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Suzanne Ziegler

Team leader | Minneapolis
Phone: 612-673-1707
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Suzanne Ziegler is a longtime journalist in the Twin Cities, now working as night metro editor at the Star Tribune. She has worked as an editor in news and features, and as a reporter writing about consumer news, the legislature and features. She previously worked at the Associated Press. 


A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Ziegler now lives in Edina with her husband and Australian cattle dog named Scout. She has two adult sons, who live in Minneapolis. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1984 with a degree in journalism.
Recent content from Suzanne Ziegler
A boulder fell off a truck in Rosemount, killing a mother and daughter from Shoreview. Police are looking for the truck.

800-pound boulder falls off truck in Rosemount, killing 2 from Shoreview

Police are looking for the commercial truck and its driver.
Larry Lee said he’s used to people slowing down as they drive by his house in southwest Minneapolis. Passers-by even reach out and touch his lawn, i

His grass is greener: Mpls. homeowner rips out lawn, puts in artificial turf

A southwest Minneapolis man has let go of his lawn mower and embraced artificial turf.
Twin Cities rescue crew worked on extracting a trapped construction worker from a site in Edina

Worker freed from under concrete at construction site behind Edina home

A worker was freed from under a slab of concrete at a construction site behind a home in Edina, where he had been trapped Wednesday morning for about 2 1/2 hours.

Dec. 27: Moving melee causes chaos at packed Mall of America

Some stores shut down Monday night as panicked shoppers fled. At least 10 youths were arrested.
Scene of a fatal fire on Oaklawn Ave in Edina Mn..

Woman killed in Edina house fire

Cynthia Robb almost made it out of her burning home in Edina. An electrical problem probably started the blaze, the chief said.
Artist Steve Busa worked with fourth-grade students just before they started on a focusing exercise at Lake Nokomis Community School.

Artists go back to school

Actors, dancers, illustrators and musicians are sharing their talents in classrooms across the state.
Marriage magazine

After 39 years, this Marriage is on the rocks

Declining revenue and circulation have the aging owners of the Minnesota-published Marriage looking for someone else to take over.

Holiday travel: Busier than usual

Air travel is expected to be up this Thanksgiving in the Twin Cities and nationwide. The best advice: Arrive early.

New program makes yearbooks more personal

High school students are getting to add their own photos and more to yearbooks.
Jenni Taylor, holding Mason, considers Julie Degnan, at right, to be a part of her family. “It was just like we had known her all along,” she said

Open hearts, open arms bring families together

A Minnesota woman and the couple who adopted her child share their stories of how Mason, who just turned 1, united them.
Parents: Are you a high-tech snoop?

Parents: Are you a high-tech snoop?

There's a growing arsenal of high-tech equipment to help parents monitor every move of their tweens and teens. But should parents use them? And if they do, should they tell their kids they're being watched?
Guthrie Theater

Supersize seating coming to a theater near you

As Americans get wider, so do the seats at venues across the Twin Cities.
Mark Rivard recently opened Rivard Art Gallery at 2205 NE. California St., Minneapolis. His first works of art were sketches of skylines on skateboard

Skateboard artist spinning ahead

A Minneapolis artist's time-killing sketches on skateboards evolved into a full-fledged business.

Wozniak's restaurant averts seizure

Revenue agents seized alcohol and cash at Gabe's Roadhouse in St. Paul to cover delinquent taxes, but the owner paid in full before they left.
Melvin was the life of Claire Deitering’s birthday party at the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley, which hosts kids’ birthday parties for a $

Summer of service: Parties and camps give back

The idea of giving back while celebrating is booming among young people, who are making it part of their birthday parties and their summers.

Wired and on vacation

Minnesotans - and the resorts they love -- are trying to decide how much connection with the real world is too much when we're trying to get away from it all.
Great Dane

Want a 'Marmaduke' of your own? They're gentle GIANTS

If you see the new movie and want to go out and get a Great Dane, think before you buy.
Fox Sports aired footage of the falcon devouring a moth while perched on the right field foul pole.

Outdoor stadium has new fan base: bird-watchers

A falcon's antics at a cold, rainy and uninspired Twins game kept the crowd cheering.

Teen drivers need tough love, not pals

In wake of fatal accidents, advice to the parents of teen drivers: Be firm, aware and willing to say no.
Stan Gadek, president and CEO, Sun Country Airlines. Sun Country has created Sun Country Vacations, expanding into cruise line vacations and taking ov

Sun Country prepares for takeoff

Bankruptcy. Petters. The recession. Under seasoned airline executive Stan Gadek, Sun Country has survived all three and is ready to soar.

Forest Lake closing firm accused of pocketing cash

State officials say the fraud scheme involved the company not paying off mortgages.

Sun Country files plan to exit bankruptcy

The Mendota Heights-based airline told a court it's rebounding financially.
Michael Kaldenberg is irked that customers with less-exalted status are getting perks he used to get, while he says he’s being shut out. “I want m

Delta flier -- 175,000 miles a year -- feels forgotten

A Delta über-frequent flier who likens himself to Ryan Bingham in "Up in the Air" feels more "Up in Arms" these days.

Delta-Twins partnership takes wing at new stadium

Delta Air Lines is now part of the new Minnesota Twins stadium.

Sun Country adding MSP-London summer flights

Sun Country enters European market with flights to London's Stansted Airport

Anoka man sues Toyota over new car

Laurence K. Johnston never had acceleration issues with his Camry, but he's concerned about safety and the car's resale value.
Steve Whitaker, whose family has been in the car business for decades, is breathing easier after GM reinstated his Forest Lake dealership

24 Minn. car dealers back in business

The GM dealerships that got new leases on life appear to be largely in rural Minnesota, with an estimated 500 jobs saved.
Shoppers showed signs of “upscaling,” or returning to stores they frequented before the recession began, analysts said. Shoppers at the Mall of Am

Consumers ringing up confidence

Shoppers shook off the economy and bad weather to push sales last month to best showing in two years.

'I never got back in that car because it wasn't safe'

A Minneapolis woman told a harrowing story about her runaway 2008 Camry.
Thousands of customers in the area could be affected by Toyota’s recall, said Doug Sprinthall, director of new vehicle operations for Walser. Part o

A flood of worried Toyota owners

Twin Cities dealers are gearing up to meet the crush caused by recall.

Hobbit Travel plans to give out refunds

About 2,400 customers lost money when the travel agency closed its doors last month. Refunds will be issued "to the extent possible."
Lori Swanson

Bill aims to tighten rules on utility rate hikes

Minnesota's Attorney General and some lawmakers seek more accountability from utilities.

Social pressure to save energy?

Xcel Energy thinks the urge to "keep up with the Joneses" could inspire people to keep down energy use. A new way to keep up with the Joneses: Energy savings

Delta waives rebooking fees for storm-affected fliers

Customers whose flights are canceled are entitled to refunds. But even those whose flights are not canceled may make a one-time change to their tickets without a fee.

Rochester incident leads to 3-hour limit on tarmac delays

Rights group hails FAA's 3-hour limit; airline industry says it will make things worse for fliers.

NTSB: Pilots who overshot Twin Cities were on wrong frequency

Fifteen minutes after Northwest Airlines Flight 188 was supposed to land in the Twin Cities on Oct. 21, flight attendant Barbara Logan glanced at her watch and decided to call the cockpit.
Bernard Madoff leaves US Federal Court after a hearing regarding his bail on Jan. 14, 2009, in New York. Madoff will remain free on bail, a US judge r

For the victims of Madoff

A Minnesota company went to Capitol Hill to advocate changes to protect individuals in retirement accounts.

Antonello settles fraud charges with state

Life insurance salesman agrees to pay $250,000 fine and have his state license revoked.
photo illustration: Lewis Leung
handout photo from Eline Happ and Dave Perry

Big hitch glitch for Twin Cities couple

A bitter bride and Delta Air Lines aren't seeing eye to eye after changes in the airline's flight schedule cast a couple's Mexican wedding plans asunder.
A shopper tries to find the end of the line at Kohl's in Roseville early Friday.

Black Friday: A shopping happening

In a year of tight budgets, Black Friday bargain-hunting was a necessity, as well as an event.

'Christmas creep' pushes shopping ever earlier

Once sacred, Thanksgiving is turning into a shopping day, especially online.

Xcel execs fly high, at ratepayers' expense

Xcel Energy Inc. has taken heat for charging Minnesota ratepayers for lavish entertainment expenses, but it also operates costly airplanes that ferry employees almost daily, primarily between Denver and St. Paul.

Sprint may be on hook for refunds in state

Minnesotans who believe Sprint Nextel misled them about their contracts, leaving them paying $200 per line in early termination fees, can apply for refunds from the cell phone company, according to a settlement announced Monday.

FAA is taking a look in mirror

With a Northwest plane out of contact, procedures weren't followed as controllers changed shifts. That led to a delay of the military being notified.

Xcel asks permission to increase gas bills

The utility said infrastructure costs led it to file the rate increase, which would raise a typical monthly bill by $2.71.

Northwest pilots appeal license revocation

The two Northwest Airlines pilots who dropped out of radio contact and overshot the Twin Cities airport by about 100 miles have appealed their license revocations, the National Transportation Safety Board said today.

FAA revokes wayward Northwest pilots' licenses

The FAA called the aviators' actions 'a frolic' and cited the danger in which they placed their passengers and crew.
The flight path of Northwest flight 188

Plane crazy: NWA flight misses MSP by 150 miles

Military jets stood by as NWA pilots, apparently distracted, didn't respond to controllers for 75 minutes.

Minnesota to get $5 million for rebates on appliances

A $300 million federal "dollars for dishwashers" program follows "cash for clunkers," but it likely won't pack the same wallop.

AG: Propane firm gouging customers

The suit against Ferrellgas, among the largest propane suppliers in Minnesota, says the company's prices are excessive.
$4.859 million mansion

Lake of the Isles home sale sets price record

But who paid $4.859 million for the mansion isn't yet known.

State sues Minneapolis employment agency, alleging fraud

The attorney general's office claims people paid Arthur Group but didn't get work interviews.

Xcel rate increase smaller than sought

The PUC granted the electric utility a $91 million increase, meaning a refund for customers.
Mike Myser paid Arthur Group $3,000 to help him find a job but they didn't even provide the basics now Arthur Group has closed its website and office

Aug. 28: Mpls. headhunting firm leaves job seekers with emptier wallets

The Attorney General's Office and the Better Business Bureau have been contacted after a Minneapolis headhunting firm closed, leaving job seekers with emptier wallets and little else.

Xcel awaits vote on its rates

The state Public Utilities Commission is to vote today on a rate increase that would raise most Minnesotans' average monthly electricity bills by 6 to 7 percent.

Natural gas suppliers dialing down the cost

A seven-year low in price and a large supply could lower heating bills as much as 20 percent this winter.

State OKs deal in real estate loan case

A settlement with a co-owner of Zen Title and TitleSource cuts her share of a $2 million penalty to $7,500 and a ban from the industry.

SkyMiles wins in three complaints against FlexPerks ads

A national advertising regulatory group on Monday scolded U.S. Bank over claims the Minneapolis bank made in promoting its FlexPerks Visa travel rewards credit card. U.S. Bank said the ads no longer are running and it would take the nonbinding decision under advisement.
Some of the 300 or so vehicles taken in through the federal cash-for-clunkers program were at the Walser lot Friday in South St. Paul. The wildly popu

Cash-for-clunkers hits bump, keeps rolling

As Congress scrambled to get the CARS program more funding, a confused public kept shopping.
Headley Walker, a Delta Red Coat at JFK, helped a customer.

Delta brings back the Red Coats

Delta aims to reclaim its former prominence in customer service with the return of its roaming agents extraordinaire.

St. Louis Park firm that settles credit disputes accused of fraud

National Arbitration Forum's hidden ties to debt-collection firms work against consumers, state says.

A new frugality: Americans are borrowing less, saving more

After a long period of low savings rates, Americans are building up their nest eggs again to weather the economic storm.
300 dpi Michael Hogue color illustration of sales hangtag shaped as hand holding small stack of cash. The Dallas Morning News 2008<p> haggle illustrat

It never hurts to ask

Haggling: Shoppers needn't be shy about seeking discounts. A recent survey found that it usually works.
Cindy Sexton with paperwork related to her run-in with a debt-settlement company.

New law tightens rules for debt firms

The law aims to keep companies from taking advantage of people.

12 killed in deadly holiday weekend on Minnesota roads

Three people remain critically injured after crashes that took 12 lives in the state Saturday and Sunday. No fatal accidents were reported as of Monday evening.

Fewer will fly, but fares won't fall

Recession is dampening travel plans, but don't expect any big bargains on flights.

April metro home sales up 23.8 percent

The number of traditional sales in the Twin Cities actually fell as bargain hunters scooped up so-called distressed properties.

More in state feel pain of economy

Minnesotans who are losing ground are making changes in their lives as they adjust to the times.

Minnesota's foreclosure wave moves upscale

In a report to be released today, the Minnesota Home Ownership Center in St. Paul said most of those who sought foreclosure counseling through its network last year held prime mortgages, not subprime. Half gave lost or reduced income as a reason.

NWA sues U.S. Bank over plans for new credit card

As Northwest's WorldPerks Visa credit-card program ends, the battle for the business of the cardholders heads to court.
Jon Oesterreich demonstrated how to fire a pyrotechnic explosive round, designed to scare birds away, during a training session for MAC employees Thur

No-fly zone for birds at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport

More birds are colliding with airplanes in Minnesota and nationwide. Crews at MSP are learning how to keep wildlife at bay.

Twin Cities home sales up 21 percent in March

Pending sales increased 21 percent in March from a year ago, an indicator that experts said was encouraging.

Southwest adds daily flights to Denver

The airline will offer three daily nonstop round-trip flights from the Humphrey terminal to Denver starting May 26.
Kollen Boyd of Minneapolis polished a Mercedes Benz CL Class sedan at the Twin Cities Auto Show in the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Dreams and deals draw Auto Show crowd this year

The Twin Cities Auto Show attracts a mix of people: some dreaming, some looking for good deals. And for some, it's just a tradition.

Fed action drives rates below 5% on mortgages

Much of the action will be in refinancing, but tighter rules mean that not everyone will be able to reap the benefit.
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