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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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As Terrace Theatre demolition begins, an order arrives to halt it

As Terrace Theatre demolition begins, an order arrives to halt it

Crews with a bulldozer punched a hole in the building before court order stopped demolition.

Prior Lake woman, 18, dies in Morrison County crash

An 18-year-old Prior Lake woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash early Saturday in central Minnesota. Officers responded to the scene in Morrison County just…
TCF Bank Stadium security confuses, frustrates U fans

TCF Bank Stadium security confuses, frustrates U fans

A revised bag policy has led to long lines as well since the Gophers' home opener on Sept. 1.
Chaska homeowners looking for big payday from Ryder Cup rentals

Chaska homeowners looking for big payday from Ryder Cup rentals

With two weeks before the Ryder Cup starts at Hazeltine National Golf Club, local homeowners are pitching themselves and their property to last-minute planners, hoping to cash in on convenience.
Edina, Mpls. athletes take a knee at games, joining national anthem protest

Edina, Mpls. athletes take a knee at games, joining national anthem protest

Minneapolis school officials support free speech rights of athletes of South volleyball squad and North football team.
Twin Cities under flash flood watch; 2-4 inches in forecast

Twin Cities under flash flood watch; 2-4 inches in forecast

Multiple rounds of rain are predicted until Thursday morning, and the ground already is saturated.
3 critically hurt when North Memorial copter crashes near Alexandria

3 critically hurt when North Memorial copter crashes near Alexandria

North Memorial chopper went down near Alexandria, Minn.

Two killed, one critically injured in Carver County house fire

The blaze was early Saturday in Watertown Township.
Sept. 15: Now 9 Legionnaires' cases have been tied to Hopkins

Sept. 15: Now 9 Legionnaires' cases have been tied to Hopkins

Several businesses are being looked at as possible source of bacteria, officials say.

Police cite 1,351 motorists for DWI during late summer enforcement campaign

More than 300 agencies across the state helped clear the road of intoxicated drivers during three week span.
Interstate 35W bridge to glow blue for Jacob Wetterling

Interstate 35W bridge to glow blue for Jacob Wetterling

The Interstate 35W bridge across the Mississippi River will glow blue for 11 days until Jacob Wetterling’s remains are laid to rest. Beginning Thursday evening,…

Gold dust, precious stones stolen from Macalester College

A thief has struck Macalester College’s Science Building, where a display case of gold dust, small diamonds and precious stones was looted. A lab supervisor…

Police investigating after body found in park in Foley, Minn.

Police in Foley, Minn., are investigating a suspicious death after a man was found dead Monday near Lion’s Park. Officers were dispatched to the area…

St. Paul motorcyclist, 61, killed while navigating curve in Mille Lacs County

A St. Paul motorcyclist died early Friday in central Minnesota after his Harley-Davidson went off the road while heading into a curve. John G. Troyer,…
The real story behind the viral 'bored millennial couple' at the State Fair

The real story behind the viral 'bored millennial couple' at the State Fair

A photographer captured two Burnsville H.S. students in an unguarded moment at the Minnesota State Fair and the photo went viral. Here's what was really going on.

Are you the 'bored millennial couple' at the Minnesota State Fair? Tell us your story

The Great Minnesota Get-Together is a place of sensory overload: wafts of fried food-on-a-stick, hundreds of barn animals to pat and a sea of hungry…
Princely jobs available: Paisley Park holds job fair this week

Princely jobs available: Paisley Park holds job fair this week

Minnesota's ultimate Prince fans will have a unique opportunity to work inside — and preserve — Paisley Park when daily tours of the music legend's Chanhassen complex and studio begin Oct. 6.
Jockey injured during horse race at Canterbury Park

Jockey injured during horse race at Canterbury Park

A jockey took a spill from his horse during a race at Shakopee's Canterbury Park on Saturday and was rushed to a Minneapolis hospital with unknown injuries, officials said.
Castile protesters gather at State Fair's main entrance after march

Castile protesters gather at State Fair's main entrance after march

Demonstrators marched from the site of Philando Castile's shooting to the fair's main gate.

Man who drown during adult swim at community pool identified as 34-year-old Shakopee man

The 34-year-old man who drowned after suffering a medical emergency while swimming laps in an Eden Prairie pool this week was identified by authorities Saturday.…
You're not imagining it: Mosquitoes are out in droves, and they'll be here for a while

You're not imagining it: Mosquitoes are out in droves, and they'll be here for a while

A wet August means a new crop of pests on top of an already bad mosquito season.

Apparent drowning victim, 34, was swimming laps at Eden Prairie pool

Authorities remain unsure of what kind of medical emergency caused the distress.

Pedestrian struck, killed in Detroit Lakes

The 39-year-old woman was hit by a pickup truck.
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-demotion 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.
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