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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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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.

Minneapolis squad car damaged after being hit by suspected drunk driver

No one was hurt during the incident in the Phillips neighborhood.
Waconia man, disability rights advocate invited to speak at United Nations

Waconia man, disability rights advocate invited to speak at United Nations

Noah McCourt, a former City Council candidate with autism, has become a fixture in local politics.
Twin Cities to go dark for 'Earth Hour' tonight

Twin Cities to go dark for 'Earth Hour' tonight

The goal of the global campaign is to reduce energy waste.
Baby animals are ready be cuddled at the Minnesota Zoo

Baby animals are ready be cuddled at the Minnesota Zoo

Annual 'Farm Babies' exhibit opens to the public on Friday.
Minnesota Zoo chief focusing on 'feasibility'

Minnesota Zoo chief focusing on 'feasibility'

After a year at the helm, Minnesota Zoo director John Frawley has crafted a new vision for the institution's future, scaling back plans for an ambitious expansion campaign that seemed out of reach while refocusing on programming that connects visitors to nature.
Don Omodt, longest-serving sheriff in Hennepin County, dies at 89

Don Omodt, longest-serving sheriff in Hennepin County, dies at 89

He served as sheriff from 1967 to 1994.
Prehistoric artifacts discovered on Coney Island at Lake Waconia Park

Prehistoric artifacts discovered on Coney Island at Lake Waconia Park

Archaeologists unexpectedly find prehistoric artifacts in regional park, prompting another dig.
Chaska taxidermist aims to preserve animals through art

Chaska taxidermist aims to preserve animals through art

Tia Annis has opened a taxidermy practice in her home and is taking orders.
2nd confirmed tornado is double dose of record early severe weather in Minn.

2nd confirmed tornado is double dose of record early severe weather in Minn.

A day later, residents around the Zimmerman and Clarks Grove areas were cleaning up and counting their blessings.
Parents of Minn. transgender children find some hope in reassurance from Dayton, school officials

Parents of Minn. transgender children find some hope in reassurance from Dayton, school officials

Gov. Mark Dayton forcefully denounced Trump's withdrawal of a federal directive that allowed transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding with their gender identity.
Way cleared for Belle Plaine veterans memorial to be restored

Way cleared for Belle Plaine veterans memorial to be restored

Council amendments set up "public forum" for veteran memorials.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak speaks at Augsburg

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak speaks at Augsburg

He spoke as part of Augsburg College's Scholarship Weekend.
Army vet gets new home in Farmington, thanks to foundation, bank

Army vet gets new home in Farmington, thanks to foundation, bank

Injured Army veteran Reid Erickson and his family were able to return to Minnesota and all live under the same roof again – thanks to the gift of a donated house.
Chanhassen mayor chosen as chairman of Carver County Republicans

Chanhassen mayor chosen as chairman of Carver County Republicans

Denny Laufenburger will now head the "most conservative county in Minnesota."
Chanhassen gas station partly shut down after water found in fuel

Chanhassen gas station partly shut down after water found in fuel

Inspectors shut off some pumps at a Marathon Oil station after several customer complaints.
More than 2,000 join pro-refugee, pro-immigrant march in Minneapolis

More than 2,000 join pro-refugee, pro-immigrant march in Minneapolis

The demonstrators, which included many families and children, headed toward the University of Minnesota.
Shutterfly restructuring leaves 14 jobs unfilled in Shakopee

Shutterfly restructuring leaves 14 jobs unfilled in Shakopee

Move follows a 31 percent decline in profits for last quarter of 2016; city officials take the news in stride.
Lakeville man convicted of felony theft after disappearing in a stolen vehicle for five days

Lakeville man convicted of felony theft after disappearing in a stolen vehicle for five days

Child neglect charges in the case were dismissed.
Under pressure, Belle Plaine votes to restore cross to vet memorial

Under pressure, Belle Plaine votes to restore cross to vet memorial

For nearly a month, a rotating guard of citizens occupied the park each day, toting American flags and their own handmade crosses.
Trial opens for unlicensed motorcyclist suspected in fatal Elko New Market hit and run

Trial opens for unlicensed motorcyclist suspected in fatal Elko New Market hit and run

The Elko New Market crash killed pedestrian Mollie Mahowald, 24, an Army veteran.

Minnesota advocacy groups add to legal tide against Trump order

Just hours before a federal judge in Washington state suspended the executive order, the coalition filed its own lawsuit.
Battle over cross at Belle Plaine Veterans Park moves to council

Battle over cross at Belle Plaine Veterans Park moves to council

City Council members will review a proposal to distinguish part of Veterans Park as a "limited public forum," allowing up to five displays on the property.
Mayor joins 5,000 at Mpls. rally against immigrant travel ban

Mayor joins 5,000 at Mpls. rally against immigrant travel ban

Betsy Hodges vowed to resist efforts by Trump administration to punish cities over refugees.

Increasing demand for urgent care leads St. Francis to open second clinic in Shakopee

Given influx of workers during city's growth, the retail location brings care to where the jobs are.
Fatal crash on I-94 in St. Paul is among at least three on Minnesota roads

Fatal crash on I-94 in St. Paul is among at least three on Minnesota roads

At least one person died Saturday afternoon in a crash on Interstate 94 in St. Paul, bringing the day’s death toll on Minnesota roads to…
Protesters gather at Minneapolis-St. Paul airport in wake of refugee ban

Protesters gather at Minneapolis-St. Paul airport in wake of refugee ban

The rally was one of several reported nationwide in the wake of Trump's executive order banning migrants from 7 primarily Muslim countries.

Minneapolis fire injures adult, 2 children

The blaze broke out at a townhouse in the Little Earth housing development.

Assistant gambling manager of Shakopee Hockey Association charged with stealing $10,000 from club

Shakopee woman said she took the funds to help a friend who is addicted.
Belle Plaine residents rally to restore cross to city's veterans memorial

Belle Plaine residents rally to restore cross to city's veterans memorial

Residents rally to restore a cross to the city's veterans memorial.
Trout opener draws hundreds to Chaska's Courthouse Lake

Trout opener draws hundreds to Chaska's Courthouse Lake

Ice fishing enthusiasts enjoyed a balmy opener, and a chance to celebrate old and new traditions.
After barn fire kills cows and closes dairy farm, Scott County neighbors pitch in

After barn fire kills cows and closes dairy farm, Scott County neighbors pitch in

Local farmers jumped to help the Deutsch family, raising more than $10,000 for expenses.
Propane tanker slides into retaining pond in Lakeville; driver rescued

Propane tanker slides into retaining pond in Lakeville; driver rescued

The crash occurred near Interstate 35, police said.

Three hospitalized after domestic shooting in Anoka County

A woman and a man were shot and another man suffered a self-inflicted wound, authorities said.

Hwy. 169 bridge construction delayed until Jan. 17

With snow in the forecast, construction on Nine Mile Creek span pushed to Jan. 17.
Minneapolis airport tightens security in wake of Florida attack

Minneapolis airport tightens security in wake of Florida attack

More armed officers to be patrolling terminals.
Thrill seekers fail to heed warnings at frozen Minnehaha Falls

Thrill seekers fail to heed warnings at frozen Minnehaha Falls

Signs against exploring frozen Minnehaha Falls often ignored.
State Capitol's grand improvements get showcased

State Capitol's grand improvements get showcased

"It's the people's building. People really expect to be close to and witness their government in action these days."
Minneapolis man pays $1,500 late fee for library books borrowed in 1970s

Minneapolis man pays $1,500 late fee for library books borrowed in 1970s

Instead of looking the other way, Jon Kramer covered the penalty for the cooking and camping guides 40 years overdue at Maryland's Montgomery County Public Libraries.
Another luminary lost: The inventor of the red Solo cup, an American party essential

Another luminary lost: The inventor of the red Solo cup, an American party essential

Robert Hulseman, founder of the party staple, died last week at 84.

Superior, Wis., couple locked out of their home died of exposure

The two were found dead on the deck of their Superior home last week.
U.S. Bank Stadium's fallen panel replaced, Mortenson Construction vows improvements

U.S. Bank Stadium's fallen panel replaced, Mortenson Construction vows improvements

Mortenson Construction will install additional fasteners on the building's facade to prevent additional damage during extreme weather.
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