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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
Recent content from Liz Sawyer
Meet Minnesota's safest city: Elko New Market

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'

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

Board members to decide how to fill Mary Romansky's vacant seat.
Minneapolis event honors National Guard members serving overseas

Minneapolis event honors National Guard members serving overseas

National Guard units headed overseas are honored, along with others recently arrived home.
Aging Minnesota Zoo needs repairs, seeks nearly $35 million from state

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

Campaign seeks money to fix railings, walkways, bridges.
Club Nomadic drops lawsuit against Mystic Lake

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.
For mothers bereaved by police shootings, protest comes naturally

For mothers bereaved by police shootings, protest comes naturally

Women who've lost sons to police shootings gathered at Augsburg University.
It may not be the Super Bowl, but Stefon Diggs and Vikings still win at Farm Bowl

It may not be the Super Bowl, but Stefon Diggs and Vikings still win at Farm Bowl

Land O'Lakes Farm Bowl gives NFL players a new appreciation for local farmers.
What's that noise? Fighter jets rattle downtown Minneapolis

What's that noise? Fighter jets rattle downtown Minneapolis

Demonstration simulated F-16s intercepting a Cessna, says Minnesota Air National Guard.
Minnesota fans are the kindest, Case Keenum tells Shakopee crowd

Minnesota fans are the kindest, Case Keenum tells Shakopee crowd

He and other players appeared at the NFL-sponsored Shakopee Family Festival.
Super Bowl Experience opens to lines, families

Super Bowl Experience opens to lines, families

Super Bowl LII events drew thousands of purple-clad fans to downtown Minneapolis on Saturday.
Shakopee schools superintendent to return from medical leave

Shakopee schools superintendent to return from medical leave

Interim Superintendent Gary Anger stepped away for three months to fight cancer.
Club Nomadic sues Mystic Lake over canceled Super Bowl shows

Club Nomadic sues Mystic Lake over canceled Super Bowl shows

The promoter seeks to enjoin the casino from making critical comments about its performance.

2 Minneapolis men die in crash in western Wisconsin

A third man was seriously injured in the rollover in Baldwin Township around 5 a.m.

Suspect wielding knives fatally shot by Fairmont police

Officers responded to a call about a woman being threatened at an apartment building about 2:20 a.m., police said.
Rift in Carver County GOP causes chairman to quit

Rift in Carver County GOP causes chairman to quit

Denny Laufenburger chooses his nonpartisan mayorship over party politics.
Shakopee's Pearson 6th Grade Center to close amid budget woes

Shakopee's Pearson 6th Grade Center to close amid budget woes

School district officials face more tough cuts ahead of a projected $500,000 deficit for 2018.
Paisley Park to serve alcohol during private Super Bowl parties

Paisley Park to serve alcohol during private Super Bowl parties

Fans lament decision to serve liquor during corporate Super Bowl events, calling it disrespectful to Prince's legacy.
Mystic Lake helps tout Prior Lake as suburban epicenter for Super Bowl

Mystic Lake helps tout Prior Lake as suburban epicenter for Super Bowl

Prior Lake venue invests in Viking pride for Super Bowl revelry.

Burst pipe floods lobby, closes AMC Rosedale theater

It remains unclear how long the theater will be closed.
Hawaiian monk seals at Minnesota Zoo undergo successful eye surgery

Hawaiian monk seals at Minnesota Zoo undergo successful eye surgery

Veterinarians hope the pair will regain some sight.
After 21 years in the dark, landmark Grain Belt sign relit above Hennepin Av.

After 21 years in the dark, landmark Grain Belt sign relit above Hennepin Av.

With the flip of a switch, one of Minneapolis’ most recognizable landmarks came back to life Saturday evening. The giant Grain Belt Beer bottle cap…

Feds say Shakopee woman bilked of $60,000 from Match.com suitor

Suit says man using false identity on dating site charmed her into making transfers.

Scott County to establish mobile mental health crisis unit

In an end to longtime collaboration with Carver County, Scott leaders seek dedicated team to meet residents' growing needs.
Come Super Bowl weekend, Hyundai fleet will zip through Twin Cities

Come Super Bowl weekend, Hyundai fleet will zip through Twin Cities

Four hundred new Hyundai vehicles started arriving in November at Canterbury Park to prepare for the influx of high-rollers.
Vowing transparency, Shakopee schools, City Hall work to rebuild trust

Vowing transparency, Shakopee schools, City Hall work to rebuild trust

Fiscal scandal activated community watchdogs.
$400M Canterbury Commons project clears major hurdle in Shakopee

$400M Canterbury Commons project clears major hurdle in Shakopee

Shakopee City Council votes to allow for high-density housing complex at the site.
Emotions run high as McNally Smith College of Music graduates final class

Emotions run high as McNally Smith College of Music graduates final class

St. Paul college's abrupt closing leaves hundreds scrambling to find options to complete education.
Carver County to convert former hospice to mental health crisis center

Carver County to convert former hospice to mental health crisis center

Mental health advocates say the residential facility will encourage those struggling to seek help sooner.
Satanic Temple sues Belle Plaine for canceling park's public space

Satanic Temple sues Belle Plaine for canceling park's public space

It was to be the first Satanic monument erected on public property in the nation.

90-year-old man dies of injuries suffered in fire at Chanhassen assisted living facility

The cause of the blaze, which happened Tuesday, remains under investigation.
Bemidji Burger Kings closed after 27 people get salmonella

Bemidji Burger Kings closed after 27 people get salmonella

The fast-food sites may not reopen until late next week.
Canterbury redevelopment project needs green light from council to break ground

Canterbury redevelopment project needs green light from council to break ground

If approved, the massive project would include apartments, townhouses and boutique hotel.
Amid scandal, Shakopee School District could face tough cuts ahead

Amid scandal, Shakopee School District could face tough cuts ahead

Audit shows its fund balance dropped from $2.5M to $1.1M.

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.
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