discovering he wasn't her father

Charges: Man fatally beat infant after discovering he wasn't her father

It's the second time this week Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman has filed murder charges in a case involving the violent domestic assault of a baby.
Coast Guard: "Radioactive material" canister found on Wisconsin beach not hazardous

Coast Guard: "Radioactive material" canister found on Wisconsin beach not hazardous

The canister was found Wednesday morning in Superior.
St. Paul Central High School creating scholarship in Philando Castile's honor

St. Paul Central High School creating scholarship in Philando Castile's honor

Hundreds expected at fundraiser on Sunday.

Charges: St. Cloud man burned books, furniture at library

Jorge Ozornia will face 1st-degree arson charges.
Fox caught after Mpls. attacks; woman grabbed its jaws to free herself

Fox caught after Mpls. attacks; woman grabbed its jaws to free herself

Animal destroyed; jogger, bicyclist treated for rabies.
Shackles off: How care for Minnesota's pregnant inmates is improving

Shackles off: How care for Minnesota's pregnant inmates is improving

Better conditions improve the health of mother and child, a benefit to society and a savings for taxpayers, advocates say.
Charges: St. Louis Park cop belligerent, intoxicated after crash

Charges: St. Louis Park cop belligerent, intoxicated after crash

The officer was stopped by Minneapolis police after she allegedly crashed her vehicle into a parked car, fled and refused to cooperate when stopped.
4-month-old girl killed in Minneapolis and father arrested, police say

4-month-old girl killed in Minneapolis and father arrested, police say

City's fourth homicide of the week occurred in 1900 block of Franklin Av. SE.
Minneapolis police find missing 11-year-old girl

Minneapolis police find missing 11-year-old girl

Ja-Khyia Davis, who has diabetes, was last seen near downtown.

Third man convicted in 2015 downtown Minneapolis shooting spree

Maurice Carter is expected to serve 10 years for spraying an intersection full of people with bullets.

Minneapolis gang leader gets 15 years for drug trafficking

The 26-year-old man was part of a ring that sold narcotics in greater Minnesota.
Flogging Molly fans cry foul over 'canceled' Cabooze concert

Flogging Molly fans cry foul over 'canceled' Cabooze concert

Fans of the Celtic-punk band Flogging Molly gave the Minneapolis music venue Cabooze a social media thrashing Thursday, demanding refunds for a show that staffers…
Aug. 9: Walleye quota met, but Lake Mille Lacs fishing to continue

Aug. 9: Walleye quota met, but Lake Mille Lacs fishing to continue

Gov. Dayton orders that fishing can continue as the walleye population recovers.

2 die in Tuesday morning crashes on Minnesota roads

One driver hit a semitrailer after running a stop sign.
No further arrests after first night at Carty Park encampment in St. Paul

No further arrests after first night at Carty Park encampment in St. Paul

Six people were arrested Friday night at Carty Park in St. Paul's Summit-University neighborhood on what was intended to be the first night of a…

Campaign flier for Rashad Turner raises legal questions

Supporter of Rashad Turner's House bid may have broken election laws by offering a chance to win a car.
State of Fremont Av. bridge over Greenway leads to motor traffic ban

State of Fremont Av. bridge over Greenway leads to motor traffic ban

Beginning Friday, only bicyclists and pedestrians can cross the bridge.
Autopsy: Former Miss North Dakota-USA died of heart condition

Autopsy: Former Miss North Dakota-USA died of heart condition

Samantha Edwards died of complications from a heart condition, the medical examiner said.
Donald Trump set to come to Minneapolis for fundraiser for Aug. 19

Donald Trump set to come to Minneapolis for fundraiser for Aug. 19

The time and location of the exclusive event were not given.
Falcon Heights residents demand change after Castile shooting

Falcon Heights residents demand change after Castile shooting

At listening session, the City Council heard pleas for a new approach to policing.
St. Anthony residents demand change from City Council

St. Anthony residents demand change from City Council

Dozens of residents packed Tuesday's City Council meeting to force a conversation about race relations after one of the city's officers killed Philando Castile during a traffic stop in neighboring Falcon Heights.
Minneapolis pizza delivery driver shot overnight in vehicle during robbery attempt

Minneapolis pizza delivery driver shot overnight in vehicle during robbery attempt

Driver, who was rushed to HCMC with serious injuries, was in critical but stable condition.
Flood threat eases after storms drop heavy rains

Flood threat eases after storms drop heavy rains

Flooding fears and fires accompanied storms in southern Minnesota.
Memorial service for Gov. Wendell Anderson set for Aug. 15

Memorial service for Gov. Wendell Anderson set for Aug. 15

A public memorial will honor him at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.

Body of missing man, 26, recovered from St. Croix River

Andrew Remley's body was pulled from the churning water south of Rock Island on Friday afternoon.

Man dies of apparent drowning on Lake Minnetonka

Rescue personnel were called to Lafayette Bay on Wednesday evening.
Minneapolis police make second arrest in case of slain 2-year-old

Minneapolis police make second arrest in case of slain 2-year-old

The 31-year-old Circle Pines man is jailed and expected to face murder charges. The boy's father was previously charged in relation to the case.
21 arrests at Mpls. march over fatal shooting of Castile

21 arrests at Mpls. march over fatal shooting of Castile

The late-afternoon march began at the Convention Center in downtown Minneapolis.
Rondo Days honors Castile on what would have been birthday

Rondo Days honors Castile on what would have been birthday

St. Paul festival takes on somber tone in wake of police shooting that sparked nationwide protests.
Black Lives Matter pledges to 'shut down' Rosedale mall Sunday

Black Lives Matter pledges to 'shut down' Rosedale mall Sunday

Demonstrators will push for Falcon Heights to terminate its contract with St. Anthony police.

Bloomington man hospitalized with burns after backyard explosion

Blast forces evacuation of neighborhood near 110th Street and France Avenue S.

Wrongful-termination suit by Minneapolis police official thrown out

Eddie Frizell says he was demoted because he ran for sheriff, spoke to media.
Isanti pilot, 79, was lost, low on fuel when he landed on I-35

Isanti pilot, 79, was lost, low on fuel when he landed on I-35

A preliminary investigation showed that the pilot, who was unable to locate Cambridge Municipal Airport in the dark, suffered only minor injuries, police said. No one else was hurt.

Minneapolis police will look at whether bias played role in shooting of Muslim men

Attack on Muslim men seen as possible hate crime.

Minneapolis police release final bodycam policy

Nearly 600 officers will be equipped with devices after the July 4th holiday.
South St. Paul police seek public's help in identifying possible shooting suspect

South St. Paul police seek public's help in identifying possible shooting suspect

A man was shot and wounded in the Wednesday afternoon incident.
Cult leader Victor Barnard back in Minnesota to face charges

Cult leader Victor Barnard back in Minnesota to face charges

Extradited from Brazil, he is now in the Pine County jail.

Twin Cities gay pride bar crawl on Friday to support Orlando victims

Hundreds expected to walk, grieve and raise money Friday night in Minneapolis.
Maplewood man accused of stealing from Hmong elders in fraud scheme

Maplewood man accused of stealing from Hmong elders in fraud scheme

Seng Xiong allegedly told his victims he was helping set up a new homeland in which they'd be reunited with friends and family.
Bicyclist critically hurt after running red light, hitting car in Mpls.

Bicyclist critically hurt after running red light, hitting car in Mpls.

The crash happened on Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis.

Two drown in Minnesota lakes on a steamy Saturday

One man could not be revived after being pulled from Orono Lake. A second body was recovered from a lake in Douglas County.

10-year-old girl killed by hit-and-run driver in Aitkin County is ID'd

The vehicle that killed 10-year-old Caylin Donovan has not been located.
Man who found Prince's body describes 'chaos and sadness' of death scene

Man who found Prince's body describes 'chaos and sadness' of death scene

Andrew Kornfeld says the musician's death underlined the deadly nature of painkiller addiction.

New Richmond man fatally injured in St. Croix County crash

Ronald Schuh's death was the second fatality of the year in the Wisconsin county.
Minneapolis to beef up police patrols in downtown Minneapolis

Minneapolis to beef up police patrols in downtown Minneapolis

Downtown Minneapolis residents and visitors will see more officers patrolling on bicycle, horseback and in plainclothes this summer as part of the annual SafeZone initiative.…

Missing Coon Rapids man found dead at Rapids Dam Regional Park

The body of Thomas Crew, 58, was in a heavily wooded area.
Minneapolis police graduate 10 new officers, replenishing force numbers

Minneapolis police graduate 10 new officers, replenishing force numbers

Chief Harteau urged the grads to take pride in their jobs
NAACP head Nekima Levy-Pounds to leave St. Thomas law school

NAACP head Nekima Levy-Pounds to leave St. Thomas law school

She intends to pursue full-time work as an advocate for racial and economic justice.
Man in St. Paul house shoots at police, then is shot and killed

Man in St. Paul house shoots at police, then is shot and killed

The man was in a bedroom and had fired at officers, St. Paul police said. It happened about 2:15 p.m. on the 2100 block of Minnehaha Avenue E.
Woman shot, killed in minivan 'in wrong place at wrong time'

Woman shot, killed in minivan 'in wrong place at wrong time'

Minneapolis' 10th homicide victim of the year was not the intended target of the gunfire that killed her, police said.
State Capitol intruder left behind knife, threats, charge says

State Capitol intruder left behind knife, threats, charge says

A Minneapolis man is charged with burglary, accused of slipping through a closed construction zone to get into the House chambers.
Allegations surface of drug abuse by U wrestlers, police probe

Allegations surface of drug abuse by U wrestlers, police probe

Four athletes are under investigation for dealing the prescription drug, Xanax, and 10 others are suspected of using the anti-anxiety medication recreationally.
Hibbing man charged with beating roommate to death, dumping body

Hibbing man charged with beating roommate to death, dumping body

Someone who lived with the two said they fought over stolen property.

Woodbury couple killed in murder-suicide identified by police

Authorities have identified an elderly couple found dead in their Woodbury home last week following an apparent murder-suicide. Preliminary autopsy results show that James Miller,…

Goodhue County man killed in two-vehicle rollover crash on Hwy. 60 in Rice County

  A 53-year-old man from Kenyon, Minn., was killed in a rollover crash Friday afternoon in Rice County, the State Patrol said. Authorities responded to…

One dead in Lino Lakes crash

A two-vehicle crash in Lino Lakes killed one person Friday night, police said. Officers responded to 6000 block of Otter Lake Road about 7:30 p.m.,…

2 bicyclists seriously hurt after being hit by car in Andover

The victims were a man and a 13-year-old boy, police say.

Maplewood woman charged with 3rd-degree murder after man's fatal drug overdose in Costco parking lot

A Maplewood woman was charged Friday with selling heroin to a New Prague man who overdosed and died in a Costco parking lot in Eden…

Shakopee Derby Days ex-president charged with skimming from nonprofit

Derby Days' McGovern accused of misspending.
Twelve of 20 drunkest U.S. cities are in Wisconsin; Mankato 10th

Twelve of 20 drunkest U.S. cities are in Wisconsin; Mankato 10th

Mankato ranks No. 10 on the list analyzing the prevalence of binge-drinking adults.

Homicide victim identified as 25-year-old Minneapolis man

Derrick Rodgers died in a daytime shooting on the North Side on Wednesday.
Police nab woman they say robbed two metro area banks, tried a third

Police nab woman they say robbed two metro area banks, tried a third

In her first heist, the woman sauntered into a Wells Fargo branch bank in Brooklyn Center and slid a note to the teller, police said.Scribbled…

Victim in fatal shooting Saturday in Minneapolis was 25-year-old man

The victim in a Saturday morning shooting in Minneapolis has been identified as a 25-year-old Minneapolis man. Jimmy Stanback Jr. died at North Memorial Medical…
Killers of 90-year-old Carver County man sentenced to 37 years in prison

Killers of 90-year-old Carver County man sentenced to 37 years in prison

Two men convicted of beating to death a 90-year-old Carver County farmer in his home last year were each sentenced to more than 37 years…
2 dead, 4 injured in unrelated shootings in Minneapolis, St. Paul

2 dead, 4 injured in unrelated shootings in Minneapolis, St. Paul

A man's death in Minneapolis was the city's seventh homicide of 2016. In St. Paul, a woman was fatally shot and a man with her was wounded.
Arrest made in 2nd child abduction, sex assault in St. Paul this week

Arrest made in 2nd child abduction, sex assault in St. Paul this week

St. Paul police say girl's abduction, rape is not related to Monday case.
One person fatally shot, 6 injured in north Minneapolis

One person fatally shot, 6 injured in north Minneapolis

Seven people were hit in a volley of 30 or more shots fired, police and neighbors said.

Blaine pedestrian fatally struck while on sidewalk; driver in custody

Police are looking at whether he may have been impaired at the time of the crash, the chief said.
South Minneapolis block party celebrates all things Prince

South Minneapolis block party celebrates all things Prince

The free event at the Sabathani Community Center featured lots of music and united fans.
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