Liz Sawyer | Star Tribune
Reporter | Breaking news, crime and corrections

Liz Sawyer covers breaking news, crime and corrections for the Star Tribune. She previously wrote about suburban life in the south metro.

Sawyer graduated from Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications with a degree in newspaper and online journalism. She worships her alma mater's college hoops team and believes that an orange is, in fact, a suitable mascot.

Hastings man found dead in fishing boat on Mille Lacs

A 59-year-old Hastings man was found dead Saturday in his fishing boat after it washed up on the shores of on Lake Mille Lacs during…

Top deputy at state Corrections Dept. resigns amid probe

A spokeswoman said the department has received complaints about Sarah Walker, but "the investigation has not been completed."

E. coli surge sends annual milk carton boat races to dry land

Instead of paddling Sunday, participants will be on foot racing while carrying their homemade ships on dry land.

Rain falls fast and hard, causing street flooding in Twin Cities

More than 2 inches of rain fell within an hour on Tuesday.

Norm Coleman says all visible signs of cancer removed from his lung

The former U.S. senator also said the cancer was more invasive than thought.

Stillwater prison newspaper sheds light on life behind bars

The monthly Prison Mirror connects prisoners to the outside world.

Fire ravages beloved Coffee Cup restaurant in St. Paul

A minor injury was reported. Owners vowed to repair and reopen.

Amid turmoil, St. Paul College put on probation

Accrediting board cited concerns about high staff turnover, underqualified instructors and a failure to assess learning.

Police ID driver who crashed into Minneapolis bus stop, injuring 6

The police report lists few other details about the incident that stunned witnesses and has investigators trying to find out exactly what happened.

West St. Paul police are investigating a possible homicide

A friend found a 21-year-old man dead from gunshot wounds in his apartment.